Child protection policy statement

The Douglas Bader Foundation acknowledges the duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and is committed to ensuring safeguarding practice reflects statutory responsibilities, government guidance and complies with best practice and requirements as recommended by the NSPCC, CHILD LINE SAFE NETWORK STANDARDS.

The policy recognises that the welfare and interests of children are paramount in all circumstances. It aims to ensure that regardless of age, gender, religion or beliefs, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation or socio- economic background, all children

  • have a positive and enjoyable experience of Flying Days and Activity Week-ends in locations and venues as provided by The Douglas Bader Foundation in a safe and child centred environment
  • are protected from abuse whilst participating in Flying Days and Activity Week-ends in locations and venues as provided by The Douglas Bader Foundation or outside of the activity.

The Douglas Bader Foundation acknowledges that some children, including disabled children and young people or those from ethnic minority communities, can be particularly vulnerable to abuse and we accept the responsibility to take reasonable and appropriate steps to ensure their welfare.
As part of our safeguarding policy Douglas Bader Foundation will

  • promote and prioritise the safety and wellbeing of children and young people
  • ensure trustees, staff and volunteers understand their roles and responsibilities in respect of safeguarding and is provided with appropriate learning opportunities to recognise, identify and respond to signs of abuse, neglect and other safeguarding concerns relating to children and young people
  • ensure that all concerns and allegations of abuse are taken seriously by trustees, staff and volunteers
  • ensure appropriate action is taken in the event of incidents/concerns of abuse and support provided to the individual/s who raise or disclose the concern (please see Reporting Procedure below)
  • ensure that confidential, detailed and accurate records of all safeguarding concerns are maintained and securely stored
  • prevent the employment/deployment of unsuitable individuals
  • ensure robust safeguarding arrangements and procedures are in operation
  • ensure that all children, parents, guardians and carers are informed of this policy

The policy and procedures will be widely promoted and are mandatory for everyone involved in The Douglas Bader Foundation. Failure to comply with the policy and procedures will be addressed without delay and may ultimately result in dismissal/exclusion from the organisation.
This policy should be read in conjunction with the following:

  • Code of Conduct for Parents & Carers
  • Code of Conduct for Staff & Volunteers
  • Equal Opportunities Policy
  • Photography Policy

All of the above policies are available on our website.

Reporting Procedure

All incidents and/ or concerns should be raised in the first instance with, David Bickers, our Designated Officer for Child Protection/Safeguarding, who will, where appropriate, refer the matter to children’s social care services, the independent Local Authority Designated Officer, or in emergencies, the police. David Bickers’ details appear below.

Monitoring

The policy will be reviewed annually, or in the following circumstances:

  • changes in legislation and/or government guidance
  • as a result of any other significant change or event.

(Last reviewed October 2018)

DAVID BICKERS
. CHIEF EXECUTIVE. 
THE DOUGLAS BADER FOUNDATION 14 RAYNHAM ROAD
LONDON W6 0HY 
Tel: 020 8748 88884
Email: david.bickers@douglasbaderfoundation.com
Charity Commission Registration No: 800435