Safeguarding Policy Statement
This behaviour code outlines the conduct that French with Sophie UK is following. The behaviour code is there to help us protect children and young people from abuse. French with Sophie UK is responsible for making sure everyone taking part in our activities has seen, understood and agreed to follow the code of behaviour, and that they understand the consequences of inappropriate behaviour. We encourage parents/guardians to talk openly to us about any concern they may have and to let us know if their child needs extra support so we can meet their needs.
We follow the governments and the NSPCC advice on safeguarding and child protection for tutors.
This policy is based on the following principles:
• We believe everyone has a responsibility to promote the welfare of all children and young people, to keep them safe and to practise in a way that protects them.
• We will give equal priority to keeping all children and young people safe regardless of their age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation.
• We recognise that some children are additionally vulnerable because of the impact of discrimination, previous experiences, their level of dependency, communication needs or other issues.
Our responsibility as a tutor is to:
• prioritise the welfare of children and young people
• provide a safe environment for children and young people
• stay within the law at all times
• have a valid and recent DBS check
• keep professional boundaries with children and adults at any time
• model good behaviour for children and young people to follow
• report all concerns about abusive behaviour, following our safeguarding and child protection procedures. This includes inappropriate behaviour displayed by an adult or child and directed at anybody of any age
• ensure that we won’t share anything inappropriate on our screen or any inappropriate link during the online lesson. Parents are responsible for the use of the internet and the online safety of their children (we are unable to check what other websites the child may visit on their own during the online lesson)
Respecting children and young people
• listen to and respect children at all times
• value and take children’s contributions seriously, actively involving them in planning activities wherever possible
• respect a young person’s right to personal privacy as far as possible. If we need to break confidentiality in order to follow child protection procedures, we consider it is important to explain this to the child or young person at the earliest opportunity
Diversity and inclusion
• treat children and young people fairly and without prejudice or discrimination
• understand that children and young people are individuals with individual needs
• respect differences in gender, sexual orientation, culture, race, ethnicity, disability and religious belief systems, and appreciate that all participants bring something valuable and different to the group
• challenge discrimination and prejudice
• encourage young people and adults to speak out about attitudes or behaviour that makes them uncomfortable
• promote relationships that are based on openness, honesty, trust and respect
• avoid showing favouritism
• be patient with others
• exercise caution when we are discussing sensitive issues with children or young people
• ensure our contact with children and young people is appropriate and relevant to the nature of the activity we are involved in
• ensure that whenever possible, there is more than one adult present during activities with children and young people. If a situation arises where we are alone with a child or young person, we ensure that we are within sight or can be heard by other adults
When working with children and young people, we do not:
• allow concerns or allegations to go unreported
• develop inappropriate relationships with children and young people
• engage in behaviour that is in any way abusive or inappropriate
• let children and young people have our personal contact details (mobile number, email or postal address) or have contact with them via a personal social media account
• act in a way that can be perceived as threatening, intrusive or insensitive
• patronise or belittle children and young people
• let the children hear or see anything inappropriate from other people in our home (in case of online lessons)
Child abuse concern
We follow the governments guidelines if we need to report child’s abuse (physical, emotional, sexual abuse and neglect):
As well as the NSPCC recommendations:
French with Sophie UK June 2022
Our contact details:
Phone Number: (+44)7391659891
The type of personal information we collect:
We currently collect and process the following information:
Personal identifiers, contacts and characteristics (for example, name and contact details) when you contact us via the Contact page.
French with Sophie UK collects personal information in order to be able to provide our services.
French with Sophie UK ensures that all personal data is processed and stored in compliance with the law and follows the Guide to the UK General Data Protection Regulation (UK GDPR) | ICO
We receive, collect and store any information you enter on our website or provide us in any other way. In addition, we collect the Internet protocol (IP) address used to connect your computer to the Internet; e-mail address; computer and connection information. We may use software tools to measure and collect session information, including page response times, length of visits to certain pages, page interaction information, and methods used to browse away from the page. We also collect personally identifiable information (including name, email, communications); comments, feedback, reviews, recommendations, and personal profile.
Your personal information will be used for the specific reasons stated above only.
We collect such Non-personal and Personal Information for the following purposes:
To provide and operate the Services;
To provide our Users with ongoing customer assistance and technical support;
To be able to contact our Visitors and Users with general or personalized service-related notices and promotional messages;
To comply with any applicable laws and regulations.
Our company is hosted on the Wix.com platform. Wix.com provides us with the online platform that allows us to sell our products and services to you. Your data may be stored through Wix.com’s data storage, databases and the general Wix.com applications. They store your data on secure servers behind a firewall.
If you don’t want us to process your data anymore, please contact us at email@example.com.
Photos of the children and children's work
As a small business we occasionally take pictures of the children's work (on Zoom or in face to face sessions) and share these pictures on our social media pages (Instagram and Facebook) or this website to advertise for our services. We make sure no full names or faces are visible in the pictures we share. If it is a picture of a Zoom session we cover the face and name when sharing it so no one can identify the child. If you don't agree with pictures of your children or children's work being taken and shared (in compliance with the GDPR) on the above websites, please let us know via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Under data protection law, you have rights including:
Your right of access - You have the right to ask us for copies of your personal information.
Your right to rectification - You have the right to ask us to rectify personal information you think is inaccurate. You also have the right to ask us to complete information you think is incomplete.
Your right to erasure - You have the right to ask us to erase your personal information in certain circumstances.
Your right to restriction of processing - You have the right to ask us to restrict the processing of your personal information in certain circumstances.
Your right to object to processing - You have the right to object to the processing of your personal information in certain circumstances.
Your right to data portability - You have the right to ask that we transfer the personal information you gave us to another organisation, or to you, in certain circumstances.
You are not required to pay any charge for exercising your rights. If you make a request, we have one month to respond to you.
Please contact us at email@example.com if you wish to make a request.
French with Sophie UK March 2023