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Please note that this policy is currently under review

 

The University of Cambridge Holiday Playscheme (UCHP) are mindful that practitioners have a duty of care to ensure that children are protected from potential harm both within and beyond the physical and virtual boundaries of our setting. As such UCHP understand that mobile phones and devices are a part of everyday society, and in recent times this technology has been used inappropriately to harm children posing a risk to their safety and wellbeing.

Playworkers and visitors to UCHP must not have their personal phone during the Playscheme day when working directly with the children. Mobile phones may be used in the Playworkers designated break times, away from the children.  At all other times, mobile telephones should be stored in the staff room.

To reflect our belief that when used appropriately and safely, technology can support learning, we enable the children to use the electronic devices. At the same time, we do all we can to ensure that technology is used appropriately and that children are safeguarded against all risks attached to technology. While it is not possible to completely eliminate risk, any e-safety concerns that do arise will be dealt with quickly to ensure that children and staff adhere to safe practices and continue to be protected. Children may not use their mobile phone or other internet enabled or electronic devices at Playscheme unless informed they may do so and if they are supervised.  For example, this may be allowed on the ‘DS Day’ or for those children with access to the ‘Over 11’s Room’.  In this case, use will be in a designated area and supervised by a member of the Playworker team.  It will be a requirement that mobile phones and electronic devises are signed into the Playscheme on arrival and 3G or 4G internet services must be disabled.

Information will be shared with children on the subject of e-safety through displays and circle time discussions.

UCHP will ensure that each site have a number of trip phones to ensure Playworkers do not use their own personal mobile phones when off site.

UCHP has a mobile for incoming and outgoing calls.  This number may be given by Playworkers as a work/emergency contact number for incoming calls only.

Playworkers and children are not permitted to take photos of anybody without that person's expressed permission and only on cameras supplied by UCHP for the purposes of recording play activities.

Where there is a suspicion that the material on a mobile phone may be unsuitable and may constitute evidence relating to a criminal offence, the ‘Allegations of Abuse’ process will be followed. Playworkers and visitors will remain responsible for their own property and will bear the responsibility of any losses.