Policy Templates

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Writing Your Child Protection Policy

Try to keep your Child Protection Policy relatively brief and jargon-free so that it can easily be read and understood by parents, children (as appropriate) and professionals alike.

As well as defining the purpose of the policy, setting out practical procedures in the event of concerns, policies should reflect the ethos of your organisation. It can be useful to ask staff members, as well as children/young people and their families to assist in the process of writing your policy.

See Haringey LSCB's Sample Child Protection Policy (Word, 142KB) for Education Settings.

Your policy should include:

  • clear statement of purpose and aims of the policy
  • what your organisation wants to say about keeping children safe
  • links to other relevant safeguarding policies (eg, safer recruitment, bullying, positive handling...)
  • who the policy applies and relates to (eg, all staff and volunteers, children up to 18 years old)
  • brief definitions of abuse categories and how they might manifest in the children/young people your organisation works with
  • brief outline of the main law and guidance that relates to the policy
  • acknowledgement of difference in needs and a commitment to anti-discriminatory practice
  • clear practical steps showing how your individuals in your organisation will respond to concerns
  • clear outline of responsibilities and expectations of different members of staff, naming the designated member of staff
  • clear expectations regarding recording and information sharing practices
  • clear distinction between what happens if there are general child protection concerns, and what happens when those concerns involve a member of staff
  • how the policy links to other relevant policies (eg, use of electronic media, safer recruitment, health and safety, etc)
  • role of governors (if appropriate)
  • indication of how policy will be implemented, monitored and evaluated
  • indication of how parents / families / carers and children / young people will be made aware of the policy and relevant procedures

Your organisation will also need to ensure that everyone is aware of and understands your policy.

For more support in writing your policy, the Safer Network (external link) has developed a guide.

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Sample Policies

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