Child Safeguarding Statement

1. Name of service being provided:

CoderDojo – CyberMagic Dojo

2. Nature of service and principles to safeguard children from harm:

CoderDojo is a global network of free, volunteer-led computer programming clubs for young people aged 7–17.

CoderDojo believes that a understanding of programming languages is increasingly important in the modern world, that it’s both better and easier to learn these skills early, and that nobody should be denied the opportunity to do so!

Any young person aged 7–17 can join and attend a Dojo for FREE!

At a Dojo they will learn skills such as building websites and creating apps or games, and they’ll be able to explore technology in an informal, creative, and social environment.

We are committed to creating and maintaining the safest possible environment for all young people who wish to participate in our club and activities.

We are committed to the protection of the children and young people with whom we work, and to promoting good practice within our organisation.

We are committed to adherence to Children First National Guidance 2017 and the Children First Act 2015.

Our commitment to safeguarding young people who engage with CoderDojo is grounded in child protection policy at rpf.io/safeguardingpolicy, and is echoed in the CoderDojo Charter at zen.coderdojo.com/charter

3. Procedures

Our child safeguarding statement has been developed in line with requirements under the Children First Act 2015, Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children (2017), and Tusla’s Child Safeguarding: A Guide for Policy, Procedure and Practice.

The procedures to support our intention to safeguard children while they are availing themselves of our service can be found in the child protection policy at rpf.io/safeguardingpolicy

  1. The Dojo Champion, Mentors and Volunteers within the Dojo are fully DBS Checked.
  2. Our procedure for the management of allegations of abuse or misconduct against workers/volunteers of a child availing themselves of our service can be found in the child safeguarding policy linked above.
  3. Our procedure for the provision of information and, where necessary, instruction and training, to volunteers in our the service in relation to the identification of the occurrence of harm can be found in the child safeguarding policy linked above.
  4. Our procedure for the reporting of child protection or welfare concerns can be found in the child safeguarding policy linked above.
  5. Our procedure for appointing a relevant person. This is the person who, if a safeguarding concern arises in the Dojo, will report the concern to the Safeguarding Lead at the CoderDojo Foundation (see our child safeguarding policy, linked above). Anyone can report safeguarding concerns to the Federation, but it is best to discuss any concerns with the Safeguarding Officer at our Dojo first.

Implementation

We recognise that implementation is an ongoing process. Our service is committed to the implementation of this child safeguarding statement and the procedures that support our intention to keep children safe from harm while availing themselves of our service.

child safeguarding statement

Signed: ___________________________ Dojo Champion

Dr. Steve George ~ steve@cybermagic.co.uk

For Safeguarding queries, please contact:

Mrs. Katrina Oliver – trina@cybermagic.co.uk (child safeguarding officer)