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Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy

Nicola Setterfield Counselling and Psychotherapy, active since 2018, provides counselling and therapeutic support to adults, young people and families. It also provides supervision to therapists and therapeutic practitioners. Nicola Setterfield is a sole trader, and has no employees, so all work is carried out by Nicola Setterfield; she is responsible for safeguarding concerns within the service. This work involves confidentiality for clients, except for when there are circumstances where this needs to be broken, such as with incidents of safeguarding or well-being concerns. This is explained to clients when they commence therapy. Nicola Setterfield has a commitment to keeping individuals, including young people, safe.

Nicola Setterfield's Safeguarding Policy is supported by national legislation and guidance, and is linked to child protection policies and procedures, including:

DfE being responsible for child protection in England - Children Act 1989, Children Act 2004, and Children and Social Work Act 2017.

Local Safeguarding partners include the local authority (Norfolk County Council), the Integrated Care Board (ICB), and the police.

Organisation's beliefs:

I believe that everyone has a responsibility to promote the welfare of all children and young people, to keep them safe and to practice in a way which protects them.

I have a commitment to anti-discriminatory practice, and will give equal priority to keeping all children and young people safe regardless of their age, disability, gender, gender reassignment, race, religion or beliefs, sex, or sexual orientation.

I recognise that some children and young people are additionally vulnerable, because of discrimination, previous experiences, level of dependency, age, communication needs, or other issues.

In order to meet the commitment to keeping children and young people safe, I will:

Listen and show respect,

Write detailed Safeguarding and Child Protection policies, which will be reviewed regularly,

Keep up-to-date with Safeguarding and Child Protection training, and understand and follow Safeguarding and Child Protection procedures,

Ensure children, young people and families know about the Safeguarding Policy, and what to do if they have a concern, 

Build a Safeguarding culture; be aware of expectations of how to behave, and to ensure clients and I feel comfortable in sharing concerns.

Supporting documents:

In the circumstance of a Safeguarding concern arising, these can be shared with me by clients. When working in a school environment, I will be aware of the Designated Safeguarding Lead(s), and in both school environments and private practice, I will share and explore concerns with my Supervisor. I am also aware of contact details for the Local Authority: CADS 0344800 8020/1

Important contacts:

NSPCC Helpline - 0808 800 5000 / help@NSPCC.org.uk

Childline - 0800 1111

Date of policy creation: 05/04/2018

Reviwed: 21/10/2023

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