SC’s Child
Protection Policy

Safeguarding Children recognises that the safety and well being of children and young people is of paramount importance.

At times Safeguarding Children are faced with disclosures from attendees who have concerns about the safety and welfare of a child or young person whilst attending our seminars either face to face or via email. Safeguarding Children will always endeavour to encourage that person to pass on their concerns about the child or young person to Oranga Tamariki or the Police in the form of a Report of Concern.

Should a situation occur were the informant feels unable to make a Report of Concern to Oranga Tamariki or the Police then Safeguarding Children will not keep that information in confidence if they believe doing so will continue to leave the child or young person in a dangerous or harmful situation.

Safeguarding Children will always tell the informant of their intention to share that information with Oranga Tamariki or the Police and if requested ensure that the identity of the informant remains anonymous.

At times Safeguarding Children may make contact with the informant to ensure that they have made a Report of Concern if they indicated they felt able to do so at the time of disclosure. If during that contact it transpires a Report of Concern was not lodged then Safeguarding Children will inform the informant that Safeguarding Children are unable to hold onto that information about a risk to a child or young person and that Safeguarding Children will lodge a Report of Concern. The informant will always be informed that Safeguarding Children are intending to lodge a Report of Concern with Oranga Tamariki or the Police and if requested the identity of the informant will remain anonymous.

Safeguarding Children will always encourage informants to remain child focused and that the welfare of the child is of paramount importance.

All staff employed by Safeguarding Children (including volunteers) will be made familiar with our Safeguarding / child protection policy within 1 week of beginning their role within Safeguarding Children. All staff shall attend initial safeguarding / child protection training offered by Safeguarding Children as soon as a course becomes available, but definitely within 2 months of working for Safeguarding Children.

All staff members (including volunteers, trustees and board members) will be police checked before starting in their roles for Safeguarding Children. Robust recruitment process will be followed which will include references from a current or most recent employer, a past employer and a character reference.