Safeguarding Policy

Bodmin & District Woodturners
Safeguarding Policy

Revised May 2022
Safeguarding Policy
Safeguarding Policy
(Note: The term child or children is also deemed to include vulnerable adults insofar as it is relevant to this policy.)
We recognise that the welfare of children is paramount and that we have a duty of care when they are in our charge. We will do everything we can to provide a safe and caring environment whilst they attend our activities.
We will:
• Treat all children with respect and celebrate their achievements.
• Respond to concerns and allegations appropriately.
• Adopt the ‘Members’ Guidelines’ (see below).
• When there are concerns about the welfare of any child/ young person all adults in our organisation are expected to share those with the designated child protection officer.

He/ she is responsible for:
• Monitoring and recording concerns.
• Making referrals to social services without delay.
• Liaison with other agencies.

Bodmin and District Woodturners (BDWT), through confirming this Policy Document, has indicated its determination to ensure that children and young people can participate in Woodturning with their safety and welfare being of paramount importance.
Woodturning can, however, be dangerous.
In line with other voluntary and commercial organisations we have decided to limit access to BDWT meetings on the following basis:
The Trustees have decided, in line with our Insurers Policy, that children under the age of 11 years shall not be eligible to attend meetings of BDWT.
Children under the age of 18 years may attend provided the Consent form is signed by both the Parent/ Guardian/ Carer and the child concerned.

Child Protection Policy – Members’ Guidelines
As members of the above association, you need to be aware of the concept of child abuse and have some background information to help to adopt good practice when working with young people.
Always remember – it is not your responsibility to decide if abuse has taken place. However, it is your responsibility to act upon these concerns.
Abuse is a powerful and emotive term and is used to describe ways in which children may be harmed, usually by adults and often by those they know and trust. There are five main areas of abuse of which you should be aware:
Emotional Abuse – occurs when adults persistently fail to show children due care, love or affection. Where a child may be subjected to unrealistic pressure and constantly shouted at and given responsibility for which they are not yet ready.

Physical Abuse – occurs when adults, or even children, deliberately inflict injuries on a child, or knowingly do not prevent such injuries.
Bullying – occurs when repeated aggressive, verbal, psychological or physical contact by an individual or group takes place. It can include physical, verbal, emotional, racist and sexual abuse, comments and gestures.
Neglect – this occurs when a child’s basic needs for food, warmth and care are not met, including failure to prevent a child from exposure to any kind of danger.
Sexual Abuse – both girls and boys can be sexually abused by adults, who use children to meet their own sexual needs and desires either through participation or forced observation.
Safeguarding – the welfare of children and young people is paramount. Bodmin and District Woodturners has a moral obligation and legal responsibility to provide the highest possible standard of care when we welcome young people into our association.

Guidelines for good practice for Bodmin and District Woodturners Members
Everyone should be aware that as a rule, supervising adults must not:
• Spend excessive amounts of time alone with children/ young people away from others.
• Take young people alone on car journeys, however short, without parental approval.
• Take children/ young people to your home, without parental approval.
• Help children with their clothing or get changed – encourage parents to do this.

You should NEVER:
• Engage in inappropriate physical contact, including horseplay.
• Share a room with a child.
• Permit children to use unacceptable or explicit language unchallenged.
• Make sexually suggestive comments to a child, even in fun.
• Agree to meet a child on your own, outside the context of normal duties.
• Allow allegations made by a child to go unchallenged, unrecorded, or not acted upon.

Key principles of good practice for Bodmin and District Woodturners Members
Adopting these principles will help you to create an environment in which:
• Children are listened to, given a sense of belonging and kept safe.
• Volunteers who work with children and young people are supported and protected.
• Parents are supported and encouraged.

Safe environment – this will be done by:
• Providing an adequate level of supervision.
• Keeping records of attendances, complaints and incidents.
• Producing procedures for dealing with suspicions.
• Identifying a person in charge of child protection.
• Protecting both members and children.
• Understanding the child’s right to self-protection.

If a child makes a disclosure to a member, that member should record the details and report them to the designated Child Protection Officer. The child should not be asked to repeat the information by any other member including the designated Child Protection Officer.
Dealing with concerns – this will be done by:
• Listening but not leading the child.
• Observing changes in behaviour.
• Believing – but do not promise confidentiality.
• Reassuring – be sensitive to the situation.
• Acting immediately and explaining to the child what you are going to do.
• Recording allegations or suspicion of abuse.
• Getting support.
• Referring to the right body.

Please remember if an incident occurs – the basic information needed is as follows, and shall be recorded by the Child Protection Officer:

Name of Child, age, telephone number and address. Parent/ Guardian/ Carer name. Name of person reporting situation.

Additional Factors.
• Are you recording the report based on your concerns or passing on the concerns of someone else? Please detail as clearly as possible.
• What has prompted the concerns and include date, times of any specific incidents.
• Are there any physical/ behavioural or indirect signs?
• Has the child been spoken to and if so what was said.
• Have the parents been contacted and if so, what was said.
• Has anyone been alleged to be the abuser? If so record details.
• Has anyone else been consulted? If so record details.
CRB/DBS Checks.
There shall be at least 4 Members that have completed a CRB/DBS check. Copies of the checks shall be held by the Secretary.
There must be at least one Members with a CRB/DBS check when unaccompanied Junior Members are in attendance.
General Points of Contact:
Cornwall Multi-Agency Referral Unit (MARU)
0300 123 1116

101 – non-emergency number

Childline – 24 hours
0800 1111

NSPCC Helpline – 24 hours
0808 800 5000