Child Protection Policy ...
As an Affiliated Member Club of Northern Ireland Photographic Association (NIPA) , Bangor and North Down Camera Club subscribe to the Child Protection Policy of NIPA and which is reproduced below with thanks.
Northern Ireland Photographic Association Child Protection Policy
The Northern Ireland Photographic Association (the Association) is committed to policies which promote good practice and protect children from harm. A child, for these purposes, is defined as a young person aged 16 years and below. The Association is committed to making sure that children are protected and kept safe from harm while they are engaged in all formal or informal activities organised by affiliated clubs. Members of clubs which are affiliated to the Association accept and recognise their responsibilities to develop awareness of the issues which may cause children harm.
aims of the child protection policy
To demonstrate the commitment of the Association, and its affiliated clubs, to provide and maintain an environment that protects children from harm, as well as protecting the Association, and its members from potential allegations.
To ensure that affiliated clubs, and their members, are familiar with the Association’s Child Protection Policy.
To ensure affiliated clubs, and their members, adopt child protection guidelines, through a code of behaviour, detailed in appendix 1 of this document.
To share information about concerns with agencies which may require to know and involving parents and children appropriately.
To take appropriate action in response to child protection issues which may involve affiliated clubs or their members.
definitions of abuse
All members of affiliated clubs should be aware that ‘child abuse’ may occur when the behaviour of someone in a position of greater power than a child causes harm. The common denominator of all forms of abuse is that it makes the child feel bad and worthless. Because children may be abused in a number of ways, the harm caused cannot always be easily categorised.
The actual or likely persistent or significant neglect of a child, or the failure to protect a child from exposure to any kind of danger.
Actual or likely deliberated physical injury to a child, or wilful or neglected failure to prevent physical injury or suffering to a child.
Actual or likely sexual exploitation of a child. The involvement of children or adolescents in sexual activities they do not truly comprehend.
Actual or likely significant or persistent emotional ill-treatment or rejection, resulting in severe adverse effects on the emotional, physical and/or behavioural development of a child.
A child who is bullied may be suffering from any type of abuse. Bullying may take many forms, but the main types are; physical (e.g. hitting, kicking, theft), verbal (e.g. sectarian/racist remarks, name-calling) and indirect, such as spreading rumours.
code of behaviour on child protection
|1.1||The Northern Ireland Photographic Association recognises that it is not practical to provide definitive instructions that would apply to all situations at all times whereby members of affiliated clubs come into contact with children and to guarantee the protection of children and staff.|
|1.2||However, below are the standards of behaviour required of affiliated club members in order to fulfil their role in the application of a Child Protection Policy. This code should assist in the protection of both children and club members.|
|1.3||Members of affiliated clubs MUST implement the Child Protection Policy and procedures at all times.|
Members of affiliated clubs must not:
have children/young people in their own vehicle. Where circumstances require the transportation of children/young people in their vehicle, another adult/parent must also travel in the vehicle. Also it is essential that:
there is adequate insurance for the vehicle to cover transporting children/young people in connection with the activities of the club;
in extreme emergencies (for medical purposes) where it is required to transport a child/young person on their own, it is essential that the parent is notified immediately;
take a child to the toilet unless another adult is present or has been made aware (this should include a parent, if present);
Spend time alone with a child on his or her own. If members find themselves in this situation, make sure that they may be clearly observed by others.
Members of affiliated clubs must never:
engage in rough, physical games including horseplay with children;
allow or engage in inappropriate touching of any kind.
The main principles of touch are:
touch should always be in response to the child's need;
touch should always be appropriate to the age and stage of development of the child;
touch should always be with a child's permission;
do things of a personal nature for children that they can do for themselves or that their parent can do for them.
Physically restrain a child/young person unless the restraint is to:
prevent physical injury of the child/other children/visitors/other club members or yourself.
In all circumstances physical restraint must be appropriate and reasonable, otherwise the action can be defined as assault.
Make sexually suggestive comments to or within earshot of a child.
The Northern Ireland Photographic Association has final discretion as to whether or not a accept an entry if that entry may be deemed offensive.
The Northern Ireland Photographic Association may, from time-to-time, amend the above policy, to take account of the wishes of the Annual General Meeting.
Amended 4th April 2005