Working with Children Policy



The protection and the safety of the children who Neil works with is his absolute top priority. With that in mind, he’s prepared this policy document for transparency.

Neil McCoy-Ward works with an Enhanced DBS/CRB Certificate and abides by the rules of working with children in your educational institue.

Outside contact and social media

Experience has taught Neil that it is inevitable that students he has worked with may find his websites and social network profiles after his work in a school, sixth form or college is completed. His policy on this is strict, and works as follows:

Facebook friend requests (or similar platforms) will not be accepted. Instead, students will be advised to ‘like’ Neil’s business page.

Students messaging/emailing to say thank you or commenting on the work Neil has done with them will receive a reply thanking them for their participation and some words of encouragement.

Public questions or requests for help will be answered publicly in the best way Neil can.

Direct or private messages with questions or requests for help will also be answered to a certain degree, whilst always maintaining a degree of professionalism and avoiding over familiarisation.

Direct messages containing concerning or inappropriate content will be forwarded straight to the students head of year with an attached screenshot.

Requests for extended or face-to-face help on a one on one basis will not be possible.

Photography

In some circumstances, Neil may request either a photographer or videographer to be present to take footage of him delivering, or request access to photos taken by the school. This will only happen if Neil receives express permission and authorisation from the school and/or the school has received express permission from parents/guardians of any children featured in the photographs. Where possible, photographs will be taken in a way that does not identify specific children (e.g backs of heads only).