Safeguarding Children Policy Statement
Under the 1989 and 2004 Children Acts a child or young person is anyone under the age of 18 years .
Dr T Abela & Partners are committed to creating and maintaining the safest possible environment for children. We believe that it is unacceptable for a child to experience abuse of any kind and we recognise our responsibility to safeguard the welfare of all children, by a commitment to practice which protects them.
The purpose of this policy is to:
- Provide protection for all children who are registered with us.
- Provide all staff with guidance on procedures they should adopt in the event that they suspect a child may be experiencing, or be at risk of, harm - including how to make a referral.
- Provide all staff with guidance on what will happen if an allegation is made against them.
This policy applies to all clinical and non-clinical staff.
We recognise that:
- The welfare of the child is paramount.
- All children regardless of age, disability, gender, racial heritage, religious belief, sexual orientation or identity have the right to equal protection from all types of harm or abuse and have the right to freedom from abuse.
- Working in partnership with children, their parents, carers and other agencies is essential in promoting young people’s welfare and enable children to have the best outcome (working together 2015)
- All our staff need to be carefully selected and trained, and accept responsibility for safeguarding children.
We will endeavour to safeguard children by:
- Valuing them, listening to and respecting them.
- Adopting child protection guidelines and statutory requirements through detailed procedures.
- Adopting a code of conduct for staff, parents and visitors.
- Responding quickly and appropriately to all suspicions or allegations of abuse or issues relating to child welfare.
- Working in partnership with parents, carers, families and children and providing them with the opportunities to voice any concerns they may have.
- Recruiting staff safely and ensuring all necessary checks are made.
- Sharing information about child protection and good practice with parents and staff.
- Sharing information about concerns with agencies who need to know, and involving parents and children appropriately.
- Providing effective management for all staff through induction, supervision, support and appropriate safeguarding training.
- Ensuring that confidential information is stored and managed in accordance with national guidance
- Remain aware of safeguarding children and young people procedures,local policies and SET procedures 2015 and maintain links with other bodies, especially the commissioning body's appointed contacts.
We are also committed to ensuring that our Safeguarding Children policies and procedures are continually reviewed and updated.
This policy has been produced in line with the Government publication and the statutory safeguarding and welfare requirements set out in SET Multi Agency Child Protection Procedures Manual (2011) and RCGP Safeguarding Children & Young People Toolkit 2014.
These policies should be read in conjunction with Southend Essex and Thurrock (SET) Safeguarding Children and Young People Procedures ,which are available here - 2015.