Registered charity No: 1070692
Llangennith Parish Hall’s trustees and management committee want children to enjoy the hall and its facilities. We want to encourage children and young people to use the hall and facilities and provide ideas for further activities and facilities we can offer. It is important we inform children and young people about what we do/can do and enthuse them to use these facilities to socialise, have fun, develop skills and take as full as part in their community as they wish. This policy is aimed at the Hall’s trustees, management committee, employees, volunteers, ‘hall friends and helpers’ and leaders of organisations using the parish hall.
Through this Policy we aim to:
adopt the highest possible standards and
take all reasonable steps in relation to the safety and welfare of the children who come into contact with the parish hall and the activities that take place within it.
It is impossible to ensure that no child ever comes to any harm while in contact with the parish hall but we can reduce the potential risk. Implementing this policy and following the guidelines will enable you to undertake your work with children confident that you have taken all reasonable precautions to prevent harm occurring while being prepared to deal with an incident should it occur.
Llangennith Parish Hall expects you to apply this policy to all of your work with children and young people under the age of 18 years or under 25 years for young people with learning difficulties. You should apply similar safeguards when dealing with vulnerable people of all ages. All references to child or children throughout this Policy and Guidelines should be taken to refer to those referred to above.
It is important to remember that you may come into contact with children in a wide range of situations.
In addition to visitors to the parish hall, these will include:
children using recreation facilities.
children attending events.
children attending classes
young people using the gym with parents or in the young people supervised sessions
children attending as members of organisations using the parish hall.
It is important that this policy is seen to apply and the guidelines followed in all situations in which you have contact with children, young people and vulnerable people of all ages.
To whom does this policy apply
The policy applies to:
all employees (including permanent, fixed term and short term temporary appointments)
all members of organisations using the parish hall
any other person working/ helping in Llangennith Parish Hall who a member of the public might reasonably assume was an employee or volunteer.
Hall management committee members
All those covered by the policy have a duty to do everything reasonable in their power to ensure the safety and welfare of children while they are in contact with the Parish hall and to act in accordance with this Policy.
You are expected to:
Respect the wishes of a child as you would an adult, you must not impose yourself on them.
Take all reasonable steps to ensure the health, safety and welfare of any child in contact with the Llangennith Parish Hall.
Remember that children regard adults as role models and ensure your behaviour, language, gestures etc. are appropriate and above reproach.
Be aware of Child Protection issues in relation to the work you do and do not become complacent and believe ‘it could never happen to me’.
Prevent any other member of staff/volunteer/helper from putting any child in a situation in which there is a significant risk to their health and safety. Take appropriate action if you become aware of anyone physically, emotionally or sexually abusing a child.
Report any evidence or reasonable suspicion that a child has been verbally, physically, emotionally or sexually abused whether by an adult or another child to a trustee.
Not verbally, physically, emotionally or sexually abuse any child or young or vulnerable person.
Activities where anyone e.g. parent, teacher or other group leader accompanies a child or leads a group.
Where children are accompanied by an adult, primary responsibility for the children remains with that person. Trustees, employees or volunteers of the parish hall charity should nonetheless use the Child Protection Policy and Guidelines as the basis for their action and any advice they offer. They should not agree to anything which contravenes the Policy and is not in line with the Guidelines.
If, due to illness or another unexpected event a representative of the parish hall is left in charge of a child or group then they should act in accordance with this Policy and Guidelines.
Activities where children are unaccompanied
In most instances the children you come into contact with will be accompanied by a leader of an organisation or parent. However should you be left in charge of an unaccompanied group then it is your responsibility to:
make decisions during the event following the principles set out in these Policy and Guidelines.
Occasional assistance provided by a member of staff who has not been through the Disclosure process
Any person associated with the parish hall may assist in activities with children on an occasional basis. They may do so only if the group is led by a parent, teacher or other group leader or member of staff who has been appointed following the necessary pre-
D. Golden Rule -
In classes, activities and other situations in Llangennith Parish Hall, we should aim to ensure that no adult (other than their parent/guardian etc) is in a one to one situation with a child. Safety in numbers should be the golden rule, whether the numbers are other children or adults. If for any reason a one to one situation is unavoidable e.g. due to unplanned incident then additional safeguards should be put in place. For example, moving to an area where other adults or children are to or if this is not possible, ensure the room door is open and additional assistance is called for.
All individuals appointed to posts which involve regular, substantial or unaccompanied contact with children while using the parish hall will be required to complete a Standard or Enhanced Disclosure with Llangennith Parish Hall through the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB). For most posts a Standard Disclosure will be appropriate. However if the post involves:
regularly managing events with unaccompanied children;
contact with children over a series of events;
work experience involving one to one contact;
then evidence of an Enhanced Disclosure should be sought. Such individuals will only proceed to use the parish hall if: they undertake a CRB Disclosure check via Llangennith Parish Hall and the Disclosure provides no cause for concern as to their suitability to work with children. If the Disclosure provides concern then the matter will be discussed by the trustees and appropriate action taken. Individuals awaiting receipt of Disclosure: Any person who is awaiting receipt of Disclosure must be accompanied when they are dealing with children until the Disclosure has been received.
Within Llangennith Parish Hall, our minutes secretary (Rachel Searle) is the nominated person who is responsible for supporting individuals to complete the CRB check process
F. Allegation of abuse
It is to be hoped that you will never have to deal with an alleged incident of child abuse. But it is sensible that you are prepared to do so if necessary and this will be assisted if you have discussed the issue locally
There are four likely scenarios which you should be aware of and be prepared to deal with if necessary. These are;
There is suspicion or evidence that a child is being abused by a person associated with the parish hall.
A child accuses a person associated with the parish hall of abusing them.
Abuse takes place or is suspected on parish hall land or at a parish hall event by individual unrelated to the parish hall.
A child discloses abuse happening elsewhere e.g. at home
In all cases you must:
Be prompt, calm, assured and professional
Keep any details strictly confidential and share only on a ‘need to know’ basis.
Report the issues as soon as possible to a trustee or to the local Police.
G. Allegations against adults
Though our focus must be on safeguarding children you must also be aware that allegations of abuse made by children about adults do occasionally happen. Some prove mistaken or, very rarely, malicious. The Policy and Guidelines are there to help you to avoid situations in which well-
H. Use of Information relating to children
Information about children e.g. names and addresses, obtained during activities at the parish hall must be treated confidentially. It must be kept securely by the group leader, stored only as long as necessary and disposed of in a way which maintains their confidentiality.
I. Discussion of the issues
Open discussion of child protection should be encouraged since this helps to make people more comfortable with the issues involved. Never keep it ‘under wraps’ for fear of upsetting or embarrassing people.
J. Nominated child protection officer
The nominated child protection officer for Llangennith Parish Hall is Rachel Searle
K. Child Protection training.
Llangennith Parish Hall is a member of Swansea Council for Voluntary Services (SCVS) and Wales Council for Voluntary Associations (WCVA). Through these organisations we can access a range of high quality training courses for staff and volunteers, including child protection and vulnerable adult training. If you haven‘t attended a child protection course or feel you knowledge needs updating, please discuss with your manager or supervisor in Llangennith Parish Hall.
Policy updated by Rachel Searle May 2014.
Review Date May 2015
Llangennith Parish Hall’s
Child Protection Policy
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