Updated Feb 2019
Person Responsible: Mimi Faulks (Production Manager)
This policy is for all staff, volunteers, board members and anyone working on behalf of Plunge Boom.
The purpose of this policy is:
to protect the children/ young people who work with, participate in or watch Plunge Boom;
to provide staff and volunteers with the overarching principals that guides our approach to safeguarding.
Plunge Boom believes that a child or young person should never experience abuse of any kind. We have a responsibility to promote the welfare of all children and young people we work with, and to help keep them safe. We are committed to practice in a way that protects them.
This policy has been drawn upon on the basis of law and guidance that seeks to protect children and young people, namely:
Children Act 1989
United Convention on the Rights of the Child 1991
Sexual Offences Act 2003
Children Act 2004
Protection of Freedoms Act 2012
Relevant government guidance and best practice on safeguarding of children
We recognise that:
the welfare of the child is paramount, as enshrined in the Children Act 1989
all children, regardless of age, disability, gender, racial heritage, religious belief, sexual orientation or identity have a right to equal protection from all types of harm and abuse
some children are additionally vulnerable because of the impact of previous experiences, their level of dependency, communication needs or other issues
working in partnership with children, young people, school staff, parents and carers is essential to promoting young people’s welfare.
We will seek to keep children and young people safe by:
valuing them, listening to them and respecting them
adopting child protection practices and adopting a code of conduct for staff and volunteers
ensuring our website is safe to use, and sharing information on e-safety with school staff as required
providing effective supervision for staff and volunteers and a ‘Responsible Person’ procedure to ensure all issues are promptly reported
ensuring our staff have the relevant DBS clearance which is kept up to date
sharing information about child protection with all volunteers and staff
sharing concerns with those who need to know; in particular, the nominated staff members for safeguarding in schools with which we work
ensuring we have received the expressed consent of parents/ carers for the use of personal data and audio/visual media of the children and young people with whom we work, for the fulfillment of our work and only storing or using this if consent has been explicitly granted. Where possible, all data will be autonomised, and will not relate to a certain child or educational setting.
We are committed to reviewing our policy and good practice annually.
This policy was last reviewed February 2019
Written and reviewed by Mimi Faulks, Plunge Boom