1. POLICY STATEMENT
This policy has been developed to ensure that all staff in The Procurement Academy are working together to safeguard and promote the welfare of young people.
This policy describes the management systems and arrangements in place to create and maintain a safe learning environment for all our candidates and staff. It identifies actions that should be taken to redress any concerns about child safety and welfare including protecting candidates and staff from extremist views, vocal or active, which are opposed to fundamental British values. All opinions or behaviours which are contrary to these fundamental values and the ethos of the organisation will be vigorously challenged.
The Managing Director or, in their absence, senior staff, have the ultimate responsibility for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people.
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people goes beyond implementing basic child protection procedures. It is an integral part of all activities, functions, culture and ethos of The Apprentice Academy.
In accordance with guidance set out in 'Working together to Safeguard Children - March 2015', 'Keeping Children Safe in Education - September 2016' and 'The Prevent Duty', The Procurement Academy will work in partnership with other organisations where appropriate to identify any concerns about child welfare and take action to address them
The Procurement Academy aims to create and maintain a safe learning environment where all candidates and adults feel safe, secure and valued and know they will be listened to and taken seriously. Our academy is committed to the principles outlined in 'Working together to Safeguard Children - March 2015', 'Keeping Children Safe in Education - September 2016' and 'The Prevent Duty' and implements policies, practices and procedures which promote safeguarding and the emotional and physical well-being of children, young people and staff.
3. SAFEGUARDING ADULTS - 6 PRINCIPLES
Empowerment We give individuals the right information about how to recognise abuse and what they can do to keep themselves safe.
Protection We have effective ways of assessing and managing risk.
Prevention We train staff how to recognise signs and take action to prevent abuse occurring.
Proportionality We discuss with the individual and where appropriate, with partner agencies what to do where there is a risk of significant harm,
Partnership We will share information locally when required.
Accountability The roles of all agencies are clear, together with the lines of accountability.
The following definitions apply throughout the Safeguarding policy and associated procedures:
Child or Children:
The Children Act 2004 defines a child as a person under eighteen for most purposes.
Vulnerable Adult or Adults:
The Office of the Public Guardian (OPG 2013) defines a vulnerable adult as a person aged 18 or over who has a condition of the following type:
• a substantial learning or physical disability
• a physical or mental illness or mental disorder, chronic or otherwise, including
addiction to alcohol or drugs
• a significant reduction in physical or mental capacity.
Types of abuse and neglect:
A form of maltreatment of a child or vulnerable adult. Somebody may abuse or neglect a child or vulnerable adult by inflicting harm, or by failing to act to prevent harm. They may be abused by an adult or adults or child or children.
Physical abuse may take many forms e.g. hitting, shaking, throwing, poisoning, burning or scalding, drowning or suffocating. It may also be caused when a parent or carer feigns the symptoms of, or deliberately causes, ill health to a child or vulnerable adult. This unusual and potentially dangerous form of abuse is now described as fabricated or induced illness.
Emotional abuse is persistent emotional ill treatment causing severe and persistent effects on the child or vulnerable adult's emotional development and may involve:
• conveying the message that they are worthless or unloved, inadequate, or valued
only in so far as they meet the needs of another person
• Not giving the child or vulnerable adult opportunities to express their views
• Deliberately silencing them or 'making fun' of what they say or how they communicate
• Interactions that are beyond a child or vulnerable adults developmental capability as well as overprotection and limitation of exploration and learning, or preventing from participating in normal social interaction
• Seeing or hearing the ill-treatment of another
• Serious bullying (including cyberbullying), causing children or vulnerable adults to feel frightened or in danger
• exploitation or corruption of children or vulnerable adults
Some level of emotional abuse is involved in most types of ill treatment, although emotional abuse may occur alone.
Sexual abuse involves forcing or enticing a child or vulnerable adult to take part in sexual activities, not necessarily involving a high level of violence, whether or not they are aware of what is happening. These activities may involve physical contact, including assault by penetration (for example rape or oral sex) and non-penetrative acts such as masturbation, kissing, rubbing and touching outside of clothing. This may also include non-contact activities, such as involving children or vulnerable adults in looking at, or being involved in the production of sexual images, watching sexual activities, encouraging children to behave in sexually inappropriate ways or grooming a child in preparation for abuse (including via the internet). Sexual abuse is not solely perpetrated by adult males. Women can also commit acts of sexual abuse, as can other children.
Neglect involves the persistent failure to meet basic physical and/or psychological needs, likely to result in serious impairment of the child or vulnerable adult's health and development. Neglect may occur during pregnancy as a result of maternal substance abuse. Once a child is born, neglect may involve a parent or carer failing to; provide adequate food, clothing and shelter (including exclusion from home or abandonment); protect from physical and emotional harm or danger; ensure adequate supervision (including the use of inadequate care-givers); or ensure access to appropriate medical care or treatment. It may also include neglect of, or unresponsiveness to, a child or vulnerable adults emotional needs.
There are also specific issues which we expect our staff to be aware of, these include:
• Child sexual exploitation
• Forced marriage
• Domestic violence
• Female genital mutilation
• Self harm
• Faith abuse
• Gangs and youth violence
• Violence against women and girls
• Honour Based Violence
All members of The Procurement Academy community, including staff, employers, students, contract staff, and work experience providers are responsible for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults.
●Support staff to make effective referrals to the Children and Families Services and any other agencies where there are concerns about the welfare of a child.
●Keep copies of all referrals to Children and Families Services and any other agencies related to safeguarding children.
●Ensure that all staff and volunteers receive information on safeguarding policies and procedures from the point of induction.
●Manage and keep secure the academy's safeguarding records.
●Ensure that all staff and volunteers understand and are aware of the academy's reporting and recording procedures and are clear about what to do if they have a concern about a child.
●Liaise with the Managing Director about any safeguarding issues.
●Ensure that the Safeguarding Policy is regularly reviewed and up-dated.
●Keep up to date with changes in local policy and procedures and are aware of any guidance issued by the DfE concerning Safeguarding.
6. SAFER RECRUITMENT OF STAFF
The Procurement Academy undertakes to ensure that their staff are fit to work in a training provider setting with children and vulnerable adults. It also reserves the right to refuse to employ staff whom it has a reasonable belief may pose a risk to its learners.
The Procurement Academy has systems in place to prevent unsuitable people from working with children or vulnerable adults and to promote safe practice. These systems apply to all new staff and require the following checks to be made prior to appointment:
• a minimum of two references, satisfactory to The Procurement Academy, one of which should be from a previous employer
• documentary evidence checks of identify, nationality, residency and "right to work"
• Enhanced DBS (Disclosure & barring service) check with barred list information*
• documentary evidence of qualifications
• satisfactory completion of the probationary period
• where subcontractors are delivering courses on of The Apprentice Academy, the
provider must provide written assurance that all relevant staff will be DBS checked
In accordance with the Regulations, records of all checks carried out are kept in a single central record.
*If a DBS check is delayed for any reason the staff member will not be subject to lone working with apprentices aged under 18. They must always have a member of staff present who is fully DBS checked until the point they receive a full DBS check.
7. SAFER RECRUITMENT OF LEARNERS
The Procurement Academy undertakes to ensure that its learners are suitable to study in a training provider setting. It also reserves the right to refuse entry to any applicants whom it has a reasonable belief may pose a risk to learners. To ensure this is addressed appropriately
8. WHAT TO DO IF YOU SUSPECT SOMEONE IS BEING ABUSED
All staff, volunteers and others working in direct contact with learners in The Procurement Academy environment must be alert to the signs of abuse. Anyone who suspects that abuse is taking place inside or outside of The Procurement Academy setting, or to whom a learner discloses issues relating to safeguarding, should be referred to the children's social care department of the Local authority where the child lives or if a vulnerable adult to the local authority adult services.
9. ALLEGATIONS OF ABUSE AGAINST MEMBERS OF STAFF
Allegations of abuse, or concerns raised against members of staff, will always be treated seriously. The allegations need to be applied with common sense and judgement. All cases must be referred to the Managing Director who will follow the Safeguarding Procedure. This may result in possibly criminal (police) investigations and/or a child/vulnerable adult's protection investigation, carried out by Social Services.
10. REPORTING CASES TO THE DISCLOSURE AND BARRING SERVICE (DBS)
The Procurement Academy has a statutory duty to make reports, and provide relevant information to the DBS where there are grounds for believing, following an investigation, that an individual is unsuitable to work with children or vulnerable adults, or may have committed misconduct. The responsibility for reporting cases to the DBS lies with the Managing Director.
If, during the course of an investigation relating to safeguarding, an employee tenders his or her resignation, or ceases to provide their services, The Procurement Academy is not prevented from following up an allegation in accordance with these procedures. Every effort will be made to reach a conclusion in cases relating to the welfare of children or vulnerable adults, including those where the person concerned refuses to co-operate with the process
12. SUPPORT FOR STAFF
The Procurement Academy is aware that safeguarding cases can be distressing and that staff who have been involved may find it helpful to talk about their experiences, in confidence, with a trained counsellor. Staff wishing to be referred for counselling should discuss with their line manager.
13. ONLINE SAFETY
The purpose of internet use in the academy is to help raise educational standards, promote candidate achievement, and support the professional work of staff as well as enhance the school's management information and business administration.
The internet is an essential element in 21st century life for education, business and social interaction and The Apprentice Academy has a duty to provide children and young people with quality access as part of their learning experience.
It is the duty of The Procurement Academy to ensure that every young person in its care is safe and this applies equally to the 'virtual' or digital world.
14. DOCUMENT CONTROL
VERSION DATE OF ISSUE DATE OF REVIEW DATE OF NEXT REVIEW
1 August 2018 August 2018 August 2020