Children and vulnerable adults protection policy
East Malling Short Courses is familiar with the terms of the Protection of Children Act 1999 and the Protection of Children Act 2003 for Scotland. If East Malling Short Courses provided and event or course which was attended by children and/or vulnerable adults then the East Malling Short Courses would ensure that the instructor is CRB checked before hand and that the policy outlined below was followed.
However, under normal circumstances it is the policy of EMSC NOT to accept children and/or vulnerable adults on it’s courses or events.
This policy is designed to protect children, young people aged 18 under and vulnerable people of all ages from any form of unacceptable behaviour including sexual misbehaviour, physical acts, inappropriate remarks, suggestive gestures, pictures or other material, or other forms of abuse such as physical violence or bullying.
All staff associated with short courses training including instructors and assessors must:
- Take all reasonable steps to ensure the health, safety and welfare of any child or vulnerable person
- Ensure that the activities which they direct are appropriate to the age, maturity and ability of children participating.
- Consistently display high standards of personal behaviour and appearance. Remember that children regard adults as role models and ensure your behaviour, language, gestures etc. are appropriate and above reproach
- Avoid spending time alone with children, including car journeys. Meetings with individual children should take place as openly as possible and always with the full knowledge of another responsible person
- Not make any unnecessary physical contact with children. If you accidentally hurt a child, or cause distress in any way, report the incident as soon as possible. Parents/carers should also be informed of the occurrence
- Minimise opportunities for children to suffer harm of any kind whilst participating in East Malling short courses you should ensure that school/organisation staff and/or parents/carers are given full information about the course programme and the supervision arrangements (including ratio of the number of instructors to children). Written parental consent for the child’s participation must be obtained.
- Take appropriate action if you become aware of anyone physically, emotionally or sexually abusing a child. Report any evidence or reasonable suspicion that a child has been physically, emotionally or sexually abused whether by an adult or another child to the people or agencies whose role is to protect them (e.g. parents, police or social services).
Revised and updated May 2022