**Parents / guardians of children who will be visiting families MUST read and discuss the information below with their children and then both parent / guardian MUST sign below**
Before your child starts volunteering there are some key areas we require you to discuss with them. Please ensure that you discuss with your child the following information.
Shabbat Walk is providing you with this information to ensure that you have information regarding safeguarding and child protection so that you can make informed decisions
regarding your child’s volunteering for Shabbat Walk and to help you raise their awareness of these issues. The rules and regulations are to be adhered to by volunteers at all times.
Safeguarding is a widely used term in organisations such as Shabbat Walk which works with families, young people and children. It’s a generic term that describes responsible
adults doing what is necessary to protect children in their different environments such as home, schools etc.
We undertake a risk assessment in each family home that you may visit, however it is important that you are aware that some children, no matter what faith
or level of religiosity may suffer from abuse.
The Children Act 1989 – Child Protection, Section 47 states a Local Authority has a duty to investigate where a child in their area is suffering or likely to
suffer significant harm, and to decide on appropriate action to safeguard or promote the child’s welfare.
Abuse comes in a variety of forms:
Abuse can impact a child’s life severely. If at any time, during the time you are volunteering visits you have any serious concerns about the how a child in the family
is being treated, you must report it to Designated Safeguarding Officer who will make a decision about what to do next.
Your child must be aware that the welfare and safety of any child within a home they visit as well as their own safety is of paramount importance.
Should your child feel uncomfortable about any situation they must leave immediately and report their concerns. Reporting concerns is the right thing to do – whatever the outcome,
your child will not be treated any differently by Shabbat Walk and they will be able to continue to volunteer for a different family.
Child Protection is the term used for keeping individual children under the age of 18 safe from harm.
It is also very important that your child is aware of what to look out for to keep them safe. You can do this by following some simple guidelines.
Families are instructed to keep doors in the house open at all times – this not only affords some protection for your child but additionally for parents to minimise
the risk of a false allegations. Families sign an agreement to confirm they abide by this rule. If either of the parents consistently close the door, especially
after being reminded, your child must report this to Eliezer Gilbert 07506750023.
If your child feels that any member of the household is looking at them strangely then they must leave the room and if they feel appropriate, leave the house and report it.
If they feel that any member of the household (except for children) invade their personal space (standing too close to you whilst talking to them) they should report
the incident to Eliezer Gilbert 07506750023.
Most parents will be friendly and grateful to receive your help. Be aware of any member of the household (apart from children) being particularly and consistently overly friendly.
If you feel at any time that the questions they ask you about yourself make you feel uncomfortable then politely say ‘I’d prefer not to talk about that’.
Examples of this might be asking questions about private matters that you would normally only expect to discuss with your own parents.
Apart from a child, if any other member of the household asks you to keep a secret – say that you are not happy about that and you do not want to do that.
If you feel uncomfortable, leave the house.
If any member of the household asks for your mobile number do not give it to them – explain that all communications and arrangements have
to be made through Shabbat Walk. You must tell your Shabbat Walk coordinator this has occurred.