The Upton Community Library believe that it is always unacceptable for a child, young person or vulnerable adult to experience abuse of any kind and recognises its responsibility to safeguard the welfare of all children and young people, by a commitment to practice that protects them.
We recognise that:
· The welfare of the child, young person or vulnerable adult is paramount
· Everyone, regardless of age, disability, gender, racial heritage, religious belief, sexual orientation or identity, has the right to equal protection from all types of harm or abuse
· Working in partnership with children, young people, vulnerable adults, their parents, carers and their agencies is essential in promoting young people’s welfare.
The purpose of the policy:
· To provide protection for the children and young people who receive The Upton Community Library services, including the children of adult members or users.
· To provide staff and volunteers with guidance on procedures they should adopt in the event that they suspect a child or young person may be experiencing, or be at risk of, harm. This policy applies to all staff, including senior managers and the board of trustees, paid staff, volunteers and casual workers, agency staff, students or anyone working on behalf of The Upton Community Library.
We will seek to safeguard children, young people and vulnerable adults by:
· Valuing them, listening to and respecting them
· Adopting child protection guidelines through procedures and a code of conduct for staff and volunteers
· Recruiting staff and volunteers safely, ensuring all necessary checks are made
· Sharing information about child protection and good practice with children, parents, staff and volunteers
· Sharing information about concerns with agencies who need to know, and involving parents and children appropriately
· Providing effective management for staff and volunteers through supervision, support and training. We are also committed to reviewing our policy and good practice annually.
Staff and volunteers should be committed to:
· Treating children, young people and vulnerable adults with respect and dignity
· Always listening to what to a child, young person or vulnerable adult is saying
· Valuing each child, young person and vulnerable adult
· Recognising the unique contribution each individual can make
· Encouraging and praising each child, young person or vulnerable adult.
Staff and volunteers should be committed to:
· Provide an example, which we would wish others to follow
· Use appropriate language with children and young people and vulnerable adults, challenging any inappropriate language used by a young person, child, vulnerable adult or an adult working with these people
· Respect a young person’s right to privacy.
Staff and volunteers should:
· Not spend excessive amount of time alone with children, away from others
· In the unlikely event of having to meet with an individual child, young person or vulnerable adult make every effort to keep this meeting as open as possible
· If privacy is needed, ensure that other staff are informed of the meeting and its whereabouts.
Staff and volunteers should never:
· Engage in sexually provocative or rough physical games, including horseplay
· Do things of a personal nature for a child young person of vulnerable adult that they can do for themselves. If such an incident arises, for example, where a child, young person or vulnerable adult has limited mobility, Upton Community Library staff and volunteers should seek another member of the organisation to deal with the incident alongside them
· Allow, or engage, in inappropriate touching of any kind.
Staff and volunteers should:
· Be aware that someone might misinterpret their actions no matter how well-intentioned
· Never draw any conclusions about others without checking the facts
· Never allow themselves to be drawn into inappropriate attention seeking situations such as tantrums or crushes
· Never exaggerate or trivialise child abuse issues or make suggestive remarks or gestures about, or to a child, young adult, or vulnerable person even in fun.
Staff and volunteers:
· Who are involved in relationships with other members of staff or volunteers should ensure that their personal relationships not affect their role within the UptonCommunity Library or the work of the Upton Community Library.
Good communication is essential in any organisation. In the work of the Upton Community Library every effort will be made to ensure that, should individuals have concerns, they will be listen to and taken seriously.
It is the responsibility of the Steering Group to ensure that information is available to, and exchanged between all those involved in this organisation and its activities. Some information is confidential and should only be shared on a strictly need-to-know basis.
Children, young people and vulnerable adults have a right to information, especially any information that could make life better and safer for them. TheUpton Community Library personnel will be sensitive to the level of understanding and maturity, as well as to the level of responsibility, of the people with whom they are sharing.
Parents and carers
Parents or persons with parental responsibility and carers are ultimately responsible for their children’s and charges welfare at all times. They should be assured that their children are involved with a credible organisation.
We achieve this by:
o Publicising information on our noticeboard.
o Publishing the name of the designated child protection person(s).
o Publishing a full copy of the protection policy on the internet site (when it is created).
Staff and volunteers
As an organisation, which offers education, guidance and support to children, young people and vulnerable adults, it is imperative that each person in the Friends of Ackworth Community Library organisation is aware of their responsibilities under the child protection legislation and has a working knowledge of our procedures. Each member will receive the updated chain child protection annually.
We operate selection and vetting procedures that include checks into the eligibility and the suitability of all Steering Group members, staff and volunteers who have direct or indirect (e.g. email) contact with children young persons or vulnerable adults.
In the case of Steering Group members, because of their position within the organisation, we take the view that whenever there is a legal entitlement to obtain a CRB check in respect of such a member, a check should be carried out. This goes beyond circumstances where the member comes into contact with children, young persons or vulnerable adults.
Other bodies and organisations
A copy of our protection policy will be made available to any other appropriate body or organisation.
The Young Lives Consortium have their own website - www.ylc.org.uk - they can be contacted on 01924 304345
Wakefield and District Safeguarding Children Board Training Brochure
The Training Brochure provides details of all taught courses for the 2012/2013 year. However during the year, there will be additional courses on a one-off basis, and these will be advertised separately. The Training Brochure includes full details of application process and charging policy.
Application forms are available from:
Training Administrator Wakefield and District Safeguarding Children Board Room G42 Castleford Civic Centre Ferrybridge Road Castleford WF10 4JH
If you come across any disturbing or obscene material on the net involving children you can report this to the Internet Watch Foundation. This is the watchdog organisation for the UK internet industry to get child pornography removed from the internet. Internet Watch Foundation Hotline: 08456 008844 or alternatively contact the NSPCC Child Protection Helpline 0808 800 5000.
Help Young People Surf in Safety
· Place the computer a place where others can see it rather than out of sight
· Search out positive and fun sites.
· Talk with young people to agree the kind of sites they can visit. Check to make sure they stay within agreed limits.
· Filtering software is available to screen out some inappropriate sites. But often sites and users can get around them so stay involved.
· Tell young people not to give out personal details, including their name, address, telephone number, school or clubs they may attend to anyone over the net. If they arrange meetings make sure a parent or carer goes with them. Make sure they do not receive any gifts (electronic or otherwise) from strangers.
· Chat sites are open to misuse, make sure young people are cautious of strangers on-line as they are in the world outside. If they receive threats, obscene or threatening messages they should not respond. They should let you know and you can contact the service provider if appropriate.
Kids' Rules for Online Safety
I will not give out personal information such as my address, telephone number, parents’ work address/telephone number, or the name and location of my school without my parents’ permission
I will tell my parents right away if I come across any information that makes me feel uncomfortable.
I will never agree to get together with someone I "meet" online without first checking with my parents. If my parents agree to the meeting, I will be sure that it is in a public place and bring my mother or father along.
I will never send a person my picture or anything else without first checking with my parents.
I will not respond to any messages that are mean or in any way make me feel uncomfortable. It is not my fault if I get a message like that. If I do I will tell my parents right away so that they can contact the service provider.
I will talk with my parents so that we can set up rules for going online. We will decide upon the time of day that I can be online, the length of time I can be online, and appropriate areas for me to visit. I will not access other areas or break these rules without their permission
I will not give out my Internet password to anyone (even my best friends) other than my parents.
I will be a good online citizen and not do anything that hurts other people or is against the law.
‘Child Safety on the Information Highway’by SafeKids.com
Sharing information about concerns with agencies who need to know and involving parents carers and children appropriately
Procedure for reporting allegations or suspicions of abuse
o The name of the child, young person or vulnerable adult
o Home address (if known)
o Date of birth (if known)
o Name/s and address of parent/s or person/s with parental responsibility
o Telephone numbers if available
o Is the person making the report expressing their own concerns, or passing on those of someone else? If so, record details
o What has prompted the concerns? Include dates and times of any specific incidents
o Has the child, young person or vulnerable adult been spoken to? If so, record details
o Has anybody being alleged to be the abuser? If so, record details
o Who has this been passed on to, in order that appropriate action is taken? e.g. school, designated officer, social services etc.
o Has anyone else been consulted? If so, record details
Designated Protection Persons
o For reasons of confidentiality the only person(s) who need to know this information are the following Designated Protection persons.
1. Lee Pickin
Upton community library safeguarding officer
Tel 07782 365710
2. To be appointed
o The Designated Person(s) will inform the relevant outside organisation of the incident
Social services Duty social worker
Contact Social Care Direct on 0845 8 503 503 - 24 hours and 7 days a week.
Police Call 101
Within West Yorkshire Police there are Police Officers and Support Staff who form the dedicated Child and Public Protection Unit. They investigate all cases of abuse against children that occurs within family relationships, by professionals or carers and cases of organised abuse. The Unit also investigate the activity of people who use the internet and other means to distribute or collect abusive and indecent images of children.
NSPCC Help line Tel: 0800 800 500 – 24 hours, Freephone
Child Line Tel: 0800 1111 - Freephone