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Sibs’ Child Protection Policy

Policy Statement

  • Sibs is fully committed to safeguarding the welfare of children and young people (under 18)
  • Sibs believes that safeguarding young people is everyone’s responsibility. It is a responsibility present in every aspect of our work with children and young people and their families.
  • Sibs believes that children and young people should be valued as individuals, be treated with dignity and respect, be cared for as a child first, and be safe.
  • The welfare of every child and young person in contact with the services provided by Sibs remains paramount at all times. This principle is the central tenet of the legislation for children’s protection in each of the four UK countries. For legislation and relevant reporting requirements see https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/child-protection-system/
  • Sibs is fully committed to promoting the welfare and safety of all who come into contact with its workers, regardless of age, disability, gender, race, religious belief, sexual orientation or identity – their protection from harm is a key priority for Sibs.

In working with other agencies Sibs will:

  • Work in partnership in order to protect young people
  • Work towards a professional culture of openness and co-operation. All workers are made aware of the responsibilities appropriate to their roles and those of others.

In working with young siblings Sibs will:

  • Help children and young people make informed choices in using YoungSibs and to responsible in their approach to e-safety
  • Ensure that its policies and procedures are accessible and understandable to all young people who use YoungSibs
  • Respect the confidentiality of children and young people within clearly defined boundaries that are explained to users of YoungSibs. Children and young people should be supported to give and receive personal information responsibly and in the knowledge of the possible consequences of doing so with reference to our confidentiality policy.
  • Support children and young people using YoungSibs to tackle behaviour that is characterised by discrimination, bullying, aggression, intimidation or verbal or physical abuse.
  • Ensure that we operate in line with our values and within the law in terms of how we use information technology and behave online.

Where this policy applies in Sibs

  • At Sibs conferences where young siblings attend
  • At regional consultation events for young siblings
  • At Sibs workshops
  • On the Sibs telephone and email helpline
  • In the YoungSibs online service
  • In any other Sibs work with young siblings

People to whom this policy applies

  • All Sibs paid staff (salaried and freelance)
  • Sibs trustees
  • Sibs volunteers

Roles

A named Trustee should take responsibility for leading on safeguarding issues

  • The Trustee board will ensure that the roles outlined in this section are being undertaken in accordance with these procedures
  • The Trustee board will ensure that an appropriate safeguarding induction, support and training programme is in place and implemented
  • The Trustee board will ensure that recruitment procedures safeguard the young people’s welfare and are implemented

 

Clare Kassa*, CEO of Sibs is the designated safeguarding lead She will ensure that:

  • The safeguarding policy is implemented and adhered to at all times
  • They are up to date with all relevant legislation
  • Liaison is carried out with Child Protection Agencies as and when necessary
  • Appropriate training and support is arranged for all staff in contact with young people
  • Support is provided to workers during and after incidents involving safeguarding and referrals to social care or the police.
  • Sibs chair of trustees, Simon Everest, is the safeguarding lead on the board of trustees.

 

All Sibs workers are responsible for:

  • Adhering to the policies in this document
  • Reporting any incidents or concerns to the CEO
  • Reporting concerns in other settings e.g. schools to the person responsible for safeguarding
  • Following the Sibs procedure for acting on concerns
  • Discussing safeguarding issues and best practice in one to one sessions with their manager
  • Attending induction and ongoing training in safeguarding.

Reviewed annually *Contact Clare via our contact form www.sibs.org.uk/contact/ or on 01535 645453.