Safeguarding

Child Protection Policy

Review Date: April 2017

At ATE we believe that young people have the right to be safe, secure and free from threat, treated with respect, and to have their concerns listened to and acted upon.

We have procedures in place to address poor practice, and to help any young person who appears to be at risk, or who appears to be a victim of abuse.  We shall offer help and support when a child or young person tells us that they are affected by these issues.

We shall take steps to ensure that all staff working with children are suitable to do so, through the use of references and background checks.  We shall ensure that all relevant people have been vetted and approved through the Enhanced DBS processes.

ATE has a named member of staff who is specifically responsible for children, young people and child protection.

For further information please contact:

Liz Macartney         Primary Safeguarding Officer          01684 562 400

Policy for Anti-bullying

Review date: April 2017

Definition:

Bullying is behaviour which has the intention of repeatedly hurting another person.

It results in physical or emotional pain and distress to the victim.

Bullying can be:

  • Emotional
  • Physical
  • Racial
  • Sexual
  • Homophobic
  • Related to an impairment or disability

This list is not exhaustive.

Rationale:

We are committed to providing a caring, friendly and safe environment for all our children and young people, so that they enjoy their holiday in a relaxed and secure atmosphere. No one deserves to be a victim of bullying. Everybody has the right to be treated with respect.

On an ATE holiday, children and young people may need to learn ways of behaving towards each other and living with one another.

Main aims of the policy:

Bullying will be dealt with promptly and consistently. The child’s perception of the incident will be taken at face value.

All pastoral staff have an understanding of what bullying is, know what the policy is on bullying, and follow it when bullying is noticed and/or reported.

Children, young people and parents will be supported when bullying is reported.

Implementation:

All ATE staff are aware of the ways in which a child may indicate by signs or behaviour that he or she is being bullied.

The ‘Monitor system’ ensures that monitors are vigilant, no children are left unattended and all activities are appropriately supervised. This minimises the risk of incidents occurring.

Strategies are, and can be, implemented to prevent bullying.

Procedures for managing incidents of bullying:

  • If bullying does occur, all children and young people should feel able to tell a member of staff, and be confident that incidents will be dealt with promptly and effectively.
  • Anyone who knows or suspects that bullying is happening is expected to tell the Director.
  • Monitors should deal with bullying if it arises in their group, asking for help if necessary.
  • All incidents should be reported to the Director who will decide whether to take any further action. This could be asking the Matron, Assistant Director or Monitors to check on the children involved as the holiday progresses.
  • If appropriate, the Director will talk to the child/young person who has made the accusation, recording their complaint on an incident report form.
  • The Director will then talk to the person accused of the incident.
  • At this stage, the children/young people involved will be given the opportunity to choose someone to come to this meeting as support.
  • If appropriate, the Director will then talk to all parties involved together. They should discuss how the situation could be improved for all children involved.
  • The bullying behaviour, or threats of bullying must be investigated and all bullying dealt with quickly.
  • The children/young people involved will be monitored closely by the staff on the holiday to ensure their continued well-being and happiness.

At any point in the process, at the Director’s discretion, parents could be contacted to inform them of the situation.

After an incident has been reported and dealt with, the children/young people will be monitored by staff as the holiday progresses to ensure that no further incidents occur.