Safeguarding Children

Promoting a consistent culture of protection and safety to ensure a generation free from abuse


We will seek to keep children and vulnerable persons safe by:

  • Valuing them, listening to, and respecting them.
  • Adopting child and vulnerable persons 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 and vulnerable persons protection and good practice with children, vulnerable persons, parents, staff, and volunteers
  • Sharing concerns with agencies who need to know, and involving parents, children, and vulnerable persons appropriately.
  • The purpose of this policy:

    To protect children and vulnerable persons who receive our services. This includes the children of adults who use our services.

    To provide staff and volunteers with the overarching principles that guide our approach to the protection of minors and vulnerable persons.

    “Child” means: any person under the age of eighteen, or who is considered by law to be the equivalent of a minor;

    “vulnerable person” means: any person in a state of infirmity, physical or mental deficiency, or deprivation of personal liberty which, in fact, even occasionally, limits their ability to understand or to want or otherwise resist the offence.

    We recognize that:


    All children and vulnerable person, 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.


    The welfare of the child and vulnerable person is paramount.


    Working in partnership with children, young people, their parents, caregivers, and other agencies are committed to promoting young people's welfare.

    This policy is in English, and French. Find the English and French.

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