Starfish Therapeutic Services Safeguarding Policy

Safeguarding Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults Policy 2016

Starfish Therapeutic Services Safeguarding Policy

Safeguarding Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults Policy 2016

This Safeguarding policy is based on guidelines and legislation outlined in the following documents:

Abuse can happen to any individual regardless of gender, culture, religion, social background with or without a disability.

“Safeguarding children – the action we take to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm – is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and families has a role to play.”

(HM Government. 2013. Working Together to Safeguard Children. A Guide to inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. [ONLINE] Available at: http://media.education.gov.uk/assets/files/pdf/w/working%20together.pdf. [Accessed 2 September 2016].)

Policy Statement

Policy Statement

I, Debbie Lemmon, Counsellor and Play Therapist is committed to good practice which protects children, young people and adults from harm. I recognise my responsibility to provide an environment which promotes the safety of my clients at all times. To achieve this I will:

  • Develop an awareness of the issues which may lead to my clients being harmed.
  • Adopt child and person centred ways of working.
  • Ensure complaints procedures are dealt with appropriately.
  • Share information about concerns with children and parents and others who need to know.
  • Ensure good and safe working/playing practices. When planning an event or activity with my clients I will put measures in place to minimise the risk of safeguarding issues occurring.
  • Keep Safeguarding policies under regular review (every 3 years minimum).
  • Work according to the ethical frame work for professional organisations for Play Therapy & Counselling.

Equality Statement

Equality Statement

  • I, Debbie Lemmon, Counsellor and Play Therapist, is committed to ensuring that equality is incorporated across all aspects of my working practices.
  • I respect the rights, dignity and worth of every person and will treat everyone equally, regardless of their age, ability, gender, race, ethnicity, religious belief, sexuality or social/economic status.
  • I am committed to everyone having the right to enjoy their lives in an environment free from threat of intimidation, harassment and abuse.
  • I have a responsibility to oppose discriminatory behaviour and promote equality of opportunity.
  • I will deal with any incidence of discriminatory behaviour seriously.

Confidentiality Statement

Confidentiality Statement

I, Debbie Lemmon, Counsellor and Play Therapist will keep therapy sessions confidential to my clients unless they disclose information which means they or others are in danger or being harmed.

  • I will attend regular safe guarding and child protection trainings at regular intervals in order to be up to date with the current child protection information

If a client discloses that they are being harmed I will –

  • I will listen to the client carefully, particularly what is said spontaneously.
  • I will react calmly and reassure the client that they have done the right thing in telling someone about this.
  • I will not promise confidentiality and I will explain that I need to pass this information on to the safeguarding team.
  • I will record carefully what the client says in their own words. I will date, time and sign the record and then pass on to the safeguarding officer.

I will refer to a member of the safeguarding team at Lancashire County Council immediately. For a child – I will call Care Connect on 0300 123 6720 (8am – 8pm) or out of hours 0300 123 6722 (8pm – 8am).

For an adult – I will either report it on line via the safeguarding alert form for professionals or by telephoning Adult Social Care Services on 0300 123 6721.

SUPPORT & SUPERVISION

I, Debbie Lemmon, Counsellor and Play Therapist, recognise that it is good practice to set up a system of support & supervision for me as I conduct clinical sessions with clients. This will enable me to become more effective by identifying training needs and dealing quickly with difficulties.

Debbie Lemmon, Qualified Counsellor and Certified Play Therapist Date 2nd September 2016