Powerjam Safeguarding Policy
Powerjam is fully committed to safeguarding the welfare of all children in its care. It recognises the responsibility to promote safe practice and to protect children from harm, abuse, and exploitation. For the purposes of this policy and associated procedures, a child is recognised as someone under the age of 18 years. Staff and volunteers will work together to embrace difference and diversity and respect the rights of children and young people.
These guidelines are based on the following principles:
• The welfare of children is the primary concern;
• All children, whatever their age, culture, disability, gender, language, racial origin, socio-economic status, religious belief and/or sexual identity have the right to protection from all forms of harm and abuse;
• Child protection is everyone's responsibility;
• Children have the right to express views on all matters which affect them, should they wish to do so;
• Organisations shall work in partnership together with children and parents/carers to promote the welfare, health and development of children;
• promote the health and welfare of children by providing opportunities for them to take part in music safely.
• respect and promote the rights, wishes and feelings of children;
• promote and implement appropriate procedures to safeguard the well-being of children and protect them from abuse;
• recruit, train, support and supervise its staff, members and volunteers to adopt best practice to safeguard and protect children from abuse and to reduce risk to themselves;
• require staff, members and volunteers to adopt and abide by this Child Protection Policy and these procedures;
• respond to any allegations of misconduct or abuse of children in line with this Policy and these procedures as well as implementing, where appropriate, the relevant disciplinary and appeals procedures;
• adhere to AfC Youth Service policies and procedures on Safeguarding, including: - Safeguarding concerns are to be escalated as appropriate and reported to the Youth Work Lead, and appropriate procedures will be followed. Incidents/accidents are to be reported to the safeguarding officer and the AFC Building Manager/Area Youth Work Lead will be made aware of any event that occurs on site. Incidents/reports are to be recorded and kept as a record for AfC and Powerjam and reported through the correct channels. If allegations of safeguarding concerns against staff are brought to either AFC or Powerjam, a meeting will be convened to understand the LSCB and AFC protocols and agree the appropriate approach in the interests of children and young people;
• regularly monitor and evaluate the implementation of this Policy and these procedures.
Designated Powerjam safeguarding officers: Anna Texier (Safeguarding Level 3) and Andrei Sora (Safeguarding Level 2). Powerjam tutors are DBS checked and will undergo LSCB Safeguarding up to at least Level 2 training;