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Guidelines for child safety

Safeguarding Policy

The purpose of this policy:

  • To protect children and young people who participate at YogaFrogs.

  • To provide staff and volunteers with the overarching principles that guide our approach to safeguarding and child protection.

YogaFrogs believes that a child or young person should never experience abuse of any kind. We have a responsibility to promote the welfare of all children and young people and to keep them safe. We are committed to practising in a way that protects them.

Legal framework

This policy has been drawn up on the basis of law and guidance that seeks to protect children, namely:

  • Children Act 1989
  • United Convention of the Rights of the Child 1991
  • Data Protection Act 1998
  • Human Rights Act 1998
  • Sexual Offences Act 2003
  • Children Act 2004
  • Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006
  • Protection of Freedoms Act 2012
  • Children and Families Act 2014
  • Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Code of Practice: 0 to 25 years – statutory guidance for organisations which work and support children and young people who have special educational needs or disability; HM government 2014.
  • Information sharing: Advice for practitioners providing safeguarding service to children and young people, parents and carers HM government 2015.

We recognise that

  • The welfare of the child is paramount, as enshrined in the Children Act 1989
  • All children regardless of age, disability, gender, racial heritage, religious belief, sexual orientation or identity, have a right to equal protection from all types of harm or abuse.
  • Some children are additionally vulnerable because the impact of previous experience, their level of dependency, communication needs or other issues.
  • Working in partnership with children, young people and their parents, carers and other agency is in essential in promoting young people’s welfare.

We seek to keep children and young people safe by

  • Following and listening to and respecting them adopting child protection and safeguarding practices through procedures and the code of contact for staff and volunteers.
  • Using the safeguarding procedure to share concerns and relevant information agencies who need to know and involving children, young people, parents, families and carers appropriately using procedures to manage any allegations against staff and volunteers appropriately.
  • Creating and maintaining an anti-bullying environment and ensuring that we have a policy and procedure to help deal effectively with any bullying that does arise.
  • Ensuring that we have effective complaints and whistleblowing measure 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.

Key Contacts

Designated Safeguarding Lead 

Charlie Nash

Mobile: 07920 403 657 Email: info@yogafrogs.co.uk

Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO)

Darrel Clews

Safeguarding Team, Childrens Services, Moulsecoomb Hub North Building, Hodshrove Lane, Brighton, BN2 4SB

Telephone: 01273 295 643 Mobile: 07795 335 879

Front Door for Families

Brighton & Hove Council

Telephone: 01273 290 400 Emergency Duty Services: 01273 335 905 Email: frontdoorforfamilies@brighton-hove.gcsx.gov.uk

We are committed to reviewing our policy and good practice annually. This policy was last reviewed on: 1st January 2018

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