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The Stithians Village Hall Management Committee

CHILD AND VULNERABLE ADULTS PROTECTION POLICY

PHILOSOPHY: Stithians Village Hall Management Committee (SVHMC) believes that every young person and vulnerable adult, regardless of age or circumstance, has a right to be protected from harm and to feel safe and respected.

PRINCIPLES:

To ensure that any activities organised or sponsored by hirers of accommodation provided by SVHMC involving young people and vulnerable adults provide an environment where they feel secure and valued.

To require any regular or commercial hirer who has contact with children and vulnerable adults to have their own child protection policy and procedures in place.

To ensure that clear procedures are in place whereby signs of abuse can be recognised and appropriate actions taken

To ensure that procedures are in place for the protection of SVHMC employees and volunteer workers who are in contact with young people and vulnerable adults.

PROCEDURES:

Have a nominated Child Protection Officer (CPO) who can be contacted by telephone. Catherine Cullen Tel: 01209 861 424

Ensure that policies and procedures relating to Child Protection issues are in place in groups that children and vulnerable adults not accompanied by their parents/carers may attend.

Display prominently our philosophy, the name of the CPO and contact details as well as the contact details for NSPCC and Childline and other relevant agencies such as Age Concern.

Ensure all employed staff and volunteers [other than those who only have infrequent contact with young people and vulnerable adults] have enhanced level Criminal record Bureau (CRB) checks and that their continuing suitability is monitored.

Follow guidelines laid down by OFSTED and Cornwall County Council code of Child Protection especially with regard to supporting young people and vulnerable adults, the recording and reporting of incidents.

Provide training opportunities relating to child protection issues.

Where appropriate to remind hirers of their obligations and responsibilities and the need for them to have effective child protection policies in place.

Our Policies and procedures will be monitored and reviewed by Trustees regularly.

Approved by Trustees on 9th October 2008

Signed: (Chair or SVHMC)