The Area Institute of Sport Network is fully committed to promoting children and vulnerable adult's rights, notably their right to be protected from harm, abuse and exploitation and to be involved in any decisions that directly affect them.
The Area Institute of Sport Network has a duty of care to implement effective policies and procedures for safeguarding the welfare of children, young and vulnerable adults. In order to achieve this we will ensure our staff and volunteers are carefully selected, screened, trained and supervised. Furthermore we will endeavour to keep up to date with national developments relating to the care and protection of children and young people.
The Area Institute of Sport Network will:
- Ensure that all workers understand their legal and moral obligations to protect children and young people from harm, abuse and exploitation.
- Develop best practice in relation to the recruitment of all workers (paid staff and volunteers).
- Provide opportunities for all newly appointed workers (paid and unpaid) through the provision of induction training, which gives an overview of the organisation’s purpose, values, structure and services.
- Ensure that all workers understand their responsibility to work to the standards and procedures detailed in the organisations child and vulnerable adult protection policy.
- Ensure that all workers understand their obligations to report care or protection concerns about a child/vulnerable adult person, or a workers conduct towards a child/vulnerable person, to the organisation’s designated person for child protection.
- Ensure that all procedures relating to the conduct of workers are implemented in a consistent and equitable manner.
- Ensure that the designated child protection officer understands his/her responsibility to refer any child protection concerns to the statutory child protection agencies (i.e. police and/or social work).
- Ensure that the organisation meets all its responsibilities in adhering to the requirements of the Protection of Children (Scotland) Act 2003.
- Provide opportunities for all workers (paid and unpaid) to develop their skills and knowledge particularly in relation to the care and protection of children and young people.
- Ensure that children and young people are enabled to express their ideas and views on a wide range of issues and will have access to the organisation’s complaints procedures.