Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly CRB checks)
We work closely with the Kent Safeguarding Children Board and our policies are guided by their policies.
All staff have an extensive induction program with regards to Safeguarding children and no staff member is employed before all relevant checks are carried out.
We believe that safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, and in particular protecting them from abuse and harm, is a shared responsibility and depends on effective joint working between staff, relevant agencies and their professionals.
Any activities that children engage in always take into account the safety of the child.
Any high-risk activity that the child chooses to pursue, for instance rock climbing or horse riding is supervised by a qualified person. Additionally, parental consent is gained beforehand.
The safety of the children who are placed with us is paramount. We work at all times within the Children’s Homes Regulations 2015 and the Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015 and hope to exceed these expectations. The Local Safeguarding Procedure Manual is also at the forefront, as is the Home's Safeguarding Policy Including Child Protection.
When it comes to cyberbullying, online deception and fraud, we encourage children and staff to immediately contact a senior member of staff. Even with any online doubts, we offer real world help.
Our Online Safety page has more information.
Committed to Safety
All staff have a responsibility to report any suspicions they have, that a child has or may be mistreated or harmed; and to take all allegations seriously, and report them to the Safeguarding Lead or an independent person - such as the child's social worker, Police, or the NSPCC.
All staff understand their commitment under the home’s Whistle-blowing Policy.