A Day of Sunshine (UK) staff and volunteers have no direct contact with the children we help, who remain the sole responsibility of their parents or guardians at all times.
We do recognise, however, our responsibility to safeguard the welfare of all children and young people who use our services, by a commitment to practice which protects them.
Principles upon which the Child Protection Policy is based:
- The welfare of a child or young person will always be paramount.
- The welfare of families will be promoted.
- The rights, wishes and feelings of children, young people and their families will be.
- A Day of Sunshine (UK) will provide protection for the children and young people who receive our services.
This policy applies to all staff, including senior managers and the board of trustees, paid staff, volunteers, or anyone working on behalf of A Day of Sunshine (UK)
rinciples We will seek to safeguard children and young people by:
- Valuing them, listening to and respecting them.
- Adopting child protection guidelines through procedures and a code of conduct for staff and volunteers.
- Recruiting staff and volunteers safely, ensuring all necessary checks are made.
- Sharing information about child protection and good practice with children, parents, staff and volunteers.
- Sharing information about concerns with agencies who need to know, and involving parents and children appropriately.
- Providing effective management for staff and volunteers through supervision, support and training.
This policy has been drawn up on the basis of law and guidance that seeks to protect children, namely:
- Children Act 1989.
- United Convention of the Rights of the Child 1991.
- Data Protection Act 1998.
- Sexual Offences Act 2003.
- Children Act 2004.
- Protection of Freedoms Act 2012>.
- Relevant government guidance on safeguarding children.
We are also committed to reviewing our policy and good practice annually.