Safeguarding children and young people

The purpose of this policy is to protect children and young people who receive Wellbeing For Kids UK’s services. Wellbeing For Kids UK believes that a child or a young person should never experience abuse of any kind. We have a responsibility to promote the welfare of all children and young people and to keep them safe. We are committed to practise in a way that protects them.

Legal Framework

This policy has been drawn up on the basis of law and guidance that seeks to protect children, namely:

  • Children Act 1989
  • United Convention the Rights of the Child 1991
  • Human Rights Act 1998
  • Sexual Offences Act 2003
  • Children Act 2004
  • Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006
  • Protection of Freedoms Act 2012
  • Children and Families Act 2014
  • Special educational needs and disability (SEND) code of practice: 0 to 25 years – Statutory guidance for organisations which work with and support children and young people who have special educational needs or disabilities; HM Government 2014
  • General Data Protection Regulation EU 2016

We recognise that:

The welfare of the child is paramount, as enshrined in the Children Act 1989

  • all children, regardless of age, disability, gender, racial heritage, religious belief, sexual orientation or identity, have a right to equal protection from all types of harm and abuse
  • some children are additionally vulnerable because of the impact of previous experiences, their level of dependency, communication and other issues
  • working in partnership with children, young people, their parents, carers and other agencies is essential in promoting young people’s welfare.

We will seek to keep children and young people safe by:

  • Valuing them, listening to and respecting them
  • Adopting child protection and safeguarding practices
  • Recording and storing information professionally and securely, and sharing information about safeguarding and good practice with children and their families and carers via one-to-one discussions
  • Using our safeguarding procedures to share concerns and relevant information with agencies who need to know, and involving children, young people, parents, families and carers appropriately
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