THE DEESIDE CELLO PROJECT (DCP)

SAFEGUARDING POLICY

Version 2 May 2024, to be reviewed at least every 12 months

The purpose and scope of this policy statement

In the UK, safeguarding means protecting peoples’ health, wellbeing and human rights, and enabling them to live free from harm, abuse and neglect.   In our sector, we understand it to mean protecting people, including children and ‘at risk’ (or ‘vulnerable’) adults*, from harm that arises from coming into contact with our staff or programmes. This document is in place to protect the safety and wellbeing of all participants in the activities of the DCP, and to provide signposting for different groups involved to guide them to information and resources appropriate to their participation.

This policy will address the following areas of safeguarding: child safeguarding, adult safeguarding, and protection from sexual exploitation and abuse. These key areas of safeguarding may have different policies and procedures associated with them (see Associated Policies).  

*at risk/vulnerable adult:  a person who is or may be in need of care by reason of mental or other disability, age or illness; and who is or may be unable to take care of him or herself, or unable to protect him or herself against significant harm or exploitation

DCP safeguarding vision

The DCP commits to addressing safeguarding throughout its work, through the three pillars of prevention, reporting and response.

We believe that:

• children, young people and other vulnerable groups should not experience abuse of any kind

• we have a responsibility to promote the welfare of all children, young people and vulnerable adults, to keep them safe and to practise in a way that protects them.

We recognise that:

• all people, regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation have an equal right to protection from all types of harm or abuse

• some people are additionally vulnerable because of the impact of previous experiences, their level of dependency, communication needs or other issues.  Extra safeguards may be needed to keep those who are additionally vulnerable safe from abuse

The purpose of this policy statement is:

  • to protect children and young people from harm whilst participating in the DCP. This includes the children of adults who participate.
  • to provide tutors, performers and volunteers, as well as children and young people and their families, with the overarching principles that guide our approach to child protection and protection of other vulnerable groups
  • The policy applies to anyone working on behalf of the DCP, including organisers, trustees, tutors, accompanists, volunteers, and students.  It also applies to any associated personnel whilst engaged with work or visits related to the DCP, including but not limited to the following: consultants; volunteers; contractors; programme visitors including journalists, celebrities and politicians.

Legal framework

This policy has been drawn up on the basis of legislation, policy and guidance that seeks to protect children and other vulnerable groups in Scotland. A summary of the key legislation and guidance is available from nspcc.org.uk/childprotection.

Supporting documents

This policy statement should be read alongside our organisational policies, procedures, guidance and other related documents, all available on request from our Designated Safeguarding Office Ms Helen Foster:

  • Safeguarding workshop pack for Tutors and Adult Supervisors
  • Information pack for parents and families of young participants
  • Health and safety
  • Induction, training, supervision and support
  • Dealing with disclosures and concerns about a child or young person
  • Managing complaints and allegations against staff and volunteers
  • Recording concerns and information sharing
  • Photography and sharing images guidance

Prevention

The DCP will:

• Review this safeguarding policy at the annual Trustees meeting and ensure all personnel have access to, are familiar with, and know their responsibilities within this policy

• Design and undertake all its programmes and activities in a way that protects people from any risk of harm that may arise from their participation with the  DCP.  This includes the way in which information about individuals in our programmes is gathered and communicated.

• Implement stringent safeguarding procedures when recruiting, managing and deploying personnel

• Ensure staff receive training on safeguarding at a level commensurate with their role in the organisation

• Follow up on reports of safeguarding concerns promptly and according to due process

Code of Practice for DCP personnel:

DCP tutors and associated personnel will not:

• Engage in sexual activity with anyone under the age of 18

• Subject a child or vulnerable adult to physical, sexual emotional or psychological abuse, neglect or exploitation

 • Engage in any commercially exploitative activities including child labour or trafficking

Additionally, all DCP personnel will positively:

 • Contribute to creating and maintaining an environment that prevents safeguarding violations and promotes the implementation of the Safeguarding Policy

• Report any concerns or suspicions regarding safeguarding violations to the Designated Safeguarding Officer or in her absence to an appropriate adult deputy.  The DCP will ensure that safe, appropriate, accessible means of reporting safeguarding concerns are made available to our personnel and the communities we work with.   The DCP will also accept complaints from external sources such as members of the public and official bodies.

The DCP will follow up safeguarding reports and concerns according to Scottish legal and statutory obligations, and will apply appropriate disciplinary measures to any personnel in breach of policy.

Confidentiality

  • Confidentiality is to be maintained whenever possible at all stages of the process when dealing with safeguarding concerns.  However, absolute confidentiality cannot be assured if this is to the detriment to the safety of vulnerable individuals.

Information relating to the concern and subsequent case management is shared on a need to know basis only, and should be kept secure at all times.

Useful links:

Safeguarding children and child protection | NSPCC Learning

Keeping children safe in education: information for all school and college staff (publishing.service.gov.uk)

Version 2 Drawn up on 08/5/2023 by Joshua Lynch on behalf of the Deeside Cello Project (DCP)