This policy has been developed in accordance with all relevant legislation and statutory guidance. It sets out the responsibilities and expectations for all staff including trustees, employees, freelancers and volunteers working with the London Sinfonietta.
The purpose of this policy is:
- to protect children, young people and who come into contact with the London Sinfonietta from harm.
- to provide all staff (including trustees, employees, freelancers and volunteers), as well as children and young people and their families, with the overarching principles that guide our approach to child protection.
This policy applies to anyone working on behalf of the London Sinfonietta including senior managers and the board of trustees, paid staff, volunteers, sessional workers, agency staff and students.
This policy has been drawn up based on legislation, policy and guidance that seeks to protect children in England. A summary of the key legislation is available from www.nspcc.org.uk/learning.
This policy statement should be read alongside the LS Child Protection and Safeguarding Procedures, and LS Safeguarding Good Practice Guidelines as well all our organisational policies on anti-bullying, Whistleblowing and other related documents. For further information please contact Frances Bryant, General Manager or Rhuti Carr, Head of Learning & Participation.
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 practise in a way that protects them.
We recognise that:
- the welfare of children is paramount in all the work we do and in all the decisions we take
- all children, regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation have an equal right to 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 and building a safeguarding culture where staff and volunteers, children, young people and their families, treat each other with respect and are comfortable about sharing concerns.
- appointing a designated safeguarding lead (DSL), a deputy DSL and a Senior Management Lead for safeguarding (see details below)
- adopting child protection and safeguarding best practice through our policies, procedures and good practice guidelines and ensuring that all trustees, employees, freelancers and volunteers are aware of and adhere to these standards at all times and know what to do should any concerns arise
- recruiting and selecting staff and volunteers safely, ensuring all necessary checks are made and providing effective management for staff and volunteers through supervision, support, appropriate training and quality assurance measures so that all staff and volunteers know about and follow our policies, procedures and behaviour codes confidently and competently
- sharing information about our safeguarding policy, procedures and good practice throughout the organisation and with partner organisations, children and their families as appropriate
- recording, storing and using information professionally and securely, in line with data protection legislation and guidance [more information about this is available from the Information Commissioner’s Office: ico.org.uk/for-organisations]
- using our safeguarding and child protection procedures to share concerns and relevant information with agencies who need to know, and manage any allegations against staff and volunteers 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 and that effective complaints and whistleblowing measures are 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
Designated Safeguarding Lead
Rhuti Carr, Head of Participation and Learning
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Christine Andrews, Participation and Learning Officer
Christine.firstname.lastname@example.org /020 7239 9340
Senior Management Lead for Safeguarding
Fran Bryant, General Manager
Frances.email@example.com / 020 7239 9340
NSPCC Helpline 0808 800 5000
For more information on our Safeguarding Policies, please contact the London Sinfonietta office on 020 7239 9340.