SM Child Protection Training


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Basic mandatory training for all Summer Madness staff.
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SM Child Protection Training

  1. 1. 1 Child Protection Training
  2. 2. 2 PROGRAMME  Introduction to the Policy  Awareness of Abuse  Dealing with disclosure  Code of conduct for staff
  3. 3. 3 The Summer Madness Directors have a number of responsibilities in respect of Child Protection including:  Ensuring a Child Protection Panel is appointed  Insurance  Safety of buildings being used  Encouraging and supporting training  Contractual responsibilities for all who have access to children and young people
  4. 4. 4 The panel’s responsibilities include:  approving persons willing to serve as Summer Madness staff  advising staff on their responsibilities in respect of the Code  advising the Management Group in respect of its responsibilities  being an immediate contact point for staff when a suspicion or allegation of child abuse is made CHILD PROTECTION PANEL
  5. 5. 5 THE PURPOSE OF THE CODE OF GOOD PRACTICE Our Child Protection Policy is designed:  to promote the well being of children  to prevent the physical, sexual and emotional abuse of children  to set out the appropriate responses and procedures in the event of abuse taking place  to encourage safe practices for those who work with children  to safeguard those who work with children from the consequences of unfounded accusations
  6. 6. 6 DEFINITIONS:  CHILDREN - means persons under 18 yrs or persons of any age with a learning disability  WORKER/LEADER – means anyone who shares in the ministry of Summer Madness with children  CHILD PROTECTION AGENCY – those State agencies which are recognised as providing child protection and welfare
  7. 7. 7 Summer Madness – A MODEL OF GOOD PRACTICE  Children matter. They should be valued, listened to and have their rights respected  those who work with children should also be valued, supported and have their rights respected  the Church as one of the major providers of care to children should provide a model of good practice
  8. 8. 8 Anyone working with children at SM  Shall have a basic awareness of the nature of child abuse  Should know how to respond should a child make a disclosure of abuse  Must follow guidelines of good practice when working with children and young people.  Shall understand the insurance implications when working with children
  9. 9. 9 WHAT IS ABUSE? TYPES OF ABUSE  PHYSICAL  EMOTIONAL  SEXUAL  NEGLECT Even for ‘experts’ it is often very hard to decide if a child has been abused.
  10. 10. 10 PHYSICAL ABUSE deliberate physical injury to a child or wilful or neglectful failure to prevent physical injury or suffering hitting shaking throwing poisoning burning drowning suffocating confinement Inappropriate drugs
  11. 11. 11 EMOTIONAL ABUSE  Is the persistent emotional ill treatment of a child such as to cause severe and persistent adverse effects on the child’s emotional development  Smothering a child’s development through over-protection can also be a form of abuse.
  12. 12. 12 SEXUAL ABUSE  Involves forcing or enticing a child to take part in sexual activities, whether or not the child is aware of what is happening.  Can be summarised as any inappropriate sexual activity  Does not have to involve contact  May include inappropriate films, behaviour etc.
  13. 13. 13 NEGLECT  Is the persistent failure to meet a child’s physical and/or psychological needs, likely to result in significant harm.  (largest category)
  14. 14. 14 BULLYING A child who is bullied may be suffering any of the types of abuse defined above, It may take many forms but the main types are:  Physical (eg hitting, kicking, theft)  Verbal (eg sectarian / racist remarks, name calling)  Groups should have a strategy to deal with bullying
  15. 15. 15 Who can abuse?  Did you know?  Abusers don’t appear different from the rest of society.  Abusers come from all classes of society, all professions, all races and both sexes
  16. 16. 16 Who can abuse? continued  Sexual abuse of children may sometimes be carried out by strangers but it is much more common that the abuser is known to the child and is in a position of trust and/or authority  It is not only adults who abuse children. Children may suffer abuse from other children and young people
  17. 17. 17 PREVENTING ABUSE Summer Madness must take all reasonable steps to : Exclude known abusers Report to the child protection agencies any suspicious person or known offender attempting to make contact with children
  18. 18. 18 DEALING WITH CONCERNS If you have any concerns regarding the welfare and protection of Children and Young People, or any concerns are expressed to you by any person, these should be passed immediately to the SM Child Protection Panel.
  19. 19. 19 How do I contact the Panel? During the Festival, the Panel can be contacted via the Duty Officer in Comms 24 hours per day, or via the Venue Manager during major meetings. Outside of the Festival, the Panel can be contacted via the Summer Madness office.
  20. 20. 20 The leader as observer  You may notice  Physical injury to a child  A child’s behaviour  A church leader / worker’s behaviour The leader as listener  Possible sources of concern  Leader or worker  Young person  child
  21. 21. 21 Disclosure by over 18s ?  Confidence cannot and should not be guaranteed  Should be referred to the Panel in all situations  Will be referred to the appropriate agencies as the alleged offender may still have access to children.  NO DIFFERENCE IS DRAWN BETWEEN DISCLOSURE BY OVER 18s and UNDER 18s
  22. 22. 22 WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE CONCERNED THAT ABUSE IS OCCURRING / MAY HAVE OCCURRED  DO  Stay calm  Listen and hear  REFER IMMEDIATELY TO SUMMER MADNESS PANEL MEMBER  DON’T  Panic  Ask leading questions  Make the child repeat the story unnecessarily  Promise to keep secrets  Enquire into the details of abuse  Delay  Start to investigate  Communicate with any person directly accused Never do nothing, and assume that someone else will do something
  23. 23. 23 SUMMARY OF THE REFERRAL PROCEDURE  Allegation / Suspicion / Concern / Query raised  Report immediately to a Panel member  The Panel will speak directly with the person raising the concern.  The Panel will consult appropriate agency.  The Panel will follow the advice given by the appropriate agency  NOTE – Any individual worker may make direct contact with the agencies above if he/she chooses
  24. 24. 24 Your primary responsibility is to IMMEDIATELY REPORT any suspected abuse to the panel or to make an individual report to the statutory agencies
  25. 25. 25 Young people working with children  Permission of the Panel must be sought by the senior leader before any young person is involved in such a role  Such young people must at all times work under the supervision of leaders who have been trained to implement Child Protection.  The Management group must ensure that appropriate training is provided to cope with: bullying, shouting, physical contact, emergency procedures, first aid policy and include the need to protect themselves without the need to undergo the full training of core leadership.
  26. 26. 26 General Safety  Safety is of prime importance during any activity. Be aware of the following guidelines..
  27. 27. 27 General safety  Always have a quick look around the premises you are about to use and identify any possible sources of danger  Be aware of the location of the fire exits and ensure they are not obstructed.  Occasional fire drills should be conducted and ensure you know evacuation procedure.  Know where the nearest fire extinguishers are located.  In the event of fire, evacuation and saving life is more important than fighting a fire  Know where the nearest help is available
  28. 28. 28 More on safety  There should be adequate supervision by staff when using certain equipment  During games or ‘icebreakers’ be aware of the risks of physical injury and guard against these  Know where the first aid provision is located
  29. 29. 29 Code of conduct for staff  Be aware of the dangers arising from private meetings with children  Such meetings should be transparent and in the knowledge of another leader  Where possible another child or staff member should be present or within sight or hearing  Do not make unnecessary physical contact with children - horseplay  Conduct which could be misconstrued should be avoided
  30. 30. 30 Code of conduct for staff continued  Distressed children may need comforting - use your discretion and ensure that it will be seen by others to be normal and natural  First Aid is only to be given by designated First Aiders accessed by the Duty officers  Following an incident where a worker feels that his/her actions may be misconstrued, a member of the Panel must be contacted immediately  Take care in the setting of Summer Madness where relationships tend to be quite informal
  31. 31. 31 GOOD PRACTICE FOR LEADERS  All young people who attend the organisation should have a registration form filled in by parent or guardian giving: name, address, DOB, special medical details, dietary needs, emergency telephone nos, next of kin, and parental consent to attend the organisation  An accident and incident log  Do not take children off site without the prior consent of parents and informing another staff member  Ensure adequate supervision – no fewer than two adults present
  32. 32. 32 Staff should NEVER  Engage in sexually provocative games  Allow or engage in inappropriate touching of any form  Allow children to use inappropriate language unchallenged  Make sexually suggestive comments about or to a child  Strike a child or young person  Use offensive, abusive or generally inappropriate language  Leave young people unsupervised
  33. 33. 33 Leaders should make every effort NOT TO:  Do things of a personal nature for children that they can do for themselves  Spend excessive amounts of time alone with children away from others  Interview a child alone  Take children alone on car journeys – unless with the full knowledge and consent of another leader or the child’s parents  Have a young person in their home
  34. 34. 34 Supervision  Supervision – where a party consists of children of both sexes, both male and female supervision should be provided unless otherwise agreed.  Supervision ratios:  Children 0-4 yrs: Minimum of two adults and a ratio 1:3  Children 5-12yrs: Minimum of two leaders and a ratio 1:8  Children 12 and above: Minimum of two leaders and a ratio 1:10  Swimming – children under 8 : one adult in the water for every child
  35. 35. 35 THE PURPOSE OF THE CODE OF GOOD PRACTICE - REMINDER Child Protection is designed:  to promote the well being of children  to prevent the physical, sexual and emotional abuse of children  to set out the appropriate responses and procedures in the event of abuse taking place  to encourage safe practices for those who work with children  to safeguard those who work with children from the consequences of unfounded accusations
  36. 36. 36 THANKS FOR MAKING IT THROUGH TO THE END Please go to the following link to confirm that you’ve completed the review of the training.