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  • Safeguarding Policy & Procedures

     Introduction

    524jobs Academy has a statutory and moral duty to ensure that the Training Centre functions with a view to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults receiving education and training at the Training Centre .

    524jobs Academy believes that everyone including children/young people and vulnerable adults have rights as individuals and should be treated with dignity and respect. The Training Centre will strive to provide a safe environment for all learners in its care while they are on site studying at the Training Centre , visiting the Training Centre , travelling to and from Training Centre, with Training Centre contracted services or participating in wider Training Centre activities including off site , work placements and apprenticeships.

     

    What is safeguarding and child protection?

    Taking all reasonable measures to ensure that the risks of harm to the welfare of young people and vulnerable adults’ are minimised.

    Where there are concerns about young people’s or vulnerable adults’ welfare, taking all appropriate actions to address those concerns, working to agreed 524jobs Academy policies and procedures.

     

    Duty of care

    Everyone has a duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of learners and apprentices. For you, this means reporting any concerns about safety and wellbeing and where you believe a learner is or may be in danger of significant harm. We all must act to stop/prevent children, young people and vulnerable adults from abuse.

     

    Training Centre ’s safeguarding principles

    524jobs Academy safeguarding principles as follows:

    • Provide a safe environment for learners , apprentices and those on placement in which to train and learn.
    • All employees working with children/young people and vulnerable adults will receive adequate training to familiarise themselves with child protection issues.
    • Identify young people and vulnerable adults who are suffering, or likely to suffer, significant harm.
    • All stakeholders to read and adhere to the content of this guide.
    • All children, young people and vulnerable adults, whatever their age, culture, disability, gender, language, racial origin, socio-economic status, religious belief and/or sexual identity, have the right be to safeguarded from abuse.
    • Report any concerns about abuse to one of the nominated Training Centre safeguarding contacts identified within this document
    • Incidents of alleged poor practice, misconduct and abuse will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately.
    • All personal data will be processed in accordance with the requirements of the Data Protection Act
    • All Staffs are 100% responsible for the health and safety of the learner
    • Employees must comply with the Training Centre ’s health and safety audit
    • Take appropriate action to see that such young people and vulnerable adults are kept safe, both at home and at the Training Centre or training

     

    Definition of Abuse

    Abuse is any ill treatment or harm inflicted on an individual directly or indirectly through neglect which impairs or damages health, welfare and development. This will include protecting young people from:

    1. i) Abuse – neglect, physical, sexual, emotional, and financial.
    2. ii) Harassment (including e-safety)

    iii) Forced marriage or honour-based violence

    1. iv) Terrorism and/or violent extremism

     

    Staff Code of Conduct

    Identification

    • Staff must wear appropriate ID at all times
    • Staff are responsible for meeting and accompanying visitors in the Training Centre (if working on Training Centre premises)

     

    Professional Behaviour

    • Maintain professional behaviour in dealings with learners , which are based on equality, respect and dignity
    • Recognise that the building of balanced relationships based on empowering all learners
    • Give enthusiastic and constructive feedback rather than negative criticism
    • Make clear the appropriate boundaries when communicating with learners

     

    Physical Contact

    • Maintain a safe and appropriate distance from learners , respecting personal space of learners
    • Seek the agreement of learners prior to any physical contact
    • Only touch learners when it is absolutely necessary in relation to the particular area of study e.g. Performing Arts, Health and Beauty, Science etc
    • Make sure that learners with a disability are informed of and are comfortable with any necessary physical contact

     

    Tutorial/Subject/Support meetings with individual learners

    • Personal tutorials, one to one subject and other meetings should be held during teaching hours and in a room with a visibility panel
    • Under no circumstances should meetings with individual learners be arranged off work or Training Centre premises. This includes transporting individual learners in private cars
    • Staff should not socialise with learners outside of Training Centre or outside teaching hours (if working off Training Centre premises), without the agreement of the Training Centre Manager.

     

    Personal Letters and communication

    • In induction and through tutorial learners should be made aware of the appropriate ways of communicating with their Tutor/Assessor through Training Centre phone or email
    • Staff must not give learners their personal phone, mobile or email details
    • Staff should not make any contact with learners on any social networking websites such as Facebook
    • Communication with learners must be appropriate and professional at all times

     

    Health and Safety

    • Staff are expected to adhere to health and safety procedures and to ensure that learners are escorted from the building during a fire evacuation
    • Staff are expected to read and comply with risk assessments for their work area and activities

     

    Policies and Procedures

    • The Training Centre will train staff in the Training Centre ’s Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy and inform staff of the Learning and Behaviour Policy, Complaints Procedure, Data Protection, Child Protection and Vulnerable Adults Policy and will expect staff to be responsible in familiarising themselves with these policies
    • The Training Centre will inform staff about the Training Centre ’s E-safety and ICT acceptable use policies and will expect staff to abide by these policies and ensure that learners for whom they are responsible are also aware of these policies
    • Staff must report any child protection or vulnerable adult concerns or incidents, to the respective designated safeguarding personnel.

     

    Training

    • The Training Centre will provide regular Safeguarding and Child Protection training via E-Learning and workshops which are mandatory for all staff
    • As part of the mandatory induction process, all staff must complete the Training Centre Child Protection training module and to undertake refresher courses as directed by the Training Centre
    • Complete all other mandatory modules as directed by the Training Centre .

     

    Safeguarding, Child Protection and Vulnerable Adults Training Centre Team

     

    Alvin Atsegwasi

    524jobs Academy

    Old Library,

    St Faith Street,

    Maidstone.

    ME14 1LH

    01622 809 464

    Email: info@524jobs.co.uk

    Lawrence Adebisi

    Child Protection and Vulnerable Adults Officer and Safeguarding Champion

    Tel: Phone: 01622 809 464

     

     

     

     

    What to do if you have concerns?

     

    Report your concern to the Safeguarding person above. Please ensure that any incident is reported to the Training Centre’s child protection and vulnerable adults’ helpline on 01622 809 464.
    Always remember:

    Tell the young person or vulnerable adult what you are doing and why (unless you have good reason not to do so).

    Do not investigate. Do not promise confidentiality. Record factually any conversation.

     

    If staff have any significant concerns about a learner beginning to support terrorism and/or violent extremism, they should discuss this with the Training Centre’s Manager or Safeguarding, Child Protection and Vulnerable Adult Manager, on 01622 809 464 immediately.

     

    Clarification
    Further information, advice and guidance on any safeguarding and welfare matter can be obtained via a member of the Training Centre ’s Designated Safeguarding and Child Protection Team.