Safeguarding is paramount in our dealings with the young people.
The Centre Coordinator has full child protection officer training, and all the staff undertake safeguarding training.
Our volunteers have a safeguarding discussion as part of their induction to the centre, to supplement their CP training.
Working Agreement on Behaviour
A Working Agreement is drawn up at the start of each academic year outlining the behaviour expected of the young people on the STEPS programme.
The overall spirit of the Working Agreement, and the discussions leading up to it, is based on the basic principles of respect and consideration for others.
It includes permanent non-negotiable items which will be discussed with young people. As a result of discussions, other items that everyone has agreed on may also be included.
The precise phrasing about the permanent items may vary from year to year according to the results of the discussions and the preferences of the young people but their essential content can be best summed up (in no particular order) as:
- No drugs
- No alcohol
- No violence
- No aggressive verbal abuse
- No bullying
- No expressions of racist, sexist, ageist or homophobic attitudes
When the Working Agreement is finalised, it is signed by all the young people on the programme. This signed copy is kept on file and a large copy of it is displayed on the wall of the training room.
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