Child protection policy
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Child protection policy of Dawlish & Teignmouth Camera Club
Statement of Purpose.
Within this policy a child is defined as a young person under the age of 18 (The Children Act 1989).
Whilst Dawlish and Teignmouth Camera Club, (other wise referred to as the Club), has had very few young people as members in its thirty year history, the situation could arise where such persons join the Club or participate in its activities. The introduction of this Child Protection Policy should therefore highlight the fact that the Club are determined to ensure that all necessary steps are taken to protect from harm, those children and young people who participate in the club’s activities. This policy establishes the Club’s position, role and responsibilities and clarifies what is expected from everybody involved within the club. It very clearly highlights the importance placed by the Club in the protection of children and young people.
Every child and young person who participates in the activities of Dawlish and Teignmouth Camera Club should be able to participate in an enjoyable and safe environment and be protected from abuse. This is the responsibility of every adult involved in this organisation. We ecognise that child abuse is a very emotive and difficult subject, but it is important to understand the feelings involved and not to allow them to interfere with our judgement about any action to be taken. The Club recognises its responsibility to safeguard the welfare of all children and young people by protecting them from physical, sexual or emotional abuse, neglect and bullying.
Dawlish and Teignmouth Camera Club will ensure that:-
The welfare of the child is paramount.
All children, whatever their age, culture, disability, gender, language, racial
origin, religious beliefs and/or sexual identity, have the right to protection
All suspicions and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately.
All members of this organisation have a responsibility to report concerns to the Chairman or Vice Chairman.
A full copy of this policy is available from the club's secretary.