January 2018

Our safeguarding policy

This policy applies to all staff, including senior managers and the board of
 trustees, paid staff, volunteers and sessional workers, agency staff, students 
or anyone working on behalf of Cornwall Music Tuition.

The purpose of this policy:
* to protect children and young people who receive Cornwall Music Tuition’s services. This includes the children of adults who 
use our services;
* to provide staff and volunteers with the overarching principles that
 guide our approach to safeguarding and child protection;

Cornwall Music Tuition 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 practise in a way that protects them.

Legal framework

This policy has been drawn up on the basis of law and guidance that seeks to 
protect children, namely:

Special educational needs and disability (SEND) code of practice: 0 to 
25 years – Statutory guidance for organisations which work with and
 support children and young people who have special educational needs
 or disabilities; HM Government 2014

Information sharing: Advice for practitioners providing safeguarding
 services to children, young people, parents and carers; HM Government

Working together to safeguarding children: a guide to inter-agency
 working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children; HM
 Government 2015

This policy should be read alongside our policies and procedures on:

Recruitment, induction and training
Role of the designated safeguarding officer
Dealing with disclosures and concerns about a child or young person
Managing allegations against staff and volunteers
Recording and information sharing
Code of conduct for staff and volunteers
Safer recruitment
Health and safety
Training, supervision and support
Lone working policy and procedure
Quality assurance

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 peoples welfare.

We will seek to keep children and young people safe by:

Valuing them, listening to and respecting them.
Appointing a Designated Safeguarding Officer (DSO) for children and young people, a deputy and a lead board member for safeguarding.
Adopting child protection and safeguarding 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, training and quality assurance measures.
Recruiting staff and volunteers safely, ensuring all necessary checks are
Recording and storing information professionally and securely, and
 sharing information about safeguarding and good practice with 
children, their families, staff and volunteers via leaflets, posters, one-to-
one discussions.
Using our safeguarding 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.

Contact details

Designated Safeguarding Officer (DSO)
Mr Tom Howarth
Phone: 07734 592063


NSPCC Helpline
0808 800 5000

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