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SAFEGUARDING

Safeguarding

BYOU+ abides by the duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of young people and vulnerable adults and is committed to safeguarding practice that reflects statutory responsibilities, government guidance and complies with best practice requirements.


We recognise the welfare of young adults and vulnerable adults is paramount in all the work we do and in all the decisions we take.

 

All young adults and vulnerable adults, regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation has an equal right to protection from all types of harm or abuse.


Some young adults are additionally vulnerable because of the impact of previous experiences, their level of dependency, communication needs or other issues.

BYOU+ is for anyone who is aged 18 years of age or older but we recognise that we may come into contact with a person under the age of 18 and therefore still have steps in place to protect children. Anyone that that is under 18 will be removed from the community and banned until their 18th birthday. We are looking at allowing young adults from the age of 16+ to join the community with parental consent but these will be under special circumstances and will be dealt on a case by case basis. More information to follow.


BYOU+ will:

  • Protect young people who take part in any BYOU+ activities, including watching streamed content, engaging in online communication with BYOU+ and its audience members from harm. This includes the children of adults who also take part in BYOU+ activities and services.

 

  • Provide staff and volunteers, as well as young people and their families, with the overarching principles that guide our approach to child protection.

  • This policy applies to anyone working on behalf of BYOU+ including paid staff, volunteers, and content creators. Failure to comply with the policy and related procedures will be addressed without delay and may ultimately result in dismissal from the organisation and/or ban from accessing BYOU+ online content.

 
Definitions:
The Children Act 1989 definition of a child is: anyone who has not yet reached their 18th birthday, even if they are living independently, are a member of the armed forces or is in hospital.

Adult at Risk:
An adult who has needs for care and support (whether or not the authority is meeting any of those needs), is experiencing, or is at risk of, abuse or neglect, and as a result of those needs is unable to protect himself or herself against the abuse or neglect or the risk of it.

 

Child and Adult Abuse:

Children and adults may be vulnerable to neglect and abuse or exploitation from within their family and from individuals they come across in their daily lives. There are 4 main categories of abuse, which are: sexual, physical, emotional abuse, and neglect. It is important to be aware of more specific types of abuse that fall within these categories, they are:

 

  • Bullying and cyberbullying

  • Child sexual exploitation

  • Child Criminal exploitation

  • Child trafficking

  • Domestic abuse

  • Female genital mutilation

  • Grooming

  • Historical abuse

  • Online abuse

Legal Framework:
This policy has been drawn up on the basis of legislation, policy and guidance that seeks to protect children in England. A summary of the key legislation is available from nspcc.org.uk/learning 

BYOU+ have in place arrangements that reflect the importance of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people as well as vulnerable adults.

The Prevent duty
Some organisations in England, Scotland and Wales have a duty, as a specified authority under section 26 of the Counterterrorism and Security Act 2015, to identify vulnerable children and young people and prevent them from being drawn into terrorism. This is known as the Prevent duty. These organisations include:

 

  • Schools 

  • Registered childcare providers

  • Local authorities

  • Police

  • Prisons and probation services

  • NHS trusts and foundations.


Other organisations may also have Prevent duties if they perform delegated local authority functions.

Radicalisation is the process through which a person comes to support or be involved in extremist ideologies. It can result in a person becoming drawn into terrorism and is in itself a form of harm.

Extremism is vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs.

Training and Awareness: 
BYOU+ will ensure an appropriate level of safeguarding training is available to its Trustees, Employees, Volunteers and any relevant persons linked to the organisation who requires it (e.g. contractors).


Confidentiality and Information Sharing:
BYOU+ expects all employees, volunteers and content creators to maintain confidentiality. Information will only be shared in line with the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and Data Protection.

However, information should be shared with the Local Authority if a child is deemed to be at risk of harm or contact the police if they are in immediate danger, or a crime has been committed. 

Recording and Record Keeping:
A written record must be kept about any concern regarding an adult with safeguarding needs. This must include details of the person involved, the nature of the concern and the actions taken, decision made and why they were made.

All records must be signed and dated. All records must be securely and confidentially stored in line with General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR).

Safe Recruitment & Selection:
BYOU+ is committed to safe employment and safe recruitment practices, that reduce the risk of harm to children from people unsuitable to work with them or have contact with them. 

Social Media:
All employees and volunteers should be aware of BYOU+ social media policy and procedures and the code of conduct for behaviour towards the community who engage in BYOU+ live streaming and other BYOU+ services.

Use of Mobile Phones and other Digital Technology:
All employees and volunteers should be aware of BYOU+ policy and procedures regarding the use of mobile phones and any digital technology and understand that it is unlawful to photograph children and young people without the explicit consent of the person with parental responsibilities. 

Whistleblowing:
It is important that people within BYOU+ have the confidence to come forward to speak or act if they are unhappy with anything. Whistle blowing occurs when a person raises a concern about dangerous or illegal activity, or any wrong- doing within their organisation. This includes concerns about another employee or volunteer. There is also a requirement by BYOU+ to protect whistleblowers.