Policies

Granville Community Kitchen is committed to keeping people safe and being fair in all its interactions. With this in mind we have 2 policies listed below.

  1. The Otherwise Club and Granville Community Kitchen Child  Protection Policy 2016
  2. Equal Opportunities Policy

 

The Otherwise Club and Granville Community Kitchen Child  Protection Policy 2016

CONTENTS

Introduction

The Otherwise Club and Granville Community Kitchen’s Child Protection
Policy Statement

Child Protection – Keeping Children Safe

Responding to concerns

Recognition and Response

Safeguarding – Providing a Safe Environment

Safeguarding & Child Protection in Specific Circumstances

  • Behaviour
  • Bullying


Working Together with Parents/Carers 

  • Confidentiality
  • Referrals to Partner Agencies
  • Sharing our Policy


Adults working with Children

  • Safer Recruitment
  • Safe Practice


Key Personnel

Monitoring and Review

Brent Training for Volunteers

Important Contact Information

Introduction

We have a Child Protection Policy that guides the procedures and practices of people at the club when safeguarding children and promoting their welfare. The Otherwise Club and Granville Community Kitchen seeks to provide an environment where all children are safe, secure, valued, respected, and listened to.

We understand the term safeguarding to mean that we will take all reasonable measures to ensure that the risk of harm to children’s welfare is minimised. We also understand that where we have any concerns about a child’s welfare we will take all appropriate action to address those concerns by working in full partnership with other agencies.

Our Child Protection policy is written with due regard to the national guidance “Safeguarding Children and Safer Recruitment in Education” published by the Department for Children Schools and Families in January 2007 and will be reviewed each time any subsequent guidance is issued by the Secretary of State.

The Otherwise Club and Granville Community Kitchen’s procedures for safeguarding children will always be compliant with the London Child Protection Procedures produced by the London Safeguarding Children Board. Those procedures which have been adopted by the Westminster Local Safeguarding Children Board are available from http://www.londonscb.gov.uk/procedures/

Our procedures will be followed by all adults, including volunteers, working with or on behalf of the club.

Our Policy will be adopted at the Annual General Meeting in July 2015 and is reviewed
annually by the Designated Person for Child Protection. Any changes are to be broug
to the Annual General Meeting. It will be reviewed July 2017.

This policy is available to all parents either in hard copy or from our website:
www.theotherwiseclub.org.uk
http://www.granvillecommunityktichen.wordpress.com

1. The Otherwise Club and Granville Community Kitchen’s CHILD PROTECTION AND SAFEGUARDING POLICY STATEMENT

1.1. All staff and volunteers must be clear about their own role and that of others in providing a caring and safe environment for all pupils and must know how they should respond to any concerns about an individual child that may arise.

1.2 To this end The Otherwise Club and Granville Community Kitchen will ensure that all staff, whether permanent or temporary, and volunteers know who has designated overall responsibility for child protection and safeguarding.

1.3 Currently that person is Leslie Barson with Eleanor Stapleton responsible in her absence. For contact details see page 6

2. KEEPING CHILDREN SAFE

2.1 Child Protection – Responding to concerns about individual children

2.1.1 All children at The Otherwise Club and Granville Community Kitchen must be able to place their trust and confidence in any adult there. They must feel sure that they can speak about any worries or concerns they may have and that they will be listened to, taken seriously and responded to appropriately. Everyone must therefore know what to do if a child chooses to talk to them about any matter which raises child protection concerns.

2.1.2 Everyone must:

 

  • Listen to what the child is saying without interruption and without asking leading questions.
  • Respect the child’s right to privacy but not promise confidentiality
  • Reassure the child that h/she has done the right thing in telling.
  • Explain to the child that in order to keep him/her safe from harm the information that has been shared with must be passed on.
  • Report what was has been disclosed to the Designated Person
  • Record, as soon as is practicable, what was said using the child’s actual words
  • Sign and date the record.

2.1.3 The Designated Person for Child Protection will:

 

  • Assess any urgent medical needs of the child.
  • Consider whether the child has suffered, or is likely to suffer significant harm.
  • Confirm whether any previous concerns have been raised.
  • Consider whether the matter should be discussed with the child’s parents or carers or whether to do so may put the child at further risk of harm because of delay or the parent’s possible actions or reactions
  • Seek advice if unsure that a child protection referral should be made.
      1. The Designated Person will either make a referral to the child’s local authority children’s services duty or referral and assessment team or, if a referral is not considered appropriate at that stage, make full written records of the information that they have received detailing the reasons for the judgement that the matter was not referred to the local authority.
  1. Child Protection – Recognition and Response to Abus
    1. We understand that harm means the ill-treatment or impairment of a child’s health and/or development, including that caused as a result of witnessing the ill-treatment of another person.
  2. We must therefore be alert to any possible indicators that a child is suffering harm and report any concerns to the Designated Person for Child protection.

2.2. Safeguarding – Providing a Safe Environment

 

    1. All parents and carers of pupils attending The Otherwise Club and Granville Community Kitchen must feel secure at the club or in the kitchen. We will do this by:
  • Promoting a caring, safe and positive environment
  • Ensuring appropriate training in safeguarding and child protection according to their role and responsibilities and keep a record of all training undertaken
  • Encouraging the self-esteem and self-assertiveness through our activties so that the children themselves become aware of danger and risk and what is acceptable behaviour and what is not.
  • Working in partnership with all other services and agencies involved in the safeguarding of children
  • Always following Safer Recruitment procedures when appointing staff or volunteers to work in our school
  • Welcoming visitors in a safe and secure manner
  • Ensuring that any community groups which use our premises for the provision of services to children have child protection knowledge and understanding evidenced by a policy or are prepared to adopt our own policy.
  1. Safeguarding & Child Protection in Specific Circumstances
    1. Behaviour

We will always aim to maintain a safe and calm environment by expecting good behaviour.

We are aware that any physical response from an adult to poor behaviour by a child could lead to a child protection concern being raised by the child or parent/carer.

 

  1. No one will use force when dealing with a child’s behaviour unless the potential consequences of not physically intervening are sufficiently serious to justify such action
  2. We will always record any occasion when physical intervention has been necessary
  3. We will always notify parents or carers of any such incident

2.2. Bullying
We understand that bullying is harmful to children. We work to foster an environment where bullying behaviour is known to be unacceptable. We will always take seriously any reports of bullying and respond appropriately.

We understand that bullying make take different forms and may include racist or homophobic behaviour. Any such reported or observed incident will be dealt with in accordance with our anti-bullying policy.

 

    1. Working Together with Parents/Carers

2.3.1. Confidentiality
Information about pupils given to us by the children themselves, their parents or carers, or by other agencies will remain confidential. Relevant information will only a “need to know” basis in order to support the child if that is necessary and appropriate.

We will endeavour to keep any records which relate to child protection work undertaken by us or our partner agencies safe and secure.

2.3.2 Referrals to partner agencies
If we have a reason to be concerned about the welfare of a child we will always seek to discuss this with the child’s parents or carers in the first instance. On occasion, according to the nature of our concern, it may be necessary for us to make an immediate referral to Children’s Services when to do otherwise may put the child at risk of further harm either because of delay, or because of the actions of the parents or carers.

2.4.4. Sharing our Policy

This policy is available to all parents.

 

  1. ADULTS WORKING WITH CHILDREN

All volunteers working are made aware of the club’s child protection procedures.

3.2 Safe Practice

3.2.1 We understand that all adults have a duty to safeguard children and promote their welfare. We aim to provide a safe and supportive environment for our children through the relationship we have with them and their parents or carers and will always seek to ensure that all adults behave in a manner that fosters this relationship.

3.2.2. We will ensure that everyone is clear about the expectations we have of their behaviour towards all children and that any incident that falls below our expected standards will be dealt with appropriately.

KEY PERSONNEL and CONTACT DETAILS
Designated Child Protection Officer: Leslie Barson
Designated Child Protection Officer in case of complaint made against DCPO: Eleanor Stapleton
Leslie Barson 020 8969 0893 and 07952 616 352
Eleanor Stapleton 0208 8841368 and 07866701442

 

  1. MONITORING AND REVIEWING OUR POLICY AND PRACTICE

Our Designated Person for Child Protection will continually monitor our child protection and safeguarding practices and bring to the notice of the Annual General Meeting any weaknesses or changes necessary to the policy.

 

  1. FREE ONLINE TRAINING

Brent Council offer free online training to any volunteer in any organisation run in Brent. As a member of The Otherwise Club and/or a user of Granville Community Kitchen you qualify for that.
Please go to
http://www.brentlscb.org.uk/
and register for the courses.

  1. Important Contact Information:

If you are worried or have concerns that a child that is at risk of harm, neglect or other
abuse call;
Brent Family Front Door
020 8937 4300
NSPCC HelplinesHelp for adults concerned about a child
Call us on
0808 800 5000
Help for children and young people
Call Childline on
0800 1111
This Policy was last reviewed on July 2016.

Equal Opportunities Policy

Granville Community Kitchen is an equal opportunities organisation. This means that:

1. In all its activities, the Kitchen will seek to ensure equality of opportunity and treatment for all persons.

2. No person or group of persons engaging with the Kitchen in any way will be treated less favourably than any other person or group of persons because of their race, colour, ethnic or national origin, or because of their religion or belief, pregnancy and maternity, gender reassignment, sex and sexual orientation, disability, appearance, or marital status. We will also include people who are socially excluded, living in poverty or other structural disadvantage. In this document we refer to people in these categories in the rest of this document as ‘disadvantaged’.

3. We will positively act against oppressive structures. This may include a wide range of activities, for example, providing space for disadvantaged groups.

4. As an employer Granville Community Kitchen will actively seek to employ staff from disadvantaged groups. Where necessary it will provide them with special training facilities to enable them to compete or qualify for positions in the Kitchen. 

5. To help fulfil its commitment to equal opportunities, Granville Community Kitchen will undertake an annual social audit which will include data about the various equality strands and how well the Kitchen is able to act against discrimination.

6. We will not work with anyone who, to the best of our knowledge, discriminates against the groups named in point 2.

7. In hiring contractors and other agencies to work for it, Granville Community Kitchen will be mindful of its commitment to equality of opportunity. A copy of this statement will go to everyone who works with us and will be made publicly available.

With thanks to Vine Co-op.                                            Updated July 2016

 

Granville Community Kitchen Limited

 is a Society for the Benefit of the Community

Registered Number  7488

Registered Address: Granville Plus Centre, Carlton Vale, NW6 5HE

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