Purpose of this policy

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The purpose of this policy is to protect children and young adults taking part in theDigital Journey by World is a Village (“the Digital Journey”) from any harm that maybe caused due to their participating in the Digital Journey. This includes harm arising from:

  • The conduct of staff and associated personnel working for World is a Village;
  • The conduct of any participant in the Digital Journey;
  • The design and implementation of the Digital Journey’s programmes and activities.

The policy lays out the commitments made by World is a Village and informs staff and associated personnel1 of their responsibilities in relation to safeguarding.

By staff and associated personnel, we understand:

  • All staff contracted by World is a Village
  • Associated personnel whilst engaged with work or visits related to World is aVillage including but not limited to the following: consultants; volunteers; contractors; programme visitors including journalists, celebrities and politicians

This policy is provided to all members of staff and associated personnel, is published on the World is a Village website and is available in hard copy to parents on request.

What is safeguarding?

Safeguarding means protecting peoples’ health, wellbeing and human rights, and enabling them to live free from harm, abuse and neglect.

In our case, safeguarding means protecting children and young adults participating in the Digital Journey from any harm that may arise from coming into contact with our staff, associated personnel, other Digital Journey participants or from participating in our programmes.

Every child without exception should feel safe and protected from any form of abuse, regardless of gender, ethnicity, disability, sexuality or beliefs. Abuse can take place wholly online, or technology may be used to facilitate offline abuse. They may be abused by an adult or adults or by another child or children.

Abuse can be:

  • physical abuse, for example beating or punching;
  • emotional abuse, for example rejection and denial of affection;
  • sexual abuse, for example sexual assault or encouraging a child to view pornographic material; and
  • neglect, for example failure to provide appropriate care including warmth or medical attention.

Our Policy Statement

World is a Village believes that everyone we come into contact with, regardless of age, gender identity, disability, sexual orientation or ethnic origin has the right to be protected from all forms of harm, abuse, neglect and exploitation.

World is a Village is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. This is everyone’s responsibility and World is a Village expects all staff and associated personnel to share this commitment and to consider, at all times, what is in the best interests of the child or young adult.

World is a Village will take strict action against any form of harm or abuse towards any participant in our Digital Journey programme. World is a Village commits to addressing safeguarding throughout its work, through the three pillars of prevention, reporting and response.

Prevention

World is a Village will take all reasonable measures to:

  • ensure that we check the suitability of all staff and associated personnel to work with children and young people in accordance with the guidance given inPart 3 of Keeping Children Safe in Education (2020);
  • ensure that all staff and associated personnel have access to, are familiar with, and know their responsibilities within this policy and have read and understood Part 1 of Keeping Children Safe in Education (2020);
  • ensure that mechanisms are in place to assist staff and associated personnel to discharge their roles and responsibilities under this policy;
  • design and undertake all its programmes and activities in a way that protects people from any risk of harm that may arise from their coming into contact with World is a Village staff or associated personnel or from participating int he Digital Journey. This includes the way in which information about individuals in our programmes is gathered and communicated;-listen to children and ensure that all staff and associated personnel understand the need to identify concerns early and provide support for children as soon as a problem emerges;
  • be alert to indicators of abuse and neglect and aim to protect each pupil from any form of abuse, whether from an adult or another child participating in theDigital Journey;
  • ensure that children are taught about safeguarding, including keeping safe online and the Digital Journey Code of Conduct.

Reporting

World is a Village’s staff and associated personnel are obliged to report any concerns or suspicions regarding safeguarding violations to our SafeguardingOfficer.

World is a Village’s Safeguarding Officer is: Mrs Camille Huyghues Despointes

28 rue de Vienne 75008 Paris

safeguarding@worldisavillage.com

Tel (France): 01 84 80 17 74

Tel (UK): 0207 173 0360

If the staff member does not feel comfortable reporting to the Safeguarding Officer, they may report to any other appropriate staff member. For example, this could be a senior manager or a member of the HR Team.

World is a Village will ensure that safe, appropriate, accessible means of reporting safeguarding concerns are made available to staff and the communities we work with.

Any staff reporting concerns or complaints will be protected by World is a Village’s disclosure of malpractice policy.

World is a Village will also accept complaints from external sources such as members of the public, partners and official bodies.

World is a Village will keep a sufficient record of any significant complaint, conversation or event in accordance with this policy.

Response

Every concern raised about a child and every complaint or suspicion of abuse will betaken seriously and action taken in accordance with this policy.

World is a Village will:

  • follow up on reports of safeguarding concerns promptly and according to due process;
  • deal appropriately with every suspicion or complaint of abuse;
  • apply appropriate disciplinary measures to any staff found in breach of policy.

Parents will be kept informed as appropriate of any action to be taken under these procedures to support a child.

Allegations against, or concerns about, staff or associated personnel or other participants

World is a Village has procedures for dealing with allegations against staff or associated personnel that aim to strike a balance between the need to protect children from abuse and the need to protect staff and associated personnel from false or unfounded allegations. Any allegation against a member of staff or associated personnel should be reported to the Safeguarding Officer and will warrant immediate action.

Allegations against pupils (peer on peer abuse) may also be made. World is aVillage has a clear Code of Conduct which set clear expectations for pupil behaviour and aim to minimise the risk of peer on peer abuse within the Digital Journey (seeDigital Journey Code of Conduct).

There may be occasions when a child’s alleged behaviour, or the harm caused to another child by that behaviour, warrants a response under safeguarding. This will always be the case if there is reasonable cause to suspect that a child is suffering, or likely to suffer, significant harm.

Peer on peer abuse is still abuse and should never be tolerated. If a member of staff has any concerns that bullying, or any other negative or devaluing behaviour, may give rise to safeguarding concerns they should discuss this with the Safeguarding Officer as soon as possible.

Parents of both pupils will be informed as soon as possible and a pupil against whom an allegation of abuse has been made may be suspended from the DigitalJourney during the investigation. Should allegations of abuse be confirmed, the incriminated pupil would be excluded from the Digital Journey.

Digital Journey code of conduct

World is a Village will ensure that all participants in the Digital Journey have access to, are familiar with and know their responsibilities with regards to the followingDigital Journey Code of Conduct:

In order to stay safe online in this community we recommend you do the following:

  1. NEVER show your last name
  2. NEVER chat with strangers outside of our private server
  3. In your settings disable authorize private messages from members of the server

World is a Village is an international community for teens. Diversity, open-mindedness and tolerance are who we are. You will be excluded from our community if you do not follow the spirit of these values. If you don’t agree with the following rules, please do not join our community. No shocking, insulting, racist, hateful and defamatory comments or photos, No distribution of promotions, sponsorship links or spam. No nastiness or discrimination of any kind.

Confidentiality

It is essential that confidentiality in maintained at all stages of the process when dealing with safeguarding concerns. Information relating to the concern and subsequent case management should be shared on a need to know basis only and should be kept secure at all times.

Where there are concerns about a child, all concerns, discussions and decisions made, and the reason for those decisions, should be recorded in writing. World is aVillage will keep all child protection records confidential, allowing disclosure only to those who need the information in order to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

Monitoring

This Policy and World is a Village’s safeguarding procedures will be reviewed and updated on a regular basis to reflect any change in legislation and ensure that any deficiencies or weaknesses in regard to child protection arrangements at any time are remedied without delay.