Bombastic works with children, young people and families as part of its activities. These include workshops, training, performances and digital filmmaking and live arts projects and educational work.
The purpose of this policy statement is:
- to protect children and young people who receive Bombastic’s services. This includes the children of adults who use our services
- to provide parents, staff and volunteers with the overarching principles that guide our approach to child protection.
This policy statement applies to anyone working on behalf of Bombastic including the board of directors, paid staff, volunteers, sessional workers (including those who are self-employed), agency staff and students.
This policy has been drawn up on the basis of legislation, policy and guidance that seeks to protect children in Wales. These include the Children Act (1989 and 2004), Safeguarding Children: Working Together Under the Children Act 2004 (2006), the All Wales Child Protection Procedures (2008) and Social Services & Wellbeing (Wales) Act (2014).
We believe that:
- children and young people should never experience abuse of any kind
- we have a responsibility to promote the welfare of all children and young people, to keep them safe and to practise in a way that protects them.
We recognise that:
- the welfare of the child is paramount
- all children, regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation have a right to equal protection from all types of harm or abuse
- some children 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, their parents, carers and other agencies is essential in promoting young people’s welfare.
We will seek to keep children and young people safe by:
- valuing, listening to and respecting them using a rights-based approach
- appointing a nominated child protection/safeguarding lead, a deputy child protection/
safeguarding lead and a lead board member for safeguarding
- developing child protection and safeguarding policies and procedures which reflect best practice
- using our safeguarding procedures to share concerns and relevant information with
agencies who need to know, and involving children, young people, parents, families and carers 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
- developing and implementing an effective online safety policy and related procedures
- sharing information about child protection and safeguarding best practice with children, their families, staff and volunteers via leaflets, posters, group work and
- recruiting staff and volunteers safely, ensuring all necessary checks are undertaken
- providing effective management for staff and volunteers through supervision, support, training and quality assurance measures
- implementing a code of conduct for staff and volunteers
- using our procedures to manage any allegations against staff and volunteers appropriately
- ensuring that we have effective complaints and whistleblowing measures in place
- ensuring that we provide a safe physical environment for our children, young people,
staff and volunteers, by applying health and safety measures in accordance with the law and regulatory guidance
- recording and storing information professionally and securely following and compliance with General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR).
- Where a member of staff has concerns about the welfare of a child, they should
immediately report their concerns to the Bombastic Designated Safeguarding Person< (or deputy DSP Carole Blade), who will appropriately consider the concern and what actions, if any, should be taken.
- There must not be any delay in making the referral.
- A copy should be kept for your records.
- Professionals cannot remain anonymous when making a referral.
- When making a child protection referral parental consent should be sought at all times unless to do so would place the child at immediate and significant risk.
Nominated child protection lead (Designated Safeguarding Person) for Bombastic
Name: Sean Tuan John
Bombastic Board lead for safeguarding and child protection (deputy DSP)
Name: Carole Blade (Chair)
Cardiff Child services on 029 2053 6490 or outside of office hours call the Emergency Duty Team on 029 2078 8570.
Other useful contacts:
Regional Safeguarding Board Website: www.cardiffandvalersb.co.uk
101/999 where none of the above are available
NSPCC Helpline 0808 800 5000 email@example.com
Publication date: September 2023
Review date: September 2024