Progressive Wing Chun - Child Protection Policy
Progressive Wing Chun Milton Keynes fully recognises its responsibilities for child protection. Our policy applies to all instructors and assistant instructors working in the academy. The five main elements to our policy are to:
- Ensure we practice safe recruitment in checking the suitability of staff who work with children.
- Raise awareness of child protection issues and equip children with the skills needed to keep them safe.
- Develop and implement procedures for identifying and reporting cases, or suspected cases, of abuse.
- Support students who have been abused in accordance with the agreed child protection plan.
- Establish a safe environment in which children can learn and develop.
Progressive Wing Chun Milton Keynes recognises that, because of their regular interaction and contact with children, our instructors are well placed to observe the outward signs of abuse. The academy will therefore:
- Establish and maintain an environment where children feel secure, are encouraged to talk, and are listened to.
- Ensure children know that there are adults in the academy whom they can approach if they are worried.
- Include opportunities in the personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) curriculum for children to develop the skills they need to recognise and stay safe from abuse.
Progressive Wing Chun Milton Keynes will follow the procedures set out by the Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) and take account of guidance issued by the DCSF to:
- Ensure we have a designated senior person for child protection who has received appropriate training and support for this role.
- Ensure we have a nominated governor responsible for child protection.
- Ensure every instructor and assistant instructor and governing body knows the name of the designated senior person responsible for child protection and their role.
- Ensure all instructors and assistant instructors understand their responsibilities in being alert to the signs of abuse and responsibility for referring any concerns to the designated senior person responsible for child protection.
- Ensure that parents have an understanding of the responsibility placed on the academy for child protection.
- Develop effective links with relevant agencies and cooperate as required with their enquiries regarding child protection matters, including attendance at case conferences.
- Keep written records of concerns about children, even where there is no need to refer the matter immediately.
- Ensure all records are kept securely; separate from the main pupil file, and in locked locations.
- Develop and then follow procedures where an allegation is made against an Instructor or Assistant Instructor.
- Ensure safe recruitment practices are always followed.
Progressive Wing Chun Milton Keynes recognises that children who are abused or witness violence may find it difficult to develop a sense of self worth. They may feel helplessness, humiliation and some sense of blame. The child's school and or Martial arts club may be the only stable, secure and predictable element in the lives of children at risk. When training at the academy their behaviour may be challenging and defiant or they may be withdrawn. Progressive Wing Chun and all its Instructors will endeavour to support the pupil through:
- The content of the curriculum.
- The Progressive Wing Chun Milton Keynes ethos which promotes a positive, supportive and secure environment and gives pupils a sense of being valued;
- The Progressive Wing Chun Progressive Wing Chun Milton Keynes behaviour policy which is aimed at supporting vulnerable pupils in the academy. The Academy will ensure that the pupil knows that some behaviour is unacceptable but they are valued and not to be blamed for any abuse which has occurred;
- Liaison with other agencies that support the pupil such as social services, Child and Adult Mental Health Service (CAMHS), education welfare service and educational psychology service;
- Ensure that, where a student on the child protection register leaves, the child's social worker is informed.