Youth Ministry Trust

Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy

 

 

The Designated Safeguarding Lead is Tony Lawless

In his absence, the Designated Safeguarding Lead is Melany Francisco-Lawless

 

The following are appointed counter signatory:

Angie Richardson   Diocesan Safeguarding Coordinator

Meriel Anderson  Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor

Yvonne Brown   Safeguarding Administrative Assistant (full-time)

 

The Youth Ministry Trust [YMT] offers services to young people in a variety of contexts across the area of the Hexham and Newcastle Diocese in locations such as schools, churches and the Emmaus Village. YMT as a company has agreed to work within the overall Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy of the Diocese and as such welcomes the support offered by the Diocesan Safeguarding Officer.

 

All staff and volunteers at YMT are committed to the safety of young people while engaged in YMT activities. We are committed to the Safeguarding Policies of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, to protect children, young people and vulnerable adults from any form of abuse or maltreatment and to promote a safe environment for them.

 

This commitment flows from the fact that every human being has a value and dignity which we as Catholics acknowledge as coming directly from God’s creation of male and female in his own image and likeness. This implies a duty to value all people and therefore to support them and protect them from harm.

 

In order to ensure that the welfare of young people is nurtured, upheld and protected, all activities are carefully planned and take place in an environment in which young people feel safe, secure, confident, valued and respected.

 

Due to the variety of ministries which take place, those who work with young people are carefully selected and when concerns arise, they are dealt with robustly.

 

The Youth Ministry Trust fully adheres to National Catholic Safeguarding Policy and Procedures.

 

Role of safeguarding lead:

 

 

Youth Ministry Trust Staffing

 

YMT delivers its services through a mix of paid employees and unpaid volunteers of all ages. For the purposes of this policy statement, all who deliver services are deemed to be “Staff”.

 

Safe Recruitment Process

 

A thorough and consistent process of safe recruitment is adhered to in order to ensure that people who are unsuitable to work with children and young people are prevented from doing so.

Safe recruitment practices will be applied at all stages of the recruitment process:

 

Staff who will not have direct contact with young people will complete a Confidential Safeguarding Self Declaration form which will be processed by the Diocesan Safeguarding Office. All staff will be provided with a copy of the diocesan safeguarding document and receive safeguarding awareness training.

 

Gap Year Team Members and staff who work directly with vulnerable groups must be safely recruited. The application will remain on file during their period with YMT and be subsequently held in accordance with both the Diocesan and YMT storage and retention policies which are compliant with the General Data Protection Act (GDPR) 2018.

 

Staff Training

 

In order to safeguard children and young people, all staff and volunteers are aware of and committed to the safeguarding policy and child protection procedures. New staff will be advised of the safeguarding arrangements and contact details of the designated safeguarding lead, as part of their induction.

 

All staff will have ready access to safeguarding guidelines and know what to do in cases of suspected or alleged abuse:

Listen – Record – Refer.

Allegations or concerns of abuse will be taken seriously and referred immediately.

 

All staff should wear their identification lanyard at all times when working with groups to allow them to be recognised.

 

Gap Year Team Training

 

All new and existing volunteers in roles which have been defined nationally as requiring safe recruitment checks must complete the safe recruitment process.

They will have a probationary period of 3 months, at the end of which both parties will review the situation.

 

All volunteers will undertake safeguarding training as part of their induction. They will have ready access to safeguarding guidelines and know what to do in cases of suspected or alleged abuse:

Listen – Record – Refer.

Allegations or concerns of abuse will be taken seriously and referred immediately.

They will also have access to the diocesan e-learning modules on child protection and will complete them as part of their training.

 

Photographs or videos of young people are not allowed to be taken without parental consent, the designated member of staff or the gap year team will always check whether permission has been granted before taking photographs.

 

The members of the Gap Year Team are expected to follow policy in handling personal e-mail accounts and social networking accounts. As a representative of YMT, all posts should be appropriate and no communication with anyone under 18 or still in school is permitted.

 

Mobile phones - Whilst working with groups of young people, members of the gap year team will not carry mobile phones, except in the case of an emergency.

 

Identification – all gap year team members should wear their identification lanyard at all times when working with groups to allow both adults and young people to recognise them.

 

Code of Behaviour

 

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DO NOT:

 

 

Records

 

The Trust recognises that all matters relating to child protection are confidential.

Well-kept records are essential to good child protection practice.

Records and applications will be held in accordance with both the Diocesan and YMT Storage and Retention Policy which are compliant with the General Data Protection Act (GDPR) 2018.

 

Disclosures

 

The Youth Ministry Trust has a robust allegations management policy. Child Protection procedures apply in all cases where abuse is suspected, for example whether the suspected or alleged abuser is a member of the immediate or extended family, a foster carer or adoptive parent, a friend or acquaintance or carer, a person known to the child or family or a professional working with the child or family, or a person not known to the child/family. The decision as to whether to apply child protection procedures should be based on whether a child has suffered, or is likely to suffer significant harm.

 

A child protection complaint must be reported to the Designated Safeguarding Lead immediately. The designated safeguarding lead will then contact the Safeguarding contact within the school.

 

KEY PRINCIPLES:

 

 

 

Diocesan Safeguarding Team

Telephone 0191 243 3305 Monday to Friday 8.30 am to 4.30 pm

Email safeguarding@diocesehn.org.uk

ANGIE RICHARDSON - Diocesan Safeguarding Coordinator

MERIEL ANDERSON - Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor

YVONNE BROWN - Safeguarding Administrative Assistant (full-time)

CLAIRE WALTON - Safeguarding Administrative Assistant (part-time, Friday)

 

Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Service Tel: 0121 237 3740

www.csas.uk.net

NSPCC Tel: 0800 800 5000

www.nspcc.org.uk

ChildLine Tel: 0800 1111

www.childline.org.uk

 

Northumbria Police* Tel: 01661 872555 or 101

Durham Police* Tel: 0345 606 0365 or 101

Cleveland Police* Tel: 01642 326326 or 101

*In an emergency ring 999

Contact numbers for the 10 Local Authority Children’s and Adult’s Services in our Diocese can be found in your local Phone Directory.

Youth Ministry Trust

Emmaus Youth Village

Pemberton Road

Allensford

Consett

Co. Durham

DH8 9BA

T: 01207 592244

E: admin@ymt.org

F: 01207 592245

 

The Youth Ministry Trust (YMT) is a Company limited by guarantee registered in England No.07937704 Registered Charity Number 1146158 ©2016