Child Protection Policy
Morvargh has a duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and vulnerable adults; this policy outlines our responsibilities.
Child Protection PolicyRevision 1 - Updated 12th January 2020
Morvargh Sailing Project acknowledges the duty of care it has to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and is committed to ensuring safeguarding practice reflects statutory responsibilities, government guidance and complies with best practice.
This policy recognises that the welfare and interests of children and vulnerable adults are paramount in all circumstances. It aims to ensure that regardless of age, ability or disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation, socio-economic background, all children:
- Have a positive and enjoyable experience on our sail training voyages in a safe and child centred environment
- Are protected from abuse whilst participating in sail training or outside of the activity.
We acknowledge that some children, including disabled children and young people or those from ethnic minority communities, can be particularly vulnerable to abuse and we accept the responsibility to take reasonable and appropriate steps to ensure their welfare.
As part of our safeguarding policy Morvargh Sailing Project will:
- Promote and prioritise the safety and wellbeing of children and young people
- Ensure everyone understands their roles and responsibilities in respect of safeguarding and is provided with appropriate learning opportunities to recognise, identify and respond to signs of abuse, neglect and other safeguarding concerns relating to children and young people
- Ensure appropriate action is taken in the event of incidents/concerns of abuse and support provided to the individual/s who raise or disclose the concern
- Ensure that confidential, detailed and accurate records of all safeguarding concerns are maintained and securely stored
- Prevent the employment/deployment of unsuitable individuals
- Ensure robust safeguarding arrangements and procedures are in operation.
This statement will be widely promoted and are mandatory for everyone involved in Morvargh Sailing Project. Failure to comply with the policy and procedures will be addressed without delay and may ultimately result in dismissal/exclusion from the organisation.
The policy will be reviewed yearly after development, or in the following circumstances:
- Changes in legislation and/or government guidance
- As required by the Local Safeguarding Children Board, or ASTO (Association of Sail Training Organisations) requirements
- As a result of any other significant change or event.
Inappropriate relationships between individuals
Adults working with young people or vulnerable adults have a duty not to abuse their position of trust and should behave responsibly and professionally towards children and young people in their care. The behaviour between individuals on a voyage should be of a standard considered acceptable in a normal working environment.
Morvargh Sailing Project operates a ‘no touching’ policy to reduce the risk to both afterguard and our crews. Sexual harassment is not acceptable. Examples may include:
- Suggestive comments or body language
- Unwanted physical contact
- Lewd comments/behaviour
During the period of the voyage public displays of affection between afterguard members is not appropriate and discouraged.
All young people must be given fair and equal treatment regardless of their gender, religion, ethnic origin or ability. No discrimination, harassment, intimidation or humiliation will be tolerated. If you are unsure determining what action is appropriate it is recommended that you seek clarification from the designated person.
Abuse of the position of trust
It is an offence for a person aged 18 or over, intentionally to engage in, causes or incite, participate in or cause a child to watch a sexual act when the adult is in a position of trust in respect of the child (Sexual Offences Act 2003).
Designated PersonRevision 1 - Updated 12th January 2020
Although everyone has a role to play in ensuring that children and vulnerable adults are safe, Morvargh Sailing Project has a single designated individual that has specific responsibility for implementing and monitoring of our child protection policies and procedures.
The designated person’s role includes:
- Maintaining up-to-date policy and procedures, compatible with RYA & ASTO guidelines
- Ensuring that relevant staff and/or volunteers are aware of and follow the procedures, including implementing safe recruitment procedures
- Advising the management committee on safeguarding and child protection issues
- Maintaining contact details for local Children’s Services and Police.
If there is a concern, the designated person would:
- Be the first point of contact for any concerns or allegations, from children or adults, ensuring that confidentiality is maintained in all cases
- Decide on the appropriate action to be taken, in line with our procedures and in conjunction with the Managing Director
- Keep the RYA & ASTO informed as necessary.
The designated person is:
In her absence concerns can be raised to: