MAELOR VOLUNTARY SERVICE CHILD PROTECTION POLICY MVS is committed to ensuring that any children involved with MVS are safeguarded from harm. Underpinning Values The following is a statement of MVS’s values regarding child protection the welfare of the child is paramount; all children without exception have the right to protection from abuse regardless of gender, ethnicity, disability, sexuality or beliefs; this policy is approved and endorsed by MVS’s Board of Trustees; this policy applies to all trustees, staff and volunteers children and parents are informed of the policy and procedures as appropriate; all concerns, and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously by trustees, staff and volunteers and responded to appropriately - this may require a referral to children’s services and in emergencies, the Police; Avow has a commitment to safe recruitment, selection and vetting; MVS will refer to legislation and appropriate guidance to underpin the policy; in particular the All Wales Child Protection Procedures (2008) Child protection training will be available to all staff and trustees via the WLSCB; This policy and associated procedures will be reviewed on a yearly basis; Child Protection Co-ordinator The Chair is the nominated Child Protection Co-ordinator and is the responsible person for the implementation of this policy and procedure. Appropriate Conduct MVS staff and volunteers will frequently come into contact with Children and Young People, who are either café clients or children of employees /volunteers. It is important that all staff and volunteers have an understanding of child protection and what to do in the event of witnessing an incident or having information disclosed to them. All MVS staff and volunteers are referred to the Wrexham Safeguarding Children Board leaflet “Guidance for Employees and Volunteers whose work brings them into contact with Children and Young People”, which is attached to this policy and forms part of the MVS policy on Child Protection. Procedure for reporting suspected or allegations It is important that all concerns are taken seriously, it is very important to ensure that children are kept safe from harm. Failure to act could result in serious consequences and place MVS at risk of prosecutions for failures. Any trustee, member of staff or volunteer should report the matter at the earliest opportunity to the manager or Chair of the Trutees. Staff and volunteers should not try to investigate the matter themselves, or place themselves in a compromising position. The Chair and manager will discuss the matter and record the details in writing as an Incident Report. The Chair and Manager will be responsible for determining appropriate future action and the involvement of appropriate external agencies such as the Duty Social Worker at Safeguarding and Support Department 01978 292039 or Police. Record Keeping, Data Protection and Confidentiality Written records of all incidents and raised concerns are to be kept in a locked cabinet. MVS has never received requests for information in relation to Child Protection,but it is important that information is available. The MVS Data Protection Policy applies, and it is important for staff to maintain confidentiality at all times, ensuring that information is only given to appropriate agencies for the purpose of child protection. Information and Training All staff will be made aware of this policy at induction. Child Protection training is made available to all staff and trustees via AVOW. To support this process MVS will access the courses provided by AVOW biannually. The All Wales Child Protection Procedures (2008) are also available to volunteers and MVS staff at Ty AVOW, and further local information is available on the WLSCB website http://www.wrexham.gov.uk/english/council/socialservices/lscb/index.htm Review This policy will be subject to an annual review.