SAFEGUARDING POLICY

RAINBOW SUMMER CAMP

SAFEGUARDING POLICY

2021

The Rainbow Summer Camp complies with the UK law and guidance to keep adults and children safe*.   The safeguarding co-ordinator for the camp is Iris Briscoe, assisted by Sue Matthews and Rachel Kenny.

IF YOU HAVE ANY SAFEGUARDING CONCERNS:  Please find Iris Briscoe or Sue Matthews or Rachel Kenny.  (Iris and Sue work in the Healing Area, Rachel works in the Craft Area).  The three “safeguarders”  will work together with whoever is involved to identify and resolve the issue.  Confidentiality will be observed.  A paper record will be made if appropriate and if necessary we will seek advice from an external agency.

SAFEGUARDING:  CHILDREN

  • A “child” is someone under the age of 18
  • “Safeguarding” is “action taken to promote the welfare of children (and adults) and protect them from harm”. This means protection from maltreatment/abuse, preventing impairment to health or development,  and ensuring safe and effective care.
  • The 1989 Children Act states that the welfare of the child is
  • The camp recognises that all children have the right to equal protection and that the welfare of children is best safeguarded by working in partnership with children and their parents or carers.

All camp staff and volunteers

  • understand that all children have the right to freedom from abuse
  • value children, listen to them and respect them
  • adhere to child protection guidelines
  • accept responsibility for helping safeguard children
  • respond swiftly and appropriately to all concerns/allegations
  • inform and consult with camp organisers and safeguarding co-ordinator when there is a concern/allegation
  • maintain confidentiality around safeguarding issues and concerns
  • 1989 Children Act and its subsequent additions/revisions/ 2014 Care Act/ 2015 Modern Slavery Act/ Govt. Stautory Guidance

SAFEGUARDING: ADULTS

A “vulnerable” adult

– has needs for care and support  (often  in receipt of services from a Local Authority)

  • is experiencing or is at risk of abuse and neglect
  • is unable to protect themselves

CODE OF CONDUCT FOR ALL  CAMP WORKERS/VOLUNTEERS

  • Follow the camp safeguarding policy and guidelines
  • Listen to children/adults and respond with respect
  • Demonstrate “unconditional positive regard”
  • Deal with situations appropriately and compassionately
  • Treat everyone fairly and without prejudice
  • Be aware of cultural, physical or religious differences
  • Value everyone’s contribution
  • Ensure that any physical contact with anyone is appropriate and in relation to the activity
  • Do not use offensive, discriminatory or inappropriate language
  • Help children and vulnerable adults take part in the activities
  • Challenge bullying/name calling/teasing and  all inappropriate behaviour and breaches of the code of conduct
  • Report all inappropriate behaviour and breaches of the code of conduct to the safeguarding team
  • When working with children, ensure there is another adult at all activities (within sight and hearing)
  • Sexual relations between staff/volunteers and children (or between staff/volunteers and vulnerable adults) represent a serious breach of trust and of the camp code of conduct.
  • Do not give your personal contact details to a child/children
  • Do not act in a way that can seem threatening or intrusive
  • Do not make inappropriate promises to children
  • Do not exagerate or trivialise abuse/safeguarding issues

Breaches of this code of conduct may result in the worker/volunteer being asked to leave the camp.  If appropriate a referral can be made to a statutory agency (Police/Social Services).

What constitues “abuse”?  Neglect/physical abuse/bullying/physical injury/sexual abuse/sexual exploitation/emotional abuse like excessive shouting, humiliation, denial of care, overprotection.

Signs of possible abuse:  bruising/injuries/burns/bites/regressive behaviour like wetting or soiling/depression or withdrawn behaviour/attention seeking/pre-occupation with sexual matters/promiscuous behaviour/sexually explicit literature, videos, photographs, language.

PUBLIC ACCESS TO THE CAMP

  • The camp gate team must be aware of and vigilant about people not associated with the camp, and ask advice from the camp organisers or safeguarding team if they are not sure about admitting someone. The gate team also have to be vigilant when children are playing around the camp entrance/exit.

PHYSICAL CONTACT WITH CHILDREN

If anyone at camp needs to assist, carry or console a child – tell another adult nearby what you are doing and why, and remain where at least one other adult can see and hear you.

SHOWERS AND SAUNA

Children using the showers/sauna should be supervised by their parents/carers.

TEENAGERS

Some teens may stay up too late/use drugs/use alcohol (!) – these concerns need to be addressed initially by conversations with the parents or the teens.  If the concerns persist, talk to the safeguarding co-ordinator/camp organisers.

CHILDREN 10 AND UNDER – AFTER 10pm

Children of 10 and under should be in their parents/carers direct care, after 10pm at night  (Parents  – please don’t let your children run around in “feral” gangs after dark).

DISCLOSURES AND CONCERNS

If a child (or adult) confides a concern to anyone at camp…

  • don’t promise confidentiality (explain you might need to seek advice)
  • stay calm and reassure the child that you are taking them seriously
  • don’t ask questions (other than to clarify their name/parent’s name/location on the field)
  • when the child has finished telling you, explain you are going to find one of the safeguarding team
  • Once you have passed on this issue to the safeguarding team you have done your duty. Don’t talk about this incident/disclosure to any else.  The safeguarding team may have to ask you to write down what the child told you. The safeguarding team will be aware that you might need support following the disclosure.

MISSING CHILDREN

If a worker/volunteer finds that child in their care goes missing, he/she should:

  • Get the rest of the group together in one safe place and under the care of another worker/volunteer
  • Establish last sighting and gather any other relevant information (anything the child might have said or done to indicate where they have gone or why)
  • Make contact with the child’s parents and inform camp organisers/safeguarders
  • Inform the police if necessary

PROCEDURE FOLLOWING AN ALLEGATION

  • If anyone makes an allegation (against anyone at camp) they should be asked to speak with the safeguarding co-ordinator/team (and camp organisers).  The safeguarding co-ordinator will make a written record of the complaint.  If a child makes an allegation,  the safeguarding co-ordinator or team and one of the camp organisers will talk with the  child and his/her parents/carers.  The safeguarding co-ordinator will make a written record and read it back to the child for confirmation. The safeguarding team/camp organiser will see the subject of the allegation (away from the complainant) and ask for their response.  The safeguarding co-ordinator will make a written record to the response.  The safeguarding team and camp organiser(s) will confer and take further action as appropriate, seeking advice from external agencies if necessary.

CONTACT DETAILS

If you have an urgent concern about the safety/wellbeing of anyone at camp and cannot find any of the camp organisers or safeguarding team, you can contact Gloucestershire Social Services

childrenshelpdesk@gloucestershire.gov.uk

9am – 5pm   01454 42 6565

Out of hours: contact the Emergency Duty Team (EDT) 01452 61 4195 or Police Public Protection Unit on 101