Youth work organisations should consider the potential effects of adverse weather when planning youth sector programmes and activities. Appropriate management strategies and contingency plans should be included where relevant and should consider the potential impact on both activity and transport arrangements. This is particularly important for any plans involving outdoor activity and also for any … Continued

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All youth work organisations, regardless of the extent to which they prepare or supply food, should consider and apply principles of good food hygiene and safety. Some organisations may qualify as a ‘food business’ and be subject to the regulations of the food industry (see section below for more details), but all organisations should be mindful of hygiene and safety principles as part of their general health & safety responsibilities.

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A first aid needs assessment should be conducted by youth work organisations to ascertain the first aid arrangements required for the programme as a whole or for each activity. When undertaking a first aid needs assessment the following considerations should be taken into account:

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Our organisation is committed to a culture of inclusivity and equality whilst ensuring the safe provision of services to children, young people and adults at risk. Having a criminal record does not automatically prevent you from working with or for our organisation. We recognise the contribution that all people can make as current or future workers, as both employees and volunteers, and are committed to a fair recruitment process in which no-one faces unfair discrimination due to a criminal record.

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The aim of this guidance is to outline the legal requirements associated with having a legally defined position of trust and offer best practice guidelines for those working in a non-legal or informal position of trust whether paid, unpaid, over 18 or under 18. 

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This policy has been designed as a source of advice for the managers of staff who may be required to lone work within the Youth Work organisation. The guidance is to be read in conjunction with the organisation’s Lone Working Procedure, Safer Working practices and a specific, up-to-date risk assessment.  Whilst it is the legal responsibility of the organisation to provide safe systems of work, individuals have a responsibility to follow safe working practices, both within the office environment and outside of it.     

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All health and safety processes included in this document apply equally to both workers as well as young people. Along with health and safety, welfare is a core part of an employer’s duty to workers as well as young people.

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Any allegation or concern that an employee or volunteer has behaved or may have behaved in a way that has hurt/harmed, or potentially harmed, a child or young person, must be taken seriously and dealt with sensitively and promptly, regardless of where the alleged incident took place.

Any allegation against a member of staff must be reported within 24 hours to the County LADO Service, by the DSO. This referral will determine whether the allegation reaches the harm threshold to justify involvement from a LADO in the management of the allegation.

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Supervision is a key element of staff development for all team members, paid or unpaid. Team meetings and mentoring also form part of quality support and supervision, and the development of team structure within the staff team.
The purpose of supervision is to provide support to all team members as well as to promote and provide accountability for work practice. Good supervision supports decision-making, development of the work and development of the staff member’s knowledge, skills and competencies.

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Transference of risk is when an employee has committed a criminal offence or come into contact with a concern within their personal life. (see allegations against adults’ policy). If a member of staff’s own child/children come to the attention of the statutory agencies for child protection, then issues of transference of risk will need to be considered by the organisation.

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COVID-19 Readiness Level

Readiness Level

G

What does this mean?

** From 27th January 2022 we can confirm that the youth sector moves to GREEN in the readiness framework**

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