FarmED Safeguarding Policy

Purpose and scope:

FarmED welcomes visitors of all ages and abilities.  FarmED has a responsibility to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all users of our building and site be they staff, volunteers, visitors or contractors, regardless of age or physical ability. 

The purpose of this policy statement is:  

  • to protect children and young people who receive FarmED’s services from harm.

  • to provide staff and volunteers, as well as children and young people and their families, with the overarching principles that guide our approach to child protection. 

This policy applies to anyone working on behalf of FarmED, including paid staff, volunteers, agency staff and students. 

Legal Framework: 

This policy has been drawn up on the basis of legislation, policy and guidance that seeks to protect children in England. A summary of the key legislation is available from www.nspcc.org.uk/learning.

We believe that:

  • Children, young people, adults and staff should never experience abuse of any kind 

  • We have a responsibility to promote the welfare of all, to keep them safe and to practise in a way that protects them. 

We recognise that:

  • Welfare is paramount in all the work we do and in all the decisions we take 

  • Regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation, all have an equal right to protection from all types of harm or abuse  

  • Some are additionally vulnerable because of the impact of previous experiences, their level of dependency, communication needs or other issues  

  • Working in partnership with children, young people, their parents, carers and other agencies is essential in promoting young people’s welfare. 

Our Objective is to:

  • Provide an environment which is safe and welcoming for children, young adults and vulnerable adults and which protects them from all forms of harm.

  • Make sure that all staff, volunteers, seasonal workers, and students are aware of the need to protect children, young adults and vulnerable adults and know how to reduce the risks to them.

  • Respect the rights of all children, young adults and vulnerable adults.

We will seek to keep children and vulnerable adults safe by: 

  • Providing effective management for staff and volunteers through supervision, support and training.

  • Adopting safeguarding procedures for all staff and volunteers which minimise the opportunity for abuse and establish appropriate treatment of children and young vulnerable adults.

  • Ensuring that all members of staff and volunteers understand they have a duty to report concerns of abuse and know the procedures of doing so.

  • Ensuring any accompanying adults (parents, careers, school teachers, etc) are aware of their own responsibilities in relation to safeguarding.

  • Developing and following a Safeguarding Action plan. 

  • Recruiting and selecting staff and volunteers safely, ensuring all necessary checks are made.

  • Ensuring that we have effective complaints and whistleblowing measures in place.

  • Ensuring that we provide a safe physical environment for our children, young people, staff and volunteers, by applying health and safety measures in accordance with the law and regulatory guidance.

 

Other

  • All key staff to undergo and clear Disclosure and Barring Service Checks (DBS)

  • All key staff to hold Emergency First Aid qualification.

Contact:

Designated Lead For Safeguarding 

Name: Jonathan Brunyee

Job role: FarmED Manager

Email: jonathan@farm-ed.co.uk 

Mobile: 07958 262113

 

This policy statement came into force on: 1/10/2019

We are committed to reviewing our policy and good practice annually.

This policy statement and accompanying procedures were last reviewed on: 6/1/2020

Cotswold Seeds Ltd

FarmED: Farm & Food Education

Cotswold Seeds Ltd has been supported by the Cotswolds LEADER Programme towards the construction of the education building. It is part funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.

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