Printed Date: 30/10/2014

safeguarding children

Better is committed to providing an environment that is safe, supportive and promotes the welfare of children and young people as paramount, within a culture that allows them to feel confident raising concerns about their own and others' safety and wellbeing.

Better will take all reasonable steps to ensure that staff working with children within the organisation are competent and safe to do so, through following stringent recruitment procedures, providing adequate training and having clear procedures to follow when concerns are raised.

Better will not tolerate unlawful or unsafe practices from staff in relation to children and young people and will respond to all allegations of abuse or poor practices promptly and effectively. Where necessary, appropriate disciplinary and/or legal action will be taken.

Better acknowledges that some children and young people have special needs (including learning or physical disabilities) that make them more vulnerable and in need of a higher level of support. Better is committed to taking appropriate action to enable these children and young people to access its facilities safely and enjoy a wide range of activities.

Better recognises that all children and young people have an equal right to protection and is committed to applying the standards laid out in this policy consistently, regardless of gender, disability, culture, language, racial or social origin, religious belief or sexual orientation/identity.