The Free Kicks Foundation is an organisation that supports equal opportunities and equal access to services for all. We will provide equal opportunity in employment and service delivery regardless of ethnic origin nationality, religion, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, social class or any other irrelevant personal characteristic or preference.
Child Protection Policy
Free Kicks Foundation fully recognises the responsibility it has to have arrangements about safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. This document sets out how the club will meet those responsibilities, which fall into three categories;
- Staff code of conduct
- Preventing unsuitable people working or helping with the charity
- What action adults working in the charity will take if they suspect a child is being abused
Code of Conduct for Adults Working In The Charity
- Staff are responsible for their own actions and behaviour and should avoid any conduct which would lead any reasonable person to question their motivation and intentions
- Staff will ensure their behaviour remains professional at all times, including their dress and use of language
- Physical contact between adults and children should be to limited to the minimum required. Younger children may need more physical contact then older children. Adults should avoid any physical contact which could be misconstrued
- Staff and volunteers should avoid working in one to one situations but where this is necessary they should ensure there is visual access and remote or secluded areas should be avoided
- Staff will never allow or condone bullying or racism by adults
- Adults should not transport children in their cars without the express agreement of parents except in cases of emergency.
Preventing Unsuitable People From Working With Children
The charity will operate safe recruitment practices including ensuring appropriate Criminal Record Bureau checks and references are taken up. Referees will be asked whether they have any reason to doubt the person’s suitability to work with children. The charity will consult with the Local Authority Designated Officer (give relevant phone no.) in the event of an allegation being made against an adult working in the charity She/he will adhere to the relevant procedures.
If a child is being abused
Charity staff can have an important role to play in noticing indicators of possible abuse or neglect through their contact with children. It is important that all staff know what to do if they have any such concerns.
- Staff will have an awareness of the indicators of abuse and always take any concerns seriously.
- If staff have any suspicion that a child is being abused they will report this to Children’s Social Care Services or the Police Child Abuse and Vulnerable Adult Investigation Unit
- Please see appendix 1 for categories of abuse If staff have any doubts about the appropriateness of a child protection referral they will take further advice.
- If a child discloses s/he has been abused, staff and volunteers cannot promise to the child that this will be kept a secret.
Safeguarding Children in Education DFES/0027/2004
Safeguarding Children: Safer Recruitment and Selection in Education Settings DFES/1568/2005
What To Do If You Are Worried A Child Is Being Abused www.teachernet.gov.uk/child protection/guidance.htm
The Four Categories of Abuse
- Physical Abuse – includes hitting, shaking, throwing, poisoning, burning /scalding drowning, suffocating and factitious or induced illness
- Neglect – may involve persistent failure to provide adequate food, shelter and/or clothing, protect a child from physical harm or danger, or to ensure access to appropriate medical care or treatment
- Emotional Abuse – is the persistent emotional ill treatment so as to cause severe and adverse effects on a child’s emotional development – some level of emotional abuse is present in all types of ill treatment although it may occur alone
- Sexual Abuse – involves forcing or enticing a child or young person to take part in sexual activities – whether or not the child is aware of what is happening. It may include physical contact including penetrative acts or non – penetrative acts such as looking or producing pornographic material, watching sexual activity or encouraging children to behave in sexually inappropriate ways