Safeguarding Children Policy
This policy aims to ensure that children are protected from abuse and exploitation.
The way in which One Mind works with Schools includes direct, but not 1:1 or unsupervised contact with children.
Indirect contact with children via our video course, access to patient’s details, communication via email, text message and the phone is also likely.
Minimum Criteria for recruitment of all Staff for One Mind ensures the minimum safety criteria for safe recruitment are applied, and all staff, volunteers and freelancer that work directly with children have:
• been interviewed face to face
• 2 references that have been followed up
• been subject to Disclosure and Barring Service checks commensurate with their role.
Disclosure and Barring Service The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) helps employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children. It replaces the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA).
They are responsible for:
• processing requests for criminal records checks
• deciding whether it is appropriate for a person to be placed on or removed from a barred list
• placing or removing people from the DBS children’s barred list and adults’ barred list for England, Wales and Northern Ireland
One Mind Workshops
One Mind practitioners will work with whole class groups to deliver MiSP or Youth Mindfulness sessions.
They will be accompanied by the class teacher and do not need to work with children alone or on a 1:1 basis.
One Mind Video for Schools
An online course designed especially for Primary schools. The teacher plays the interactive videos in class, irradicating the need for a face to face visit.
The One Mind General Guidelines for Staff Behaviour:
These guidelines are here to protect children and staff alike.
The list below is by no means exhaustive, and all staff (payroll/freelancers/volunteers) should remember to conduct themselves in a manner appropriate to their position. Wherever possible, you should be guided by the following advice.
If it is necessary to carry out practices contrary to it, you should only do so after discussion with and the approval of, your manager.
• You must challenge unacceptable behaviour
• Provide an example of good conduct you wish others to follow
• Respect a young person’s right to personal privacy and encourage children, young people and adults to feel comfortable to point out attitudes or behaviours they do not like
• Be conscious of unsuitable sharing and steer children back to the mindfulness practice experience - if sensitive information is revealed, be sure to take note and discuss/pass this over to the teacher at the end of the session (the teacher will likely pick up on this - but it is still your responsibility to check it has been noted)
• Involve children and young people in decision-making as appropriate
• Be aware that someone else might misinterpret your actions
• Do not engage in or tolerate any bullying of a child, either by adults or other children
• Never promise to keep a secret about any sensitive information that may be disclosed to you but follow the practice guidance on confidentiality and sharing information
• Never offer a lift to a young person in your own car
• Never exchange personal details such as your home address, personal phone number or any social networking details with a young person
• Don’t engage in or allow any sexually provocative games involving or observed by children, whether based on talking or touching
• Never show favouritism or reject any individuals
The One Mind Management of Disclosure of an Allegation of Abuse:
If a child makes allegations about abuse, whether concerning themselves or a third party, all staff must immediately pass this information on to the Class Teacher and follow the safeguarding children pathway below.
Responding to a Child Making an Allegation of Abuse
It is important to remember that it can be more difficult for some children to tell than for others. Children who have experienced prejudice and discrimination through racism may well believe that people from other ethnic groups or backgrounds do not really care about them. They may have little reason to trust those they see as authority figures and may wonder whether you will be any different. Children with a disability, especially a sensory deficit or communication disorder, will have to overcome additional barriers before disclosing abuse. They may well rely on the abuser for their daily care and have no knowledge of alternative sources. They may have come to believe they are of little worth and simply comply with the instructions of adults.
In the unlikely event of a disclosure
• Stay calm
• Listen carefully to what is being said
• Reassure the child that they have done the right thing by telling you
• Find an appropriate early opportunity to explain that it is likely the information will need to be shared with others – do not promise to keep secrets
• Allow the child to continue at his/her own pace
• Ask questions for clarification only and at all times avoid asking questions that are leading or suggest a particular answer
• Tell them what you will do next and with whom the information will be shared
• Record in writing what has been said using the child’s own words as much as possible – note date, time, any names mentioned, to whom the information was given and ensure that paper records are signed and dated and electronic subject to audit trails
• Do not delay in discussing your concerns and if necessary passing this information on
All staff, including volunteers who interact with children through One Mind, will review and sign a declaration to show that they have accepted this policy.