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Safeguarding Policy & Declaration

Given the work that we do which by default involves children, young people, and vulnerable adults, we take safeguarding extremely seriously. Therefore, we have introduced several measures to ensure that all services are not only compliant but also follow best practices. Safeguarding is overseen by the RJ4All Director and monitored regularly by the RJ4All Board. It is recorded on our Risk Register and any changes in legislation or the operating environment are immediately included in our mitigation measures.

The Director and senior management are responsible for ensuring that RJ4All Safeguarding Policy is implemented at all times. As per this Policy, reviews must take place every 3 months and appropriate staff training will need to be provided on a regular basis. We also work with external experts to review our practices regularly. For example, we recently hired experts from (a) What Works for Children’s Social Care (b) Kings College London to review our existing policies and practices, and create training material that we now use alongside the Safeguarding Policy, which:

Applies to all adults including the Board, volunteers, paid staff, agency staff, and anyone working on behalf of The Institute

Aims to ensure that all children and young people have a positive and enjoyable experience in a safe and child-centred environment and are protected from abuse whilst participating in our activities and otherwise

Recognises that the welfare and interests of children and young people are paramount in all circumstances

DBS checks​

All of our staff, board members, and volunteers undergo DBS checks as part of our policy.

This policy applies to all activities of RJ4All where children and young people under 18 years of age as well as vulnerable individuals are present, and to all working in such activities, whether as an employee, volunteer, management representative, or otherwise. The policy is governed under UK law, and specifically The Children Act 2004 and The Children Act 1989. Furthermore, RJ4All works within the legal framework of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, The Equality Act 2010 and the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015.

The RJ4All Safeguarding Policy is implemented in conjunction with the RJ4All Safeguarding Declaration and following the RJ4All mandatory training on safeguarding. We also offer to all our staff our CPD Certified ecourse “Safeguarding children advanced Level 2”.

RJ4All has a Designed Safeguarding Officer who has been trained to deal with any safeguarding issues that might arise. We follow best practices such as the one provided by the UK Safe Network and the UK government Department of Education.

Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion at RJ4All

RJ4All was founded upon the restorative justice principles of power-sharing, equality, involvement in decision-making, dignity and respect. Everything we do is guided by these principles and all our project ideas are driven and quality controlled by our users.

We take matters of equality and diversity extremely seriously whether these relate to our project and service delivery, recruitment and training. We have an Equality & Diversity Policy, which covers all RJ4All employees, volunteers, interns, Board members and users irrespective of their status, level or grade.

To employees, interns and volunteer

RJ4All is dedicated to equal opportunities, actively preventing discrimination, and fostering equality, diversity, and mutual respect in all aspects of its operations. We strive to cultivate a working environment where individuals can utilise their skills without fear of discrimination or harassment, ensuring that all decisions are merit-based.

 

To services and service users

RJ4All is committed to countering disadvantages and treating all users and prospective users equally. Practical measures are taken to enable representatives and members of local organisations to attend RJ4All events and participate if sufficient notice is given and funds are available.  Services will be publicised in a variety of ways and places.  Publicity materials will be, as far as possible, clear, simple and widely accessible. 

Health and Safety Policy

RJ4All aims to take reasonable steps to ensure the health and safety at work of all employees, volunteers and users.
This Policy is intended to set out how that will be achieved. RJ4All will endeavour to ensure that all relevant statutory requirements are complied with, that risk assessments will be carried out and monitored periodically, and, where risks cannot be completely eliminated, suitable personal protective equipment will be provided.

This Policy is for guidance only. Neither this Policy nor any part of its contents forms part of an employment contract. RJ4All may alter, add to or depart from
this Policy at any time. In addition, RJ4All is not bound to follow any particular procedural step in this Policy and may omit or jump steps at its absolute discretion. However, RJ4All may, if it considers it necessary, impose even more stringent health and safety standards if it deems this necessary. It is important that you read this Policy carefully and comply with its terms.

Behaviour Policy and GDPR & Data Protection Policy

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