Duty Of Care

At Team Tutsham we fully appreciate our responsibilities and understand that we have a duty of care to all of the children, visitors, staff and volunteers, as such we are happy to publish our child protection policy and code of behaviour for staff and volunteers on our duty of care page.

Team Tutsham Child Protection Policy

Team Tutsham believes that it is always unacceptable for a child or young person to experience abuse of any kind and recognises its responsibility to safeguard the welfare of all children and young people, by a commitment to practice which protects them.
We recognise that:
  • The welfare of the child/young person is paramount.
  • All children, regardless of age, disability, gender, racial heritage, religious belief, sexual orientation or identity, have the right to equal protection from all types of harm and abuse.
  • Working in partnership with children, young people, their parents, carers and other agencies is essential in promoting young people’s welfare.
The purpose of the policy:
  • To provide protection for the children and young people, who receive Team Tutshams services, including the children of adult members or users.
  • To provide staff and volunteers with guidance on procedures they should adopt in the event that they suspect a child or young person may be experiencing, or be at risk of, harm.
  • This policy applies to all staff, including senior managers and the board of trustees, paid staff, volunteers and session workers, agency staff, students or anyone working on behalf of Team Tutsham.
We will seek to safeguard children and young people by:
  • Valuing them, listening to and respecting them.
  • Adopting child protection guidelines through procedures and a code of conduct for staff and volunteers.
  • Recruiting staff and volunteers safely, ensuring all necessary checks are made.
  • Sharing information about child protection and good practice with children, parents, staff and volunteers.
  • Sharing information about concerns with agencies who need to know, and involving parents and children appropriately, providing effective management for staff and volunteers through supervision, support and training.
We are also committed to reviewing our policy and good practice annually.
Team Tutsham Code of Behaviour for Staff and Volunteers
You must:
  • Treat all children and young people with respect.
  • Provide an example of the good conduct you wish others to follow.
  • Ensure that, whenever possible, there is more than one adult present during activities with children and young people or at least that you are within sight or hearing of others.
  • Respect a young person’s right to personal privacy whilst still encouraging young people and adults to feel comfortable and caring enough to point out attitudes or behaviour they do not like.
  • Remember that someone else might misinterpret your actions, no matter how well-intentioned.
  • Be aware that physical contact with a child or young person may be misinterpreted.
  • Recognise that special caution is required when you are discussing sensitive issues with children or young people.
  • Operate within Team Tutshams principles and guidance and any specific procedures.
  • Challenge unacceptable behaviour and report all allegations or suspicions of abuse.
  • You should give support and guidance to inexperienced helpers. 

 You must not:

  • Have inappropriate physical or verbal contact with children or young people.
  • Allow yourself to be drawn into inappropriate attention-seeking behaviour or make suggestive or derogatory remarks or gestures in front of children or young people.
  • Jump to conclusions about others without checking facts.
  • Either exaggerate or trivialise child abuse issues.
  • Show favouritism to any individual.
  • Rely on your good name or that of Team Tutsham to protect you.
  • Believe “it could never happen to me”.
  • Take a chance when common sense, policy or practice suggests another more prudent approach.
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