Set out below is our policy with regard to providing protection for children, young people under the age of 18 and vulnerable people of all ages from any form of unacceptable behaviour including sexual misbehaviour, physical acts, inappropriate remarks, suggestive gestures, pictures or other materials, or other forms of abuse such as physical violence or bullying.
What we must do as Instructors, Assessors, and Verifiers:
· Take all reasonable steps to ensure the health, safety and welfare of any child, or vulnerable person under our control.
· Ensure that all activities that we direct are appropriate to the age, maturity and ability of children participating.
· Consistently display high standards of personal behaviour and appearance, remembering that young persons may often regard us as role models.
· Avoid spending time alone with young children. Meetings with children for assessment feedback and review sessions should take place as openly as possible and with the full knowledge of another responsible person.
· Do not make any unnecessary contact with children. If you accidentally hurt or cause distress to a child in any way report the incident as soon as possible. Parents and/or carers should be informed of the occurrence.
· Record and report any allegations.
· To minimise the opportunity for children to suffer harm whilst participating in any courses you should ensure that the persons responsible for the child (school, organisation, employer, carer, parent) are given full information about the course programme and the supervision arrangements.
· If you become aware of anyone physically, emotionally or sexually abusing a child you must take appropriate action. You must report this and/or any evidence or reasonable suspicion that a child has been physically, emotionally or sexually abused (whether by an adult or another child) to the people whose role it is to protect them, whether the police or other agency.
Training Providers should familiarise themselves with the Protection of Children Act 1999. A copy of a practical guide to the act can be found on the Criminal Records Bureau website www.crb.gov.uk.