Charity Number: 1179010
This policy applies to all staff, including senior managers, the board of trustees, paid staff, volunteers, sessional workers and anyone working on behalf of Kool Carers South East Limited.
The purpose of this policy:
Is to protect young carers who receive Kool Carers South East Limited services. Kool Carers South East Limited believes that any child or young person should never experience abuse of any kind. We have a responsibility to promote the welfare of all young carers and to keep them safe. We are committed to practice in a way that protects them.
Kool Carers South East Limited acknowledges the duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of young carers and is committed to ensuring safeguarding practice reflects statutory responsibilities, government guidance and complies with best practice. This policy has been drawn up on the basis of law and guidance that seeks to protect children, namely:
- Children Act 1989
- United Convention of the Rights of the Child 1991
- Data Protection Act 1998
- Human Rights Act 1998
- Sexual Offences Act 2003
- Children Act 2004
- Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006
- Protection of Freedoms Act 2012
- Children and Families Act 2014
- Working Together to Safeguard Children: a guide to inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children; HM Government, 2015
This policy recognises that the welfare and interests of young carers are paramount in all circumstances. It aims to ensure that regardless of age, ability or disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation, socio-economic background, all young carers have a right to equal protection from all types of harm and abuse and how some young carers are additionally vulnerable because of past or present experiences.
Kool Carers South East Limited believes young carers should have:
- a positive and enjoyable experience in a safe and child centred environment when participating in a young carers programme of activities and events facilitated by either Kool Carers South East Limited or by other professionals who have been employed by Kool Carers South East Limited.
- and all young carers should be protected from abuse whilst participating in or outside of the activities and events facilitated by Kool Carers South East Limited.
As part of our safeguarding policy Kool Carers South East Limited will seek to keep young carers safe by:
- valuing, listening to and respecting all young carers.
- promoting and prioritising the safety and wellbeing of young carers.
- creating and maintaining an anti-bullying environment and ensuring that we have procedures to deal effectively with any bullying that may arise.
- working in partnership with young carers, their parents, carers and other agencies to promote the welfare of young carers.
- ensuring everyone understands their roles and responsibilities in respect of safeguarding and is provided with appropriate learning opportunities and training to recognise, identify and respond to signs of abuse, neglect and other safeguarding concerns relating to children and young people.
- ensuring appropriate action is taken in the event of incidents/concerns of abuse and support provided to the individual/s who raise or disclose the concern.
- ensuring that confidential, detailed and accurate records of all safeguarding concerns are maintained and securely stored.
- using our safeguarding procedures to share concerns and relevant information with agencies who need to know and involve young carers, their parents/carers appropriately.
- ensuring robust safeguarding arrangements and procedures are in operation.
- when recruiting staff and volunteers all necessary checks are made.
- providing effective management for staff and volunteers through supervision support, training and quality assurance measures.
- ensuring that we have effective measures and whistleblowing procedures in place.
This policy will be widely promoted and is mandatory for everyone involved in Kool Carers South East Limited. Failure to comply with the policy and procedures will be addressed without delay and may ultimately result in dismissal/exclusion from the organisation.
This policy will be reviewed every three years, or in the following circumstances:
- changes in legislation and/or government guidance.
- as required by the Local Safeguarding Children Board, or as a result of any other significant change or event.
Designated Safeguarding Officer:
Name: Rachel Tungate
Senior Lead for Safeguarding:
Name: Gina Stickings
Last Updated January 2018