Child Protection Policy
The Co-operative Young Members' Board: Child Protection Policy and Procedures
I. The Role of Envision
Envision is responsible for ensuring the safety and well-being of all children and young people who participate in The Co-operative Young Members' Board (CYMB).
II. Envision - Child Protection Policy Statement
Envision is committed to safeguarding the protection and welfare of both children and young people (a young person is someone who is over school leaving age, but under 18). Envision’s policy is based on, and reflects, the principles of UK legislation and guidance. It is in line with the principles and practice of child protection covered by the Children’s Act 1989, the Human Rights Act 1998 and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UK 1991). The approach has been developed in such a way as to be consistent with good practice within the field of child protection. Our key principle is:
All children and young people, regardless of age, disability, gender, racial or ethnic origin, religious belief and sexual identity have a right to protection from harm or abuse.
It is the role of Envision staff and volunteers (and those adults working on programmes that we manage) to promote the protection of children and young people. In following the policy, staff and volunteers are always expected to maintain a sense of proportion, apply common sense to situations and protect the child’s welfare as a priority. It is not intended that the policy should restrict staff and volunteers from normal ways of working, but staff always need to consider how an action or activity may be perceived as opposed to how it is intended.
Envision is committed to:
- Raising awareness of all staff and volunteers on the importance of child protection
- Seeking to safeguard and protect children through staff and volunteer recruitment procedures.
- Establishing and maintaining clear procedures for dealing with suspicions or allegations of child abuse.
- Maintaining and securing the operation of a system where confidential recording concerning information relating to child abuse and allegations of abuse can be kept.
- Providing effective management for staff and volunteers through supervision, support and training.
- Sharing information about concerns with the relevant agencies and involving young people and parents appropriately.
- The monitoring and regular reviews of relevant procedures.
III. Procedures for the CYMB
a. About the CYMB
- The CYMB is open to 16-25 year olds.
- CYMB Members will need to commit to a series of trips with overnight stays (see application pack for dates).
b. Meetings and Activities
- All meetings and activities will be supervised by an adult who has an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check to say that they are safe to supervise children and young people.(For more information on the DBS, go to homeoffice.gov.uk/crime/vetting-barring-scheme/)
- For under-18s, Travel arrangements will be made and confirmed with CYMB Members and letters will be sent out to parents confirming the estimated pick up and arrival time and an indication of how the young person will travel home from the drop off point.
- We will not be able to accompany CYMB Members on their journeys from home to our designated meeting points.
d. Overnight Stays
- CYMB members will be required to spend occasional nights away from home, in shared rooms with their peers.
- We will ensure that accommodation is safe and appropriate for all CYMB Members. This includes but is not limited to providing separate rooms for each gender and age group.
- At least two enhanced DBS checked adults (one male and one female) will sleep in nearby quarters (in the same hotel or outward bound centre) and be available throughout the night (and contactable on an emergency telephone number).
- Envision staff may contact CYMB Members using telephone, facebook and email.
- Communication between children and adults, by whatever method, will take place within clear and explicit professional boundaries.
- Staff will not share any personal information with a child or young person. They will not request, or respond to any personal information from a child or young person other than that which might be appropriate as part of their professional role.
- Staff will ensure that all communications are transparent and open to scrutiny.
- If you or a parent/guardian would like any further information on Child Protection in relation to the CYMB, please contact Patrick Taylor, Head of Programmes and Delivery at Envision at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 0207 253 1677.