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Child and Welfare Protection Policy Statement

Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop believes that children and young people should not experience abuse of any kind. We have a responsibility to promote and safeguard the welfare of all children and we are committed to practicing in a way that protects them from harm.

We recognise that:

• The best interest of the child must always be a primary consideration.
• All children and young people should be treated fairly and with dignity and respect.
• All children and young people have the right to protection from all forms of harm, abuse, neglect and exploitation.
• All children and young people have the right to express their views on matters that affect them.

We will keep children and young people safe by:

• Having a Designated Officer for child protection in post.
• Taking a safer recruitment approach.
• Ensuring our staff have received appropriate child protection training.

Code of Behaviour

This code outlines what is expected of all staff and freelancers working for Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop as well as anyone working in partnership with us or on our behalf.

Where possible when starting long term work with a new group Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop will jointly write a similar code of behaviour with the group together.

Staff should:

  • Operate within Edinburgh Sculpture Workshops policies and procedures including the child protection guidelines.
  • Treat everyone fairly, with respect, dignity and as an individual.
  • Engage with children and young people in a meaningful way and valuing their contribution.
  • Ensure that contact with children and young people is appropriate and relevant to Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop’s work.
  • Be aware of any additional vulnerabilities that some children, young people or communities may face.
  • Respect children and young people’s right to privacy.
  • Ensure that activities are run as safely as possible with risks minimized.
  • Where possible try to ensure there is more than one adult present during activities.
  • Understand when physical contact is appropriate and be aware that physical contact can be misinterpreted.
  • Challenge unacceptable behaviour and report any concerns or allegations.

    Staff should not:
  • Ignore or trivialise any concerns.
  • Promise confidentiality to a child or young person.
  • Develop inappropriate relationships with children, young people or their families,such as contact outside of work.
  • Provide personal contact details or engage in online activity outwith ESW’s policy.
  • Allow any bullying to take place without challenge

ESW Safeguarding Pledge

All of us at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop promise to make sure that you have the best time possible while you are taking part in our activities. We believe that that you have the right to feel safe and comfortable while you are with us. We will do our best to live up to the promises that we make you.