Child protection policy statement

Club Minecraft acknowledges the duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, and is committed to ensuring safeguarding practice reflects statutory responsibilities, government guidance, and complies with best practice.

This policy has been drawn up based on law and guidance that seeks to protect children, namely:

  • Children Act 1989
  • Data Protection Act 1996
  • Sexual Offences Act 2003
  • Children Act 2004Protection of Freedoms Act 2012

The policy recognises that the welfare and interests of children are paramount in all circumstances. It aims to ensure that regardless of age, gender, religion or beliefs, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation or socio-economic background, all children:

  • have a positive and enjoyable experience of gaming at Club Minecraft, in a safe and child centred environment
  • are protected from abuse whilst participating in events run by Club Minecraft

Club Minecraft acknowledges that some children can be particularly vulnerable, and we accept the responsibility to take reasonable and appropriate steps to ensure their welfare.

As part of our safeguarding policy, Club Minecraft will:

  • prevent the deployment of unsuitable volunteers at Club Minecraft events
  • ensure all volunteers understand their roles and responsibilities in respect of safeguarding, and is provided with appropriate opportunities to recognise, identify and respond to safeguarding concerns relating to children and young people
  • have at least two volunteers with a current DBS check at each Club Minecraft event
  • ensure no volunteer is in a 1 to 1 session with a child or young person away from a DBS checked individual
  • promote and prioritise the safety and wellbeing of children and young people
  • ensure appropriate action is taken if an incident or concern is raised or disclosed
  • ensure that confidential, detailed and accurate records of all safeguarding concerns are maintained and securely stored

The policy is publicly promoted, and is mandatory for everyone involved in Club Minecraft. Failure to comply with the policy will be addressed immediately and may ultimately result in exclusion and if necessary legal action.

Monitoring

The policy will be reviewed a year after development and then every three years, or in the following circumstances:

  • Changes in legislation and/or government guidance
  • Because of any other significant change or event.

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