Child and Adult Protection Policy
The Girls' Brigade in Scotland, as a Christian Youth Organisation, seeks to provide a safe, secure and caring environment in which our members can develop spiritually, personally, emotionally and socially, under the care of Christian leaders.
Girls’ Brigade Scotland will:
- Promote the health and welfare of children and adults by providing opportunities for them to take part in Brigade programmes safely.
- Respect and promote the rights, wishes and feelings of children and adults.
- Promote and implement appropriate procedures to safeguard the well-being of children and protect them from abuse.
- Recruit, train, support and supervise its adult leaders to adopt best practice to safeguard and protect children from abuse and to minimise risk to themselves.
- Require adult leaders to adopt and abide by the Brigade’s Child and Adult Protection Policy and Procedures.
- Respond to any allegations of abuse in line with the Brigade’s Policy and Procedures [as well as implementing, where appropriate, the relevant disciplinary and appeals procedures]. Review and evaluate the Brigade’s Policy and Procedures on a regular basis.
The welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility, particularly when it comes to protecting them from abuse. Children have a lot to gain from participation in the Girls’ Brigade programme. Their natural sense of fun and spontaneity can blossom in a positive environment created by Brigade. It provides an excellent opportunity for them to learn new skills, become more confident and maximise their own unique potential.
The Brigade Policy and Procedures are based on the following principles:
- The welfare of children is the primary concern.
- All children, whatever their age, culture, disability, gender, language, racial origin, religious belief and/or sexual identity have the right to protection from abuse.
- It is everyone’s responsibility to report any concerns about abuse, as per the Girls’ Brigade regulations, and the responsibility of the Church, Social Work and the Police to conduct, where appropriate a joint investigation in cooperation with Girls’ Brigade.
- All incidents of alleged poor practice, misconduct and abuse will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately.
- Personal data is processed in accordance with the requirements of the Data Protection Act 1998 and the Human Rights Act 1998.