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Child Protection

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									Trap Media Child Protection Policy
Revised 12/01/2006

1. Statement of Intent

Trap media has an established initiative that actively targets and delivers activities for
young people in arts in education projects.

Protecting children from harm is the responsibility of all Trap Media partners, staff,
freelance workers or volunteers. The welfare of all children is paramount to Trap media
and will take precedence over any issue relating to confidentiality.

2. Definitions of Child Abuse

An abused child is a boy or girl under the age of 18 who has suffered from, or is believed
to be at significant risk of neglect, physical injury and emotional or sexual abuse.

Any adult who has a position of trust or authority with respect to a child may perpetrate
Child abuse.

3. Categories of Child Abuse

There are four categories of child abuse as defined by the Children's Act of 1989.

   NEGLECT is the persistent or severe neglect of a child, or the failure to protect a
    child from exposure of any kind of danger, including cold or starvation, or extreme
    failure to carry out important aspects of care, resulting from the significant
    impairment of the child's health or development, including non-organic failure to
    thrive.

   PHYSICAL INJURY is the actual or likely physical injury to a child, or failure to
    prevent physical injury (or suffering) to a child.

   SEXUAL ABUSE is the actual, or likely, exploitation of a child or adolescent.

   EMOTIONAL ABUSE is the actual, or likely, severe adverse effect on the emotional
    and behavioural development of a child caused by persistent or severe emotional ill
    treatment or rejection.

   HISTORICAL ABUSE There may be occasions when an adult will disclose abuse
    (either sexual or physical), which occurred in the past, during their childhood. This
    information needs to be treated in exactly the same way as a disclosure or suspicion
    of current child abuse. The reason for this is that the abuser may still represent a
    risk to children now.

3. Recognising Child Abuse
   Injury to the child that may arouse suspicion e.g. unexplained bruising.

   Observation of the child at play or interactions leads you to suspect the child may
    have been abused.

   Slow, but definite, changes in the child’s behaviour i.e. regressive toilet habit,
    becoming withdrawn, poor eating and passive personality.

   If the parent/carer is evasive, inappropriately hostile or will not respond to enquires
    regarding injuries this may lead you to suspect non-accidental injury.

   Some signs and symptoms are common to all forms of abuse – e.g. low self-esteem.

   Clusters of possible indicators are particularly important.

   Be aware of possible differences between children from different cultural
    backgrounds in the way the symptoms may be communicated.

   Some children who are being abused may not show any obvious signs or symptoms.

4. What to Do in an Emergency

Report immediately to the managing director of Trap Media. Should a child require
prompt medical attention this will be the first priority. Depending on the circumstances
they will:

   Call an ambulance

   Ask a GP to call.

   Ask the parent to take the child to the hospital/clinic/surgery for immediate medical
    attention.

   Offer to take the parent and the child to the hospital/surgery for immediate medical
    attention.

   Take the child to the hospital/clinic/surgery.

   Having taken emergency action, Social Services or alternative agencies must be
    contacted immediately on the numbers listed below.

The following can be contacted through your local directory:


   Police

   Social Services

   Samaritans 0345 909090
   National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) in England,
    Wales and Northern Ireland Free phone 0800 800 500

   Children First 0131 337 8539

   Child Line 0800 1111

   Parent line 0808 800 2222


Confidentiality

Trap media will at all times put the interest and safety of the child first. Information
shared will be treated confidentially unless this indicates a threat to the child when it is
our duty and responsibility to protect the child.

5. A Build Up of Concern

   Any incident that gives cause for concern should be reported immediately to the Trap
    Media Co-ordinator.

   The staff member, freelance worker or volunteer working for Trap Media should log
    any gradual concerns. This includes any conversation that may take place with the
    parent/carer.

   Any observations made must be dated and signed by the member of staff, freelance
    worker or volunteer.

   Any such concerns will be discussed at management meetings when observations
    from all staff, freelance workers or volunteers, may be shared and any action
    considered necessary may be agreed.


6. Steps in Dealing with Disclosure

This applies to a child disclosing, but will also mostly apply to an adult. An adult should
be encouraged to approach Social Services themselves, but a staff member, freelance
worker or volunteer should always inform the Trap Media Co-ordinator if.

When a child/adult wants to confide in you make sure that there is a quiet place to talk
where there will be no interruptions.

Do remember to:

   Be accessible and receptive

   Listen carefully and ask open questions to clarify – non-specific questions to seek
    clarity.
   Take it seriously – e.g. this is very serious, I’m sad this has happened to you.

   Reassure the child they are right to tell – e.g. I’m glad you told me, that was the right
    thing to do.

   Negotiate getting help – tell the child you are going to get help for them and their
    family, prepare them for the fact you must involve others. They will be interviewed
    by the police and social worker and may need a medical examination to check that
    they are okay.

   Explain that you cannot personally protect them, but will support them in telling the
    right people to make sure it does not happen again and that you will have to tell
    someone else.

   Report all suspicions immediately.

   Make careful records of what is said immediately, using the child’s own words and
    including questions you asked.

DO NOT:

   Jump to conclusions

   Try to get the child to disclose – only ask questions you need to know to clarify
    immediate safety.

   Speculate or accuse anybody.

   Ask any leading questions whatsoever – e.g. was it daddy/mummy, etc, or any
    questions requiring a yes/no answer.

   Make promises you cannot keep.


7. Referral

Where no emergency action is considered necessary the Trap Media Co-ordinator will
telephone the appropriate Social Services contact number for the Duty social Worker.

They will be asked to state clearly who they are and the reason for telephoning.

The following information will be asked for and must be readily available:

i) Child’s name
ii) Child’s home address
iii) Date of birth
iv) Where parents/carers can be contacted
v) Information about the circumstances, or injuries, giving causes for concerns and any
explanation or comment the child or his/her parent/carer have made.
8. Accusations of Abuse Against a member of Trap Media Staff, Freelance
   Worker or Volunteer

   Any allegation of child abuse made against a Trap Media staff member, freelance
    worker or volunteer, will immediately be reported to Social Services and the Trap
    Media Co-ordinator.

   The person concerned will be immediately suspended pending an investigation of
    the incident in accordance with disciplinary procedures.

 Inspectors will be given full rights to interview the person alleged to have committed
   the offence and access to any evidence/information necessary for their enquires.
   The worker will be made aware that the investigation may extend to include their
   immediate family.

   If the investigation is not proven, but reveals concerns regarding the worker the
    individual(s) concerned may be required to undertake further guidance before
    resuming normal duties.

   If the allegations are proven the individual concerned will be deemed to have
    committed Gross Professional Misconduct and will be dealt with in accordance to the
    LEA’s disciplinary procedures.

9. Staff Guidelines for Working with Children (please also refer to code of
   conduct)

   Reduce to a minimum any activities involving lone children.

   Never become involved with a lone child outside normal working hours, or the
    workshop times.

   If you have any Child Protection concerns report them to the Trap Media Co-
    ordinator immediately.

   Ensure that you fully understand this Child Protection Policy.

10. Health And Safety

The health and safety of children is paramount. All staff members, freelance workers
and volunteers working for Trap Media will be briefed on our Health and Safety
guidelines. They will be expected to understand and act within them.

Any information received from Social Services regarding the health and safety of
children will be circulated to all Trap Media staff, freelance workers and volunteers, as
well as to the project partners.
11. Obligations to our employees/freelancers/volunteers
All volunteers, freelancers and staff, including temporary personnel and helpers who are
working with children and young people as part of Trap Media should be subject to a
careful and rigorous selection and vetting process with the following elements.

      Completion of an application form and proof of identity should be provided.

      Taking up references.

      All interviews will be conducted by a minimum of 2 people.

      Gaps in employment or inconsistencies in a person’s CV will be identified and
       satisfactory explanations for this will be provided.

      Carrying out police checks and checks with the Criminal Records Bureau (see
       CRB Policy)

      Allowing no unsupervised access to children and young people until the above
       procedures have been completed.

If necessary, Trap Media will seek advice about recruiting someone with a criminal
record.
All employees, freelancers working young people will be required to have a Disclosure of
their criminal records undertaken by the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB).

Trap Media uses the ITC disclosure service to make applications to the CRB on behalf
of individuals it proposes to employ.

At the time of interview, potential employees will receive notification that should they be
successful the company will make a CRB application on their behalf. Co-operation with
this application is a condition of employment. Interviewees and employees are entitled to
know that Trap Media will preserve the absolute confidentiality of Disclosure
applications. All employees, freelancers, volunteers on the project will read this Child
Protection Policy document and sign to say that they have read, understood and agree
to be bound by it.

It is important to note that the result of a CRB application may result in members of Trap
Media’s management authorised to deal with Disclosure matters (the ‘Counter

Signatories’) having to interpret the evidence presented. Whilst there are some offences
that make it simply impossible to work with or in proximity to children, there are others
which are of no relevance and others which may not be of relevance. The company also
maintains, within its Equality and Diversity Policy, an understanding of the Rehabilitation
of Offenders regulations. In areas of interpretation, the nature of the job will be
considered as well as the latest legislative situation.

In terms of working practice, all employees are entitled to feel that they are not being put
into situations where they could be at danger of malicious or mistaken claims.
Trap Media recognises that the law in the area of Child Protection is under constant
review. The interpretation of the law and professional guidance is likewise subject to
continual change. In common with all of Trap Media policies this policy will be reviewed
annually. We realise our obligation to keep abreast of developments in this complex
area and the need to pass on information to staff. The training, guidance and supervision
of staff are key to the successful operation of a sound Child Protection Policy.


12. Equal Opportunities issues and Criminal Records Disclosure

The company is aware that the results of an application to the CRB may raise Equal
Opportunities issues, particularly in the area of the rehabilitation of offenders. All
recruitment at Trap Media takes places within the company’s commitment to Equal
Opportunities and, within this, whatever the legal requirements are on the company as
laid down in legislation such as the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act.

								
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