Two Way Street (TWS) aims to provide an environment that minimises the risk of children being harmed in any way whilst in the care of TWS, and to protect staff from the possibility that allegations of child maltreatment could be falsely made against them, as a result of their work. Child abuse thrives in secrecy, therefore to prevent child abuse; TWS will develop and maintain an open and aware culture where staff and children are aware of appropriate and inappropriate behaviour.
TWS believes it has a responsibility to all clients to defend their right to care and protection. To support this right TWS will follow any procedures recommended by child protection authorities, when dealing with any allegations of abuse or neglect of children, and will ensure that all staff undergo appropriate professional development in this area. TWS will also document any evidence of neglect or abuse which may have occurred outside of TWS and follow procedures to ensure the child is protected from harm.
TWS believes it also has a responsibility to its staff to protect their right to confidentiality unless allegations of abuse against them are substantiated.
TWS understands it has a duty of care to act immediately to protect and preserve the safety and wellbeing of the children in its care. All staff will be fully informed about their responsibilities to implement and adhere to TWS’s child protection policies and procedures.
Child abuse includes physical, emotional and sexual abuse. Staff need to learn about the nature of child abuse, and develop an awareness of how and why some children are victimised.
TWS believes that the best way to ensure children’s protection at TWS is to establish an environment that minimises risks and sets out clear safeguards for staff to follow. It is for this reason and the commitment to being a part of a community that takes responsibility for children’s safety that TWS has developed this policy.
TWS will ensure clear observation of child occupied areas through the following means:
All persons other than employed staff who perform duties during TWS’s hours of operation (paid or unpaid) will be required to present a current DCSI working with children check.
TWS will ensure all staff provide a current DCSI working with children check (See Staff Requirements policy).
All staff will be oriented to TWS’s policies and procedures and code of conduct. Whenever possible new staff will have a period of time to work alongside current staff to familiarise themselves with the clients, families and TWS procedures prior to taking up their new role in a full capacity.
TWS requires all staff to participate in training on child protection organised by relevant child protection authorities or support agencies.
Any person who believes on reasonable grounds that a child is in need of protection may report their concerns to the Child Abuse Report Line. This means any person, including non mandated licensed children’s services are able to make a report when they believe that a child or young person is at risk of harm and in need of protection, and the child’s parents are unable or unwilling to protect the child. TWS employees are all mandated reporters.
Date of last review: January 2021