Safeguarding and operating procedures

Pershore Riverside Centre CIO is fully committed to safeguarding the welfare of all involved in its activities, especially children and young people, and will take all reasonable steps to protect them from physical, emotional, sexual or internet abuse and neglect. This applies to all with whom we work, regardless of their gender, sexual orientation, disability, race, nationality or country of origin.

Staff, volunteers, Trustees and Centre users will, at all times, show respect and understanding for the rights, safety and welfare of all with whom we work. We will ensure that staff and volunteers know how to recognise and respond to concerns that a child or young person may be abused or neglected.

Trustees have appointed, from within its membership, a Champion for Safeguarding, who reports annually to the committee on any safeguarding and/or child protection issues and/or any allegations that have arisen over the previous 12 months. The Champion for Safeguarding is Rev Canon Claire Lording. Claire and Safeguarding Lead, Brad Edmunds, review our policies and procedures on an annual basis, for approval by the Board of Trustees.

All staff and volunteers who have unsupervised regular direct contact with children or young people for PRC (ie those undertaking ‘regulated activity’) are required to have a relevant satisfactory enhanced check through the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) before they can work unsupervised. These systems are in place to protect the young people.

Parent concerns and how to contact

Every member of the youth team is trained and qualified to help young people and understand safeguarding issues. If you are a parent, contact the centre staff first – or if for whatever reason you need an alternative contact, email . Please see our Safeguarding policy below;