Medway Youth Trust believes that all children and young people deserve the opportunity to achieve their full potential and that they should be enabled to:
- Be as physically and mentally healthy as possible
- Gain the maximum benefit possible from good-quality educational opportunities
- Live in a safe environment and be protected from harm
- Experience emotional well-being
- Feel loved and valued, and be supported by a network of reliable, appropriate and affectionate relationships
- Become competent in looking after themselves and coping with everyday living
- Have a positive image of themselves, and a secure sense of identity including cultural and racial identity
- Develop good inter-personal skills and confidence in social situations
If they are denied the opportunity to achieve their potential in this way, children are at risk not only of an impoverished childhood, but they are more likely to experience disadvantage and social exclusion in adulthood. We recognise the importance of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people in all aspects of our work, throughout the organisation and in partnership with other agencies. So whilst we do not have a statutory duty under section 11 of the Children Act 2004, we ensure our approach meets these standards.
Safeguarding is a wider concept than that of child protection. Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined by Working Together (2013) as:
- Protecting children from maltreatment;
- Preventing impairment of children’s health or development; and
- Ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care and
- Undertaking that role so as to enable those children to have optimum life chances and to enter adulthood successfully.
We believe that safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility. Medway Youth Trust recognises that all staff, both paid and voluntary, have a part to play in protecting young people from harm, by recognising and referring cases of abuse or harm to the relevant Child Protection Services. Our staff are aware of the agencies and contacts to use, to refer those young people at risk, and be aware of the service support it is reasonable to expect from these organisations.
We have a comprehensive Safeguarding Children & Young People Policy (use the link to download a copy) which aims to communicate our commitment to keeping children and young people safe and to make clear that children and young people must be protected and provided with safe and positive environments and that our duty of care is of paramount importance. The primary objective of this policy is to provide clear and consistent processes for Medway Youth Trust staff in relation to safeguarding children and young people from harm, abuse and neglect, regardless of their race, religion, ethnicity, gender or sexuality, age, health or disability, location or placement, criminal behaviour and political or immigration status. Our policy also sets out our Safe Recruitment procedures.
We also have a Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults Policy which governs our work with people aged over 18 years of age.
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