Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy
Our number one priority is the safety and wellbeing of the client.
West End MT is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all clients, providing a safe environment, in which clients can express themselves with confidence.
The aims of this policy are:
• To support the clients’ development in ways that will foster security, confidence and independence.
• To raise the awareness to our agents of the need to safeguard clients and of their responsibilities in identifying and reporting possible cases of abuse or risk of abuse.
• To provide and emphasise the need for good communication levels between all of our staff.
• To ensure that every member of staff who will have access to students or who have access to information, will have been checked and vetted as to their suitability via their references and the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
• All children, regardless of age, disability, gender, racial heritage, religious belief, sexual orientation or identity have a right to equal protection from all types of harm of abuse.
We will ensure that:
• All members of staff will know how to respond to a client who makes an allegation or appears to be vulnerable or at risk.
Our staff are DBS checked through West End MT and are fully aware of their role and the importance of safeguarding at both West End MT and WEMT Management, which we consider to be the most important element of the service we provide.
We acknowledge that every member of staff must take reasonable care of clients under their supervision with the aim of ensuring safety and welfare.
Staff must comply with WEMT Management policies and procedures that support the well-being and development of clients.
Staff are encouraged to listen with compassion and understanding to any issues that may come up with the clients.
• We recognise that good self-esteem, confidence, supportive friends and good lines of communication with a trusted adult helps to safeguard children.
• We will establish and maintain an ethos where children feel secure and are encouraged to talk, and are listened to.
• We will ensure that they know all staff can be approached if they are worried or in difficulty.
• Our staff will demonstrate behaviours that promote the welfare of young people at all times.
• WEMT Management recognises that all matters relating to child protection and safeguarding are confidential, however there is a balance between child protection and the right to privacy.
• Staff must understand that they cannot promise a child to keep secrets, which might compromise the child’s safety or wellbeing.