Petersfield Town Partnership Child Protection Policy


This Policy should also be read in conjunction with the existing East Hampshire District Council Policy on Child Protection which is designed to promote children’s welfare, to protect children from potential abuse and to protect staff and volunteers from potential false allegations of abuse.

Responsibilities


Petersfield Town Partnership will:
• Promote the health and welfare of children by providing opportunities for them to take part in community activities safely.
• Respect and promote the rights, wishes and feelings of children.
• Promote and implement appropriate procedures to safeguard the well-being of children and protect them from abuse.
• Support its members to adopt best practice to safeguard and protect children from abuse and to minimise risk to themselves.
• Require members to adopt and abide by this Child Protection Policy and the EHDC Safeguarding Children Young People and Vulnerable Adults Policy 2009.
• Respond to any allegations of misconduct or abuse of children in line with this Policy and the EHDC Safeguarding Children Young People and Vulnerable Adults Policy 2009.
• Review and evaluate this Policy on a regular basis.


Principles


The welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility, particularly when it comes to protecting them from abuse. Children have a lot to gain from community activities. Their natural sense of fun and spontaneity can blossom in a positive environment supported by the Partnership. It provides an excellent opportunity for them to learn new skills, become more confident and maximise their own unique potential. This Policy is based on the following principles:
• The welfare of children is the primary concern.
• All children, whatever their age, culture, disability, gender, language, racial origin, socio-economic status, religious belief and/or sexual identity have the right to protection from abuse.
• It is everyone's responsibility to report any concerns about abuse to the Chairman of the Partnership in the first instance.
• All incidents of alleged poor practice, misconduct and abuse will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately.
• All personal data will be processed in accordance with the requirements of the Data Protection Act 1998.

Review


This Policy and these Procedures will be regularly monitored and reviewed:
• In accordance with changes in legislation and guidance on the protection of children or any changes within Petersfield Town Partnership.
• Following any issues or concerns raised about the protection of children within Petersfield Town Partnership.
• In all other circumstances, at least annually.

Guidance


It is crucial that the Partnership’s child protection policy and procedures apply to everyone who works on behalf of the Partnership. This includes all professional and non-professional, full and part-time staff, paid and unpaid employees, Councillors, volunteers, coaches, officials, parents, guardians and the children themselves. Advice should be sought as to whether our constitutional and contractual provisions ensure that this can be achieved.
In this Policy the term ‘members’ has been used to describe those to whom the policy and procedures apply. It may be necessary to include an opening statement in your Policy defining to whom your Policy and Procedures apply to ensure that all of the categories listed above are included.
It is advisable to formally require any other individual who is associated with your organisation to agree to abide by your policy and procedures for the duration of their involvement with your organisation e.g. a specialist working with a group of children who is not a member but whose services are used by the Partnership either paid or unpaid.
It is also advised that the Partnership includes within the plan for adopting a policy and procedures, a process to ensure that groups who work with us have a reciprocal policy and procedures, either by adopting the Partnership’s policy and procedures or by developing a policy and procedures to an agreed standard that enables the required action for delivering child protection good practice.
Monitoring and evaluation are critical components of this Policy and these Procedures due to the possible amendments required as a result of changes in legislation, case reports, changes in the sporting environment, research findings, to name a few.
Support for the implementation of child protection measures can be sought from Community First East Hampshire. If help is required with constitutions and/or related issues Community First East Hampshire should be asked for assistance.


Documents for Reference


EHDC Safeguarding Children Young People and Vulnerable Adults Policy 2009

Adopted 16 March 2011