The Purpose of The Draco Project
The purpose of The Draco Project is to help rebuild communities for all ages and introduce them into a new area of life. We aim to get people outside and building long and lasting relationships with members within their local community.
Values of The Draco Project
The Draco Project works hard to live up to its core values, including helping to promote:
Integrity – We act with integrity; we are honest, trustworthy and loyal.
Respect – We have self-respect and respect for others.
Care – We support others and take care of the world in which we live.
Belief – We are open to all faiths and teach not to discriminate.
Co-operation – We make a positive difference; we co-operate with others and make friends.
Community – We strive to make this project a communal project and involve anyone that would like to help.
The Draco Project Method
We believe that to get the best experience out of our groups, activities and events; our members should practice and explore the following:
- Trying everything at least once
- Spending more time outside
- Creating a sense of community and working together
- Take responsibility for their actions
- Learn to have fun in a mindful manner
1.1 Religious Policy
1.2 Equal Rights Policy
1.3 Safety Policy
The Draco Project is open to all faiths, beliefs and members that have no religious affiliation. We respect peoples faiths and don’t force any beliefs on anyone.
Equal Rights Policy
The Draco Project is open to all. We don’t discriminate against anyone, unless it breaches rule 1.3. Some activities may be limited based on age or maturity due to the nature of the activity. Where possible we will continue future development to make these activities all inclusive.
As part of our equal rights policy we have added this rule for members who we classify as low income. Any member can apply for financial support against membership fees or activities run by The Draco Project.
Safety is one of our main priorities and one we take very seriously for both members, volunteers and staff. We make sure that we live up to.
A: All volunteers are required to follow The Draco Project Safeguarding policies and undergo training within this area. All staff and volunteers are responsible for making sure all activities within The Draco Project are run within the safeguarding policies. Basic safeguarding training will be run by The Draco Project and external extensive training for key Volunteers within the organization.
B: A child protection officer will be appointed once a year and the child protection policy will be reviewed once a year on the same date.
C: Specific hall/property policies will be in place covering more location specific safeguarding policies.
Safety within The Draco Project
It is the responsibility of both staff and volunteers that all activities run within the organization is run in a safe manner and that all risk assessments are in place, followed and kept up to date.
We strive to run all activities as safe as possible but are aware that injuries will happen.
At any one time when activities are running there will need to be at minimum one member of staff or volunteer that has a valid minimum of a first response first aid certificate.
Safety at External Events
If booking The Draco Project into an external lead activities, it is the volunteer in charge duty to inform one of the directors of the activity and get their permission.
It is also the leader in charge duty to make sure the third party has adequate insurance and qualifications to run the event and adequate risk assessments, safeguarding policies etc.
The Draco Project acknowledges the duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people and is committed to ensuring safeguarding practice reflects statutory responsibilities and government guidance.
- a) Applies to all adults including volunteers, paid staff and anyone working on behalf of The Draco Project
- b) recognises that the welfare and interests of children and young people are paramount in all circumstances.
- c) Aim to ensure that all children and young people have a positive and enjoyable experience in a safe and child centred environment and are protected from abuse whilst in our care
The Draco Project acknowledges that some children and young people, including those disabled and those from ethnic minority communities, can be particularly vulnerable to abuse and accepts the responsibility to take reasonable and appropriate steps to ensure their welfare.
The Draco Project will:
A: promote and prioritise the safety and wellbeing of children and young people.
B: Ensure that everyone is clear about their roles and responsibilities in respect of safeguarding and is provided with appropriate mandatory learning opportunities to recognise, identify and respond to signs of abuse, neglect and other safeguarding concerns relating to children and young people.
C: Ensure staff and volunteers take seriously all concerns and allegations of abuse and respond appropriately.
D: Securely maintain and store confidential, detailed and accurate records of all safeguarding concerns.
E: Prevent the use of unsuitable individuals through the robust use of Disclosure and Barring arrangements as they apply in each nation within the UK, and the application of best practice in the safe recruitment of staff and volunteers working with children and young people.
F: ensure that robust safeguarding arrangements and procedures are in operation.
G: Address without delay any failure to comply with this policy.
Monitoring This policy will be reviewed annually and revisions recommended to the Board of Directors. This policy may also be reviewed in the following circumstances:
Changes in legislation or government guidance (including Working Together as revised within each nation, relevant legislative changes and nation specific child protection and safeguarding policies and procedures).
In the light of learning identified by a Local Safeguarding Children Board and as a result of any other significant change or event.
The Draco Project has a policy for anti-Bullying to make sure Children, vulnerable adults, Staff and volunteers are safe from bullying. This can found here.
Although The Draco Project has its own fixed policies on anti-bullying we also encourage volunteers make anti-bullying a group effort and make members aware what bullying is and agree how to deal with bullying. This should be revisited once a year and a copy should be supplied to parents/guardians on joining the organization.
The Draco Project is a growing organization and strives to make our range of services and location expand out to different areas and activities to allow a wide range of experiences for all members. We are a member driven group, where we constantly adapt and evolve based on our members feedback. Members enjoyment is key to our success and growth.
Our safeguarding policy
This policy applies to all staff, including senior managers and the board of trustees, paid staff, volunteers and sessional workers, agency staff, students or anyone working on behalf of The Draco Project.
The purpose of this policy:
- to protect children and young people who receive The Draco Projects’s services. This includes the children of adults who use our services;
- to provide staff and volunteers with the overarching principles that guide our approach to safeguarding and child protection;
The Draco Project believes that a child or young person should never experience abuse of any kind. We have a responsibility to promote the welfare of all children and young people and to keep them safe. We are committed to practise in a way that protects them.
This policy has been drawn up on the basis of law and guidance that seeks to protect children, namely:
- Children Act 1989
- United Convention of the Rights of the Child 1991
- Data Protection Act 1998
- Human Rights Act 1998
- Sexual Offences Act 2003
- Children Act 2004
- Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006
- Protection of Freedoms Act 2012
- Children and Families Act 2014
- Special educational needs and disability (SEND) code of practice: 0 to 25 years – Statutory guidance for organisations which work with and support children and young people who have special educational needs or disabilities; HM Government 2014
- developing and implementing an effective e-safety policy and related procedures
- providing effective management for staff and volunteers through supervision, support, training and quality assurance measures
- recruiting staff and volunteers safely, ensuring all necessary checks are made
- recording and storing information professionally and securely, and sharing information about safeguarding and good practice with children, their families, staff and volunteers via leaflets, posters, one-to one discussions
- using our safeguarding procedures to share concerns and relevant information with agencies who need to know, and involving children, young people, parents, families and carers appropriately.
- using our procedures to manage any allegations against staff and volunteers appropriately
- creating and maintaining an anti-bullying environment and ensuring that we have a policy and procedure to help us deal effectively with any bullying that does arise
- ensuring that we have effective complaints and whistleblowing measures in place
- ensuring that we provide a safe physical environment for our children, young people, staff and volunteers, by applying health and safety measures in accordance with the law and regulatory guidance
Designated Safeguarding Officer (DSO) Name Mark Wade
Name Hayley Beasley
0808 800 5000