This policy affects all police officers, police staff and volunteers (eg parents, teachers, youth leaders etc) who are working in partnership to deliver activities for children and young people.
This policy should be read in conjunction with Authorised Professional Practice (APP) - Engagement and Communications.
Policy Aims and Objectives:
The aims of this policy and accompanying procedural instructions are to keep children and young people safe.
South Yorkshire Police are committed to creating and maintaining the safest possible environment for children and young people by:
- Recognising that anyone under the age of 18 is entitled to the protection afforded by this policy and its accompanying procedural instructions.
- Acknowledging that the welfare of children and young people is paramount.
- Recognising that all children and young people whatever their age, disability, ethnicity, faith and religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, colour, nationality, first language, politics or social position have the right to protection from abuse.
- Monitoring the participation of children and young people with disabilities to ensure compliance with the SYP Disability Equality Scheme and help maintain a safe environment.
- Ensuring that all volunteers are carefully vetted and understand their responsibility for safeguarding children and young people in their care.
- Responding swiftly and appropriately to all suspicions or allegations of abuse and providing parents, children and young people with the opportunity to voice any concerns they may have. Any suspicions or allegations must not be ignored.
- Restricting access to sensitive information to the the Management Team who will decide on its further dissemination.
- Reviewing the effectiveness of our Child Protection Policy and activities annually.
The Management Team in the Community Safety Department will actively manage the application of this policy and act as the main point of contact for SYP employees, parents, children and young people and outside agencies.
Associated Procedural Instructions:
This policy is supported by the following procedural instructions:
Child Protection – Instructions D51431
The Authorised Professional Practice (APP) section entitled Information Management, and other relevant SYP policy documents such as D51512 Information Management and Compliance.
The Act creates a statutory requirement for all Functions and Policies (Including Procedural Instructions) to be analysed for their effect on equality, diversity and human rights, with due regard to the General Duty. In principle, this document has been assessed for discrimination, which cannot be justified, among other diverse groups.
The purpose of providing policy is to give an indication to staff of the expected course of action. However it is not possible to cater for every possible combination of factors that would justify a departure from stated policy. The Human Rights Act 1998 requires the proper use of discretion at all times and nothing within this policy and associated procedural instructions prohibits the proper use of discretion in appropriate circumstances.
Where action is taken that has the potential to interfere with an individual's Human Rights, the reasons behind the making of the decision to act in that way should be recorded on the appropriate forms, or where this is not practicable, in pocket books or policy logs.
This policy together with its Equality Analysis will be reviewed every 2 years.
Rights of redress for members of the public:
Anyone who feels that a member of staff has behaved incorrectly or unfairly, or who is dissatisfied with organisational matters, service delivery or other operational policing issues, has the right to make a complaint
Initial action should be taken in one of the following ways:
- Complain in writing or in person to the Senior Officer at the appropriate police station or to the Chief Constable of the force concerned.
- Visit a local Citizens' Advice Bureau
- Contact a Solicitor
Rights of redress for South Yorkshire Police personnel:
South Yorkshire Police personnel who feel they have grounds for concern in relation to the implementation of policies may, as appropriate:
- Pursue concerns through their line manager.
- Contact a First Contact Advisor.
- Pursue a grievance formally through the South Yorkshire Police Fairness at Work Procedure.
- Seek advice from their staff association or trades union.
Use procedural instructionD50241Management of Complaints, in the section entitled Handling Complaints relating to Direction and Control.
19 May 2008