“Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility”
(Working Together to Safeguard Children, 2018)
Safeguarding Children Commitment
Over The Wall is committed to best practice that seeks to safeguard all children and young people who engage with our services.
All children, without exception, have the right to equal protection from all types of harm or abuse regardless of age, disability, gender, racial heritage, religious belief, sexual orientation, identity or any other factor.
Volunteers and Staff
All our staff and volunteers have a responsibility to safeguard children, and to report any concerns about their welfare.
Our volunteers receive training in safeguarding policies and procedures ahead of camper arrivals, which includes recognising the key signs and indicators of common types of abuse and how to report a concern ( Department of Education, 2013, National Minimum Standard 3:3)*.
We also operate a strict two adult policy, whereby no adult should ever be alone with a child. This applies to all areas of our operations, including camper transport and any external events.
In addition, we are committed to safe recruitment selection, vetting, and screening practices. All our volunteers and staff are required to hold an up to date and valid enhanced DBS/PVG certificate. These practices aim to recruit the most safe and suitable people to work or volunteer for our organisation.
Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies and Safeguarding Partners. We will ensure that, where possible, concerns are shared with parents/carers first, unless we have reason to believe that this may be contrary to the child’s welfare.
Safeguarding Children Policy
All volunteers and staff are asked to familiarise themselves with our Safeguarding Children Policy, which is available on our Over The Wall Policies web page
Over The Wall recognises and believes that the welfare of our campers is paramount. Wherever possible, we will ensure that the wishes and feelings of our campers are heard, understood, and supported.
* Department of Education (2013) Residential holiday schemes for disabled children: National Minimum Standards. Available here.