SAFETY AND WELFARE POLICY STATEMENT
NEA will take all reasonable steps, through its policy guidelines and procedures, to ensure the health, safety and welfare of the young people involved in its activities. It is committed to providing a safe and enjoyable environment that enables young people to develop their full potential as individuals while protecting them from all physical, sexual and emotional harm.
CODE OF GOOD PRACTICE
All adults working with young people must maintain the highest professional standards in their work and in their relationships with young people. Set out below is NEA's code of good practice to be followed by all involved in this valuable work with young people. Before participating in activities carried out on behalf of NEA, within its centres and elsewhere, leaders and helpers must agree to abide by this code. Leaders are adults who have an ongoing role in the provision of NEA activities for young people, while helpers are those over the age of 16 involved only in specific activities.
- Leaders and helpers working for NEA will treat each young person with equal respect and consideration, without favouritism, and ensure his or her safety and welfare at all times.
- Leaders and helpers will endeavour to familiarise themselves with all guidelines distributed by NEA on child protection and safety issues while involved in running activities carried out on behalf of NEA. The NEA director in charge of Development: Youth and Social ('The NEA Youth Director') will ensure that details of all developments reach each leader and helper working with young people.
- Leaders and helpers working for NEA will take great care over whatever they say to young people and also the way in which they say it at all times.
- All situations, actions and language that compromise a relationship of trust with young people are to be avoided.
- Leaders and helpers are to: a) think and act carefully about taking risks with the safety of young people; and b) avoid situations that could lead to difficulties, temptations or accusations of abuse. Training will be made available on practical applications of these principles.
- Leaders and helpers are to be clear about what is appropriate and inappropriate physical contact with young people, avoiding any contact that could be misunderstood. Practical examples will be outlined in their training on such issues.
- Leaders and helpers are to avoid physical horseplay. They shall also avoid taking part in contact games where there is a danger that others might misinterpret their actions, no matter how innocently intentioned. Practical examples will be outlined in their training on such issues.
- All leaders and helpers will have a clearly specified role within each activity, to be understood by both them and the young people in attendance. In this way, no one will be in contact with young people who does not have a reason to be present at the activity in an official capacity.
- If a child wishes to speak exclusively with a leader or helper, or vice versa, this one-to-one conversation shall take place in a public place or in rooms designed so as to be open to view by others.
- Sleeping accommodation, shower and changing facilities for young people and helpers under 18 will always be separate from those for leaders and helpers over 18.
- All activities are to be planned thoroughly by the leaders, so as to eliminate any times or situations where it may be possible for young people to be abused, such as when contact is unobserved.
- The leader of the activity will ensure that a risk assessment is carried out in the planning stage of each activity and that safety procedures (including those for first aid provision) are followed at all times.
- The leader of the activity will ensure that all in attendance know of safety and emergency procedures in each location where activities take place.
- There will be at least two leaders involved in each programmed off-centre activity, however few children participate. A minimum ratio of 2:10 (two leaders and helpers to ten children) will be maintained for all programmed off-centre activities.
- A clear indication of start and end times for each programmed activity will be published within information sheets by the leaders so that children can arrive and leave promptly.
- Parents or guardians are to fill out: a) a consent and contact form and b) a dietary and medical details form either annually or before any residential activity away from the centre.
- No personal details of young people, including photographs with identifiers such as first name and surname, or close-up photography, shall be published on websites or in publications. Other photographs of young people may be published, only with the signed consent of parents or guardians.
A full policy document for Safeguarding Young People with NEA's detailed guidelines is available from the NEA office on request. For further details contact:
159 Nightingale Lane
London SW12 8NQ
SAFEGUARDING YOUNG PEOPLE COORDINATORS
Anyone with concerns about issues regarding safeguarding young people should contact one of NEA's coordinators. These are:
Dr Michael Delany
14 Huntsman Close
Herts SG11 1US
Tel: 01920 822 447
Mob: 07905 997 420
Mrs Margaret Hammond
126 Oatley Drive
Tel: 020 8518 6652