All Culture & Leisure employees have a responsibility to pass on any concerns about the welfare of a child to the Services for Children and Young People.
If an employee, has any issues regarding the welfare of a child they must consult with their line manager about their concerns. If those concerns are of a child protection nature they will be requested/advised to refer the information to the SCYP.
There is a duty to assist the Services for Children and Young People to share relevant information verbally and in writing, including the need to attend a child protection workshop when requested by your Child Welfare Officer.
Guernsey Sports Commission
Sports Development Officers
All Development Officers have an important role in promoting the safety and welfare of children. Policies and Procedures are established for the management of child welfare issues. These are set out within the Sports Commission’s Child Protection Policy.
Any concerns should be reported immediately to the Sports Development Manager, who will take the advice of the SCYP.
Every concern should be recorded on an Incident Report Form regardless of the action taken.
Voluntary Sporting Organisations
The Voluntary Sporting Organisations are active in working to safeguard children and young people with whom they work. To promote their commitment to safeguarding, all organisations that provide a service for children and young people will need to ensure that:
- They appoint a Child Welfare Officer.
- Clear priorities for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people are explicitly stated in their Child Protection Policy.
- All volunteers who work with children both directly and indirectly attend a Safeguarding Young People’s Workshop.
- They have a copy of the current Guernsey Safeguarding Children Procedures.
- They ensure that all volunteers are aware of the Safeguarding Children Procedures existence and are familiar with their contents.
- Volunteers are clear about their level of accountability and have an identified senior person within the organization to whom they should report their concerns (Child Welfare Officer).
- Any volunteer who has concerns about a child should, wherever possible, ensure the child’s immediate safety.
- Where volunteers have concerns for a child, or feel that they have witnessed possible abuse, they should inform their Child Welfare Officer immediately.
- Volunteers should make a record of any event they might have observed or any information which has come to their notice.
- The Child Welfare Officer considers whether the information received warrants a referral to Children’s Social Care Services, adhering to their own safeguarding policy. If there doubt as to whether concerns warrant a referral, consultation with a manager from the appropriate social care team or the Children’s Safeguarding Unit must be gained.