iQuda Safeguarding Policy
Date of this version: 10/10/2016
- Our safeguarding policy
All staff working for iQuda Ltd have a duty to protect children and young people. This policy applies to all staff, managers, owners, volunteers, apprentices, third parties and other permanent and nonpermanent staff working for or on behalf of iQuda Ltd.
This Safeguarding policy has been developed to:
- Protect children and young people who receive iQuda services. This includes the children of adults who use our services or come into contact with us for any reason.
- To protect children and young people who work with iQuda or come into the iQuda office for whatever reason, whether permanently or temporarily (e.g. work experience placements).
- To provide staff and volunteers with the overarching principles that guide our approach to safeguarding.
- Allow iQuda to continue to offer valuable work experience placements to young people.
iQuda believes that children and young people should never experience abuse of any kind whatsoever. We have an important responsibility to promote the welfare of all children and young people and to keep them safe. We are committed to operating in a way that protects children.
- Relevant Law & Legislation
This policy draws upon relevant law & legislation in the United Kingdom, namely:
- Children Act 1989
- United Convention of the Rights of the Child 1991
- Data Protection Act 1998
- Sexual Offences Act 2003
- Children Act 2004
- Protection of Freedoms Act 2012
- Relevant government guidance on safeguarding children
- iQuda recognises that
- All children and young people 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.
- We are responsible for taking adequate safeguards to protect children and young people we come into contact with for any reason.
- We are responsible for promoting the welfare of children and young people in the workplace.
- We will seek to keep children and young people safe by:
- Valuing them, listening to and respecting them
- Adopting child protection practices through our procedures and code of conduct
- Providing effective management for staff through supervision, support and training
- Recruiting staff and third parties safely, ensuring all necessary checks are made
- Sharing concerns with any third parties or agencies who need to know, involving parents and children appropriately.
- Things to avoid. You should never:
- Develop inappropriate relationships with children or young people that is not directly part of your role
- Administer any medication to children or young people
- Patronise or treat children or young people unfairly
- Let children and young people have your personal (non-work related) contact information
- Make sarcastic, insensitive, derogatory or sexually suggestive comments or gestures to or in front of children or young people
- Act in threatening or abusive manner
- Make inappropriate promises to children and young people
- Conduct a sexual relationship with a child or young person or indulge in any form of sexual contact with a child or young person. Any such behaviour between an adult member of staff or volunteer and a child or young person represents a serious breach of trust and is against the law.
- Allow allegations about abuse or misconduct to go unreported
- Rely on your reputation or that of iQuda to protect you from prosecution in the event that you commit an offence.