The purpose of this policy statement is:
to protect from harm children, young people and vulnerable adults who come into contact with Bradford Hate Crime Alliance [BHCA]. This includes the children of adults who use our services
to provide staff and volunteers, as well as children, young people, vulnerable adults and families, with the overarching principles that guide our approach to child protection.
This policy applies to anyone working on behalf of BHCA including senior managers and the board of directors, paid staff and volunteers.
We believe that:
Children, young people and vulnerable adults should never experience abuse of any kind.
We have a responsibility to promote the welfare of all children, young people and vulnerable adults to keep them safe and to operate in a way that protects them.
We recognise that:
the welfare of each individual is paramount in all the work we do and in all the decisions we take
all individuals, 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 individuals 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, vulnerable adults, parents, carers and other agencies is essential in promoting young people’s welfare.
We will seek to keep children, young people and vulnerable adults safe by:
valuing, listening to and respecting them
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
recording, storing and using information professionally and securely, in line with data protection legislation and guidance
sharing information about safeguarding and good practice with children, young people and vulnerable adults and families via leaflets, posters, group work and one-to-one discussions
making sure that children, young people and vulnerable adults and 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, vulnerable adults, 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 children, young people, vulnerable adults, 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, vulnerable adults and families, treat each other with respect and are comfortable about sharing concerns.