Updated: 28th February 2023
Throughout this policy, the term ‘Lighthouse’ shall be taken to mean, collectively:
and Lighthouse Water Eaton which is an associate Lighthouse through St Frideswide’s Church, a resource hub in the Diocese of Oxford for community organising and church growth.
These charities share a common administration system and database. Applicants may transfer between Lighthouses at any time. Data including DBS Disclosure information that is shared is done so under GDPR regulations.
This Safeguarding Policy has been written in line with the NSPCC recommendations (NSPCC (2019) NSPCC safeguarding and child protection standards for the voluntary and community sector: children, young people and young adults aged 0-18 (UK). London: NSPCC) and the BSCP Multi-Agency Information Sharing Code of Practice. (Buckinghamshire Safeguarding Children’s Partnership (BSCP) replaced the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board in 2019)
Lighthouse has a separate DBS Policy that should be read in conjunction with this Policy document and includes our policy on the Recruitment of Ex-offenders and Secure Storage, Handling, Use, Retention & Disposal of Disclosures and Disclosure Information.
This Safeguarding Policy covers:
Lighthouse recognise the importance of our ministry with children and young people in need of protection and our responsibility to protect everyone entrusted to our care. We are fully committed to safeguarding and protecting their welfare.
Lighthouse recognises its duty of care to safeguard children and young people as detailed under the Children Acts 1989 and 2004 and Working together to safeguard children (Department for Education, 2018)
The purpose of this policy statement is:
This policy applies to anyone working on behalf of Lighthouse including the board of trustees, paid staff, and volunteers
This policy has been drawn up on the basis of legislation, policy, and guidance that seeks to protect children in England. A summary of the key legislation is available from https://learning.nspcc.org.uk/child-protection-system/england
This policy statement should be read alongside our organisational policies, procedures, guidance and other related documents available in the Toolbox on our website: https://lighthousecentral.org/lighthouse-toolbox.
We believe that:
We are committed to:
We recognise that:
We are committed to using our safeguarding and child protection procedures to share concerns and relevant information with agencies who need to know, and involving children, young people, parents, families and carers appropriately
Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility. Specifically, we will
The abuse of children and young people can take many forms.
The most important consideration for all volunteers is to safeguard and promote the welfare of the children and young people in our care. Any allegation of abuse must be taken seriously, and Lighthouse has a duty to report it to the relevant statutory agencies. Allegations may come from a child, or young person, themselves and may relate to abuse from a family member, or someone outside the family that could be a teacher, youth leader, pastor etc. No group of people are exempt from being abusers.
If a child or young person begins to tell a volunteer about abuse, it is VITAL that you do the following:
Important things to remember
The best interest of the child or young person, and the need for the abuse to stop, comes before the interests of the organisation or the abuser.
If there is an immediate risk of harm to a child, call the Police on 999
Lighthouses in Buckinghamshire:
If you are concerned about a child, call Buckinghamshire Council’s First Response Team on 01296 383962 Monday to Thursday, 9am to 5.30pm Friday 9am to 5pm
If you need an urgent response outside of these hours, contact the Emergency Duty Team (EDT) on 0800 999 7677.
They will listen to your concerns and decide on the appropriate course of action.
For Allegations against Staff or Volunteers the Buckinghamshire Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) is responsible for overseeing the management of all allegations against people in a position of trust who work with children in Buckinghamshire on either a paid or voluntary basis.
For further information about Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) please visit the website www.bucks-lscb.org.uk/parents-carers/allegations-against-staff-or-volunteers-lado.
Lighthouses in Oxfordshire:
If you have a concern about a child in Oxfordshire, and an immediate response from Children’s Social Care is necessary please call MASH on 0345 050 7666. (Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub).
The on line form to supply details is here: https://www2.oxfordshire.gov.uk/cms/content/childrens-social-care-request-service-form
Lighthouses in Nottinghamshire:
If you think a child is at risk of abuse, please call MASH on 0300 500 80 80.
Nottinghamshire's Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) operates between the hours of 08:30-17:00 Monday to Thursday and 08:30-16:30 on Friday.
If you require an urgent response outside of these hours, contact the Emergency Duty Team (EDT) on 0300 456 4546 The link to the form to report details to MASH is here:
Above all it is important that you talk to someone about this. Don’t ignore your concerns or delay taking action.
A vulnerable adult is any person aged 18 or over who is or may be unable to take care of him or herself against significant harm or exploitation. This may be because he or she has a mental health problem, a disability, a sensory impairment, is old or frail, or has some form of illness.
We live in an age in which digital technology has vastly increased the use, and potential misuse, of photography. Lighthouse seeks the consent of parents for photography/videoing of their child/children during the Lighthouse week and any such images will only be taken by an official photographer.
Any photos and/or video footage is checked by each Lighthouse's Admin team to ensure no child is shown where consent has not been given.
We have a strict policy of no photography/videoing using mobile phones on site.
Please refer to the Lighthouse DBS Policy document
An Enhanced DBS check is required for all volunteers aged 16 and over, including Trustees and other management committee members. If a volunteer is not on site at the same time as children (e.g. overnight security, car park attendant, site build up and breakdown) no DBS is required.