The Move Partnership (operating as MOVE Europe) comes into contact with children and families as part of its activities. These include: meeting with children and their families when visiting schools for assessments and training, working with children on consultancy days and meeting with children at their families at events and exhibitions.
The purpose of this policy statement is:
. To protect children and young people who receive The MOVE Partnership’s services. This includes the children of adults who use our services.
. To provide parents, staff and volunteers with the overarching principles that guide our approach to child protection.
This policy statement applies to anyone working on behalf of The MOVE Partnership, including senior managers and the board of trustees, paid staff, volunteers, consultants and students.
This policy has been drawn up on the basis of legislation, policy and guidance that seek to protect children in the UK.
A summary of the key legislation and guidance is available from nspcc.org.uk/childprotection
We believe that:
. Children and young people should never experience abuse of any kind
. We have 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.
We recognise that:
. The welfare of the child is paramount
. All people regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation have a right to equal protection from all types of harm or abuse
. Some children are additionally vulnerable because of the impact of previous experiences, their level of dependency, communication needs or other issues
We seek to keep children and young people safe by:
. Appointing a nominated designated safeguarding lead and a lead trustee for safeguarding
. Developing child protection and safeguarding policies and procedures that reflect best practice
. Using our safeguarding procedures to share concerns and relevant information with agencies who need to know
. Recruiting staff and volunteers safely, ensuring all necessary checks are made
. Providing effective management for staff and volunteers through supervision, support, training and quality assurance measures
. Implementing a code of conduct for all staff and volunteers
. Using our procedures to manage any allegations against staff and volunteers appropriately
. Ensuring we have effective complaints measures in place
. Recording and storing information professionally and securely, in line with current GDPR legislation
Recruitment and Selection Procedures
MOVE Europe will ensure that every care is taken to ensure unsuitable people are prevented from working with children.
Recruitment procedures will apply to all employees and will include:
. A clearly defined Job Description and Person Specification
. Obtaining professional and character references
. Disclosure and Barring Scheme (DBS) checks (including periodic re-checks)
. Selection Process which will always include interview and may include checks on qualifications, experience and work based assessment
Internal Safeguarding Concerns:
Safeguarding concerns observed within The MOVE Partnership by Employees, MOVE Associate Trainers, Consultants and Volunteers should be raised with the Designated Safeguarding Lead at MOVE Europe, the Operations Manager. The process outlined in Appendix 1 will be followed.
External Safeguarding Concerns:
If employees, MOVE Associate Trainers and Consultants or Volunteers observe anything of concerns whilst carrying out MOVE Partnership activities in external organisations, these should be raised with the Designated Safeguarding Lead at MOVE Europe who will raise these concerns with the Lead Safeguarding Officer at the external organisation.
If you have any questions about this policy or if you would like this notice in another format (for example: audio, large print, braille) please contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org or 01264 345822
This Policy was last updated in May 2023