Withington Child Contact
Centre believes that all children have the right to be protected at
all times and that the welfare of the child is paramount. It recognises the serious issue of the abuse of children and vulnerable adults, and that this may take the form of physical, emotional, sexual, financial, spiritual or institutional abuse or neglect. All children have the right to be safe and not to be hurt or afraid.
Confidentiality issues will be overridden by the
need to act for the welfare of the child.
Responsibility for a child or children using the Contact Centre always rests with their parents and not the volunteers. Nevertheless, every volunteer is responsible for
Preventing the physical, sexual and emotional abuse of children whilst using the Contact Centre
Listening to concerns expressed by parents or children and advising them how to report any abuse
Reporting abuse themselves in certain circumstances
Where there is an allegation of (or suspected) child abuse, the interests and safety of the child/children involved must always come first. This means that if there is a conflict on interest between parent and child, the interests of the child will always be put first.
Contact Centre users and referrers will be made aware that the centre has a child protection policy that they can see upon request
All volunteers will have an understanding of what constitutes child abuse and of the procedures that need to be followed to report or prevent it. There is a recognised procedure for Contact Centre volunteers to report allegations of (or suspected) child abuse.
The Contact Centre will not knowingly accept a referral when someone involved has been convicted of any offence relating to physical or sexual abuse of any child, unless there are exceptional circumstances and the centre has sought appropriate professional advice.
The Contact Centre's volunteer policy outlines the procedures for recruitment and training of volunteers. These procedures aim to ensure that volunteers are correctly vetted and trained to provide protection to children.
Volunteers will not take a child to the toilet unless the parent asks for assistance and another volunteer is present.
This Child Protection Policy is reviewed annually and is updated if necessary. It was last reviewed in January 2013.