Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service

 Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS) delivers a broad range of successful initiatives such as fire safety and firesetter education, broader risk education and self-development programmes to young people up to the age of 25 years, especially disadvantaged young people.

TWFRS recognises that the need to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people is everyone’s responsibility.

TWFRS have an agreed Child Protection Policy and associated procedures which are endorsed by our Fire Brigades Union (FBU) representatives.

Enshrined in the policy are two key principles:

  •  Safeguarding, promoting and protecting children from significant harm is the paramount consideration;
  • All children, regardless of age, disability, gender, racial or ethnic origin, religion or belief, or sexual orientation have a right to protection from harm.

It is the responsibility of Department Heads/Group Managers within the Service to make sure that all staff for whom they are responsible are aware of and understand the importance of the policy and procedures and are given suitable training to a level appropriate to their role and contact with children. They must also make sure that any contractors, agents or other representatives whom they engage to undertake duties on their behalf, which may involve contact with children, understand and comply with the policy and procedures and any other related documents as appropriate.

Staff must follow the procedures if they know or suspect that a child may be being or has been abused, or is at risk of significant harm by either:

  •  A member of staff (TWFRS staff or any other);
  • A member of their family (including a guardian or carer);
  • Any other person, including another child;
  • Themselves – self abuse;
  • You are told by a child that they are being, or have previously been abused;
    • Or a child/parent/carer discloses they are the perpetrator of abuse.

Safeguarding the welfare of children is everyone’s business and it is expected that staff will always report any suspected case of child abuse directly and without delay to the Designated Child Protection Team.

The Designated Child Protection Team’s role is to determine the appropriate follow-up action to be taken. This ensures that any action taken is appropriate according to the nature of the concerns raised. If any doubt exists regarding the actual or potential harming of a child, that action will include the notification of the relevant Children’s Services to:

  •  Raise concerns;
  • Make a full referral
  • Make an enquiry to the register;
  • Or to seek further advice.

The Designated Child Protection Team consists of;

  •  Principal Officer
  • Head of Occupational Health          
  • Executive Officer
  • Duty Officers
  • Education Officer
  • Youth Issues Officer
  • Brigade Welfare Officer

 This composition of membership will ensure that:

  •  1 x Principal Officer,
  • 1 x Professional,
  • 1 x Executive Officer,
  • 1 x Group Manager

 Will be available at any time to assist with Child Protection matters.

 The Youth Issues Officer will act as the Service’s Child Protection advisor.

Tyne and Wear Fire & Rescue service Generic Risk Assessment and Standard Operating Procedure (SOP)