What to include
Aim to keep your policy statement under two sides of A4 paper and try to cover all the information listed below.
Purpose and aim of the policy statement
Identify the organisation, its purpose and function. Set out the organisation's overarching commitment to keeping children safe.
Scope of the policy statement
Be clear about who the policy applies to. It should cover all children under 18 but does it apply to all adults in the organisation? Should it just be staff and volunteers who work directly with children? What about those who have occasional contact with children such as a caretaker?
Briefly state the main legislation and guidance that supports the policy statement. Explain how this policy statement links to more detailed child protection policies and procedures.
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Set out your organisation's beliefs about the importance of child protection.
- For example, "we believe everyone has a responsibility to promote the welfare of all children and young people, to keep them safe and to practise in a way that protects them".
- Include a statement about equality and a commitment to anti-discriminatory practice. For example "we will make sure that all children and young people have the same protection regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation".
- Make sure your policy statement recognises the additional needs of children from minority ethnic groups and disabled children and the barriers they may face, especially around communication.
Explain how, in broad terms, the organisation will meet your commitment to keeping children safe. For example:
- by listening to children and respecting them
- appointing a nominated child protection lead
- by writing detailed safeguarding and child protection procedures
- by making sure all staff and volunteers follow the safeguarding and child protection procedures.
You need a set of more detailed policies and procedures which explain the steps adults within your organisation must take to keep children safe. Your policy statement should include a list of these.
When writing these policies/procedures, you should consider:
Include the names and contact details of the people responsible for safeguarding and child protection in your organisation.
Include the contact details for the NSPCC Helpline so that people know they can contact us if they need child protection support and advice.
Provide the date the policy statement comes into force.
It's important to keep the statement up to date so you should include and a review dates and make sure the review happens on time.
Your policy statement should be signed by the most senior person in your organisation who has responsibility for safeguarding and child protection.