Safeguarding Children Policy

The purpose and scope of this policy statement

Yusra App works with children and families as part of its activities. These
include: helping with child care and providing confidential advice to families.

The purpose of this policy statement is:

• To protect children and young people who receive Yusra App’s
services. This includes the children of adults who use our services
• To provide parents, staff and volunteers with the overarching principles that guide
our approach to child protection.

This policy statement applies to anyone working on behalf of Yusra App,
including senior managers and the board of trustees, paid staff, volunteers, sessional
workers, agency staff and students.

Legal framework

This policy has been drawn up on the basis of legislation, policy and guidance that seeks to
protect children in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. A
summary of the key legislation and guidance is available from nspcc.org.uk/childprotection.

We believe that:

• Children and young people should never experience abuse of any kind
• We have a responsibility to promote the welfare of all children and young people, to
keep them safe and to practise in a way that protects them.

We recognise that:

• The welfare of the child is paramount
• All children, regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or
belief, sex, or sexual orientation have a right to equal protection from all types of
harm or abuse
• 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.

We will seek to keep children and young people safe by:

• Valuing, listening to and respecting them
• Appointing a nominated child protection/safeguarding lead, a deputy child
protection/safeguarding lead and a lead trustee/board member for safeguarding
• Developing child protection and safeguarding policies and procedures which reflect
best practice
• Using our safeguarding procedures to share concerns and relevant information with
agencies who need to know, and involving children, young people, parents, families
and carers appropriately
• Creating and maintaining an anti-bullying environment and ensuring that we have a
policy and procedure to help us deal effectively with any bullying that does arise
• Developing and implementing an effective online safety policy and related
procedures
• Sharing information about child protection and safeguarding best practice with
children, their families, staff and volunteers via leaflets, posters, group work and
one-to-one discussions
• Recruiting staff and volunteers safely, ensuring all necessary checks are made
• Providing effective management for staff and volunteers through supervision,
support, training and quality assurance measures
• Implementing a code of conduct for staff and volunteers
• Using our procedures to manage any allegations against staff and volunteers
appropriately
• Ensuring that we have effective complaints and whistleblowing measures in place
• Ensuring that we provide a safe physical environment for our children, young people,
staff and volunteers, by applying health and safety measures in accordance with the
law and regulatory guidance
• Recording and storing information professionally and securely.

Related policies and procedures

Identity

In order to be a volunteer on Yusra App you are required to upload a clear picture of yourself. We recommend those who observe niqab to upload a picture with the niqab on. You must then apply for an enhanced DBS check. As part of the DBS check you will be required to submit your passport picture. Once the DBS check is approved you will get DBS approved status on the app whilst still being able to keep the picture with the niqab on. Alternatively, you can opt to remain anonymous on the app which means only those you choose can see your picture and details.

This policy statement should be read alongside our organisational policies and procedures,
including:

• Procedures for responding to concerns about a child or young person’s wellbeing
• Dealing with allegations of abuse against a child or young person
• Role of the designated safeguarding officer
• Managing allegations against staff and volunteers
• Safer recruitment policy and procedures
• Adult to child supervision ratios
• Code of conduct for staff and volunteers
• Anti-bullying policy and procedures
• Online safety policy and procedures for responding to concerns about online abuse
• Photography and image sharing guidance
• Child protection records retention and storage policy
• Whistleblowing policy

Contact details

Nominated child protection lead
Name: Mujahid Chowdhury
Phone/email: mujahid.chowdhury@yusraapp.co.uk

Deputy child protection lead
Name(s): Hafsha Khan
Phone/email: hafsha.khan@yusraapp.co.uk

Senior lead for safeguarding and child protection
Name: Mujahid Chowdhury
Phone/email: mujahid.chowdhury@yusraapp.co.uk

NSPCC Helpline
0808 800 5000

We are committed to reviewing our policy and good practice annually.

This policy was last reviewed on: 31/03/2020
Signed: Mujahid Chowdhury
Date: 31/03/2020