The purpose and scope of this policy statement is:
- to protect from harm the children and young people who receive the services of Young Professionals
- to provide staff and volunteers, as well as children and young people and their families, with the overarching principles that guide our approach to safeguarding.
This policy applies to anyone working on behalf of Young Professionals, the schools engaged in our programmes and the organisations and brands we partner with.
This policy has been drawn up on the basis of legislation, policy and guidance that seeks to protect children in England/Northern Ireland/Scotland/Wales sourced from nspcc.org.uk/learning.
We believe that:
- children and young people should never experience abuse of any kind and have a fundamental right to be protected from harm
- we have a responsibility to promote the welfare of all children and young people, to keep them safe and to practise in a way that protects them
- the protection of children and young people is a shared community responsibility
We recognise that:
- the welfare of children and young people is paramount in all the work we do and in all the decisions we take.
- all children and young people, regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation have an equal right to protection from all types of harm or abuse
- some children and young people are additionally vulnerable because of the impact of previous experiences, their level of dependency, communication needs or other issues
We will seek to keep children and young people safe by:
- valuing, listening to and respecting them
- creating a positive and safe environment to learn, work and commence on their career journey
- recruiting and selecting staff and volunteers safely, ensuring all necessary checks are made
- selecting individuals suitable to work with children and young people that, as a minimum, are people who:
(a) do not pose a risk of harm to children or young people;
(b) have positive and healthy attitudes towards children and young people and act in the best interests of the child or young person;
(c) contribute to the provision of a safe and non-judgmental environment;
(d) are able to build healthy, appropriate and trusting relationships with children and young people; and
(e) have safeguarding values that are aligned to those of Young Professionals.
The selection process will contribute to Young Professionals safeguarding culture and act as a barrier to individuals who may have otherwise been tempted to abuse:
- ensuring the induction for all new staff and volunteers makes clear the expected code of conduct, appropriate boundaries and the action that will be taken as a result of any breaches
- all key personnel will have a current DBS check in place
- recording, storing and using information professionally and securely, in line with data protection legislation and guidance (please reference to our Terms & Conditions and GDPR Policy here)
Information sharing and confidentiality
Information sharing is vital to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. Where there are concerns about the safety of a child or young person at risk, the sharing of information in a timely and effective manner between organisations can reduce the risk of harm.
Whilst the Data Protection Act 2018 places duties on organisations and individuals to process personal information fairly and lawfully, it is not a barrier to sharing information where the failure to do so would result in a child or young person at risk being placed at risk of harm.
Young Professionals staff will use their judgement when making decisions on what information to share and when. The Data Protection Act 2018 and GDPR do not prevent the sharing of information for the purposes of keeping children safe. Fears about sharing information will not be allowed to stand in the way of the need to safeguard and promote the welfare and protect the safety of children and young people.
When taking decisions about what information to share we will consider how much information needs to be released. Not sharing more data than is necessary is a key element of the GDPR and Data Protection Act 2018, and we give consideration to the impact of disclosing information on the information subject and any third parties.
Information sharing will be proportionate to the need and level of risk. Only information that is relevant to these purposes will be shared with those who need it to allow them to do their job effectively. Any child or young person coming to the attention of Young Professionals who is thought to be at any form of risk, will in the first instance, be brought to the attention of that child or young person’s key school point of contact.
Information imparted will be adequate for its purpose and of the right quality to ensure that it can be understood and relied upon. The information will be accurate and up to date and clearly distinguish between fact and opinion. Whenever possible information will be shared in a timely fashion to reduce the risk of missed opportunities to offer support and protection to a child or young person. Young Professionals will, wherever possible, share information in an appropriate, secure way.
Information sharing decisions will be recorded, whether or not the decision is taken to share. If the decision is to share, reasons will be cited including what information has been shared and with whom. If the decision is not to share a record will be made with the reason(s) for this decision.
In line with Young Professionals information retention policy the information will not be kept any longer than is necessary.
Any Young Professionals staff or volunteers will pass any concerns in relation to the polices contained herein to the CEO, Dan Miller.
This document sits alongside policies and procedures in place and adhered to as produced by the schools participating in any Young Professionals programmes and Young Professionals partner organisations.
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