Services Framework – Child Protection Policy of SmithMartin
framework for children and young people’s service:
These services should be provided in
locations that are most convenient and acceptable to users, to include
having a strategy for reaching black and ethnic minority users,
traveling people, those with disabilities irrespective of their numbers
in the population.
SmithMartin will strive to consult at all
times with the children and young people in its orbit, also conducting
surveys to assess satisfaction and to determine what proportion of
potential users within the area the service reaches and to
counterbalance provision wherever possible to accommodate the needs of
under represented groups.
will offer services to children and young people that are planned,
focused and persistent, with early intervention, intensive action at
key transition points, sustained follow through, and with a guided
return route for those who have become misdirected or diverted.
Nation’s Convention on the Rights of the Child
emphasis on all of the rights for children.
is no such thing as a ‘small’ right and no
hierarchy of human
rights. All the rights enumerated in
the Convention – the civil and political rights as well
the economic, social and cultural rights – are indivisible
with a focus
on the child as a
whole. ( www.unicef.org
position statement on SmithMartin policies and activities directed
towards the well being of children, young people
actively supports best practice.
will strive to be current with all initiatives for the support,
development and care of children and young people.
believes, in line with Every
Child Matters that
children should be...
line with the Children’s Fund Charter for Participation all
children in SmithMartin projects should…
designated partner taking a lead on oversight and delivery of
protection issues for SmithMartin is Sue Martin
designated partner for assisting best operational co-ordination of
this policy and procedure is Tim Smith
use the booklet What to do if
you are worried a child is being
(Department of Health Summary
31815 - A
publication developed to assist practitioners to safeguard and
promote the welfare of children).
to do if you
are concerned about a child or young person,
either through noticing possible signs of abuse, physically,
emotionally or through comments from the child?
and appropriately listen to the child and young person.
the child or young person in your care appropriately.
mindful of who else can hear your conversation.
carefully to what is being said, be observant.
not seek to ask leading questions - let the child or young person know
that you may have ot share what they have said to help them.
the situation with the nearest ‘designated person’
as above and follow their advice.
a record of the conversation.
numbers for the designated persons are found in your
‘system of work’ or project papers,