Sumeet’s Step2Step abides by the duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people and is committed to safeguarding practice that reflects statutory responsibilities, and government guidance and complies with best practice requirements.
Sumeet’s Step2Step will:
This policy applies to anyone working on behalf of Sumeet’s Step2Step, including senior managers and the board of trustees, paid staff, volunteers, sessional workers, agency staff, and students. Failure to comply with the policy and related procedures will be addressed without delay and may ultimately result in dismissal/exclusion from the organization.
The Children Act 1989 definition of a child is: anyone who has not yet reached their 18th birthday, even if they are living independently, are a member of the armed forces, or are in hospital.
Adult at Risk:
This policy has been drawn up on the basis of legislation, policy and guidance that seeks to protect children in England.
Sumeet’s Step2Step should have in place arrangements that reflect the importance of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people.
Sumeet’s Step2Step will ensure an appropriate level of safeguarding training is available to its Employees, Volunteers, and any relevant persons linked to the organization who requires it (e.g. contractors).
For all employees who are working with children, this requires them as a minimum to have awareness training that enables them to:
Sumeet’s Step2Step expects all employees, to maintain confidentiality. Information will only be shared in line with the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and Data Protection.
However, information should be shared with the Local Authority if a child is deemed to be at risk of harm or contact the police if they are in immediate danger, or a crime has been committed.
A written record must be kept about any concern regarding an adult with safeguarding needs. This must include details of the person involved, the nature of the concern and the actions taken, decision made and why they were made. All records must be signed and dated.
All records must be securely and confidentially stored in line with General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR).
Sumeet’s Step2Step is committed to safe employment and safe recruitment practices, that reduce the risk of harm to children from people unsuitable to work with them or have contact with them.
Sumeet’s Step2Step has policies and procedures that cover the recruitment of all employees.
All employees and volunteers should be aware of Sumeet’s Step2Step social media policy and procedures and the code of conduct for behaviour towards the children we support.
All employees, and volunteers should be aware of Sumeet’s Step2Step policy and procedures regarding the use of mobile phones and any digital technology and understand that it is unlawful to photograph children and young people without the explicit consent of the person with parental responsibilities.
It is important that people within Sumeet’s Step2Step have the confidence to come forward to speak or act if they are unhappy with anything. Whistle-blowing occurs when a person raises a concern about dangerous or illegal activity, or any wrongdoing within their organization. This includes concerns about another employee or volunteer. There is also a requirement by Sumeet’s Step2Step to protect whistleblowers.