Safeguarding and Privacy

Safeguarding

Purpose

CAMScot is committed to protecting young people from abuse. To this end, this policy statement outlines the conduct CAMScot expects from all those involved in its activities.  

Guidance

This policy is informed by the National Guidance for Child Protection in Scotland, 2021, published by the Scottish Government, with the fundamental objective to protect children and young people from all forms of harm and abuse. In this context, young people means anyone under 18.

Principles

We must all

  • prioritise the welfare of young people;
  • treat young people fairly and without prejudice or discrimination;
  • 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 organisation.

Practice

We must all

  • model good behaviour for children and young people to follow;
  • challenge all unacceptable behaviour;
  • report any concerns about abusive behaviour or any breaches of this policy to the CAMScot Co-ordinator, currently Phil Riddle (pkr1@cantab.net);
  • follow CAMScot’s guidance for meetings and one-to-one mentoring.

All mentors dealing with young people must

  • receive guidance about their roles and responsibilities;
  • ensure contact with young people is appropriate and relevant to the work they are involved in;
  • enrol as members of Disclosure Scotland’s Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme before engaging in any one-to-one contact;
  • ensure that in any other contact with young people, whether on-line or otherwise, there are always more than two people present (see Meetings Guide).

Unacceptable behaviour

When working with young people all those involved with CAMScot activities must not:

  • allow concerns or allegations to go unreported;
  • take unnecessary risks;
  • smoke, consume alcohol or use illegal substances;
  • develop inappropriate relationships;
  • make inappropriate promises;
  • engage in behaviour that is in any way abusive, including having any form of sexual contact;
  • act in a way that can be perceived as threatening or intrusive;
  • patronise or belittle young people;
  • make sarcastic, insensitive, derogatory or sexually suggestive comments or gestures to or in front of young people;
  • let young people have your personal contact details (mobile number, email or postal address) or have contact with them via a personal social media account except under the CAMScot procedures as defined;
  • attempt to get personal contact details.

Privacy

CAMScot is committed to keeping your personal information and data protected. This privacy notice explains what data we collect, how we process these data and your rights as someone who has given us data. Your rights and our obligations are contained within legislation such as the Data Protection Act 2018 and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Your Data

We collect and use the following data:

  1. Registration details including inter alia names, email addresses, dates of birth, university courses, years of matriculation, schools, Colleges etc.
  2. Mentor and Interviewer interactions including, inter alia, proposed dates for meetings, draft personal statements and general advice.
  3. Survey results relating to the effectiveness of the CAMScot programme and prospective candidate outcomes.

How we store your information

We keep your information on Excel spreadsheets and Google Sheets in password protected files held by the CAMScot Co-ordinator on PC and Cloud.

We share individual data on a strictly need to know basis subject to our Safeguarding Policy. We do not share your information with any other third party organisation.

Your information will be kept until you withdraw your consent for us to hold it.

You have the right to ask us for copies of your personal information and you have the right to ask us to rectify information you think is inaccurate.