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Guidelines for care of children at the Chaplaincy Centre

The Safeguarding Policy of Lancaster University Chaplaincy Centre

As the people of the Chaplaincy Centre we are concerned about the wholeness of each individual. We seek to safeguard all members of the Chaplaincy community, of all ages. It is the responsibility of each one of us to prevent the physical, sexual or emotional abuse of children and young people.

It is the duty of a person working with children and young people to prevent abuse and to report any abuse discovered or suspected.

SAFEGUARDING GUIDELINES FOR GROUPS

Guideline 1

* Adopt a policy statement on safeguarding the welfare of children.

Guideline 2

* Plan the work of the group so as to minimise situations where the abuse of children may occur.

Guideline 3

* Introduce a system whereby children may talk with an independent person.

Guideline 4

* Apply agreed procedures for children to all paid staff and volunteers.

Guideline 5

* Give all paid staff and volunteers clear roles.

Guideline 6

* Use supervision as a means to protecting children.

Guideline 7

* Treat all would-be paid staff and volunteers as job applicants for any position involving contact with children.

Guideline 8

* Gain at least one reference from a person who has experience of the applicant's paid work or volunteering with children.

Guideline 9

* Explore the applicants experience of working or contact with children in an interview before appointment.

Guideline 10

* Find out whether an applicant has any conviction for criminal offences against children.

Guideline 11

* Make paid and volunteer appointments conditional on the successful completion of a probationary period.

Guideline 12

* Issue guidelines on how to deal with disclosure or discovery of abuse.

Guideline 13

* Train paid staff and volunteers, their line managers or supervisors and policy makers, in the prevention of child abuse.

Please do not see these guidelines as a threat to existing work, rather it is a way of making even more effective the care and concern which inspires both the work and the workers.

 

SAFEGUARDING GUIDELINES FOR LEADERS

Good Practice

It is expected that a Leader of children / young people should always:

• respect everyone as an individual.

• provide a good example of acceptable behaviour.

• respect everyone’s right to personal privacy.

• be available as a listening ear and, if necessary, refer for more appropriate help.

• be sensitive to other people’s likes and dislikes.

• try to ensure that their actions cannot be misunderstood or cause offence.

• show understanding when dealing with sensitive issues.

• plan to have more than one adult present during activities.

• remember that they are accountable to the children, their parents and their group.

 

A Leader should never:

• permit abusive behaviour, eg bullying, ridiculing or taunting.

• have inappropriate physical or verbal contact with others.

• jump to conclusions or make assumptions about others without checking facts.

• encourage inappropriate attention-seeking behaviour such as ‘crushes’.

• show favouritism to anyone.

• make suggestive remarks or actions, even in jest.

• deliberately place themselves or others in a compromising situation.

• believe ‘it could never happen to me’.

 

Handling incidents

• Don’t panic.

• Use your common sense.

• Ensure the safety of the children.

• Ensure the safety of other adults and yourself.

• Listen to what people say.

• Get all sides of the story.

• Don’t make instant comments.

• Report the incident to the group organiser.

• Keep notes of what happened.

• Keep copies of all written material.

 

 

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