THE GREATER MANCHESTER TRUST FOR RECREATION
working name Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Manchester

 

SAFEGUARDING POLICY STATEMENT

Introduction

The Greater Manchester Trust for Recreation known as Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Manchester (“BGCGM”) is a registered charity in England and Wales number 521234. We are a charitable trust. BGCGM works with children and young adults as part of its activities. Our mission statement is:

“Our aim is to deliver a year-round programme of recreational and educational opportunities to young people, volunteers and leaders within our affiliated clubs that encourages them to reach their full potential.”

This policy statement applies to anyone working on behalf of BGCGM, whether paid or unpaid, including its trustees, staff and volunteers. It is based on legislation, policy and guidance relating to child protection in England, further details of which can be found on the NSPCC web site at nspcc.org.uk/childprotection.

The purpose of this policy statement is to:

  • protect children and young people who take part in our activities
  • make available to BGCGM staff and volunteers, affiliated clubs and parents/carers the principles that guide our approach to child protection

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 carry out our activities in a way that protects them.

We recognise that:

  • the welfare of the child is paramount
  • regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation all children have a right to equal protection from all types of harm or abuse whilst participating in our activities or outside of them
  • some children, including disabled children and young people or those from ethnic minority backgrounds, can be particularly vulnerable to abuse and we accept the responsibility to take reasonable and appropriate steps to ensure their welfare
  • 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
  • appointing a nominated safeguarding lead, a deputy safeguarding lead and a lead trustee for safeguarding
  • ensuring everyone in the organisation understands their roles and responsibilities in respect of safeguarding and is provided with appropriate learning opportunities to recognise, identify and respond to signs of abuse, neglect and other safeguarding concerns relating to children and young people
  • ensuring robust child protection and safeguarding policies and procedures are in operation
  • using our safeguarding procedures to share concerns and relevant information with agencies who need to know, and involving children, young people, parents and carers appropriately
  • using our procedures to manage any allegations against staff and volunteers appropriately
  • recruiting staff and volunteers safely, ensuring all necessary checks are made
  • implementing a code of conduct for staff and volunteers
  • ensuring that confidential, detailed and accurate records of all safeguarding concerns are maintained and securely stored

Related policies and procedures

This policy statement should be read alongside BGCGM’s policies and procedures including:

  • Responding to concerns about a child or young person’s wellbeing
  • Dealing with allegations of abuse against a child or young person
  • Managing allegations against staff and volunteers
  • Responding to concerns about the behaviour of staff or volunteers of another organisation
  • Safer recruitment procedure
  • Safeguarding Information Sharing Guidance
  • Safer Activities Procedure
  • Code of conduct for staff and volunteers
  • Anti-bullying Policy Statement
  • Online safety Policy Statement
  • Photography and filming Policy Statement
  • Child protection records retention and storage policy
  • Whistleblowing policy

This policy statement and procedures will be widely promoted and are mandatory for everyone involved in BGCGM. Failure to comply with them will be addressed without delay and may ultimately result in dismissal/exclusion from the organisation.

Contact details

Nominated safeguarding lead

Andy Hamill
T: 0161 660 4091
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Deputy safeguarding lead

Lisa Hall
T: 0161 660 4091
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Senior Lead/Trustee responsible for safeguarding and child protection

Gavin Evans
T: 07901 822 089
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NSPCC Helpline

T: 0808 800 5000