Safeguarding Policy Statement

The purpose and scope of this policy statement

Think Big Coding works with children as part of its activities of providing after-school coding clubs in primary schools.

The purpose of this policy statement is:

  • to protect children and young people who receive Think Big Coding’s services. This includes the children of adults who use our services
  • to provide parents, staff and volunteers with the overarching principles that guide our approach to child protection

This policy statement applies to anyone working on behalf of Think Big Coding, including senior managers and the board of trustees, paid staff, volunteers, sessional workers, agency staff and students.

Legal Framework

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 [select the relevant nation]. A summary of the key legislation and guidance is available from nspcc.org.uk/childprotection.

We believe that:

  • children and young people should never experience abuse of any kind
  • we have a responsibility to promote the welfare of all children and young people, to keep them safe and to practice in a way that protects them

We recognise that:

  • the welfare of the child is paramount
  • all children, regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation have a right to equal protection from all types of harm or 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, their parents, carers and other agencies is essential in promoting young people’s welfare

We will seek to keep children and young people safe by:

  • valuing, listening to and respecting them
  • appointing a nominated child protection/safeguarding lead and a deputy child protection/safeguarding lead for safeguarding
  • developing child protection and safeguarding policies and procedures which reflect best practice
  • using our safeguarding procedures to share concerns and relevant information with agencies who need to know, and involving children, young people, parents, families and carers appropriately
  • creating and maintaining an anti-bullying environment and ensuring that we have a policy and procedure to help us deal effectively with any bullying that does arise
  • developing and implementing an effective online safety policy and related procedures
  • sharing information about child protection and safeguarding best practice with children, their families, staff and volunteers
  • recruiting staff and volunteers safely, ensuring all necessary checks are made
  • providing effective management for staff and volunteers through supervision, support, training and quality assurance measures
  • implementing a code of conduct for staff and volunteers
  • using our procedures to manage any allegations against staff and volunteers appropriately
  • ensuring that we have effective complaints and whistleblowing measures in place
  • ensuring that we provide a safe physical environment for our children, young people, staff and volunteers, by applying health and safety measures in accordance with the law and regulatory guidance
  • recording and storing information professionally and securely

Related policies and procedures:

This policy statement should be read alongside our staff handbook, organisational policies and procedures, including:

  • Code of conduct
  • Whistleblowing policy

Key Contact Personnel

Designated Safeguarding Lead:

  • Name: Chris Vilton
  • Phone: 01843 627001
  • Email: chris@thinkbigweb.co.uk

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead(s):

  • Name: James Bennett
  • Phone: 01843 627001
  • Email: info@thinkbigweb.co.uk

Kent County Council Education Safeguarding Team (EST) and Local Authority Designated Officers (LADOs):

LADO Team Contact Number: 03000 410 888

LADOS:

  • Alison Watling (Team Manager)
  • Lorrisa Webber
  • Hollie Priestly
  • Susannah Burden
  • James Borland

This is a core policy that forms part of the induction for all staff and volunteers. It is a requirement that all members of staff have access to this policy and sign to say they have read and understood its contents on an annual basis.

All staff have completed or are in the process of completing some or all of the following safeguarding courses:

Designated Safeguarding lead training.

Child protection in schools.

Keeping children safe online.

 

Designated Safeguarding Lead: Chris Vilton

Date reviewed: April 2019 Date of next review: (Annual) April 2020.

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