Everyone has a responsibility for safeguarding children and young people. This means:
- protecting children from maltreatment
- preventing impairment of children’s health or development
- ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care.
- taking action to enable all children and young people to have the best outcome (Source: SafeNetwork.org.uk)
As I will be working directly with young people as part of my research I have undertaken ‘Child Protection and Safeguarding’ online training designed and delivered by the NSPCC.
I agree to abide by the NSPCC Code of Conduct whilst working with children. This means I will:
- prioritise children
- never have sole responsibility for them
- only provide personal or intimate care in an emergency
- never give out personal details
- always behave appropriately
- listen and respect children and avoid favouritism
- remember I am in a position of trust and act in a professional manner
- always report any concerns about a child or the behaviour of a member of school staff to the Designated Safeguarding Person (DSP) at the school or another relevant member of staff
“The legislative framework for the child protection system in England is the Children Act 1989 and the Children Act 2004. The central piece of national guidance is Working together to safeguard children: a guide to inter- agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. For more information on guidance and legislation in England, see the NSPCC’s child protection resources for anyone working to safeguard children in England: www.nspcc.org.uk/england“ (Source: NSPCC)
The NSPCC provides a range of training courses and consultancy services for anyone working to protect or safeguard children at www.nspcc.org.uk/trainingandconsultancy
For more information about advice and support services relevant to this topic, see the heading ‘Further Support’.
DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) checks have also been carried out by City University and I have received certification as proof of no previous criminal offences. This certificate is available to schools on request.