Metatronic Healing: Safeguarding Policy and Procedures
Children and Young People
We all have a responsibility to protect children and young people who are experiencing, or are at risk, of abuse or neglect.
This policy and procedures outlines what child protection is and what to do if you have a concern. The Safeguarding Adults Policy and Procedures, is covered in a separate document [Metatronic Healing Safeguarding Policy and Procedures for Adults].
Metatronic Healing is committed to creating and maintaining a safe and positive environment for all children and young people. It accepts its responsibility to assist in the welfare of all clients and to safeguard them from poor practice, abuse and neglect.
All individuals within the association – Directors, Teachers, Practitioners and Students have a role and responsibility to help ensure the safety and welfare of all children and young people.
Metatronic Healing accepts that we are required to fulfil our duty of care, which means we must do everything that can be reasonably expected of us to help safeguard and protect children and young people from harm, and to act when we suspect that someone is being harmed, or is at risk of harm
What is Safeguarding Children
Safeguarding is the action that is taken to promote the welfare of children and young people and protect them from harm.
- Protecting children and young people from abuse and maltreatment
- Preventing harm to children and young people’s health or development
- Ensuring children and young people grow up with the provision of safe and effective care
- Taking action to enable all children and young people to have the best
Child protection is part of the safeguarding process. It focuses on protecting individual children identified as suffering or likely to suffer significant harm. This includes child protection procedures which detail how to respond to concerns about a child.
Children are protected by a comprehensive framework of powers and responsibilities set out in the Children Act 1989, its associated regulations and inter-agency guidance, Working Together to Safeguard Children.
Child abuse happens when a person – adult or child – harms a child. It can be physical, sexual or emotional, but can also involve a lack of love, care and attention. Children who suffer abuse may struggle to find the words to speak out, so it’s vital that anyone working with children or young people is vigilant for the signs of abuse.
Types of abuse suffered by children and young people may include:
- Emotional abuse
- Physical abuse
- Sexual abuse
- Bullying and cyber bullying
- Female genital mutilation
- Child trafficking
Practitioners and students must familiarise themselves, and work in accordance with, legislation and procedures in their local area and country.
Safe Recruitment and Safeguarding Training
We want to make sure that all of our students, and practitioners, have the right skills and qualities to create a safe healing environment. We want to ensure that all practitioners and students understand their role and responsibilities in respect of safeguarding and are provided with appropriate learning opportunities to recognise, identify and respond to signs of abuse, neglect and other safeguarding concerns relating to children and young people. All practitioners and students will receive relevant training on how to achieve this and will also be updated with any relevant legislation, policies or procedural changes.
Practitioners are required to inform the organisation immediately of any criminal conviction or caution which may impact on their fitness to practice.
Annual CPD training is a requirement for practitioners in order to remain registered with the association. Practitioners will be required to notify an us of any criminal convictions or cautions they have. Practitioners employed within the NHS or at cancer centres for children and young people will have received an enhanced check by the Disclosure and Barring Service through the organisations. Self-employed practitioners can apply for a basic check by the Disclosure and Barring Service.
Practitioners and students must familiarise themselves and work in accordance with local procedures specific to their country, and local area, in respect of the legal requirements surrounding working with children and young people and criminal records checks.
Professional Indemnity Insurance
All practitioners must take out and maintain the necessary professional indemnity insurance and any other insurance the law requires. Practitioners are personally liable to individual clients for any assessment, care or healing they provide. Registered Metatronic Healing Practitioners listed on the Metatronic Life Website are required to confirm annually that they hold relevant insurance cover.
Consent to Treat
Someone with parental responsibility must give written consent on behalf of a child under the age of 16 before the healing session. The Children Act 1989 (as amended) lists the people who may have parental responsibility.
As with adults, consent is valid only if an appropriately informed person capable of consenting to the healing gives it voluntarily. That is, they must not be under any form of pressure or undue influence from you, other practitioners, family or friends. Consent is not a ‘one-off’ exercise. It is a continuing process and needs effective and ongoing communication with both the responsible person and wherever possible the child as to their feelings concerning the sessions.
At age 16 a young person can be treated as an adult and can be presumed to have the capacity to give consent for themselves. (This is the position in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.) Under Section 8 of the Family Law Reform Act 1969, people aged 16 or 17 are entitled to consent to their own treatment and any related procedures involved in that treatment.
Students and practitioners will need to make a professional judgement as to whether a young person aged 16-17 has capacity to consent to healing.
It should always be assumed that a young person aged 16-17 has the capacity to make a decision unless it is shown to be otherwise. If in any doubt, ask yourself: ‘Can this young person understand and weigh up the information needed to make this decision?’ If there is doubt around the capacity of a young person aged 16-17 practitioners must inform the individual of any concern and contact their Metatronic Teacher before going forward with any sessions.
Practitioners and students must familiarise themselves and work in accordance with local procedures specific to their country, and local area, in respect of the law related to the legal age of consent.
The General Data Protection Regulation 2016 sets down the right of access that individuals have to personal records held about them. This includes the time limits for responding to a request for access.
Practitioners must record the assessment of need of each child and young person and details of each healing session. Records should be legible, attributable and truly represent your interaction with the child or young person.
Each record must be kept safely and in good condition until the child reaches his or her 25th birthday or 26th birthday if the young person was 17 when the sessions ended. The reason for this is to make sure that the child or young person can have access to records of their healing sessions and to protect you if any complaints are made.
In certain circumstances Metatronic Teachers may request to see records. These may include:
- A complaint or concern has been raised requiring investigation
- As part of a supervisory process between teacher and practitioner
Practitioners and students working overseas must familiarise themselves and work in accordance with legislation on Data Protection, Record keeping and Access to Records.
Metatronic Healing will make available its Safeguarding Children and Young Peoples Policy and Procedures to all teachers, practitioners and students.
The policy and procedures are mandatory for everyone involved in Metatronic Healing. Failure to comply with the policy and procedures will be addressed without delay and may ultimately result in exclusion from the association.
This policy will be reviewed a year after development and then every three years, or in the following circumstances:
- Changes in legislation and/or government guidance
- As a result of any other significant change or event
What to do if you have concerns about a child or young person
Practitioners and students are not expected to be expert in recognition of a safeguarding concern; however, all have a duty of care to be vigilant and respond appropriately to suspicions or disclosures of abuse, neglect or poor practice.
This does not mean that it is your responsibility to decide if a situation is poor practice, abuse or neglect, but it is your responsibility to report and discuss your concerns with your Metatronic Teacher.
If there is an immediate risk and you need to ensure the immediate welfare and safety of a child or young person call 999 or 101 for an ambulance or police.
Inform your Metatronic Teacher. Ensure that you keep accurate and detailed records of any concerns and action taken where there is a safeguarding safeguarding concern.
If the decision is to make a safeguarding referral to the local authority then wherever possible it would be good practice to share your concerns with the child or young person, along with an explanation of your proposed action. However, if they remain at risk or others are at risk of harm you will need to continue the referral. If you cannot contact a Metatronic teacher or feel that your concerns are not being dealt with properly you can contact, the Local Authority Safeguarding Children’s Team or the NSPCC the national safeguarding children’s organisation www.nspcc.org.uk
Practitioners and students working overseas must familiarise themselves and work in accordance with legislation governing Safeguarding Children and Young People.