MY Trust believes that all children and young people should be well prepared for their future and that they should be enabled to:
Understand and be connected to their social, economic and political world
- Understand and make safe and healthy choices
- Be in learning, work or volunteering
- Have an effective support network where communities and families are well equipped to engage and support young people
- live in a safe environment and be protected from harm
- experience emotional well-being
- have a positive image of themselves and others, respecting and valuing equality and diversity
- develop good inter-personal skills and confidence in social situations
For the purposes of this policy a young person is anyone under the age of 18 years. If young people are denied the opportunity to be well prepared for their future in this way, children are at risk not only of an impoverished childhood, but they are more likely to experience disadvantage and social exclusion in adulthood. MY Trust recognises the importance of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people in all aspects of our work, throughout the organisation and in partnership with other agencies. All services working with under 18’s have a statutory duty to make arrangements to safeguard and promote the welfare of children under section 11 of the Children Act 2004, MY Trust ensures that the services it provides continue to meet these standards. This document is in response to these responsibilities and it encompasses all aspects of the MY Trust’s operations.
This policy aims to communicate our commitment to keeping children and young people safe and to make clear that children and young people must be protected and provided with safe and positive environments and that our duty of care is of paramount importance. The primary objective of the policy is to provide clear and consistent processes for MY Trust staff in relation to safeguarding children and young people from harm, abuse and neglect, regardless of their race, religion, ethnicity, gender or sexuality, age, health or disability, location or placement, criminal behaviour and political or immigration status.
Safeguarding is a wider concept than that of child protection. Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined by Working Together (2018) as:
- protecting children from maltreatment;
- preventing impairment of children’s health or development; and
- ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care and
- undertaking that role so as to enable those children to have optimum life chances and to enter adulthood successfully.
We believe that safeguarding children is everyone’s responsibility. MY Trust recognises that all staff, both paid and volunteers, have a part to play in protecting young people from harm, by recognising, responding, reporting, recording and referring cases of suspected abuse or harm to the relevant Child Protection Services. Our staff will be aware of the agencies and contacts to use, to refer those young people at risk, and be aware of the service support it is reasonable to expect from these organisations. All staff and volunteers have an individual responsibility for ensuring that young people are always in a safe, healthy and supportive environment when using any MY Trust services. In addition, appropriate risk assessments will be undertaken to ensure that young people are not exposed to undue risk from unsafe or unsuitable situations.