Keeping children and young people safe is everyone’s responsibility.
Having a Child Protection Policy in place is good practice if your organisation has contact with children and young people.
The introduction of the Vulnerable Children Act 2014 sets our clear responsibilities for organisations that are directly or indirectly government funded in their work with children and young people.
We recognise that children attend all sorts of activities and groups for which the Act does not apply, such as sports, cultural, arts or recreation groups.
We want all organisations whose work involves contact with children or young people to have a Child Protection Policy in place. If you are required under the Act please tells us what you have in place. If you are not required to have a policy under the Act we encourage you to do so.
A child protection policy provides guidelines for organisations and their staff to create safe environments for children. It is a tool that protects both children and staff by clearly defining what action is required in order to keep children safe, and ensuring a consistency of behaviour so that all staff follow the same process.
Below are some resources to help you get started, or review what you already have in place.