SAFEGUARDING & CHILD PROTECTION POLICIES & PROCEDURES
Our Safeguarding Policy
This policy applies to all staff, volunteers, students or anyone working on behalf of Planet Music Academy.
The purpose of this policy is:
Protect children and young people who receive Planet Music Academy’s services.
Provide staff with the overarching principles that guide our approach to safeguarding.
Planet Music Academy believes that a child or young person should never experience abuse of any kind. We have a responsibility to promote the welfare of all children and young people and to keep them safe. We are committed to practice in a way that protects them.
This policy has been drawn up on the basis of law and guidance that seeks to protect the 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 recognise that:
The welfare of the child is paramount, as enshrined in the Children Act 1989
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
Some children are additionally vulnerable because of the impact of previous experiences, their level of dependency, communication needs or other issues
Working in partnership with children, young people, their parents, carers and other agencies is essential in promoting young people’s welfare.
We are responsible for:
Assigning a Designated Safeguarding Person and Deputy
Ensuring all necessary checks are completed to ensure the safety and legality of all Rocksteady staff.
Ensuring all staff complete a Safeguarding training course when they join the company, which must be renewed every two years
Keeping records of all certificates of completion of the aforementioned course
Delivering our own in-house training for Safeguarding in the specific context of working for PMA.
Ongoing support for all staff on all Safeguarding matters
We will seek to keep children and young people safe by:
Valuing them, listening to and respecting them
Adopting child protection practices through procedures and a code of conduct for staff and volunteers
Developing and implementing an effective e-safety policy and related procedures
Providing effective management for staff and volunteers through supervision, support and training
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 concerns with agencies who need to know, and involving parents and children appropriately.
We are committed to reviewing our policy and good practice annually.
This policy was last reviewed on 1st Jan 2019
Next date of review is prior to 1st Jan 2019
Signed: Chris King, Director