Plymstock Camera Club (PCC) Safeguarding Policy
This Policy and Procedures will be regularly monitored and reviewed as required and in any case at least once annually.
• Respect and promote the rights, wishes and feelings of children and vulnerable adults.
• Promote and implement appropriate procedures to safeguard the well-being of children and vulnerable adults and protect them from abuse.
• Require members to adopt and abide by this Child and Vulnerable Adult Protection Policy and Procedures.
• Respond to any allegations of misconduct or abuse of children or vulnerable adults in line with this Policy and notifying the relevant authorities as appropriate.
The welfare of children and vulnerable adults is everyone’s responsibility, particularly when it comes to protecting them from abuse. Children and vulnerable adults have a lot to gain from clubs such as Plymstock Camera Club. This Policy and Procedures are based on the following principles:
• The welfare of children and vulnerable adults is the primary concern.
• All children and vulnerable adults, whatever their age, culture, disability, gender, language, racial origin, socio-economic status, religious belief and/or sexual identity have the right to protection from abuse.
• All incidents of alleged poor practice, misconduct and abuse will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately.
P.C.C. Child and Vulnerable Adult Protection Procedures
A child, for these purposes, is defined as a young person aged 18 years and below.
2 Definitions of Abuse
All Society members should be aware that ‘child abuse’ may occur when the behaviour of someone in a position of greater power than a child causes harm. The common denominator of all forms of abuse is that it makes the child feel bad and worthless - the harm caused cannot always be easily categorised.
The actual or likely persistent or significant neglect of a child, or the failure to protect a child from exposure to any kind of danger Physical Actual or likely deliberated physical injury to a child, or willful or neglected failure to prevent physical injury or suffering to a child.
Actual or likely sexual exploitation of a child. Actual or likely significant or persistent emotional ill-treatment or rejection, resulting in severe adverse effects on the emotional, physical and/or behavioral development of a child.
A child who is bullied may be suffering from any type of abuse. Bullying may take many forms.
First Aid and Treatment of Injuries
If, in your capacity as a member of PCC a child or vulnerable adult requires first aid or any form of medical attention whilst in your care, then the following good practice must be followed:
• Keep a written record of any injury that occurs, along with the details of any treatment given.
• Where possible, ensure access to medical advice and/or assistance is available.
• Only those with a current, recognised First Aid qualification should respond to any injuries.
• The child’s or vulnerable adult’s parents/guardians or carers must be informed of any injury and any action taken as soon as possible, unless it is in the child’s or vulnerable adult’s interests and on professional advice not to do so.
For taking and transporting children or vulnerable adults
If it is necessary to provide transport or take children or vulnerable adults to / from the club the following good practice must be followed:
• Where practicable request written parental/guardian consent if members are required to transport children or vulnerable adults.
• Always tell another member that you are transporting a child, give details of the route and the anticipated length of the journey.
• Ensure all vehicles are correctly insured and seatbelts are worn.
If members have concerns about an incident involving a child or vulnerable adult that seems untoward or unusual they must report their concerns as soon as possible to the Chairman or any Committee member. Parents should also be informed of the incident as soon as possible unless it is not in the child's or vulnerable adult’s interests to tell them. Report, record and inform if the following occur:
• If you accidentally hurt a child or vulnerable adult.
• If a child or vulnerable adult seems distressed in any manner.
• If a child or vulnerable adult misunderstands or misinterprets something you have said or done.