Child Protection Policy

The City of Sheffield Pipe Band is committed to creating a safe environment for children, young people and adults. We recognise our moral and legal obligations to protect children and will ensure that members (including parents) and helpers will take all reasonable steps to promote safe practice and to protect children from harm, abuse and exploitation. All persons under the age of 18 are deemed to be children.

“A child is someone who has not yet reached their 18th birthday. Once they are 18, legally they are an adult”

Our policy is based on the following principles: 

The welfare of children is always the paramount consideration.

All children have the right to be protected from abuse regardless of their age, culture, impairment, gender, language, racial origin, socio-economic status, religious belief and sexual identity.

Protecting children is everybody’s responsibility.

All children have a right to express their views on matters affecting them and these views should be taken into account when making decisions in relation to children.

The parent or guardian is, at all times, legally responsible for their child. However the band accepts joint responsibility during practice, at official engagements when tuning up, formed up as a band, competing and debriefed after engagements.

We will: 

Treat everyone with respect.

Respect and promote the rights, wishes and feelings of children.

Provide time for children to talk to us and listen to what they say.

Encourage children to respect and care for others.

Respect confidentiality and only share information with the people who need to know in order to protect the child having regard to the provisions of the Data Protection Act.

Take action to stop any inappropriate verbal or physical behaviour including bullying.

Take all concerns/allegations seriously and respond appropriately.

Adhere to good practice guidelines with regards to disclosure checks and Health and Safety in respect to safety, protection and wellbeing of children.

Child Protection Policy – Each CoSPB member or helper will: 

Always put the care, welfare and safety needs of a child as the paramount consideration.

Respect confidentially by discussing personal issues with the relevant personnel only.

If required ensure all Health and Safety and/or Risk Assessments are carried out.

Avoid being alone with children. When working with children ensure that you are within sight and hearing of other adults.

Always set an example you would wish others to follow.

Be aware of and sensitive to the vulnerabilities of some children.

Listen carefully to any child who “tells you” they are being harmed.

Never dismiss what a child tells you as “lies” or exaggeration.

Always give constructive feedback and not negative criticism.

Respect a child’s right to be involved in making choices and decision which directly affect him/her.

On buses to engagements help ensure that every child is accompanied by their parent or their nominated adult known to the band who will be responsible for that child at all times including when the vehicle makes a stop on the way to the engagement or return journey.

City of Sheffield Pipe Band members or helpers will NEVER: 

Make derogatory remarks, gestures or use inappropriate language in front of children.

Allow a child to be bullied or harmed by anyone in the band.

Allow a child to swear or use sexualised language unchallenged.

Harass or intimidate a child or helper, particularly because of their age, race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, socio economic class or impairment.

Allow others or yourself to engage in inappropriate or physical contact.

Form intimate physical or emotional relationships with children, young people or adults.

Engage in sexually provocative games, including horseplay.

Invite or allow children to stay with you at your home in the context of your role within the band. This includes holding any tutoring or practice with a child under the name of City of Sheffield Pipe Band at the member’s home.

Allow others or yourself to engage in touching a child in a sexually provocative way.

Make sexually suggestive comments to a child, even in fun.

Child Protection Officers 

The band will appoint Child Protection Officer’s, this will include one member of the committee to manage the procedure plus one male and one female member from the band.

The remit for these officers will be decided by the band committee and will be reviewed annually at the AGM.

The band committee will ensure the Child Protection Officers and relevant members receive appropriate training within a reasonable timescale.

What to do if you have concerns. 

If you have concerns about a child you MUST inform one of the bands Child Protection Officers immediately. If they are not available one of the band committee members should be informed of the concern.

Where an alleged offence has taken place the police will be contacted immediately and the member concerned suspended and instructed to leave the premises. (Not to carry out these measures will be committing an offence)

Review

The policy will be monitored and reviewed at the bands AGM.

If there is a change of legislation or guidance on the protection of children and young people the policy will be reviewed and amended if required.

The Child Protection Officers can review the policy when issues or concerns are raised about protection of children and young people within the band.

 

Child Protection Officers:

Jim Oakes

Brian Marchant

Date reviewed September 2018

Next review date September 2019