Doddinghurst Neighbourhood Watch

SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN POLICY


1. Doddinghurst Neighbourhood Watch (DNHW) acknowledges its responsibility to safeguard the welfare of every child and young person who has been entrusted to its care and is committed to working to provide a safe environment for all members. A child or young person is anyone under the age of 18 engaged in any Neighbourhood Watch activity. We subscribe to The Charity Commissions Safeguarding Children guidelines and endorse the Statements contained in that document.

2. The key principles of DNHW safeguarding Children Policy are that: • the child’s welfare is, and must always be, the paramount consideration • all children and young people have a right to be protected from abuse regardless of their age, gender, disability, race, sexual orientation, faith or belief • all suspicions and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately • working in partnership with other organisations, children and young people and their parents/carers is essential.

We acknowledge that every child or young person who participates in Junior Neighbourhood Watch should be able to take part in an enjoyable and safe environment and be protected from poor practice and abuse.

3.DNHW recognises that this is the responsibility of every adult involved in our group. DNHW has a role to play in safeguarding the welfare of all children and young people by protecting them from physical, sexual or emotional harm and from neglect or bullying.

4. We endorse The Charity Commissions’ guidelines for recruiting members/volunteers and we will:

Specify what the role is and what tasks it involves

Request identification documents

As a minimum meet and talk with the applicant(s) and where possible interview people before they join the group

5. DNHW supports a Whistle blowing Policy. Any adult or young person with concerns about a colleague can ‘whistle blow’ by contacting the Police, Children’s Services or the NSPCC. DNHW encourages everyone to know about it and utilize it if necessary.

6. Bullying of any kind is not acceptable at our group. If bullying does occur, all members, parents/carers should be able to tell and know that incidents will be dealt with promptly. Incidents need to be reported to any Committee member and/or The Junior School Head Teacher.

7. Reporting your concerns about the welfare of a child or young person:

Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility. If you are worried about a child it is important that you report your concerns – no action is not an option.

i. If you are worried about a child then you need to report your concerns to any member of the Committee and/or The Junior School Head Teacher.

ii. If the issue is one of poor practice the Officer will either:

deal with the matter themselves or

seek advice from the Police, Children’s Services or NSPCC

iii. If the concern is more serious – possible child abuse, then immediately contact the Police or Children’s Services

iv. If the child needs immediate medical treatment take them to a hospital or call an ambulance and tell them this is a child protection concern. Let a Committee Member/Junior School Head Teacher know what action you have taken.

v. If at any time you are not able to contact any/either of the above or the matter is clearly serious then you can either:

contact the Police or Children’s Services

call NSPCC 24 hour Helpline for advice on 0808 800 5000 or Deaf users text phone 0800 056 0566

8. Further advice on Safeguarding Children matters can be obtained from:

Brentwood Police Tel : 0300 333 444xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

NSPCC Tel : 0808 800 5000

Charity Commission Tel : 0845 300 0218 www.charity-commission.gov.uk