Spinnaker recognises that the welfare of the child / young person is paramount and takes seriously its responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of the children and young people with whom they come into contact. When working in a school or church Spinnaker staff must familiarise themselves with and abide by the school/church Safeguarding Policy (most are available on the school/church website). Members of school staff should be present in lessons and assemblies at all times. While they continue to have overall responsibility for safety and discipline, it is the duty of Spinnaker staff to support this by their safe working practices and vigilance.
Spinnaker adopts the definition of Safeguarding as stated in the Department for Education’s ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015’ guidance:
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is:
protecting children from maltreatment;
preventing impairment of children's health or development;
ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and
taking action to enable all children to have the best life chances.
Spinnaker’s Designated Safeguarding Officers are: Caroline Allen (lead recruiter) and Clare Holl.
Spinnaker recognises that:
- The welfare of the child or young person is paramount
- All children (regardless of age, disability, gender, racial heritage, religious belief, sexual orientation or identity) have a right to equal protection from all types of harm and abuse
- Abuse of children can occur in all communities
- Working in partnership with schools, churches and other agencies is essential in promoting young people’s welfare
In our activities Spinnaker will:
- Value, listen to and respect children and young people
- Foster and encourage best practice by setting standards for working with children and young people, in co-operation with schools, churches, voluntary agencies and other faith communities
In our recruitment of paid staff and volunteers Spinnaker will:
- Ensure all necessary checks are made to promote the safe selection and recruitment of paid and voluntary staff
- Provide induction, support and on-going training
- Make sure all staff and volunteers are aware of and committed to the Safeguarding Policy and child protection procedures
- Ensure all staff are issued with the Spinnaker Staff Manual which incorporates all policies and guidelines
When concerns are raised Spinnaker will:
- Respond without delay to every concern raised that a child or young person may have been harmed or be at risk from harm; or about the behaviour of an adult or child and reporting this to the school/church Designated Safeguarding Officer.
- Keep a written record of any concerns and actions taken.
- Deal appropriately with allegations / concerns about staff or volunteers through internal investigation in the first instance
- Keep one of Spinnaker’s safeguarding officers informed of the situation unless it will compromise a police investigation to do so.
In the first place raise any concerns with staff at the school/church, offering to write a report, and report back to Spinnaker both verbally and in writing with date and time. If leaving the original handwritten copy with the school, obtain two photocopies, one for Spinnaker and one for yourself.
Spinnaker is committed to reviewing their policy and procedures annually through the Executive Committee, which is then passed to the Trustees.