Safeguarding Policy  Statement

(Nige Burr has worked extensively as a Child Protection Officer and Deputy Safeguarding Lead within UK Education for over 16 years.)

The purpose and scope of this policy statement is for Nige Burr Photography who works with children and families as part of its activities. These include: [Photographic shoots in studio and on location and within family homes and other venues]. The purpose of this policy statement is:

• to protect children and young people who receive Nige Burr Photography’s services. This includes the children of adults who use our services

• to provide parents, staff and volunteers with the overarching principles that guide our approach to child protection.

This policy statement applies to anyone working on behalf of Nige Burr Photography including senior managers and the board of trustees, paid staff, volunteers, sessional workers, agency staff and students.

Legal framework

This policy has been drawn up on the basis of legislation, policy and guidance that seeks to protect children in England/Northern Ireland/Scotland/Wales. A summary of the key legislation and guidance is available from www.nspcc.org.uk/childprotection.

We believe that:

• children and young people should never experience abuse of any kind

• we have a responsibility to promote the welfare of all children and young people, to keep them safe and to practice in a way that protects them.

We recognise that:

• the welfare of the child is paramount

• all children, regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation have a right to equal protection from all types of harm or abuse

• some children are additionally vulnerable because of the impact of previous experiences, their level of dependency, communication needs or 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, listening to and respecting them

• developing child protection and safeguarding policies and procedures which reflect best practice

• 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

• creating and maintaining an anti-bullying environment and ensuring that we have a policy and procedure to help us deal effectively with any bullying that does arise

• developing and implementing an effective online safety policy and related procedures

• sharing information about child protection and safeguarding best practice with children, their families, staff and volunteers via leaflets, posters, group work and one-to-one discussions

• providing effective management for staff and volunteers through supervision, support, training and quality assurance measures

• implementing a code of conduct for staff and volunteers

• using our procedures to manage any allegations against staff and volunteers appropriately

• ensuring that we provide a safe physical environment for  children, young people, staff and volunteers, by applying health and safety measures in accordance with the law and regulatory guidance

• recording and storing information professionally and securely.

[More information about what these policies and procedures should include is available from www.nspcc.org.uk/safeguarding

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