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Our commitment to Child protection
Transcript of Our commitment to Child protection
What is a child?
All those under the age of 18, whether studying on courses specifically aimed at children, or courses aimed at adults on which under-18s are accepted.
Our commitment to Child protection and Safeguarding
A Safe learning environment for our students.
Roles and Responsibilities
All staff MUST safeguard and promote the welfare of child students
Advice on the boundaries of appropriate behaviour
What is child abuse?
What types of Child safety issues could you encounter on this course?
Raise child protection awareness for all staff (both teaching and non-teaching)
A copy of the Child Protection Policy is on site and in the Employee handbook
The Group Designated Senior Person, currently Jozef Windsor, has overall responsibility for child protection within the group.
Designated Senior Person for CP has a special responsibility for safeguarding child students.
Access to pornographic material
Sex, drugs and alcohol
Doing nothing is not an option
Dealing with a Disclosure
Immediately stop what he or she is doing and listen to what is being said
Don’t display shock or disbelief.
Accept what is being said.
Allow the child to talk freely.
Reassure the child, but do not make promises which it might not be possible to
keep – in particular, you cannot promise confidentiality.
Don’t apportion blame
Stress that it was the right thing to tell.
Listen, rather than ask direct questions. You don’t need to get all the details at
this stage – you just need enough information for the School DSP and the
Group DSP to assess what may have happened and what needs to be done.
Not criticise the alleged perpetrator.
Explain what has to be done next and who has to be told.
Make a written record as soon as you can
Contact the School DSP, the School Principal or the Group DSP without delay
NOT allow the child to be interviewed a second time by other members of
staff, however well-meaning. Accept what the child says and report to the
School DSP, the School Principal or directly to the Group DSP.
Do not connect with students via social media
Be sensible and know where to draw the line
Do not put yourself in a compromising situation
You have a duty of care but not a duty to be a friend