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Creative Arts & Play Therapy

The purpose of this policy statement is:

  • To protect children and young people who receive - Creative Arts and Play Therapy - services from harm. This includes the children of adults who use my services.
  • To provide a child protection guide to children and young people and their families. This policy applies to anyone working on behalf of



All adults have a responsibility to protect children and young people from abuse and provide them with a safe environment in which they can learn and achieve their full potential. There are key safeguarding people in schools and local authorities that have a duty of care. This responsibility applies to me. I believe that all children and young people should never experience abuse of any kind and am committed to safeguarding their welfare. I work within the ethic framework set out by my registration body (PTUK) and this policy statement has been drawn up on the basis of legislation, policy and guidance that seeks to protect children in England.


Children Act 1989

Provides the legislative framework for child protection in England.

Key principles established by the Act include:

  • The paramount nature of the child’s welfare.
  • The expectations and requirements around duties of care to children.

Children Act 2004

Which encourages partnerships between agencies and creates more accountability, by:

  • Placing a duty on local authorities to appoint children’s services members who are ultimately accountable for the delivery of services.
  • Placing a duty on local authorities and their partners to co-operate in safeguarding and promoting the well-being of children and young people.

Child protection legislation in England overview

CHILDREN ACT 1989 and 2004 were amended by the:

Children and Social Work Act 2017

The Department for Education (DfE) working together to safeguard children 2015 & 2018
Government-Working-together to Safeguard-Chidren-pdf

Education Act (2002)

Serious Crime Act 2015 (Home Office, 2015)

Govermenment Serious Crime Bill

Sexual Offences Act (2003)

Education (Pupil Registration) Regulations 2006

Information sharing advice for safeguarding practitioners (HMG, 2015)

Data Protection Act (2018)

What to do if you are worried a child is being abused (HMG, 2015)
Govenment advise on what to do if you are worried a child is being abused

Preventing and Tackling Bullying (DfE, 2017)
Govenrment guidlelines on preventing and tackling bullying

Sexual violence and sexual harassment between children in schools and colleges(DfE, 2017)

Government advise on sexual violence and harassment


  • The welfare of children is paramount in the work and decisions made for all children regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation, they have an equal right to protection from all types of harm or abuse.
  • Some children are additionally vulnerable because of the impact of previous experiences, their level of dependency, communication needs or other issues.
  • Working in partnership with children, young people, their parents, carers and other agencies is essential in promoting young people’s welfare.

I will seek to keep children and young people safe by:

  • Having a full enhanced DBS certificate before working with children and young people.
  • Registered at Government Disclosure and Barring Service
  • Valuing, listening to and respecting children and young people.
  • Adopting child protection and safeguarding best practice through policies, procedures and code of conduct in private practice and use those provided by schools and other organisations.
  • Using safeguarding and child protection procedures to share concerns with relevant agencies, who need to know and involving parents, children, young people, families and carers appropriately.
  • Undertaking supervision, regular safeguarding training and quality assurance measures to maintain policies and procedures.
  • Making sure that children, young people and their families know where to go for help if they have a concern.
  • Use procedures to manage any complaints made against me, appropriately.
  • Ensuring the provision of a safe physical environment for children, young people, by applying health and safety measures in accordance with the law and regulatory guidance with respect so they are comfortable about sharing concerns. .
  • Develop and implement an effective online safety policy and related procedures.

More information about this is available from the Information Commissioner’s Office:
ICO for organisations


Confidentiality is an issue which needs to be discussed with parents, carers, young people and children so that it is fully understood. I can not guarantee confidentiality to anyone about a safeguarding concern (including parents / carers or clients), or promise to keep a secret. Where there is a child protection concern, in accordance with statutory requirements, this must be reported to the designated safeguarding person in a school or organisation or nearest local authority.


Where there is a concern regarding children and young people safety, there are 4 main types of abuse.

  • Physical
  • Emotional
  • Sexual
  • Neglect

Peer of peer abuse:
This may include bullying (including cyber bullying), on-line abuse, gender-based abuse, ‘sexting’ or sexually harmful behaviour. This kind of abuse would be managed in the same way as any other child protection concern and will follow the same procedures.

Children with special educational needs and disabilities
These children may face additional safeguarding challenges. Where it is assumed the behaviour, mood or injury is part of the child's condition and is not investigated. They can also be disproportionately bullied with out outwardly showing sign of it. They may also have communication barriers to overcome.

Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)

Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) from the Department of Education (DfE, 2017) 

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

The Serious Crime Act 2015 (Home Office, 2015)

Forced marriage

Prevention of radicalisation

The Counter-Terrorism and Security Act (HMG, 2015)

I will be reviewing this policy annually to maintain good practice. Next review date: Sept 2021.


Reporting child abuse:
September 2020

If you or you think a child or young person is at risk or being abused or neglected, immediately contact the children’s social care team at your local council. If it is not knowns where the child or young person lives, contact the NSPCC, Child line or the Police for advice.

Safeguarding person is Jacqui Jomain
NSPCC Help line 0808 800 5000
Email or submit an online form – They can help. They also have advice about spotting the signs of abuse.
Monday to Friday 10am – 6pm or 12pm – 4pm at the weekends.
Child line 0800 1111
You don’t need an email address because the emails are sent from your Childline account. When you sign up for a Childline account you’ll choose a nickname and a password so that your conversations are kept private. Keep your password safe and don’t share your account with anyone else.
Hammersmith and Fulham council Children's social care team can be contacted on:
020 8753 6600
020 8748 8588 (out of hours)
Cambridgeshire council Children's social care team can be contacted on:
034 5045 5203 (Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm) 017 3323 4724 (out of hours)
Peterborough council Children's social care team can be contacted on:
017 3386 4180 (Monday to Friday)
017 3323 4724 (out of hours)
Cambridgeshire Police Call 101 for non-emergency enquiries. Using this number, you can report an incident or get help or 01480 456111
London Police Crime and anti-social behaviour can be reported online
Phone Number: 999 or 101 for non emergencies.

Report child abuse to the nearest council using the post code council locator.

Safeguarding / Crisis Contacts