Safeguarding Children at GAPA                 
GAPA acknowledges its responsibility to safeguard the welfare of every child and young person who has been entrusted to its care and is committed to working to provide a safe environment for all Children.  GAPA has a Child Protection Policy and Safeguarding Children Procedures and endorses and adopts this Policy Statement.

The key principles of GAPA’s Child Protection Policy and Safeguarding Children Procedures are that:

• The child’s welfare is, and must always be, the paramount consideration

• All children and young people have a right to be protected from abuse regardless of their age, gender, disability, culture, language, racial origin, religious beliefs or sexual orientation

• All suspicions and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately

• Working in partnership with other organisations, children and young people and their parents or carer is essential.

We acknowledge that every child or young person who plays or participates in any GAPA service should be able to take part in an enjoyable and safe environment and be protected from poor practice and abuse.  GAPA recognises that this is the responsibility of every adult involved in our Association.

GAPA has a role to play in safeguarding the welfare of all children and young people by protecting them from physical, sexual or emotional harm and from neglect or bullying. It is noted and accepted that GAPA Child Protection Policy and Safeguarding Procedures applies to everyone in GAPA whether in a paid or voluntary capacity

After successful assessments and inspections by Lincolnshire County Council, GAPA is section 11 Standards for the Safeguarding and Promotion of Child Welfare compliant and these are reviewed regularly.

Disclosure and Barring Service

Due to the nature of the work, GAPA applies for an enhanced DBS Check in respect of all prospective staff members, committee members and volunteers.  

An enhanced disclosure  will contain details of all convictions on record (including those which are defined as "spent" under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974) together with details of any cautions, reprimands or warnings held on the Police National Computer.  An enhanced disclosure will also reveal whether an applicant is barred from working with children or vulnerable adults by virtue of his/her inclusion on the lists of those considered unsuitable to work with children or vulnerable adults maintained by the DCSF and the Department of Health.  An enhanced disclosure may also contain non-conviction information from local police records which a chief police officer thinks may be relevant in connection with the matter in question.

Applicants with recent periods of overseas residence and those with little or no previous UK residence may also be asked to apply for the equivalent of a disclosure, if one is available in the relevant jurisdiction(s).

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