JR Zone Safeguarding Children Policy
Every child or young person who attends JR Zone should be able to take part in an enjoyable and safe environment and be protected from abuse.
Staff at JR Zone never take charge of children attending JR Zone, so our primary responsibility is to maintain a safe physical environment, through a system of daily checks, annual inspections, preventative maintenance and prompt repair of defects on the play frame and other parts of the physical environment within JR Zone.
We communicate clearly to all adults (and require them to sign to confirm their understanding and acceptance) that the parent or guardian who brings the child to JR Zone remains responsible for their safety and wellbeing at all times during their stay on the premises.
However, due to the nature of the play centre, and the opportunity for staff to observe children, some on a regular basis, JR Zone recognises it has an opportunity to help safeguard the welfare of children and young people who play there by helping protect them from abuse and harm.
For the purpose of this Safeguarding Children Policy the following definitions apply:
- A child or young person is anyone who has not yet reached their 18th birthday.
- Abuse is any violation of an individual’s human or civil rights by any other person or persons and, for the purposes of safeguarding children, shall include physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, neglect and bullying.
- Harm is any form of ill treatment (including sexual abuse and forms of ill-treatment which are not physical) and also the impairment of, or an avoidable deterioration in, physical or mental health and the impairment of physical, intellectual, emotional, social or behavioural development. Harm may be caused by acts of commission or omission.
The Safeguarding Children Policy is based on the principles that:
- The child’s welfare is, and must always be, the paramount consideration;
- All children and young people have a right to be protected from abuse regardless of their age, gender, disability, culture, language, race, faith, belief or sexual orientation;
- All suspicions and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately;
- Working in partnership with other organisations, children and young people and their parents and carers is essential.
- All staff are encouraged to be observant around children at JR Zone, and report any safeguarding concerns to the onsite JR ZONE Manager or contact the Managing Director, who will decide whether there is an issue that needs to be reported to the appropriate authorities