SOLA ARTS is concerned to safeguard the wholeness and the wellbeing of every person in our community, of whatever age. It is the responsibility of each one of us to prevent the physical, sexual or emotional abuse of every member of our community, and particularly the abuse of those most vulnerable among us, including children and young people.
It is the duty of all those who work with children and young people to prevent harm and abuse of every kind, and to report any abuse discovered or suspected.
SOLA ARTS acknowledges the duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and is committed to ensuring safeguarding practice reflects statutory responsibilities, government guidance and complies with best practice and government requirements.
The policy recognises that the welfare and interests of children are paramount in all circumstances. It aims to ensure that regardless of age, gender, religion or beliefs, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation or socio- economic background, all children;
• have a positive and enjoyable experience of creativity at SOLA ARTS in a safe and child centred environment
• are protected from abuse whilst participating in creativity or Art Therapy at SOLA ARTS or outside of the activity. SOLA ARTS acknowledges that some children, including disabled children and young people or those from ethnic minority communities, can be particularly vulnerable to abuse and we accept the responsibility to take reasonable and appropriate steps to ensure their welfare.
As part of our safeguarding policy SOLA ARTS will;
promote and prioritise the safety and wellbeing of children and young people
ensure everyone understands their roles and responsibilities in respect of safeguarding and is provided with appropriate learning opportunities to recognise, identify and respond to signs of abuse, neglect and other safeguarding concerns relating to children and young people
ensure appropriate action is taken in the event of incidents/concerns of abuse and support provided to the individual/s who raise or disclose the concern
ensure that confidential, detailed and accurate records of all safeguarding concerns are maintained and securely stored
prevent the employment/deployment of unsuitable individuals
ensure robust safeguarding arrangements and procedures are in operation.
The policy and procedures will be widely promoted and are mandatory for everyone involved in SOLA ARTS. Failure to comply with the policy and procedures will be addressed without delay and may ultimately result in dismissal/exclusion from the organisation.
It is the policy of SOLA ARTS that no-one shall work or volunteer to work with children and young people within or on behalf of SOLA ARTS who:
• has been convicted of or has received a formal police caution concerning an offence against children as listed in the First Schedule of the Children and Young Person's Act 1933; or
• has been convicted of or has received a formal police caution concerning sexual offences against children and young people.
This means that:
• All who do paid work with children and young people under the auspices of SOLA ARTS will be required to be checked through the Criminal Records Bureau, and are expected at all times to conform with good practice in their work: and
• Those responsible for the appointment of such workers, plus the recruitment of any volunteers, within SOLA ARTS must take all reasonable steps (including obtaining Disclosures from the Criminal Records Bureau for paid staff, and/or receiving written references – this list is not exhaustive and should only be used as guidance) to ensure that persons who have been convicted or have received a formal police caution concerning sexual offences and/or violent offences against children or young people shall not undertake work with young people under the auspices of SOLA ARTS.
Furthermore, SOLA ARTS will:
• Plan the work of the organisation so as to minimise situations where the abuse of children may occur.
• When considering any such applicant, obtain at least one written reference from a person who has experience of the applicant's paid work or volunteering with children.
• Explore all applicants' experience of working or contact with children in an interview before appointment.
• Make paid appointments conditional on the successful completion of a probationary period.
• Issue guidelines on how to deal with disclosure or discovery of abuse.
• Train paid staff and volunteers in the prevention of child abuse.
• Continue with monitoring of the effectiveness of the organisations Child Protection Policy by taking appropriate steps, as necessary, in the furtherance of Best Practice guidance and continue with developing strategies that involve the dissemination of this information with all members of SOLA ARTS.
The policy will be reviewed a year after development and then every three years, or in the
• changes in legislation and/or government guidance
• as required by the Local Safeguarding Children Board, Local Councils and SOLA ARTS
• as a result of any other significant change or event.
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