Safeguarding Policy

Debbie Chatfield, Artist and Art Tutor is committed to safeguarding children.

This policy applies to myself ‘Debbie Chatfield – Artist and Art Tutor’ and anyone working or volunteering on my behalf.

Any questions regarding this policy should be sent by email to Debbie Chatfield at debs@debbiechatfield.co.uk or in writing to Pennine, Smithy Lane, Bradley, Staffordshire, UK, ST18 9DZ

Other links:

CEOP: www.ceop.police.uk

NSPCC: www.nspcc.org.uk 0808 800 5000

Who am I?

I’m Debbie Chatfield an Artist and Art Tutor; I operate as a Sole Trader in the United Kingdom and thus am also the Designated Safeguarding Officer for my business.

The purpose of this policy

  • To protect children and young people who receive Debbie Chatfield – Artist and Art Tutor’s services. This includes the children of adults who use my services.
  • To provide any volunteers or those working alongside me with the principles that guide my approach to safeguarding and child protection.

Debbie Chatfield – Artist and Art Tutor believes that a child or young person should never experience abuse of any kind.  I have a responsibility to promote the welfare of all children and young people and to keep them safe.  I am committed to practise in a way that protects them.

Legal Framework

This policy has been drawn up under the advice of the NSPCC and is drawn up on the basis of law and guidance that seeks to protect children, namely:

  • Children Act 1989
  • United Convention of the Rights of the Child 1991
  • Data Protection Act 1998
  • Human Rights Act 1998
  • Sexual Offences Act 2003
  • Children Act 2004
  • Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006
  • Protection of Freedoms Act 2012
  • Children and Families Act 2014
  • General Data Protection Regulation May 2018

This policy should be read alongside my Privacy, Data Protection and Security Policy as well as my Photography Policy.

I recognise that:

  • the welfare of all children is paramount as enshrined in the Children Act 1989
  • some children are additionally vulnerable because of previous experience, dependency, communication needs or other issues.
  • working in partnership with children, young people and their parents or carers is essential.

I will seek to keep children and young people safe by:

  • valuing them, listening to them and respecting them
  • applying a code of conduct
  • adhering to e-safety policy, see separate photography and privacy policies
  • ensuring all necessary checks are made
  • recording and storing information effectively, see privacy policy
  • share concerns with children, young people, parents and agencies where considered necessary
  • maintaining an anti-bullying environment
  • ensuring a safe physical environment through health and safety measures
  • I run an adult class but if a young person wishes to join the class they must be appropriately supervised e.g. parents need to bring and pick up from class (one of my classes is in the evening and finishes at 9 pm)

Changes to this policy

Any changes I may make to this policy in the future will be posted on this website so please check this page occasionally to ensure that you’re happy with any changes. If I make any significant changes I’ll make this clear on this website.

Review of this Policy

I keep this policy under regular review. This policy was last updated in June 2018.