The Turner Hodgkiss Nature Reserve is a community resource the primary objectives of which are to preserve and conserve wildlife and habitats of Staffordshire and to promote understanding, enjoyment and involvement in the natural world.
Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy and Procedures
The Friends of the Turner Hodgkiss Community Nature Reserve has considered its responsibilities (as set out in the Children Act 2004, the Department for Education (DfE) guidance document: Working Together to Safeguard Children 2013, the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 etc.) to the young people and vulnerable adults who are involved in our activities very carefully.
We have produced the following Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy and Procedures which set out the standards we wish to uphold in providing volunteering opportunities and safeguarding the welfare of children and vulnerable adults who visit the Nature Reserve or are involved in our activities.
- Policy Statement
The Friends of the Turner Hodgkiss Community Nature Reserve believe that the welfare of all children, young people (defined as those under 18) and vulnerable adults is paramount. We acknowledge our duty of care to safeguard the welfare of all Children, young people and vulnerable adults whilst at the Nature Reserve or involved in our activities. All young people have a right to protection from abuse, and have their particular needs taken into account.
The Friends of the Turner Hodgkiss Community Nature Reserve will endeavour to ensure the safety and protection of all young people involved with the Nature Reserve through the Child Protection guidelines adopted by the Committee. It is the responsibility of all adults involved in our activities to assist the Committee in this endeavour.
The Policy of the Friends of the Turner Hodgkiss Community Nature Reserve believes that no child, young person or vulnerable adult should experience abuse of any kind. We define child abuse or child maltreatment as physical, sexual, or psychological maltreatment or neglect of a child or children, especially by a parent or other caregiver.
We acknowledge our responsibility to protect children, young people and vulnerable adults and keep them safe whilst at the Nature Reserve or involved in our activities elsewhere.
We are committed to helping everyone enjoy their experience with us and will, as far as is reasonably possible, provide people with appropriate safety and protection whilst at the Nature Reserve or involved in our activities elsewhere.
The supervision of children, young people and vulnerable adults is the responsibility of their parents, guardians or day-to-day carers. For organisations such as Schools, Cubs, Brownies, etc. the responsibility of supervision rests with the, teachers, leaders and any other responsible persons assisting such organisation.
- Responsibilities and Communication
Our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy and Procedures will be available to everyone involved in our activities.
During a visit or involvement with our activities all supervisors including parents, guardians, day-to-day carers and teachers have a responsibility
- To provide adequate care and supervision to those for whom they are responsible.
- To work with the Friends of the Turner Hodgkiss Community Nature Reserve to comply our Policies and Procedures and specifically our Health and Safety, Child Protection and Equality Policies.
- To provide and instruct those under their control or supervision with the necessary information to keep themselves safe.
- Adults and children should raise concerns about unacceptable and/or abusive behaviour in confidence with any Committee member.
The Committee of the Turner Hodgkiss Community Nature Reserve will respond to specific safeguarding concerns by bringing concerns or matters requiring attention to the relevant authorities such as children’s social care services, the independent Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) for allegations against trustees and other volunteers, and in emergencies, the police.
Any incidents or concerns will be recorded as a confidential minute of the Committee.
- Monitoring and Review
This policy will be reviewed one year after being introduced and then every three years or in response to significant new legislation. The Committee and its volunteers are responsible for ensuring that the policy and procedures are implemented.