The abuse of children occurs in every area of society, but because the subject is emotive and disturbing, it is easy to believe that it happens “everywhere but here”. Such a belief is illusory. Trust and acceptance are rightly seen as hallmarks of any children’s charity but uncritical acceptance and naive trust can leave children vulnerable. Research among convicted abusers reveals that some have deliberately targeted children’s charities because of the opportunity offered by the open and welcoming nature of their communities.
There is a duty to children and young people to do all that is possible to safe guard them from harm.
So that this duty may be fulfilled in a cohesive manner, Brainwave has adopted this policy on child protection.