We take seriously our responsibility to promote child-safe practices and to protect children from harm, abuse, neglect, and exploitation in any form. In addition, we will take positive action to prevent child abusers from becoming involved with Plan in any way and will take stringent measures against any Plan staff, Board members, volunteers, interns, sponsors, consultants, contractors, vendors, advisers, official guests of Plan, representatives of partner organizations, local governments, and visitors to Plan offices and programs hereafter referred to as Plan International USA Associates who abuse a child.
All organisations which have employees or volunteers working with children should therefore have clear and accessible policies and procedures, consistent with these London Child Protection Procedures, which explain what should happen when allegations about the behaviour of a member of staff or volunteer are raised.
These should include the requirement to appoint a designated safeguarding lead to whom these allegations are reported. It is the responsibility of this designated safeguarding lead to report allegations to, and otherwise liaise with, the local authority designated officer LADO who has the responsibility to manage and have oversight of allegations against people who work with children Working Together This chapter also applies to any person, who manages or facilitates access to an establishment where children are present.
Behaved in a way that has harmed a child, or may have harmed a child; Possibly committed a criminal offence against or related to a child; Behaved towards a child or children in a way that indicates they may pose a risk of harm to children.
Having a sexual relationship with a child under 18 if in a position of trust in respect of that child, even if consensual see ss Sexual Offences Act ; 'Grooming', i.
Has behaved in a way in their personal life that raises safeguarding concerns. These concerns do not have to directly relate to a child but could, for example, include arrest for possession of a weapon; Confidentiality and child protection a parent or carer, has become subject to child protection procedures; Is closely associated with someone in their personal lives e.
For example, where they might be involved in coaching a sport or in other school or out of school activities. In these cases, employers should follow their safeguarding and other relevant procedures to resolve Confidentiality and child protection without delay.
The difference between an allegation and a concern 7. Issues that do not meet this threshold may constitute conduct or disciplinary issues and should be addressed by employers using the appropriate organisational procedures.
Was the incident a disproportionate or inappropriate response in the context of a challenging situation? Where the incident involved an inappropriate response to challenging behaviour, had the member of staff had training in managing this?
Does the member of staff understand that their behaviour was inappropriate and express a wish to behave differently in the future? For example, are they willing to undergo training?
Does the child or family want to report the incident to the police or would they prefer the matter to be dealt with by the employer? Have similar allegations been made against the employee — is there a pattern developing?
If it falls short of this threshold there may still be a role for the LADO to provide advice and support to the employer. Where the matter constitutes a conduct or performance issue, the employer should follow the appropriate disciplinary procedures and let the LADO know of the outcome.
They should consider whether the matter should be dealt with in accordance with complex abuse procedures which, if applicable, will take priority. See Organised and Complex Abuse Procedure. In cases of non-recent abuse, the person against whom the allegation is made may still be working with children and it will be important to investigate whether this is the case.
UK - Working together to safeguard children Detailed guidance can be found for schools and all educational establishments in Keeping Children Safe in Education: Statutory Guidance for Schools and Colleges September UK - DBS barring referral guidance 7.
The policies should be consistent with and refer to these London Child Protection Procedures. Safeguarding training for staff should be provided and refreshed regularly and children and families should be regularly reminded of how they can report concerns. A designated safeguarding lead to whom allegations or concerns should be reported.
This person should be a senior manager.
A deputy to whom reports should be made in the absence of the designated safeguarding lead or where that person is the subject of the allegation or concern. In practice the names senior manager and the designated safeguarding lead may be the same person. Roles and responsibilities for local authorities — in addition to their role as an employer 7.
Receive reports about allegations and to be involved in the management and oversight of individual cases; Provide advice and guidance to employers and voluntary organisations; Liaise with the police and other agencies; Monitor the progress of cases to ensure that they are dealt with as quickly as possible, consistent with a thorough and fair process; Provide advice and guidance to employers in relation to making referrals to the Disclosure and Barring Service DBS and regulatory bodies such as Ofsted, the General Medical Council GMC etc.
The LADO can provide advice and, where necessary, co-ordinate the process. The LADO is also responsible for ensuring an appropriate outcome is reached. Where it is not straightforward to establish which organisation should lead an investigation, for example, where responsibility may be shared between an employment agency and the organisation where the person was working, the LADO will also provide advice regarding which organisation is best placed to lead the investigation.
Cases which cross borough boundaries 7. For example, an allegation could be made against an agency worker who works across multiple boroughs and whose agency is based in a further borough.A DSL for safeguarding and child protection who is a member of the senior leadership team and who has undertaken the approved LSCB training in inter-agency working, in addition to basic child protection .
The CAPP programme (Stay Safe) is a primary school based approach to the prevention of child abuse. The aim of the programme is to reduce vulnerability to child abuse and bullying through the provision of a personal safety education programme for children at primary school level, continuing professional development for teachers, training for Boards of Management and information sessions for.
Publications Guidelines and Protocols: Child Protection Inter-agency Guidelines March - Updated guidance for staff - interim pending C&YP Act Guidance. NEW; Child Protection Inter-agency Guidelines March - pdf version.; Child Concern Form - Appendix 'F'. This section contains provincial policy and standards relating to the delivery of child protection services by child and family services agencies.
It is complementary to case management standards in Chapter 1 of this volume. Agency responsibilities relating to child abuse are covered in Section top; Child Abuse DfE – Together, we can tackle child abuse: support our national campaign.
Together, we can tackle child abuse is a Government campaign, led by the Department for Education. Introduction. Despite all efforts to recruit safely there will be occasions when allegations are made of abuse by staff or volunteers against children.