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Safeguarding Policy

January 2024

Safeguarding Policy

The purpose of this policy statement is:
• to protect children and young people who receive Wilderdays CIC services from harm.
• to provide staff and volunteers, as well as children and young people and their families,
with the overarching principles that guide our approach to child protection.
This policy applies to anyone working on behalf of Wilderdays CIC, including volunteers.
Legal framework
This policy has been drawn up on the basis of legislation, policy and guidance that seeks
to protect children in England. A summary of the key legislation and guidance is available
Supporting documents
This policy statement should be read alongside our organisational policies, procedures,
guidance and other related documents:
• dealing with disclosures and concerns about a child or young person
• managing allegations against staff and volunteers
• recording concerns and information sharing
• child protection records retention and storage
• code of conduct for staff and volunteers
• behaviour codes for children and young people
• anti-bullying
• health and safety
We believe that:
• children and young people should never experience abuse of any kind • we have a
responsibility to promote the welfare of all children and young people, to keep them safe
and to practise in a way that protects them.
We recognise that:
• the welfare of children is paramount in all the work we do and in all the decisions we take
• working in partnership with children, young people, their parents, carers and other
agencies is essential in promoting young people’s welfare
Wilderdays Safeguarding Policy

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• all children, regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief,
sex, or sexual orientation have an equal right to protection from all types of harm or abuse
• some children are additionally vulnerable because of the impact of previous experiences,
their level of dependency, communication needs or other issues
• extra safeguards may be needed to keep children who are additionally vulnerable safe
from abuse.
We will seek to keep children and young people safe by:
• valuing, listening to and respecting them
• appointing a nominated child protection lead for children and young people.
• adopting child protection and safeguarding best practice through our policies, procedures
and code of conduct for staff and volunteers.
• recording and storing and using information professionally and securely, in line with data
protection legislation and guidance [more information about this is available from the
Information Commissioner’s Office:]
• sharing information about safeguarding and good practice with children and their families
• making sure that children, young people and their families know where to go for help if
they have a concern
• using our safeguarding and child protection procedures to share concerns and relevant
information with agencies who need to know, and involving children, young people,
parents, families and carers appropriately
• using our procedures to manage any allegations against staff and volunteers
• creating and maintaining an anti-bullying environment and ensuring that we have a policy
and procedure to help us deal effectively with any bullying that does arise
• ensuring that we have effective complaints and whistleblowing measures in place
• ensuring that we provide a safe physical environment for our children, young people, staff
and volunteers, by applying health and safety measures in accordance with the law and
regulatory guidance
• building a safeguarding culture where staff and volunteers, children, young people and
their families, treat each other with respect and are comfortable about sharing concerns.
Nominated child protection lead name:
Kathleen Sinclair, 07909871650,
NSPCC Helpline 0808 800 5000
We are committed to reviewing our policy and good practice annually.
This policy was last reviewed on: 6th September 2023

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