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Child Protection Policy

Every child and young person that is engages at ZW Media is able to take part in all activities with the knowledge that they are protected from harm. ZW Media has made it paramount that taking care of young people and safeguarding their welfare is essential in the development of the community and a reasonable step towards protecting its interest.

ZW Media will ensure the safety and protection of children and young people through adherence to the child protection procedures and systems. These procedures and policies promote practices and services that protect children from physical, sexual or emotional harm with emphasis on neglect and bullying, by creating a safe environment by incorporating an effective rigorous recruitment policy that assesses suitability to work with children and access to complaint procedures. 

ZW Media will:

  • Accept the moral and legal responsibility to implement procedures.

  • Respect and promote the rights, wishes and feelings of children and disadvantaged adults.

  • Recruit, train and supervise staff to adopt best practice in order to safeguard and protect young people from abuse, and themselves from false allegations.

  • Ensure that all staff adopt and abide by our Code of Conduct and Ethics, which are in line with Child Protection Policy and Procedures.

  • Respond to complaints, concerns and allegations and implement the appropriate disciplinary and appeals procedures.

The policy, procedures and systems set out in this document are mandatory for all staff whose employment involves working with children in a paid or unpaid capacity on behalf of ZW Media.  It is the responsibility of all members of ZW Media to ensure the protection of children and young people and show respect and understanding for the rights, safety and welfare of children, and conduct themselves in a way that reflects the principles and philosophy of ZW Media. 

Child Protection information is available to all.  ZW Media’s policy and complaint/feedback mechanisms shall be communicated to parents and organisations that have an interest in safeguarding children that are engaged with us.

Our child protection policy, procedures and systems are supported by The Children Act 1989, Working Together To Safeguard Children 1999, Waltham Forest Children & Young people Strategy 2011 – 2015, London Child Protection Procedures 2003 and UN Conventions on the Rights of the Child.  ZW Media shall forward concerns to the appropriate agencies and we ensure that we work under the guidance of the Area Child Protection Committee/Local Safeguarding Children Board.  The welfare of the child is paramount.

Our policy and procedures are embedded in all activities at ZW Media and apply to all children and young people regardless of:

-          Gender,

-          Age,

-          Race,

-          Culture,

-          Language,

-          Ethnic or national origins,

-          Disability,

-          Sexual orientation,

-          Social class,

-          Religion or belief

We ensure that all our policy and procedures are in line with our Equal Opportunities Policy.  A child or young person is defined as anyone under 18 (The Children Act 1989) and the principles of child protection apply to all peoples over the age of 18.  All children and young people have an equal right to protection, and the needs of disabled people and others who may be particularly vulnerable must be taken into account at all times. 

 

POLICY AIMS
 

The aim of ZW Media’s Child Protection Policy is to develop a positive and pro-active position in order to:

·         Create a safe environment,

·         Promote systems of good practice,

·         Protect children and staff, and

·         Allow staff to take informed responses to specific child protection issues.

 

Designated Person

 

ZW Media’s designated person in charge of child protection is the Project Manager who is responsible for the implementation of child protection procedures and systems, and liaison with the relevant social services departments, police and other agencies concerning child protection issues. The Project Manager is responsible to the Board.

 

GLOSSARY

ACPC

Area Child Protection Committee, soon to become Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB).

Child

‘Child’ may be defined as anyone younger than the minimum school leaving age.  ‘Young person’ is defined as anyone over school leaving age but under 18.  In child protection, the term child or children refers to both children and young persons – anyone under 18 - and may be taken to include over 18s who are vulnerable through learning or other disabilities. 

Child Centred Perspective

This means that children should be:

  • listened to and heard
  • valued and respected as individuals
  • encouraged and praised
  • involved in decisions, as appropriate
  • respected for their identity and uniqueness.                                           

Children’s Rights to Protection

Children have the right be safe and happy in the sports activities that they or their parents choose.  Children’s rights to protection are:

  • to be safe
  • to protect their own bodies
  • to get help against bullies
  • to say NO
  • to tell and to be believed
  • not to keep secrets

Disabled Person

Anyone with a physical or sensory impairment or learning disability which has a substantial or long term effect on the ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities

Duty of Care

Responsibility for the welfare and safety of children under the age of 18, and take all reasonable steps to ensure their safety and protect them from harm

Harm

Harm may result from sexual abuse, physical abuse or emotional abuse or neglect, harm from bad practice or undue pressure that effects the child’s health and development

Parent

A generic term to represent the person with parental responsibility or who undertakes day-to-day care for a child, and includes step-parents, carers or guardians

Principles Of Child Protection

  • Children have a right to enjoy sport, free from all forms of abuse.
  • All children have equal rights to protection from harm
  • All children should be encouraged to fulfil their potential and inequalities should be challenged
  • Everybody has a responsibility to support the care and protection of children
  • Organisations have a duty of care to children who take part in sport

Staff

Anyone in paid or unpaid work who provides services or activities on behalf AW Media, and includes the terms: volunteer, employee, personnel and worker

Vulnerable Adult

Any adult with a learning or physical disability or physical or mental illness, which results in them being incapable of protecting themselves from abuse and where their moral well-being may be overpowered

Welfare of the child is paramount

Means that the considerations of confidentiality, which might apply to other situations, should not be allowed to over-ride the right of children to be protected from harm.  However, every effort should be made to ensure that confidentiality is maintained for all concerned when an allegation has been made and is being investigated

 

ZW Media CIC  -  Equal OPPORTUNITIES STATEMENT

The ethos of ZW Media is equality of opportunity. ZW Media operates its policy with full commitment throughout every aspect of its employment practices and expects its staff to participate accordingly.  No account is taken of age, colour, disability, gender, marital status, race, religious beliefs, sexual orientation or national origins. We maintain a programme of action and review to ensure that the policy is, and continues to be, fully effective. The powers to support the application of this policy rest with management but ultimate responsibility for ensuring its effectiveness rests with all employees of ZW Media who are required by law, and within this policy, not to commit acts of discrimination, harassment or victimisation. ZW Media will ensure that no unjustified requirement or condition will be imposed on any individual, which might disadvantage him/her on any discriminatory grounds.

 

Recruitment and selection are carried out according to specific job related criteria.  Job specifications include only requirements that are necessary and justifiable for the effective performance of the role.  Training and promotion opportunities are related only to the individual's ability to fulfil the work requirements.

 

The principle of equal opportunities applies in respect of salary structures and the application of all ZW Media’s employment policies and procedures.  Any act of discrimination by employees or any failure to comply with the terms of this policy will result in disciplinary action.

 

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