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POLICY STATEMENT ON SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN

GM Event Medical is referred to as GM in this policy.

We as organisation recognise that all children have a right to protection from abuse. GM Event Medical LTD. Takes seriously its responsibility to protect and safeguard the welfare of children and young children.

We will:
Respond swiftly and appropriately to all suspicions or allegations of abuse, and provide parents and children with the opportunity to voice their concerns
Have a system for dealing with concerns about possible abuse
Maintain good links with statutory child care authorities.

THE POLICY
GM recognises that many children and young people today are the victims of neglect and physical, sexual and emotional abuse.  Accordingly GM has adopted the policy contained in this document (hereafter "the policy").  The policy sets out agreed guidelines relating to responding to allegations of abuse, including those made against staff and volunteers GM recognises the need to build constructive links with the child care agencies. 
The policy applies to all staff who act on behalf of GM and who come directly into contact with children.  Every individual has a responsibility to inform the designated person in respect of child protection or their deputy of concerns relating to safeguarding children.  The designated person must decide if the concerns should be communicated to Children’s Social Care or the police.

DEFINITIONS OF ABUSE

Abuse

Abuse is form of maltreatment of a child. Somebody may abuse or neglect a child by inflicting harm, or by failing to act to prevent harm. Children may be abused in a family or in an institutional or community setting by those known to them or, more rarely, by others (e.g. via the internet). They may be abused by an adult or adults, or another child or children.
Physical Abuse

Somebody may abuse or neglect a child by inflicting harm, or by failing to act to prevent harm.  Children may be abused in a family or in an institution or community setting; by those known to them, or more rarely by a stranger.  Physical abuse may involve hitting, shaking, throwing, poisoning, burning or scalding, drowning, suffocating, or otherwise causing physical harm to a child.  Physical harm may also be caused when a parent carer feigns the symptoms of, or deliberately causes ill health to a child whom they are looking after.

Emotional Abuse
The persistent emotional maltreatment of a child such as to cause severe and persistent adverse effects on the child's emotional development.
It may involve conveying to a child that they are worthless or unloved, inadequate, or valued only insofar as they meet the needs of another person. It may include not giving the child opportunities to express their views, deliberately silencing them or 'making fun' of what they say or how they communicate.

It may feature age or developmentally inappropriate expectations being imposed on children. These may include interactions that are beyond a child's developmental capability, as well as overprotection and limitation of exploration and learning, or preventing the child participating in normal social interaction
It may involve seeing or hearing the ill-treatment of another. It may involve serious bullying (including cyber bullying), causing children frequently to feel frightened or in danger, or the exploitation or corruption of children.
Some level of emotional abuse is involved in all types of maltreatment of a child, though it may occur alone.

Sexual Abuse
Sexual abuse involves forcing or enticing a child or young person to take part in sexual activities, not necessarily involving a high level of violence, whether or not the child is aware of what is happening. 
The activities may involve physical contact, including assault by penetration (for example, rape or oral sex) or non-penetrative acts such as masturbation, kissing, rubbing and touching outside of clothing. They may also include non-contact activities, such as involving children in looking at, or in the production of, sexual images, watching sexual activities, encouraging children to behave in sexually inappropriate ways, or grooming a child in preparation for abuse (including via the internet).
Sexual abuse is not solely perpetrated by adult males. Women can also commit acts of sexual abuse, as can other children.

Neglect
Neglect is the persistent failure to meet a child's basic physical and/or psychological needs, likely to result in the serious impairment of the child's health or development. Neglect may occur during pregnancy as a result of maternal substance abuse. Once a child is born, neglect may involve a parent or carer failing to:
provide adequate food, clothing and shelter (including exclusion from home or abandonment);
protect a child from physical and emotional harm or danger;
ensure adequate supervision (including the use of inadequate care-givers); or
ensure access to appropriate medical care or treatment.
It may also include neglect of, or unresponsiveness to, a child's basic emotional needs.

Child Sexual Exploitation CSE
Sexual exploitation of children and young people under 18 involves exploitative situations, contexts and relationships where young people (or a third person or persons) receive 'something' (e.g. food, accommodation, drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, affection, gifts, money) as a result of them performing, and/or another or others performing on them, sexual activities. Child sexual exploitation can occur through the use of technology without the child's immediate recognition; for example being persuaded to post sexual images on the Internet/mobile phones without immediate payment or gain. In all cases, those exploiting the child/young person have power over them by virtue of their age, gender, intellect, physical strength and/or economic or other resources. Violence, coercion and intimidation are common, involvement in exploitative relationships being characterised in the main by the child or young person's limited availability of choice resulting from their social/economic and/or emotional vulnerability.

What you should do if you suspect abuse
You must report concerns as soon as possible to the Designated Child Protection Lead phone number 01462 510090 who is nominated by GM to act on their behalf in referring allegations of suspicions of neglect or abuse to the statutory authorities.  In the absence of the designated person, the matter should be brought to the attention of the deputy designated person 01462 510090.  If it is an emergency, and the designated persons cannot be contacted, then Children’s Social Care or the police should be contacted at the numbers given below.

If the suspicions relate to the designated person, then the deputy or Children’s Social Care should be contacted.
Suspicions should not be discussed with anyone, other than those named above.
It is the right of any individual to make direct referrals to the child protection agencies.   We would hope that an individual would use this procedure.  However, if you feel that the organisation has not responded appropriately to your concerns, it is open to you to contact the child protection agencies direct.

Allegations of physical injury, emotional abuse or neglect
If a child has an injury which may be a non-accidental injury, or symptoms of neglect and a referral is to be made then:
The designated person should contact Children’s Social Care.  If there has been a deliberate injury or where there are concerns about the child's safety the child's parents should not be contacted before first consulting with social services.

Where emergency medical attention is necessary it should be sought immediately.  The designated person should inform the doctor of any suspicion of abuse.

If a referral is being made without the parent's knowledge and non-urgent medical treatment is required, Children’s Social Care should be informed.  Otherwise, speak to the parent/carer and suggest medical attention be sought for the child.
If appropriate the parent/carer should be encouraged to seek help from the Children’s Social Care Department prior to a referral being made.  If they fail to do so in situations of real concern the designated person will contact Children’s Social Care directly for advice.

Allegations of sexual abuse
In the event of allegations of sexual abuse the designated person will:
Contact the Children’s Social Care or Police Child Protection Team directly.  The designated person will not speak to the parents.
Under no circumstances should the designated person, or any other member of the organisation, attempt to carry out any investigation into the allegations or suspicions of sexual abuse. The role of the designated person is to collect the exact details of the allegations or suspicion and to provide this information to the child protection agencies that will investigate the matter under the Children Act 1989.
What to do once a child has talked to you about abuse
Make a note immediately of what the child has said, writing down exactly what the child has said, write down what you said in reply, when they said it and what was happening immediately beforehand.  Record dates and times of the events and when the record was made.  Keep all notes secure.

Report your discussion as soon as possible to the designated person.

Once a child has talked about abuse the designated person must consider if it is safe for a child to return home to a potentially abusive situation. On a rare occasion it might be necessary to take immediate action to contact Children’s Social Care and/or the police to discuss putting into effect safety measures for the child so that they do not return home
All documented cases must be reported on the Safeguarding form for Children & Adults (Appendix 1) these then must be taken into or sent to the office, they must be handed if physical paper or they may be emailed the document must be converted to a PDF and must be Password encrypted the password should NEVER be sent with the email, the password may be text or phoned through to the safeguarding lead – all email to go to info@gmeventmedical.com

Recruitment of Staff
All staff recruited will be subject to enhanced digital barring service (DBS) checks and references
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