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Child Safety and Safeguarding Policy for FACTCLAY Pottery Studio located at 67 Castle Road. PO5 3AY.

1. Policy Statement

Fatclay Pottery Studio located at 67, Castle Road, Southsea. PO5 3AY is dedicated to providing a safe and secure environment for all children participating in our pottery programs. We are committed to safeguarding children from harm, abuse, or exploitation while promoting their artistic development. This policy outlines the measures in place to ensure child safety and safeguarding within our pottery studio.

2. Principles

  • All children have the right to feel safe, respected, and protected from harm.

  • Every adult working in our pottery studio has a responsibility to prioritize the safety and well-being of children.

  • Open communication and collaboration with parents or guardians are crucial for effective child protection.


3. Key Responsibilities

3.1 Pottery Studio Staff:

  • All staff members will undergo background checks before starting their employment.

  • Staff will receive training on child protection policies and procedures.

  • Staff will be attentive to signs of abuse and will report any concerns to the designated safeguarding officer.

3.2 Designated Safeguarding Officer:

  • A designated safeguarding officer will be appointed to oversee child safety and respond to concerns.

  • The designated safeguarding officer will receive specialized training and stay updated on relevant legislation.

3.3 Parents/Guardians:

  • Parents/guardians are encouraged to communicate openly with the pottery studio staff and report any concerns promptly.

  • Parents/guardians must provide emergency contact information and relevant medical details for their child.


4. Code of Conduct

  • All staff and volunteers must adhere to a code of conduct that outlines appropriate behavior and interactions with children.

  • Physical contact with children should be limited to what is necessary for their safety and well-being.


5. Supervision

  • Adequate supervision will be maintained during all pottery studio activities to ensure the safety of children.

  • Age-appropriate ratios of staff to children will be maintained.


6. Reporting Procedures

  • Any suspicion or disclosure of abuse or neglect will be reported to the designated safeguarding officer immediately.

  • The designated safeguarding officer will follow the appropriate procedures, including reporting to the relevant authorities if necessary.


7. Confidentiality

  • All information regarding child safeguarding concerns will be treated confidentially and shared only with those who need to know.


8. Review and Monitoring

  • This policy will be reviewed annually and updated as necessary to ensure its effectiveness.

  • Staff will receive regular training to stay informed about child protection issues.


9. Communication

  • This policy will be communicated to all staff, volunteers, parents, and relevant stakeholders.


10. Acknowledgment

  • All staff, volunteers, and parents will be required to acknowledge receipt and understanding of this policy.

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