This policy applies to all South Thames Early Education Partnership (STEEP) staff, including Directors, paid staff, volunteers, contractors, students or anyone working on behalf of STEEP.
The purpose of this policy is:

  • To provide staff, contractors and volunteers with the overarching principles that guide our approach to safeguarding
  • To protect children and young people who come into contact with STEEP staff/contractors/volunteers or those using STEEP services. This includes the children of adults who use our services;
    STEEP believes that a child or young person should never have to 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 practice in a way that protects them.

Legal Framework
This policy has been drawn up on the basis of law and guidance that seeks to protect children, namely:
We recognise that:

  • Children Act 1989
  • United Convention of the Right of the Child 1991
  • Data Protection Act 1998
  • Sexual Offences Act 2003
  • Children Act 2004
  • Protection of Freedoms Act 2012
  • Relevant Government guidance on safeguarding children

We recognise that:

  • The Welfare of the child is paramount, as displayed in the Children Act 1989
  • Some children are especially vulnerable due to the impact of previous experiences, their level of dependency, their communication needs or other issues
  • All children regardless of their age, disability, gender, race, religious beliefs, sexual orientation or identity, have the right to equal protection from harm
  • Working in partnership with young people, their parents, vulnerable adults, carers and other agencies is essential in promoting the welfare of those we need to protect.
We will aim to keep children safe by:

  • Valuing them, listening to them and respecting them as individuals
  • Implementing thorough procedures and a code of practice for staff and volunteers which adopts child protection best practices
  • Providing effective management for all staff and volunteers through supervision, support and training
  • Recruiting staff and volunteers using safer recruitment best practice, ensuring all necessary checks are completed
  • Sharing information about child protection and good practice with children, parents, staff and volunteers
  • Sharing concerns with relevant agencies and involving parents and children appropriately
  • Seeking relevant written approval for use of images on our website, publications, promotional materials and social media sites.

If you have any questions about safeguarding in relation to STEEPs work, please contact us at