Child Safeguarding Policy

Everyone who works here has a duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of our YP. If you have any suspicions that abuse may have occurred, contact the Chairperson Jacqui O’Connell on 07971 690678 or email jacqui@spiritus.org.uk 

Child Safeguarding with Spiritus

  • All staff will have enhanced DBS checks to ensure their suitability to work with YP.
  • References will be taken up and qualifications asked for.
  • Staff will be given clear guidelines to interact appropriately with our YP.
  • Staff working with groups of boys and girls should not be in the position of being alone with a YP. In this situation physical contact should be kept to a minimum.
  • Where YP seek physical comfort, encourage hugging a soft toy or give themselves a hug
  • Celebrate success by clapping, smiles, stickers, thumbs up gestures rather than hugs.
  • If first aid is required contact Mum’s and Dad’s first then encourage the YP to apply the plaster or cold compress themselves. Record any first aid given in the record folder.
  • Alert the responsible first aider of the situation and allow them to handle it accordingly.
  • Any situations that could be misinterpreted should be recorded and mentioned to the Chairperson as soon as possible.
  • If a member of staff is found to have broken these guidelines or a complaint is made by a YP, Mum or a Dad an interview will be held with a written record being taken. Depending on the outcome of this interview, a warning, dismissal or extra training may result, with regards to the guidelines.
  • Dismissal will be followed by a report to the police.
  • When a session is taking place within a building, doors will be kept under watch to safeguard our YP from strangers.
  • Toilets have lockable doors and staff should be aware of which our YP are using these facilities.
  • Our YP are to remain in the area of the building where they are supervised.

What to Do

Make notes of what our YP has said, do not ask leading questions as this may jeopardise any further investigations.

When our YP makes an allegation, be reassuring that you are listening and taking it seriously.

The Chairperson will contact the relevant person in the LA Social Services and will liaise with social services and take their advice on police involvement.

Records regarding family contact details, YP name and age are kept on premises, and must be kept up-to-date to facilitate contact.

Written records will be kept of any concerns expressed regarding our YP and will be shared with social workers in case further useful information regarding our YP is available.

Decisions not to seek further information and the reasons will also be recorded.

Where suitable, speak to YP and Mum or Dad about making a referral.

Agreement should be made with the social worker regarding what information should be shared with Mum’s and Dad’s and YP and who is responsible for this.