Cyclists Fighting Cancer - Helping Kids With Cancer
Cyclists Fighting Cancer - Helping Kids With Cancer
Cyclists Fighting Cancer - Helping Kids With Cancer

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Child Protection Policy

Child Protection Policy

Cyclists Fighting Cancer enables children and young people living with cancer across the UK to regain their physical fitness, strength and confidence by giving them new bikes, adapted trikes, tandems, other equipment and support. At Cyclists Fighting Cancer we believe that a child or young person should never experience abuse of any kind. We have a responsibility to promote the welfare of all children and young people and to keep them safe. We are committed to practice in a way that protects them.

This policy applies to all staff, including the board of trustees, paid staff, volunteers and seasonal workers, students or anyone who is contact with children whilst working on behalf of Cyclists Fighting Cancer.  All of these people have a duty of care to safeguard the welfare of children and prevent their abuse.

The purpose of this policy:

  • to protect children and young people who receive Cyclists Fighting Cancer’s services from harm and abuse and to promote their welfare
  • to provide staff and volunteers with the overarching principles that guide our approach to child protection;

Legal framework

This policy has been drawn up on the basis of law and guidance that seeks to protect children, namely:

  • Children Act 1989
  • United Convention of the Rights of the Child 1991
  • Data Protection Act 1998
  • Sexual Offences Act 2003
  • Children Act 2004
  • Protection of Freedoms Act 2012
  • Relevant government guidance on safeguarding children

We recognise that:

  • the welfare of the child is paramount, as embodied in the Children Act 1989
  • all children without exception, regardless of age, disability, gender, racial heritage, religious belief, sexual orientation or identity, have a right to equal protection from all types of harm or abuse
  • no child or group of children must be treated any less favourably than others in being able to access services which meet their particular needs
  • some children are additionally vulnerable because of the impact of previous experiences, their level of dependency, communication needs or other issues
  • working in partnership with children, young people, their parents, carers and other agencies is essential in promoting young people’s welfare

Cyclists Fighting Cancer will seek to keep children and young people safe by:

  • taking all reasonable steps to protect children from harm, discrimination and degrading treatment and to respect their rights, wishes and feelings
  • ensuring that all Cyclists Fighting Cancer employees who work with children are appropriate for that role and responsibilities and provided with relevant training
  • implementing safe recruitment, selection and vetting processes such as Disclosure and Barring Service checks on all staff, trustees and volunteers who have unsupervised access to children
  • sharing information about child protection and good practice with children, parents, staff and volunteers
  • having a clear system of reporting concerns as soon as abuse is identified or suspected
  • taking seriously all suspicions and allegations of poor practice or abuse and responding swiftly and appropriately to them in accordance with current procedures
  • sharing concerns and allegations with agencies who need to know, and involving parents and children appropriately. This may require a referral to children’s social care services, the independent Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO), the Charity Commission, for allegations against staff, trustees and other volunteers, and in emergencies, the police

We are committed to ensuring that our child protection policy is reviewed, approved and endorsed by the board of trustees annually unless an incident or new legislation or guidance suggests the need for an interim review.