Mother Nature Science
Safeguarding Children | (Child Protection) Policy
The purpose of this policy is to:
- afford protection for the students while under Mother Nature Science’s care.
- enable staff and volunteers to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.
- promote a culture which makes this school a safer place to learn.
This policy applies to the Hirer and all staff, volunteers, or anyone working on behalf of Mother Nature Science.
Every Child has the right to:
- Be safe from accidental injury
- Be protected from maltreatment, neglect, violence and sexual exploitation
- Be safeguarded from bullying, discrimination and anti-social behaviour
- Be able to enjoy and achieve
Mother Nature Science recognises that the welfare of the child is paramount and takes seriously its responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of the children and young people in its care.
- The Key Principles of the MNS Safeguarding Children (Child Protection) Policy are that:
- The welfare of the child is, and must always be, paramount to any other considerations.
- All participants regardless of age, gender, ability or disability, race, faith, culture, size, shape, language or sexual identity have the right to protection from abuse or harm.
- All allegations or suspicions of abuse, neglect, harm and poor practice will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly, fairly and appropriately.
- Working in partnership with schools, other organisations, statutory agencies, parents, carers, children and young people is essential for the welfare of children and young people.
- Children have a right to expect support from, and activities delivered by an appropriately recruited, vetted and managed staffs in relation to their participation in MNS programme, whether they are teaching, assisting, training or volunteering.
- We will endeavour to safeguard children and young people by valuing them, listening to and respecting them and involving them in decisions which affect them.
- We will recruit staff and volunteers safely, ensuring all necessary checks are made and make sure all staff and volunteers are aware of and committed to the safeguarding policy and child protection procedures.
- We will provide effective management through induction, support, training and ensuring staff and volunteers understand about ‘whistleblowing’.
- We will deal appropriately with allegations/concerns about staff or volunteers, in accordance with partner school’s policy and Government guidance.
- All staffs MNS who have regular supervisory contact with children or a management responsibility for those working with children must undertake an Enhanced Criminal Records Bureau disclosure and strict training on child protection behaviour management.
- MNS will ensure that all its staffs will comply with the Best Practice Guidance, in summary, the following are NOT acceptable and will be treated seriously by the club and may result in disciplinary action being taken by the MNS:
- Inappropriate or unnecessary physical contact with a child.
- Consuming alcohol before or during their care for children.
- Providing alcohol to children or allowing its supply.
- Smoking in the presence of children.
- Being under the influence or consuming drugs including medication that may have an adverse effect on the individual’s ability to provide childcare.
- Humiliating children or vulnerable adults.
- Participating in, or allowing, contact or physical games with children.
- Having an intimate relationship with any child developed as a result of being in a ‘position of trust.’
- Making sexually explicit comments or sharing sexually explicit material.
- MNS will ensure that its instructors, and supporting staffs, will receive the support and training considered appropriate to their position and role. The MNS “Behaviour Management” Policy has been adopted and circulated amongst the club workforce both, voluntary and paid.
- MNS will ensure that the childcare is accessible and inclusive by taking all reasonable steps to ensure children with disabilities have access to the premises. We will not refuse to provide childcare or treat any child less favourably than another child by reason of the child’s disability or learning difficulty. We will ensure that the parents of the children in questions are aware of our ratios and are aware that one to one care cannot be provided at all times. We will ensure that parents are aware that children, who have severe learning difficulties and receive one to one help at school, will need to be provided help during our services. We will ensure we caring monitor the behaviour of all children and report back to parents as necessary to ensure the safety and welfare of the other children are protected at all times.
- We will ensure that our in house training summarises key points as set out in the document ‘common core of skills and knowledge for the children’s workforce’
- The Regional Safeguarding Officer is [Roseline Thevarajah]. If you witness or are aware of an incident where the welfare of a child or vulnerable adult has been put at risk you must in the first instance inform the Regional Safeguarding Officer. They will then inform the MNS Regional Manager. If an incident involves the Regional Safeguarding Officer you should inform the MNS Regional Manager or the MNS Regional Director.