Child Protection Policy

Sadly the abuse of children happens in all areas of society. As an organisation working with vulnerable children, we have adopted this policy to safeguard from harm all children with whom we work. A child is defined as a person under the age of 18 (The Children Act 1989).

Our Policy:

  • The welfare of the Child will always be paramount. All children without exception have the right to protection from abuse regardless of gender, ethnicity, disability, sexuality or beliefs.
  • Our policy will be reviewed annually to ensure that it takes into account any new legislation.
  • The policy applies to all staff employed by Brainchild Developmental Program and contracted self employed consultants.
  • All parents and children are notified of this existence of this policy.A copy of this policy is available on our website:
  • All employees and consultants of Brainchild will be carefully selected and be subjected to a check with The Criminal Records Bureau. All work references will be followed up.
  • They will also be asked to sign a declaration that they have not been convicted of any criminal offence or are subject to any court order relating to causing harm to any child.
  • They will be continually vetted throughout the course of their employment.No child shall be seen unless a parent or carer is continually present and has confirmed that the child is physically, emotionally and mentally ready to work with.
  • Every child will be treated with respect and the utmost professionalism.
  • Only language appropriate for the child's level of understanding and age will be used.
  • Any work shall progress in accordance with the child's ability and wishes.
  • No child shall be forced to do anything they do not wish to.

If you have any concerns regarding the conduct of BrainChild's staff, please report your concerns to Viv Hailwood, Director of Brainchild Developmental Program. You can either post your concerns to:The Green, Frostrow Lane, Sedbergh, Cumbria, LA10 5JS.Alternatively you may email them to

Upon receipt of any concerns, our Child Protection Protocol will be followed:

  • If any Brainchild Developmental Program employee or consultant is concerned about the welfare of a child then they must report their concerns immediately to Viv Hailwood, whereupon our Child Protection Protocol will be followed.
  • All concerns, and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and responded to appropriately - this may require a referral to children's services and in emergencies, the Police.
  • To ensure the safety of children, our premises should be hygienic, adequately lit, electrically safe, safely furnished, equipped with a readily accessible medical kit, equipped with a fire extinguisher and telephone.

Through this website you are able to link to other websites which are not under the control of Brainchild Developmental Program. We have no control over the nature, content and availability of those sites. The inclusion of any links does not necessarily imply a recommendation or endorse the views expressed within them.

Every effort is made to keep the website up and running smoothly. However, Brainchild Developmental Program takes no responsibility for, and will not be liable for, the website being temporarily unavailable due to technical issues beyond our control.

Website Usage Terms and Conditions

Welcome to our website. If you continue to browse and use this website, you are agreeing to comply with and be bound by the following terms and conditions of use, which together with our privacy policy govern Brainchild’s relationship with you in relation to this website. If you disagree with any part of these terms and conditions, please do not use our website.

The term ‘Brainchild’ or ‘us’ or ‘we’ refers to the owner of the website whose registered office is The Green, Frostrow Lane, Sedbergh Cumbria LA10 5JS. The term ‘you’ refers to the user or viewer of our website.

The use of this website is subject to the following terms of use:

  • The content of the pages of this website is for your general information and use only. It is subject to change without notice.
  • This website uses cookies to monitor browsing preferences. If you do allow cookies to be used, the following personal information may be stored by us. It will not be supplied to third parties: Name, address, telephone number, email address, Skype address.
  • We do not provide any warranty or guarantee as to the accuracy, timeliness, performance, completeness or suitability of the information and materials found or offered on this website for any particular purpose. You acknowledge that such information and materials may contain inaccuracies or errors and we expressly exclude liability for any such inaccuracies or errors to the fullest extent permitted by law.
  • Your use of any information or materials on this website is entirely at your own risk, for which we shall not be liable. It shall be your own responsibility to ensure that any products, services or information available through this website meet your specific requirements.
  • This website contains material which is owned by or licensed to us. This material includes, but is not limited to, the design, layout, look, appearance and graphics. Reproduction is prohibited other than in accordance with the copyright notice, which forms part of these terms and conditions.
  • All trademarks reproduced in this website, which are not the property of, or licensed to the operator, are acknowledged on the website.
  • Unauthorised use of this website may give rise to a claim for damages and/or be a criminal offence.
  • From time to time, this website may also include links to other websites. These links are provided for your convenience to provide further information. They do not signify that we endorse the website(s). We have no responsibility for the content of the linked website(s).
  • Your use of this website and any dispute arising out of such use of the website is subject to the laws of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Brainchild Developmental Program, The Green, Frostrow Lane, Sedbergh, Cumbria. LA10 5JS