Benjamin Franklin

Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy

Impact Mentoring fully recognises its responsibilities for child protection.

Purpose of policy
We recognise that because of our day to day contact with children, Impact Mentoring staff are well placed to observe the outward signs of abuse. The company will therefore:

This policy applies to all staff and volunteers working for Impact Mentoring.
The policy has five main elements:
• Ensuring we practice safe recruitment in checking the suitability of staff and volunteers to work with children.
• Raising awareness of child protection issues and equipping children with the skills needed to keep them safe.
• Developing and then implementing procedures for identifying and reporting cases, or suspected cases, of abuse.
• Supporting pupils who have been abused in accordance with their agreed child protection plan.
• Establishing a safe environment in which children can learn and develop.

Action to be taken by Impact Mentoring(based on s.175 Education Act 2002)
We will follow the child protection procedures set out by the South Glos Local Safeguarding Children Board and available at www.swcpp.org.uk and will take account of guidance issued by the Department for Children Schools and Families to:
• Ensure we have a designated senior person for child protection who has received appropriate training and support for this role.
• Ensure every member of staff, volunteer knows the name of the designated staff member responsible for child protection and their role
• Ensure all staff and volunteers understand their responsibilities in being alert to the signs of abuse and responsibility for recording any concerns and referring any concerns to the designated teacher responsible for child protection.
• Ensure all staff receive child protection awareness training and that lead people (Designated Child Protection officer) are trained every two years (in accordance with Wiltshire Schools Child Protection Training guidance)
• Develop effective links with relevant agencies and co-operate as required with their enquiries regarding child protection matters including attendance at case conferences where needed.
• Keep written records of child welfare and child protection concerns about children, even where there is no need to refer the matter immediately. These are to be kept in accordance with Impact Mentoring Data Protection and Confidentiality policies.
• Ensure all child welfare and child protection records are kept securely, and in locked locations.
• Ensure safer recruitment practices are always followed.
• Ensure staff and volunteers understand their responsibilities for safer working practices, as outlined in Appendix 1 of this policy.
• Ensure that any allegations against members of staff with a child protection aspect are dealt with following local procedures – all such concerns to be dealt with urgently, with concerns about staff to be reported to the designated Child Protect Officer.
• Ensure that all other Impact Mentoring policies which have a safeguarding element (e.g. health and safety; SEN; Data Protection; Behaviour) are all consistent with this policy and with each other and where appropriate make cross-reference to this policy
• Ensure all staff and volunteers receive and sign for a copy of this policy.

Support to pupils at risk

We recognise that children who are abused or witness violence may find it difficult to develop a sense of self-worth. They may feel helplessness, humiliation and some sense of blame. Impact Mentoring may be the only stable, secure and predictable element in the lives of children at risk.  When participating in Impact Mentoring activities their behaviour may be challenging and defiant or they may be withdrawn. Impact Mentoring will endeavour to support the pupil through:
• The content of the activities.
• Impact Mentoring ethos which promotes a positive, supportive and secure environment and gives pupils a sense of being valued.
• Impact Mentoring behaviour policy which is aimed at supporting vulnerable pupils in the school. Impact Mentoring will ensure that the pupil knows that some behaviour is unacceptable but they are valued and not to be blamed for any abuse which has occurred.
• Liaison with schools, parents other agencies that support the pupil such as social services, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, education welfare service and educational psychology service.


Safeguarding Practices

These practices and actions are prohibited by Impact Mentoring and all staff are trained on what defines ‘inappropriate behaviour’ towards children and young people in our care.

All members of staff and volunteers must never:

- Engage in rough physical games, sexually provocative games or horseplay with children or young people.
- Take part as a player in any dynamic contact games or training with young people.
- Engage in any form of inappropriate sexual contact or behaviour.
- Allow any form of inappropriate touching.
- Use inappropriate language or allow young people to use inappropriate language go unchallenged.
- Allow allegations by a young person to go unchallenged, unrecorded or not acted upon.
- Depart the school, activity centre or rendezvous point until the safe dispersal of all children and young people is complete.
- Cause an individual to lose self-esteem by embarrassing, humiliating or undermining the individual
- Treat some children or young people more favourably than others.

Positions of trust

All adults who work with children and young people are in a position or trust which has been invested in them by the parents, the referring provider and the young person. This relationship can be described as one in which the adult is in a position of power and influence by virtue of their position. Sexual intercourse or touching by an adult with a child under the age of 16 is unlawful, even where there is apparent consent from the child. A consensual sexual relationship between an adult in a position of trust with a child over the age 16 is contrary to the policy and procedures of Impact Mentoring and will be subject to disciplinary procedures.

Adults must not develop a physically or emotionally dependant relationship with a young person.

All those with in Impact Mentoring have a duty to raise concerns about the behaviour of any staff member of Impact Mentoring, volunteers, out-side contractors and anyone in a position of trust with a child or young person.


Consistency of policies

This policy should be read alongside the following other Impact Mentoring policies:

Health and Safety
Data Protection

Policy review

The responsibility of reviewing and maintaining this policy of Wayne Cockram (Managing Director)This policy will be reviewed annually.

Start date of policy: 12th December 2014

Date of next review: 12th December 2015