Safety for all
At The Smallpiece Trust safety is our number one priority. We safeguard children and young people accessing our programmes in the following ways:
- All staff and volunteers working directly with young people undergo a criminal records check and receive safeguarding training relevant to their role.
- Staff and volunteers are supervised and supported in their work.
- Staff leading events are trained in first aid* and undertake significant induction and training.
- We operate a minimum 1:10 adult to child ratio on our residential events.
- All activities are risk assessed and site visits undertaken for new venues.
- We collect information on medical and other support needs where relevant to ensure we can best support everyone accessing our programmes.
- We help children and young people to treat each other with respect.
- We have a suite of policies and procedures that help us keep children and young people safe. These include:
- Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy
- Missing Child Policy
- Anti-Bullying Policy
- Equality and Diversity Policy
- Administration of Medication Policy
- Positive Behaviour Guidance
- Safer Recruitment Policy
- Complaints and Whistleblowing Policies
- All staff, volunteers, children and parents are able to raise concerns about poor or dangerous practice. If we are concerned that a child or young person may be at risk, whatever the circumstances, we must share our concerns with an appropriate person or authority. Where possible, we will discuss our concerns with parents/carers first. However, there may be circumstances that do not allow us to do so and at such times we will pass on concerns immediately and directly.
Staying safe online
We provide some services for children and young people which involve the use of the internet, such as the virtual courses. We make every effort to keep these services safe and to advise children and young people how they can keep themselves safe online. You can find out more by visiting our online safety page.
What you can do
- Make sure your child knows they can talk to you or another adult if an adult or another young person is doing something which harms them.
- Give us the important information we need (for example about health conditions, allergies or children’s abilities) so that we can take good care of your child at events.
- Make sure your child knows how to keep safe especially online.
- Tell us if there is something you are not happy about.
If you want to know more
Should you wish to see a copy of our safeguarding policies and procedures, or if you have concerns about a child or young person’s safety while involved in our activities, please contact the staff member responsible for organising the project/event or their manager.
If you are unclear about who they are or if you are unhappy with their response please get in touch with our Designated Safeguarding Lead [email protected] or refer to our complaints policy.