These policies serve to strengthen MYTIME Young Carers' long-standing commitment to ensuring a safe, supportive, inclusive and eco-friendly environment for all our young carers, their families, our staff, volunteers and the community.
- To demonstrate to all MYTIME Young Carers’ commitment to safeguarding and child support
- To ensure the child’s development in ways that will foster security, confidence and independence
- To provide an environment in which children and young people feel safe, secure, valued and respected
- To ensure that children feel confident to approach adults if they are worried or concerned about anything and know that they will be listened to
- To raise the awareness of all staff of the need to safeguard children and of their responsibilities in identifying and reporting possible cases of abuse
- To provide a means of monitoring children known or thought to be at risk of harm, and ensure we contribute to assessments of need and support packages for those children
- To ensure that all members of staff communicate effectively
- To maintain a structured procedure within the charity, followed by all members of MYTIME Young Carers staff in cases of suspected abuse
- To promote effective working relationships with all other agencies.
- To ensure that all staff working within MYTIME Young Carers who have regulated activity access to children are checked as to their suitability. This will include verification of their identity, qualifications, and a satisfactory DBS check with a single central record facility for audit.
We are wholly dedicated to helping provide the UK’s young carers with the support and opportunities they deserve. Our young carers, some as young as 5, are responsible for looking after relatives who may have a disability, illness mental health issue or a drug/alcohol problem. There is nothing that distracts us from this focus.
However, as an organisation we are extremely conscious of the impact we leave on our natural environment. Climate change represents one of the biggest challenges to the future of humanity and the vital life systems that make this planet our home. These challenges will affect our young carers just as they will the rest of our communities.
We have thought long and hard about the role we could play in reducing our own contribution to climate change and we are really proud to share our upcoming plans. At the heart of MYTIME is our outdoor centre in the beautiful village of Worth Matravers, Dorset. This is where we take our young carers for some R&R from their caring responsibilities. Our centre has a fascinating history as it was built during World War II and was the former home of the British radar.
Sadly, our beloved centre is beginning to crumble. The cracks are beginning to show and it is time for us to embark on a big improvement project to make sure that our young carers can continue to enjoy coming to this incredible building for generations to come.
It is through this project that we intend to revolutionise the centre and significantly reduce our environmental impact.