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Safeguarding and Children Protection Policy 



All Bars Flying Trapeze Club (ABFTC) recognises the need to protect children in any of the classes that we run and we are committed to combat child abuse in every way in which it may arise. Safeguarding at our classes and sessions is considered everyone’s responsibility and as such our club aims to create the safest environment in which every child or young person has the opportunity to maximise their potential. We recognise the contribution that we can make to ensure that all children who use our services feel that they will be listened to and appropriate action taken


ABFTC will respond promptly and appropriately to all incidents or concerns regarding the safety of a child that may occur. Our child protection procedures will comply with all relevant legislation as advised by <who? NSPCC?>. 


The aims of this policy: 

  • To ensure that the children and young people in our care are safe and protected from harm

  • To provide staff and volunteers with the overarching principles that guide our approach to child protection; We believe that a child or young person should never experience abuse of any kind. We have a responsibility to promote the welfare of all children and young people and to keep them safe. We are committed to practise in a way that protects them 

  • To ensure that children are effectively safeguarded from the potential risk of harm and that the safety and well-being of the children is of the highest priority in all aspects of our work 


The purpose of this policy:

To ensure that all members of our club, staff and volunteers

  • are aware of their responsibilities in relation to safeguarding and child protection

  • know the procedures that should be followed if they have a cause for concern

  • know where to go to find additional information regarding safeguarding

  • are aware of the key indicators relating to child abuse

  • fully support our commitment to safeguarding and child protection 



We recognise our legal and moral duty to promote the well-being of children, and protect them from harm, and respond to child abuse. We believe that every child regardless of age has at all times and in all situations a right to feel safe and protected from  any situation or practice that results in a child being physically, emotionally, or sexually abused or neglected. 


We agree that we have a primary responsibility for the care, welfare and safety of the children in our charge, and we will carry out this duty through our teaching and learning practice and activities. In order to achieve this, all members of staff and volunteers, will at all times, act proactively in child welfare matters especially where there is a possibility that a child may be at risk of significant harm


We will aim to ensure that parents and children feel confident to talk about any concerns and will see our club as a safe place if there are any difficulties at home. Children’s worries, questions and fears will be taken seriously if they seek help from a member of staff. However, staff cannot promise secrecy if concerns are such that referral must be made to the appropriate agencies in order to safeguard the child’s welfare. 


If we have suspicions that a child’s physical, sexual or emotional wellbeing is being, or is likely to be, harmed, or that they are being neglected, we will take appropriate action.


We recognise that

  • the welfare of the child/young person is paramount 

  • all children, regardless of age, disability, gender, racial heritage, religious belief, sexual orientation or identity, have the right to equal protection from all types of harm or abuse

  • Working in partnership with children, young people, their parents, carers and other agencies is essential in promoting young people’s welfare.


This policy is consistent with the legal duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

The main elements to our Child Protection Policy

  • Prevention (e.g. positive atmosphere, leader’s support to pupils);

  • Protection (by following agreed procedures, ensuring staff are trained and supported to respond appropriately and sensitively to Child Protection concerns); 

  • Support (to children who may have been abused); 


The policy applies to all staff and volunteers. We recognise that child protection is the responsibility of all staff within our company. We will ensure that all Head Teachers are aware of our child protection policy by making a copy available to them, displaying appropriate information on our website and by raising awareness at initial meetings with head teachers.


All Bars Flying Trapeze Club will: · 


  • Establish and maintain an ethos where children feel secure

  • Operate safe recruitment procedures by using a strict interview process and ensuring that all appropriate checks are carried out on staff and volunteers who will work with children staff will have a clear Enhanced DBS check ·

  • We will NOT tolerate bullying


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

  • valuing them, listening to and respecting them

  • adopting child protection practices through procedures and a code of conduct for staff and volunteers

  • providing effective management for staff and volunteers through supervision, support and training;

  • recruiting staff and volunteers safely, ensuring all necessary checks are made

  • sharing information about child protection and good practice with children, parents, staff and volunteers;

  • sharing concerns with agencies who need to know, and involving parents and children appropriately


Resolving Issues and reporting concerns

In the event that anyone feels the need to raise concerns or issues regarding child welfare or safety relating to All Bars Flying Trapeze, staff, activities or policies the can raise the matter with anyone appropriate from the following list


  • Any member of All Bars Flying trapeze senior staff (the instructors)

  • The clubs safeguarding lead and welfare officer: Karen Chodera. Karen is not otherwise involved in the club, but is the designated safeguarding lead at a major Gloucestershire school and fully understands all relevant child safeguarding legislation, issues and policy. She can be contacted by email at or by phone on 01453 840164

  • Gloucestershire Children and Families Front Door. email: or phone: 01452 426565

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