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Child Protection Policy
Failure to protect children undermines national development and has costs and negative effects that continue beyond childhood into the individual’s adult life. While children continue to suffer violence, abuse and exploitation, the world will fail in its obligations to children.
Millennium Development Goals – UNICEF
Familyfocus support the above statement, also believing we not only fail in our obligations to children, but to the adults they will become. We should never forget the plans we have for the children we work with will affect how they become adults and in turn parent their children.
Our policy is based on the safeguarding policies of Lincolnshire County Council
Familyfocus firmly believes it is vital to work in partnership with children, parents, carers and other extended family members. We recognise families have many strengths as well as difficulties. All children are part of a family, whatever form that family may take.
We aim to work in a manner that is free from prejudice and discrimination and will work to try and develop a principle of partnership, co-operation and respect. We will always work in an open and honest manner.
It is important to us to be honest about what we can and cannot do, our responsibilities and powers. We also expect parents, carers and other professional to show us the same degree of co-operation and respect.
We recognise and understand working with others can be fraught with difficulties and we do not expect others to always agree with us. It is important that we always try to find a way forward which is acceptable and in the best interest of the child at all time.
Depending on the age of the child we will always include them in any decision making process and take their wishes, views and feelings into account. Reports that Familyfocus may have to produce will always be shared with adults and children – depending on the age of the children.
We believe children have a right to be heard and their views expressed in whatever form they wish.
At Familyfocus we will try to make decisions with the agreement of all, adults and children, whenever possible, unless to do so would place the child at risk of significant harm.
As an organisation we will also aim:
- To practise safe recruitment in checking the suitability of staff and any volunteers we have working with us.
- To raise awareness of child protection issues and equip children with the skills needed to keep them safe
- To establish a safe environment in which children can develop
- To support children who have been abused in accordance with his/her agreed child protection plan