The Junior Lawyers Club Safeguarding Policy:

The JLC believes that everyone has a responsibility to promote the welfare of all children and young people, and signs to CASPAR – the official data base for updating best practice.

We will seek to keep children and young people safe by:

  • Valuing, listening to and respecting them;
  • Recruiting and selecting staff and volunteers safely, ensuring all necessary checks are made
  • Recording, storing and using information professionally and securely, in line with data legislation and guidance (please note online workshops are not recorded or stored).
  • Ensuring that we provide a safe physical environment for our children, young people, staff and volunteers, by applying health and safety measures in accordance with the law and regulatory guidance

All JLC tutors have to complete our JLC Teacher Training scheme, devised in consultation with our Board of Professional Advisors, and receive ongoing feedback and supervision. All tutors follow the detailed tutor notes in our workshops to ensure the material is delivered in a uniform manner. All tutors undergo DBS checks.

JLC Behaviour Code:

In order to ensure a productive learning environment in our workshops, all participants in our workshops are required to adhere to the following Code of Conduct:

JLC CODE OF CONDUCT

Each of our workshops is designed as a series of fast-paced, timed activities. In order to attend the workshops we require all participants to follow these 3 rules:

  • To listen in silence when the tutor gives instructions and feedback and to follow tutor instructions promptly
  • To listen respectfully to other children when it is their turn to speak.
  • To have fun and learn new skills!

JLC Online Safety Rules:

Our tutors running the online sessions are all DBS checked and will have completed a JLC online training course. We aim for a minimum ratio of one tutor for every six children. Our online safety rules are set out below:

  • After you book you will receive a Zoom link and passcode.  A tutor will be admitting each participant from the waiting room into the main room, and the Zoom name MUST match the name of the participant on our register to be allowed into the main room. 
  • Screens and microphones are activated as soon as participants join the main room, so be prepared for this.  Be aware of what is showing in your background throughout the session.
  • We disable screen sharing by anyone other than the tutors in the session.  We also disable chat boxes, so students can only communicate verbally. 
  • We do not record or store sessions, and participants are not allowed to take pictures or record the workshops.  
  • We will ask you to activate your camera so everyone can see who is talking to them. You can choose a virtual background, to mask the background of your room, so long as the processor on your computer is able to cope with this. It is fine for participants to join from a bedroom but please ensure no bed is visible on screen. 
  • We expect a parent or guardian to be present during the session, but not visible on screen.  Parents/guardians remain responsible for participants under 16 during the online workshops and are expected to be aware of what is showing both on and in the background of the screen.  
  • Tutors will remove participants from the room if anything inappropriate is shown or heard in their backgrounds. 
  • Dress code is the same as for a face-to-face class. 

Duty of Parents/Guardian for face-to-face workshops:

Live workshops in Wimbledon:  Please note that whilst parents/guardians are welcome to leave the premises during workshop times, we provide supervision for the children within the classroom and within the workshop times only. Please note that children who need to leave the classroom for any reason will not be supervised. If you choose to leave the venue, please ensure you make arrangements with your child for where and when you collect them, and that you are happy for your child to use the toilets in the venue, unaccompanied, should they need them. Should it be the case that we are required to supervise children beyond the workshop times, then we reserve the right to claim any additional expenses and losses.

Photography and filming policy in the live London workshops

Please note that some of our LIVE London workshop activities are filmed/photographed for responsible marketing and staff training purposes. We will never publish names of children in any of the photos, but sometimes locations may be indicated. A child, parent or guardian will always be able to request images to be taken down from our online social platforms or from any future marketing material.