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SAFEGUARDING POLICY

Gracie Barra Roundhay Leeds’ purpose is to provide the very best Jiu Jitsu instruction to both adults and children.  We aim to excel both in our delivery but also the environment in which our members and their families enjoy.  Above all we exist to improve the lives of as many people as possible.

The purpose of this policy statement is:

  • To protect children and young people who receive Gracie Barra Roundhay’s services from harm. This includes the children of adults who use our services
  • To provide staff and volunteers, as well as children and young people and their families, with the overarching principles that guide our approach to child protection.

This policy applies to anyone working on behalf of Gracie Barra Roundhay, including senior managers and the board of trustees, paid staff, volunteers, sessional workers, agency staff and students.

Legal Framework

This policy has been drawn up on the basis of legislation, policy and guidance that seeks to protect children in England. A summary of the key legislation is available from nspcc.org.uk/learning.

We Believe That:

  • Children and young people should never experience abuse of any kind
  • We have a responsibility to promote the welfare of all children and young

people, to keep them safe and to practise in a way that protects them.

We Recognise That:

  • The welfare of children is paramount in all the work we do and in all the decisions we take all children, regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation have an equal right to 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 will seek to keep children and young people safe by:

  • Valuing, listening to and respecting them
  • Appointing a nominated child protection lead for children and young people
  • Adopting child protection and safeguarding best practice through our policies, procedures and code of conduct for staff and volunteers.
  • Developing and implementing an effective online safety policy and related procedures
  • Providing effective management for staff and volunteers through supervision, support, training and quality assurance measures so that all staff and volunteers know about and follow our policies, procedures and behaviour codes confidently and competently
  • Recruiting and selecting staff and volunteers safely, ensuring all necessary checks are made (enhanced DBS for all staff) and safeguarding training for all full-time staff and/or instructors/coaches
  • Recording, storing and using information professionally and securely, in line with data protection legislation and guidance [more information about this is available from the Information Commissioner’s Office: ico.org.uk/for- organisations]
  • Sharing information about safeguarding and good practice with children and their families via leaflets, posters, group work and one-to-one discussions
  • Making sure that children, young people and their families know where to go for help if they have a concern
  • Using our safeguarding and child protection procedures to share concerns and relevant information with agencies who need to know, and involving children, young people, parents, families and carers appropriately
  • Using our procedures to manage any allegations against staff and volunteers appropriately
  • Creating and maintaining an anti-bullying environment and ensuring that we have a policy and procedure to help us deal effectively with any bullying that does arise
  • Ensuring that we have effective complaints and whistleblowing measures in place
  • Ensuring that we provide a safe physical environment for our children, young people, staff and volunteers, by applying health and safety measures in accordance with the law and regulatory guidance
  • Building a safeguarding culture where staff and volunteers, children, young people and their families, treat each other with respect and are comfortable about sharing concerns

In addition to the above we will promote the non-sharing of images of children by parents (unless only of their own children) to ensure a digital footprint of especially vulnerable and safeguarded children is upheld.

Contact details

Nominated child protection lead

Name: Mike Bates

Phone/email: 07727164394

This policy was last reviewed on: Friday 16th June 2021

Signed: Mike Bates

NSPCC Helpline

0808 800 5000

We are committed to reviewing our policy and good practice annually.