Blue Bears Playscheme believes that safeguarding and duty of care is a shared responsibility, for all of us working with young and vulnerable children under the age of 18, We are committed to building a ‘culture of safety’enivronment for all, in which the children in our care are protected from any type of abuse or harm.
Blue Bears will respond promptly and appropriately to all incidents or concerns of abuse that may occur. Our Club’s child protection procedures comply with all relevant legislation and following the guidance issued by the Enfield Safeguarding Children Board (ESCB). LADO.
2. Opening child protection statement
Blue Bears Playscheme is fully committed to safeguarding and protecting the welfare of all children and young people under the age of 18 years old as defined under the terms of the Children Act (1989). We recognise our responsibilities to take all reasonable steps to promote safe practice and to protect children and young people from harm, abuse, and neglect.
Blue Bears Playscheme acknowledges its duty to act appropriately with regards to any allegations towards a member of staff or volunteer, or towards any disclosures or suspicion of abuse.
Blue Bears Playscheme recognises its duty of care to safeguard children and young people as detailed under the Children Act (1989) and (2004) and Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018.
Blue Bears Playscheme believes that:
Blue Bears Playscheme will ensure that:
Steps and measure we take to safeguard children at our clubs
safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility, and anyone connected to the organisation, not just those in direct contact with children and young people, must adhere to the child proception policy. This includes following the appropriate processes if they have a child protection concern.
Roles and Responsibilities
2.2 Recognising the signs of abuse/safeguarding concerns
All staff and volunteers working within your organisation need to be aware that the abuse of children and young people, and the safeguarding concerns which may put them at risk, can take many forms.
Below are the different categories of abuse, along with a clear definition for each. These definitions are taken from Working Together 2018. Abuse can take many different forms,
Abuse: A form of maltreatment of a child or young person. Somebody may abuse or neglect a child or young person by inflicting harm, or by failing to act to prevent harm. Children and young people may be abused in a family or in an institutional or community setting by those known to them or, more rarely, by others. Abuse can take place wholly online, or technology may be used to facilitate offline abuse. Children and young people may be abused by an adult or adults, or another child, young person, children, or young people.
Physical Abuse: A form of abuse which may involve hitting, shaking, throwing, poisoning, burning, or scalding, drowning, suffocating or otherwise causing physical harm to a child or young person. Physical harm may also be caused when a parent or carer fabricates the symptoms of, or deliberately induces, illness in a child or young person.
Emotional Abuse: The persistent emotional maltreatment of a child or young person such as to cause severe and persistent adverse effects on the child’s or young person’s emotional development. It may involve conveying to a child or young person 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 or young person 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 or young people. These may include interactions that are beyond a child’s or young person’s developmental capacity, as well as overprotection and limitation of exploration and learning, or preventing the child or young person participating in normal social interaction.
It may involve seeing or hearing the ill-treatment of another. It may involve serious bullying (including cyberbullying), causing children or young people frequently to feel frightened or in danger, or the exploitation or corruption of children or young people. Some level of emotional abuse is involved in all types of maltreatment of a child or young person, although it may occur alone.
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 the child or young person 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 or young people in looking at, or in the production of, sexual images, watching sexual activities, encouraging children or young people to behave in sexually inappropriate ways, or grooming a child or young person in preparation for abuse.
Sexual abuse can take place online, and technology can be used to facilitate offline abuse. Sexual abuse is not solely perpetrated by adult males. Women can also commit acts of sexual abuse, as can other children and young people.
Neglect: The persistent failure to meet a child’s or young person’s basic physical and/or psychological needs, likely to result in the serious impairment of the child’s or young person’s health or development. Neglect may occur during pregnancy because of maternal substance misuse.
Once a child is born, neglect may involve a parent or carer failing to:
Female Gentil Mutilation: (FGM) is much more common than most people realise, both worldwide, and in the UK. It is practiced in over 28 African countries, parts of the Middle and Far East.
Female Genital Mutilation is illegal and is prohibited by the Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003.
It is acknowledged that some families see FGM as an act of love rather than cruelty. FGM causes significant harm both in the short and long term and constitutes physical and emotional abuse to children and is unlawful in this country
To respond to increasing diversity within the Borough, and in tandem with the launch of the London Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) Female Genital Mutilation Procedure,
Child Sexual Exploitation:
This is a form of child sexual abuse. It occurs where an individual or group takes advantage of an imbalance of power to coerce, manipulate or deceive a child or young person under the age of 18 into sexual activity:
(a) in exchange for something the victim needs or wants, and/or
(b) for the financial advantage or increased status of the perpetrator or facilitator. The victim may have been sexually exploited even if the sexual activity appears consensual. Child sexual exploitation does not always involve physical contact; it can also occur through the use of technology.
ECSP has a dedicated Child Sexual Exploitation – Resources and Tools page on their website where you can find many useful resources and links to help you in your work with young people.
Child Criminal Exploitation:
As set out in the Serious Violence Strategy, published by the Home Office, where an individual or group takes advantage of an imbalance of power to coerce, control, manipulate or deceive a child or young person under the age of 18 into any criminal activity:
(a) in exchange for something the victim needs or wants, and/or
(b) for the financial or other advantage of the perpetrator or facilitator and/or
(c) through violence or the threat of violence.
The victim may have been criminally exploited even if the activity appears consensual. Child criminal exploitation does not always involve physical contact; it can also occur through the use of technology.
Extremism goes beyond terrorism and includes people who target the vulnerable – including the young – by seeking to sow division between communities on the basis of race, faith or denomination; justify discrimination towards women and girls; persuade others that minorities are inferior; or argue against the primacy of democracy and the rule of law in our society. Extremism is defined in the Counter Extremism Strategy 2015 as “the vocal or active opposition to our fundamental values, including the rule of law, individual liberty and the mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs. We also regard calls for death of members of our armed forces as extremist.”
County Lines: As set out in the Serious Violence Strategy, published by the Home Office, County Lines is a term used to describe gangs and organised criminal networks involved in exporting illegal drugs into one or more importing areas within the UK, using dedicated mobile phone lines or other forms of ‘deal line’. They are likely to exploit children and vulnerable adults to move and store the drugs and money, and they will often use coercion, intimidation, violence (including sexual violence) and weapons.
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.
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 (e.g., much older)
Bullying can be a form of discrimination, particularly if it is based on a child’s disability, race, religion or belief, gender identity or sexuality.
2.3 Our safeguarding lead Members
The Safeguarding Lead for Blue Bears Playscheme is Virginia lazarus
can be contacted on Tel: 07504330541 If the Safeguarding Lead is not available (due to annual leave, sickness etc), staff and volunteers should report to the Deputy Safeguarding Lead is Angela Beer, can be contacted on Tel: 07701369007. If neither the Safeguarding Lead or Deputy Safeguarding Lead is available, advice should be immediately sought from: the Following:
You know your child better than anyone, so trust your instincts if something feels wrong. You are in the best position to ensure that you inform your designated office. All children have a right to be safe and should be protected from all forms of abuse and neglect.
A third of people who suspect child abuse, do nothing. Several people do not act on their suspicions because they’re worried about being wrong. You don’t have to be certain about
your suspicions: if you have a feeling that something’s not right, talk to your Manger safeguarding leaders then local children’s social care team LADO who can investigate it.
Disclosure of abuse: If a child or young person discloses to you that abuse or inappropriate behaviour has/ may/is taking place, you should:
Listen to the child. Allow them to tell you what has happen in their own way, and at their own pace. Do not interrupt a child who is freely recalling significant events.
Remain calm. Be reassuring and supportive but try not to respond emotionally.
Do not ask leading questions. Only ask questions if you are seeking clarification about something they have said. Use TED; Tell, Explain, Describe.
When you can, make an accurate record of what you have been told, taking care to note any times, dates or locations mentioned. Use the child’s own words. Do not substitute anatomically correct names for body part names used by the child.
Reassure the child that they did the right thing in telling someone and you are glad they told you. Reassure the child that they have not done anything wrong.
Do not promise to keep their disclosure a secret but reassure the child you will only share the information with the right people who will be able to help them. Explain what you will do next.
At your earliest opportunity, speak to your Safeguarding Lead regarding the disclosure. If your Safeguarding Lead and deputy Safeguarding Lead are not available, Contact LADO (Local Authority Designated Officer)
If there is immediate risk of harm to a child DO NOT DELAY, ring 999
The Safeguarding Lead will help to determine the correct course of action based on the level of need, and where appropriate can assist with making a referral to Children’s Social Care or Early Help.
The Safeguarding Lead will take action in line with the Enfield Safeguarding Children Partnership (ESCP) process for What to do if you are concerned about a child in Enfield.
The Safeguarding Lead will refer to the Thresholds Document to inform decision making. If the Safeguarding Lead is unclear whether to make a referral to Children’s Social Care, they can contact First Response for advice.
Allegations or concerns regarding members of staff or volunteers within your organisation
Disclosures of abusive or inappropriate behaviour towards children may be made in relation to staff members or volunteers within your organisation. Alternatively, staff members or volunteers may have concerns regarding behaviour they have witnessed from another member of staff or volunteer towards children.
following Enfield local protocol Blue Bears will contact the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) on 0208 379 2850. And to Ofsted.
The allegation will be recorded by the lead managing conducting the allegations, and any witnesses to the incident should sign and date the entry to confirm it.
The LADO will advise you if other agencies (e.g., police) should be informed, and the Club will act upon their advice.
2.7 Shared information
Shared information of any child should only be shared if its life threatening or used for the purpose a child protection order (staff need to be aware of) please refer to the links for more information Enfield Council information sharing protocol
All visitors must report to the manger beforehand and inform us of why they are visiting our service. An enhanced DBS especially if there wish to speak with the children will be need for our records.
Living safely with respiratory infections, including COVID-19
As we learn to live safely with coronavirus (COVID-19), there are actions we can all take to help reduce the risk of catching COVID-19 and passing it on to others. These actions will also help to reduce the spread of other respiratory infections, such as flu, which can spread easily and may cause serious illness in some people.
COVID-19, along with many other respiratory infections such as influenza (flu), can spread easily and cause serious illness in some people. You may be infected with a respiratory virus such as COVID-19 and not have any symptoms but still pass infection onto others.
The risk of catching or passing on COVID-19 is greatest when someone who is infected is physically close to or sharing an enclosed and/or poorly ventilated space with other people. When someone with a respiratory viral infection such as COVID-19 breathes, speaks, coughs or sneezes, they release small particles that contain the virus which causes the infection. These particles can be breathed in or can come into contact with the eyes, nose, or mouth. The particles can also land on surfaces and be passed from person to person via touch.
You will not always know whether someone you come into contact with is at higher risk of becoming seriously ill from respiratory infections, including COVID-19.
They could be strangers (for example people you sit next to on public transport) or people you may have regular contact with (for example friends and work colleagues).
There are simple things you can do in your daily life that will help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory infections and protect those at highest risk. Things you can choose to do are:
The main symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19)
Measure we take if we suspect COVID-19
Members of staff should consider having the covid-19 vaccine (when called up for it this may help them get less symptoms if contract with the virus
Enfield Children’s MASH (Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub)
Tel: 0208 379 5555 Part of (SPOE, Single)
Allegations against adults working with children (LADO)Local authority Designated officer
Tel: 0208 379- 2850/020837 -94392
Single Point of Entry (SPOE) Tel: 0208- 379- 2507 Fax: 020 8-379- 2498
Open Hrs. Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm
Single Point of Entry (SPOE)
Out of hours Tel: 0208- 379 -1000 For urgent safeguarding concerns that occur outside of normal working hours, contact the emergency Duty Team on 0208 379 1000
For non-urgent referrals that still require a safeguarding response please visit the Children’s portal
If you are worried about a child in Enfield or want to know how to report your concerns, go to www.gov.uk/reportchildabuse and complete an online child protection referral by visiting www.enfield.gov.uk/childrensportal
Orton Grove Enfield EN1 4TU
Anti-Terrorist hotline: 0800-789-321
Ofsted: 0300 -123 -1231
Police: 101 non-emergency or in emergency 999 (Edmonton /Enfield police)
National Crime Agency’s CEOP Education team aim to help protect children and young people from online child sexual abuse. NSPCC helpline: Tel: 0808 800 500
Police Child Abuse Investigation Team (CAIT)
020 8733 5139
Mental health & wellbeing
Barnet, Enfield, and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust- 0800 151 0023
Out-of-hours service- 020 8379 1000
This policy was adopted by: Blue Bears Playscheme: Update: June 2022
Signed: Virginia Lazarus
Written in accordance with the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (2014): Safeguarding and Welfare requirements: Data protection GDPR and Suitable People [3.9-3.13].
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