The Budding Chef’s Club believes that children and young people should never experience any form of abuse. We have a responsibility to promote the safety and welfare of all children and young people, and we are committed to practising in a way that protects them.

This policy applies to paid staff, volunteers, students, and anyone working on behalf of The Budding Chef’s Club, without exception.

The purpose of this policy is to;

  • Protect children and young people who receive The Budding Chef’s Club's services.

  • To provide paid staff, volunteers, students and anyone working on behalf of The Budding Chef’s Club, with the overarching principles that guide our approach to child protection and safeguarding.

The Budding Chef’s Club recognises that;

  • The welfare of children is paramount, as enshrined in the Children Act 1989

  • All children have the right to equal protection from all forms of harm or abuse, irrespective of; their age, gender, racial heritage, disability, religious belief, sexual orientation or identity

  • Some children are additionally vulnerable because of their level of dependency, communication needs, the impact of previous experiences or other issues

  • Working together with children, young people, their parents, carers and other agencies is essential in promoting a child or young person’s safety and welfare.

We will seek to keep children and young people safe by;

  • Listening to, valuing and respecting them

  • Ensuring that everyone over the age of 16 years who works for or on behalf of The Budding Chef’s Club, undergo a DBS check and hold a valid DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) certificate before they are permitted to work with children or young people in our care.

  • Ensuring that we always provide a safe physical environment for all children, young people, staff and volunteers by applying health and safety measures in accordance with the law and regulatory advice.

  • Ensuring that all senior staff hold a valid level 2 Food Hygiene Certificate

  • Ensuring that there is at least one qualified First Aider in the area occupied by The Budding Chef’s Club

  • Ensuring that there is at least one qualified Fire Marshall in the area occupied by The Budding Chef’s Club

  • 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

  • Recording and storing any personal information relating to a child or young person, securely

  • Having a clear and effective complaints procedure in place

  • Having procedures in place to manage any allegations made against staff and volunteers appropriately

  • Providing effective management for all people working for or on behalf of The Budding Chef’s Club, through training, supervision and support

 

Legal framework

This policy has been written in accordance with the law and guidance that seeks to protect children, namely;

  • Children Act 1989

  • United Convention of the Rights of the Child 1991

  • Data Protection Act 1998

  • Human Rights Act 1988

  • Sexual Offences Act 2003

  • Children Act 2004

  • Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006

  • Protection of Freedoms Act 2012

  • Children and Families Act 2014

  • Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) code of practice: 0-25 years – Statutory guidance for organisations which work with and support children and young people who have special educational needs or disabilities. HM Government 2014

This policy should be read alongside our;

 

Useful links:

West Sussex Safeguarding Children Board at www.westsussexscb.org.uk

NSPCC (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children) at www.nspc.org.uk

Child Exploitation & Online Protection centre at www.ceop.police.uk