It is the policy of Rust & Stardust that the welfare of the children and young people is paramount regardless of age, culture, disability, gender, language, racial origin, religious beliefs and/or sexual identity and that everyone who may take part in our workshops and activities has a right to protection from physical, sexual and emotional abuse. Children and young people are defined as under the age of 18. We also acknowledge our responsibilities in respect of adult volunteers or visitors who might be deemed to be ‘at risk’ because they are ‘vulnerable’. (A Vulnerable Adult is defined in accordance with The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) (Amendment) Order 2002 as a person aged 18 or over who has a condition of the following type: (i) a substantial learning or physical disability; (ii) a physical or mental illness or mental disorder, chronic or otherwise, including an addiction to alcohol or drugs; or (iii) a significant reduction in physical or mental capacity.
Rust & Stardust is fully committed to safeguarding the welfare of all children, young people and vulnerable adults. It recognises its responsibility to take all reasonable steps to promote best practice and to protect children from harm, abuse and exploitation.
Rust & Stardust acknowledges its duty to act appropriately to any allegations, reports or suspicions of abuse. We encourage the development of an ethos that embraces difference and diversity and respects the rights of all children, young people and adults.
Rust & Stardust will therefore:
Responsibilities within this policy:
The Designated Person is: Eleanor Conlon
The Deputy Designated Person is: Katie Sommers
When an individual concern/incident is brought to the notice of the Designated Person(s), they will seek advice from Lewes District Council’s 24 hour help desk in relation to child protection issues.
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