Firstly lets define this
Safeguarding is a term which is broader than ‘child protection’ and relates to the action taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm. Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility. Safeguarding is defined in Working together to safeguard children 2013 as:
- protecting children from maltreatment
- preventing impairment of children’s health and development
- ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care and
- taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes
We need to recognise the signs and symptoms of abuse:-
But also be aware of whom to contact should a concern arise.
Trustees of charities which work with vulnerable groups, including children, must always act in their best interests and ensure they take all reasonable steps to prevent harm to them. Having safeguards in place within an organisation not only protects and promotes the welfare of children but also it enhances the confidence of trustees, staff, volunteers, parents/carers and the general public.
The necessity to safeguard children applies both to charities working in the UK and other countries where children may face different or additional risks of abuse or exploitation. These safeguards should include a child protection policy and procedures for dealing with issues of concern or abuse. For the purposes of child protection legislation the term ‘child’ refers to anyone up to the age of 18 years.
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/safeguarding-children-and-young-people/safeguarding-children-and-young-people. I have added a few of my own additional comments.
HOW AS A EVENT WE CAN KEEP EVERYONE SAFE.
The Torbay Tech Jam is an event, that is open to the Public our aims are defined in Article 2 of our constitution.
As with other public events, the attendees are a mix of Adults (18+) and Children (under 18's as defined by law). Those attending DO NOT require checks, neither do those who attend to do talks, run workshops as we are all in the same room.
Staff are a MIX of adults and under 18's.
The main event is in rooms 10/11/12 and some activities may take place in the learning suite.
We will all work together to keep people safe by-
- Working in an open environment
- Sign in sheet, data collected and kept safe.
- Staff (especially Adults) take steps to protect themselves:-
- Behave in a way that can't be mis-interpreted and lead to accusations
- Set a good example of behaviour
- Not engage in playful or other acitivites that could again be mis-interpreted
- Not behave in away that cold be misinterpreted by other library users and lead to complaints
Toilets are available on the first floor. Opposite rooms 10 & 11. Food / Drinks are available on the ground floor.
There is no real reason to move around the library or keep this to a minimum and show consideration to other library users.
All staff should be mindful that other groups use the room, so other adults not involved I the jam may observe things that they could interpret differently and make complaintsl
Child attendance policy (can be moved elsewhere)
- Children attending should be accompanied by a responsible adult. The exception being Staff members who are under 18 and who have had parental permission to attend on their own.
- Children who have been attending and whos parents have agreed they can be dropped off and picked up later.
We have a standard consent form for both points 1 & 2 above.
Due to the open nature of the Jam then the need for DBS checks applies to those adults in a more senior position as in those who are organising the event or helping. The team page will reflect who has undergone this process.
As the team is made up of both Under 18's and Adults the key adults have had DBS checks completed either through the library or an external agency e.g STEM.
All staff members be mindful that staff members have pressures from e,g, school, work or personal life.
--comment-- we need something like this I think --
How to stay safe
Sign in / out policy Re Where it gets confusing is what you are doing:
- If you are in the IT room, with a group of children you probably should be checked if you are with children + parents then probably not as you are not supervising if you are just working ona project or something else adn they are too,, then again NO, you can be in a changing rooms for swimming in that situation. if you are with a group and doing a specific activity then you need to be mindful of what you are doing or teaching.
It is also about Regular contact, which seems to be defined as more than once a month.