We recognise the unique status of children and young people and will respect them as individuals. We believe it is always unacceptable for a child or young person to experience abuse of any kind. We recognise our responsibility to safeguard the welfare of all children and young people under the age of 18 by a commitment to practice that protects them and promotes their welfare.
We recognise that all children, regardless of age, disability, gender, racial heritage, religious belief, sexual orientation or identity, have the right to equal protection from all types of harm or abuse. The welfare of the child/young person is paramount.
The highest professional standards will be continually encouraged and maintained at Thrive Teams. Any allegation of abuse disclosed will be taken seriously and we will collaborate fully with the statutory and voluntary agencies concerned.
Our Safeguarding Policy is reviewed and updated annually and applies to all Thrive staff, management committee members, sessional workers, interns, students and volunteers. It aims to provide protection and promote wellbeing for the children and young people who receive Thrive services; to provide staff and volunteers with guidance on procedures they should adopt in the event that they suspect a child or young person may be experiencing, or be at risk of, harm, and; to protect staff from malicious allegations. A copy is available upon request.
WHO TO CONTACT
If you have a safeguarding concern about a young person, contact the designated person for safeguarding on 01865 788350 or sarah.james [at] thriveteams.org.
Thrive volunteers should report to their Team Leader in the first instance if you feel uncomfortable about the behaviour of ANY adult (including colleagues) or child towards a child, or if you have concerns about a child’s situation.
If you are wondering if you should report, then you should.
“All Thrive staff who work in Barton also live in Barton so this gives a real sense of embracing the young people they work with, some of whom will be those most socially excluded from everything else that takes place locally. Their Young Leaders, Mentoring and Outreach projects have seen some amazing results and they have succeeded where others before them have failed.”
Sue Holden, Company Secretary, Barton Community Association