Safeguarding policy

UCS Active Safeguarding (Child Protection) Policy

UCS Active is committed to building a ‘culture of safety’ in which the children in our care protected from abuse, harm and radicalisation.

UCS Active will respond promptly and appropriately to all incidents or concerns regarding the safety of a child that may occur. The child protection procedures comply with all relevant legislation and with guidance issued by Camden Safeguarding Children Board (CSCB). 

UCS Active have a Designated Safeguarding lead on Site Monday- Friday and is contactable by our duty managers during club operational hours.  

The DSL coordinates child protection issues and liaises with external agencies where relevant. 

UCS Active DSL is Jes Rattan jes.rattan@ucsactive.org.uk

 

Child abuse and neglect

Child abuse is any form of physical, emotional or sexual mistreatment or lack of care that leads to injury or harm. An individual may abuse or neglect a child directly, or by failing to protect them from harm. Some forms of child abuse and neglect are listed below. 

  • Emotional abuse is the persistent emotional maltreatment of a child so as to cause severe and persistent adverse effects on the child’s emotional development. It may involve making the child feel that they are worthless, unloved, or inadequate. Some level of emotional abuse is involved in all types of maltreatment of a child, though it may occur alone. 
  • Physical abuse can involve hitting, shaking, throwing, poisoning, burning, drowning, suffocating or otherwise causing physical harm to a child. Physical harm may be also caused when a parent or carer feigns the symptoms of, or deliberately causes, ill health to a child. 
  • Sexual abuse involves forcing or enticing a child to take part in sexual activities, whether or not the child is aware of what is happening. This can involve physical contact, or non-contact activities such as showing children sexual activities or encouraging them to behave in sexually inappropriate ways. 
  • Neglect is the persistent failure to meet a child’s basic physical and emotional needs. It can involve a failure to provide adequate food, clothing and shelter, to protect a child from physical and emotional harm, to ensure adequate supervision or to allow access to medical treatment. 

 

Signs of child abuse and neglect  

Signs of possible abuse and neglect may include: 

  • significant changes in a child's behaviour 
  • deterioration in a child’ s general well-being 
  • unexplained bruising or marks 
  • comments made by a child which give cause for concern 
  • reasons to suspect neglect or abuse outside the setting, eg in the child’s home, or that a girl may have been subjected to (or is at risk of) female genital mutilation and/or 
  • inappropriate behaviour displayed by a member of staff, or any other person. For example, inappropriate sexual comments, excessive one-to-one attention beyond the requirements of their role, or inappropriate sharing of images. 

 

If abuse is suspected or disclosed  

When a child makes a disclosure to a member of staff, that member of staff will: 

  • reassure the child that they were not to blame and were right to speak out 
  • listen to the child but not question them 
  • give reassurance that the staff member will take action 
  • record the incident as soon as possible 

 

If a member of staff witnesses or suspects abuse, they will record the matter straightaway using the Duty manager logging form. If a third party expresses concern that a child is being abused, we will encourage them to contact Social Care directly. If they will not do so, we will explain that HSoA is obliged to and the incident will be logged accordingly.

 

Peer-on-peer abuse 

Children are vulnerable to abuse by their peers. Peer-on-peer abuse is taken seriously by staff and will be subject to the same child protection procedures as other forms of abuse. Staff are aware of the potential uses of information technology for bullying and abusive behaviour between young people.

Staff will not dismiss abusive behaviour as normal between young people. The presence of one or more of the following in relationships between children should always trigger concern about the possibility of peer-on-peer abuse: 

  • Sexual activity (in primary school-aged children) of any kind, including sexting 
  • One of the children is significantly more dominant than the other (eg much older) 
  • One of the children is significantly more vulnerable than the other (eg in terms of disability, confidence, physical strength) 
  • There has been some use of threats, bribes or coercion to ensure compliance or secrecy. If peer-on-peer abuse is suspected or disclosed, we will follow the same procedures as set out above for responding to child abuse.