Safeguarding Policy 3

Guidance for Working with Children and Young People Good working practice


In all our caring for children/young people we are acting as good parents. Our practice should reflect this, both in our relationships with children and in providing a safe and welcoming environment. The following are some pointers: (basically common sense!)

Always be present at the beginning and end of sessions to receive and welcome children, and to ensure that they are safely received by parent/ carer at the end.

Treat all children with dignity and respect, and in return expect good behaviour and respect from them.

Provide safe and appropriate activity areas where children and helpers can always be in view.

Keep attendance records for children and telephone numbers for parents/carers in case you need to contact them.

Always obtain parents' written permission for outings, car lifts, taking of photographs etc, and keep parents wellinformed.

Responding to a child's disclosure (of possible abuse)
We all hope this may never happen, but we need to be prepared. If a child should need to speak to you about a problem:

LISTEN, listen and keep on listening!

Avoid asking leading questions.

Never comment or pass judgement on what you are told.

Never promise confidentiality: that is do not promise a child that you will keep a secret. Tell the child that you may have to tell someone who can help.

Write down contents of conversation as soon as possible, preferably within the hour, with date and time. This may be needed as evidence. Sign and keep securely.

Do not discuss with colleagues, or anyone else, especially anyone who may be implicated in the disclosure. Most abusers are either family members or friends.

REPORT to Vicar, Associate Priest or Nominated Person for Child protection (NP).

Suspicion of abuse - physical or emotional, or neglect
The following may be signs of possible abuse:

A significant change in child's behaviour - withdrawn and quiet, or aggressive and uncooperative.

Regular bruising.

Unusual marks on legs or arms suggestive of burns.

Deliberate injury.

Child's reluctance to leave at the end of your session

(Any of the above may have a rational explanation not linked with abuse!)

If you should suspect abuse CONTACT the Vicar, the Associate Priest, or NP.

If none of the above are contactable and the situation is both serious and urgent, and especially if you suspect sexual abuse, then contact Children's Services, or the Police.

Contacts

Vicar (Revd Canon Graham Morris)

Nominated Person (Sarah Marshall)

Children's services (Social services)01452 426565
(8.0 am-6.0 pm) 01452 614194 (after 6.00 pm)

Police 0845 0901234

Contact details

The Parish Centre, Gosditch Street, Cirencester, Glos. GL7 2AG

Tel: 01285 659317
E-mail: enquiries@cirenparish.co.uk

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