Safeguarding Policy

This policy applies to all staff, Trustees, volunteers, representatives, including salons and individual wig fitters providing the services of The Little Princess Trust to its beneficiaries.

The purpose of this policy is to protect children and young people who are in receipt of services from The Little Princess Trust, either directly or indirectly.  This protection extends to any child who has contact with the Charity on any level, including those that volunteer.

The purpose of this policy is also to provide the Charity’s staff, its associates and volunteers with the overarching principles that guide its approach to safeguarding and child protection.

The Little Princess Trust believes that a child or young person should never experience abuse of any kind.  The Charity recognises that it has a responsibility to promote the welfare of all children and young people and to keep them safe.

The Charity recognises that the welfare of the child is paramount, as per the Children Act 1989.  Therefore, all children regardless of age, disability, gender, racial heritage, religious belief, sexual orientation or identity, have a right to equal protection from all types of harm or abuse.

The Little Princess Trust is aware that some children are additionally vulnerable because of previous experiences, their level of dependency, communication needs or other issues.

The Charity will always work in partnership with other agencies as appropriate in order to promote young people’s welfare.

The Little Princess Trust has appointed Charity Manager, Monica Glass as a Designated Safeguarding Officer.  It has also appointed one of its Trustees, Tim Wheeler, as Trustee with responsibility for safeguarding.  It also adopts child protection and safeguarding practices through procedures and a code of conduct for staff, its associates and volunteers.

In line with its safeguarding procedures, the Charity will share concerns and relevant information with agencies who need to know.  It will manage any allegations against its staff, associates or volunteers appropriately.  The Little Princess Trust will have effective recruitment, complaints and whistleblowing measures in place.

1. CONTACT DETAILS

Designated Safeguarding Lead:
Monica Glass 01432 352359 monica@littleprincesses.org.uk

Trustee Representative for Safeguarding:
Tim Wheeler 0161 419 2405 chairoftrustees@littleprincesses.org.uk

SOCIAL CARE CONTACT NUMBERS

Herefordshire LADO:
lado@herefordshire.gcsx.gov.uk
LADO Administrator on 01432 261708

The Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH):
01432 260800
www.herefordshire.gov.uk/MASH

ADDITIONAL CONTACT DETAILS

CHILDLINE: 0800 1111
NSPCC Child Protection Helpline 0808 800 5000

2. POLICY STATEMENT

The following policies and documents have informed this policy;

  • Working Together to Safeguard Children (HM Government March 2015)
  • What to do if you are worried a child is being abused (HM Government March 2015)
  • Local Safeguarding Children’s Board threshold document
  • The Charity’s Protected Disclosure (Whistle-Blowing) Policy
  • The Charity’s Recruitment Policy

2.1 The Charity is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff, associates and volunteers to share this commitment.

2.2 Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children are everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families and carers has a role to play in safeguarding children. If children and families are to receive the right help at the right time, everyone who comes into contact with them has a role to play in identifying concerns, sharing information and taking prompt action.

2.3 The Charity will take all reasonable measures:

  • to ensure that we practise safe recruitment in checking the suitability of staff and volunteers. The Charity’s Recruitment Policy is set down in a separate document.
  • to ensure that all staff and volunteers read the Safeguarding Policy which includes as an appendix the staff code of conduct and the Charity’s Protected Disclosure (Whistle-Blowing) Policy as part of their induction.

3. THE DESIGNATED SAFEGUARDING LEAD

The designated safeguarding lead should:

  • ensure that the Charity’s Safeguarding Policy is known, understood and used appropriately;
  • ensure that the Charity’s Safeguarding policy is reviewed annually (as a minimum) and the procedures and implementation are updated and reviewed regularly, and work with Trustees regarding this;
  • ensure that the Safeguarding policy is available publicly;
  • maintain an ongoing training programme for all Charity employees and volunteers and ensure that temporary staff are made aware of the safeguarding procedures;
  • monitor the keeping, confidentiality and storage of records.

3.1 The Designated Safeguarding Lead will:

  • advise and act upon all concerns reported to them;
  • keep the Chair of Trustees informed of all actions.

3.2 The Trustees’ Representative for Safeguarding is Tim Wheeler, who is a fully trained Designated Safeguarding Lead in a school.

4. DUTY OF EMPLOYEES AND VOLUNTEERS

4.1 Every employee and volunteer of the Charity is under a general legal duty:

  • to protect children from abuse;
  • to read and ensure they have understood the Charity’s Safeguarding Policy which includes as an appendix the staff code of conduct, and to follow it;
  • in exceptional circumstances, such as in an emergency or a genuine concern that appropriate action has not been taken, to speak directly to Children’s Social Care.

All staff, including temporary staff, and volunteers will be provided with induction training that includes:

  1. the identity of the Designated Safeguarding Lead;
  2. the Charity’s Safeguarding Policy which includes as an appendix the staff code of conduct as outlined in the Staff Handbook;
  3. a copy of the Charity’s Protected Disclosure (Whistle-Blowing) Policy;

5. MONITORING

The Designated Safeguarding Lead and the nominated Trustee will scrutinise and monitor the operation of this policy and its procedures and make an annual report to the Board of Trustees. The Trustees will undertake an annual review of the policy and procedures and the efficiency with which the related duties have been discharged.