Child Protection Policy Statement

(Firstcheck, NSPCC 2006)

Little Scrummers Rugby Ltd believes that it is always unacceptable for a child or young person to experience abuse of any kind and recognises its responsibility to safeguard the welfare of all children and young people, by a commitment to practice which protects them.

We recognise that:
the welfare of the child/young person is paramount
all children, regardless of age, disability, gender, racial heritage, religious belief, sexual orientation or identity, have the right to equal protection from all types of harm or abuse
working in partnership with children, young people, their parents, carers and ther agencies is essential in promoting young people’s welfare.

The purpose of the policy:
To provide protection for the children and young people who receive Little Scrummers Rugby Ltd services.

To provide staff and volunteers with guidance on procedures they should adopt in the event that they suspect a child or young person may be experiencing, or be at risk of, harm.

This policy applies to all staff, including senior managers and the board of trustees,
paid staff, volunteers and sessional workers, agency staff, students or anyone
working on behalf of Little Scrummers Rugby Ltd.

We will seek to safeguard children and young people by:
valuing them, listening to and respecting them
adopting child protection guidelines through procedures and a code of conduct for staff and volunteers
recruiting staff and volunteers safely, ensuring all necessary checks are made
sharing information about child protection and good practice with children, parents, staff and volunteers
sharing information about concerns with agencies who need to know, and involving parents and children appropriately
providing effective management for staff and volunteers through supervision, support and training.

We are also committed to reviewing our policy and good practice annually.