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Child protection policy

Policy statements

Children and young people are an integral part of flysheet camps. As members and participants of this organisation we are committed to providing an environment for children and young people where they can feel safe and free from harm.

We recognise that this is the responsibility of all members and participants, and that we each have a responsibility to protect children from physical, sexual and emotional abuse and to report it when it is discovered or suspected.

Policy details

Each adult (over 18 years) working with children and young people (under 18 years):

  • Will treat all children and young people with respect and dignity befitting their age, and respect their privacy.
  • Will watch language, tone of voice and body language
  • Will not use their physical power in any way to intimidate or control children or young people.
  • Will be committed to using forms of control and discipline with children and young people, which are not dependent on physical restraint or punishment and do not involve bullying, sending to coventry or other negative forms of emotional control.
  • Will only use physical restraint where necessary for the safety of others and then only the absolute minimum required.
  • Will as far as practicable ensure that they are not alone with a child or young person where their activity cannot be seen. When this is not practicable, will inform other staff of the activity.
  • Will make sure that another adult is informed if, for instance, a young child has soiled their underclothes and needs to be washed.
  • Will not let young people involve you in excessive attention seeking which is overtly sexual or physical in nature.

Each adult (over 18 years) working with children and young adults (under 18 years) will not engage in any of the following:

  • Invading the privacy of children or young people when washing or toileting unless they need help.
  • Aggresive or sexually provocative games.
  • Making sexually suggestive comments about or to a child or young person, even in fun.
  • Inappropriate and intrusive touching of any form.
  • Any scapegoating, ridiculing or rejecting of a child or young person.
  • Making any racially provocative comments to a child or young person.
  • Sexual relationships with children and young people even if they consent.

We aim to encourage an atmosphere of mutual trust support and care which allows all staff to be comfortable enough to discuss inappropriate attitudes or behaviour. If you see another adult acting in ways, which might be  misconstrued, be prepared to speak to them about your concerns. If there are still concerns or it 18 not possible to speak to them, then speak to? the camp organiser or a Flysheet officer or other person appointed at camp. Do not discuss this with anybody else this is confidential.