Safety and wellbeing of all learners and staff are at the forefront of all Prospect Training (Yorkshire) Ltd’s, operations and it acknowledges the range of activities that contribute to maintaining and creating an environment that ensures effective safeguarding practices take place for everyone.
The Safeguarding Policy provides for a coherent framework of practice to be in place and for all policies relating to this framework to address this key priority. The Safeguarding Policy is reviewed each year and when/or changes in law, policy, guidance, or best practice occur in order to ensure that it remains a key driver in the development of our strategy on safeguarding. The two groups identified below may have learners with additional needs and/or disabilities and can face further safeguarding challenges.
Children and Young Persons
This refers to those under the age of 18 as Defined in the Children Act 1989.
This refers to a person aged 18 years or over who may be unable to protect or take care of themselves or may be exploited this may include:-
Elderly and frail
Mental illness or dementia
Severe physical illness
Prospect Training (Yorkshire) Ltd recognise its duties, statutory and otherwise to ensure that all our functions with a view to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children receiving education and training at all our premises and within the workplace.
Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility and therefore this policy applies to all of us.
Prospect Training (Yorkshire) Ltd is committed to ensuring that it:
- Provides a safe environment for children and young people to learn in
- Identifies children and young people who are suffering, or likely to suffer, significant harm, and takes appropriate action to see that such children and young people are kept safe, on our sites and in the workplace.
Policies and procedures will be reviewed and approved to ensure that awareness is raised on all issues:
- Raising awareness of issues relating to the welfare of children and young people and promoting a safe environment for all at Prospect Training in line with our duty as part of Keeping Children Safe in Education, the requirements of the Local Safeguarding Boards and the Barring and Disclosure service.
- Raising awareness of and promotion of quality and greater understanding of faiths (or those of no faith), genders, ages, races, disabilities and sexual orientations (and other groups with protected characteristics) as well as bullying, abuse, discrimination and harassment. This also includes within the workplace.
- Clear accountability in ensuring that ‘Early Help’ can be provided in line with legislation – by identifying individuals/groups of more vulnerable young people with a view of providing ‘Early Help’
- The difference between a ‘concern’ and ‘immediate danger or at risk of harm’ – we will refer concerns that a young person might be at risk of significant harm to Multi-Agency, Safeguarding Hub, Police or Channel with onward referrals as required. Justification will be provided if consent is not given.
- Ensuring staff are aware that issues can manifest via peer on peer abusePeer on peer abuse could be noted by various signs and symptoms which may occur consistently or over a period of time they may include:-
Domestic abuse – where they may experience emotional, physical, financial,
sexual abuse, exploitation, harming by peers.
Harmful Sexual Behaviour where a young person demonstrates behaviour
outside of their normative parameters of development.
Youth Crime/Violence – reference to offences.
- Supporting learners in preparing for life in modern Britain, promoting British values the rule of law, individual liberty, democracy, mutual respect the tolerance including those with different faiths, beliefs and backgrounds.
- Awareness raising to help prevent radicalisation of learners and compliance with the Prevent duty.
- Identification of those at risk and reporting immediately
- Ensuring established procedures are in place for reporting concerns.
- Establishing procedures for reporting and dealing with allegations of abuse against members of staff
- Safe recruitment/employment of staff
- Ensuring staff are aware that issues can manifest via peer on peer abuse
- Supporting individuals who have additional needs or disabilities to become more independent in everyday life
- Reviewing of all our policies and processes of sharing information with other professionals
The NSPCC whistle-blowing helpline number 0800 028 0285;
Prospect Training (Yorkshire) Ltd operates its Safeguarding Policy through its acknowledgement and acceptance of its responsibilities set out in in the following documents:
- Children’s Act Section 11 (1989, 2004, 2008 and 2014)
- Early Help Assessment (March 2014)
- Early Years Common Inspection Framework (September 2015)
- Children, Schools and Families Act (2010),
- Education Act (2002, 2011)
- Care Act (2014) and
- other associated legislation.
Furthermore, safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and people with care and support needs will be undertaken with due regard to:
Rotherham Safeguarding Children’s Board (RSCB) Procedures https://www.proceduresonline.com/Rotherham/scb/
Pathway to Provision (Nottinghamshire) Multi-Agency Thresholds Guidance (November 2015)
What to do if you’re worried a child is being abused (March 2015)
‘Working together to Safeguard children’ (2018) reviewed 2019
‘Keeping Children Safe in Education (September 2020)’
Information Sharing (March 2015) update 2018
No Secrets (January2015)
The Prevent Duty (March 2016) updated April 19
Channel Duty Guidance (April 2015) updated 2020
Female Genital Mutilation
Safeguarding children and young people from sexual exploitation
Safer Practice, Safer Learning- a whole organisation approach to safeguarding vulnerable adults for the learning and skills sector.
‘Safeguarding Children and safer recruitment in Education’ (2007) https://www.education.gov.uk/publications/eOrderingDownload/Final%206836-SafeGuard.Chd%20bkmk.pdf
Forced Marriage Unit of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Jisc User Safety Briefing
National Domestic Violence Helpline
Online abuse Legislation, policy and practice
Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP)
Apna Haq support for Asian Women
Karma Nirvana – Support for victims of honour crimes/ forced marriage
Working in partnership
Prospect Training (Yorkshire) Ltd, will refer concerns that a child or young person might be at risk of significant harm to Partnership Contract holder, Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub, the Police or Channel and concerns for assessment of need and onward referral for other services if required to the Early Help Unit.
Awareness and appreciation of the role of others in partner agencies is essential for effective collaboration to take place. It is vital that organisations work collaboratively to enable good practice in safeguarding.
All referrals will need to evidence that consent has been provided by the subject of the referral as well as parent/carer, except where the referral relates to attendance matters or assistance in applications for parenting contracts, parenting orders,
acceptable behaviour contracts and anti-social behaviour orders. Where there is a risk of significant harm and consent is not given then a justification will be provided of the need to share information.
Purpose and Objectives
It is Prospect Training (Yorkshire) Ltd’s policy to ensure that guidelines, procedures, training and personal support are in place so that staff and learners can confidently identify and respond appropriately to concerns relating to the safety of all our learners.
It will ensure that designated personnel will be available to assist staff who identify concerns and that all concerns will be treated seriously.
No matter what the source of the information, we will adopt the following procedure to ensure consistency. The procedure will consist of three steps:
- Information gathering
Prospect Training (Yorkshire) Ltd will ensure that all concerns about children are recorded accurately and Information will be stored securely in line with Contract holders archiving policies and our policies.
This policy applies to the support of children and young people up to their 18th birthday as defined by the Children Act 2008. For those young people reaching their 18th birthday who need continuing services and support, this can be extended to their 25th birthday.
In the context of working in Further Education, where the majority of individuals are over the age of 16, it is important to recognise that whilst the law allows consensual sexual activity at the age of 16, if the child requires help and support the lawful nature of the activity does not stop intervention. Examples of this may be:
- Children and young people with care and support needs;
- Children in relationships with much older individuals or individuals in a position of authority and trust;
- Children who may be at risk of sexual abuse or exploitation;
- Children who are parents;
- Children whose care and support needs mean they are unlikely to be able to protect themselves despite their legal age.
Roles and Responsibilities
All adults working with or on behalf of children or vulnerable adults have a responsibility to protect them. There are however, key people within Prospect Training (Yorkshire) Ltd and the Local Authorities who have specific responsibilities
under safeguarding procedures. Those internal persons named constitute our safeguarding team.
Designated Senior Person – Lead: Operations Director – Yvonne Reardon 01709 586600 or 07960 545946 or email email@example.com has responsibility at a strategic level within the organisation for:
- Making sure all staff are aware how to raise safeguarding concerns
- Ensuring compliance in all accepts including Government Legislation
- Reporting to Managing Director at Prospect Training on deficiencies in procedure or policy as soon as identified
- Vetting of staff including DBS checks
- Acting and informing MD to changes in legislative requirements
- Assisting and supporting staff and learners making a referral
- Processing and receiving concerns relating to the behaviour of our staff
- Developing a Code of Conduct for our staff
- Organising and monitoring safeguarding training
- Ensuring all staff understand the symptoms of child abuse and neglect
- Ensuring processes are in place for referring concerns to social care
- Liaising with Children and Young People’s and Adult Services when required
- Monitoring children who are the subject of child protection plans
- Maintaining accurate and secure child protection records – referral complaint or concern
- Referral of cases of suspected allegations or abuse to Children & Young People’s and Adult Services, Police and/or, appropriate agencies and Channel
- Monitoring referrals and learner wellbeing through SMT meetings.
- Providing a holistic approach to safeguarding through the disciplinary policy and procedures relating to the conduct of learners and the coordination and organisation of our internal learner support and assessment services.
- Developing safeguarding training materials, files, procedures and contacts
Delivering training where appropriate
Deputy Designated Officer: Sales and Marketing Manager – Marianne King (01709 586600) or email firstname.lastname@example.org responsibility to support the Operations Director above including responsibility of working to identify learners at risk and support safeguarding.
Advising and supporting our staff where learner(s) are not following our Code of Conduct eg behaviours or actions, who may have in their possession substances or weapons and ensure this is dealt with and reported to Designated Safeguarding Lead or Deputy Designated Officer.
Learners at Risk
Prospect Training recognises that our sites may be the only, secure, stable environment for an ‘at risk’ learner’s life. Behaviours that learners may present could be challenging, defiant or withdrawn. We aim to identify learners ‘at risk’ through one or more of the following methods:-
Staff reporting and monitoring
We will support learners by:-
Courses that encourage confidence, self-motivation and self esteem
Our sites which promotes a positive, support and secure environment that give a sense of being respected and valued
Implementation of our learner code of conduct – to enable learners to know what is acceptable.
Additional learner support where applicable to develop further skills
Development of a responsive staff team to respond appropriately in safeguarding situations.
Absence reporting – which may be an indicator of concern.
Learner feedback where learners can say how ‘safe’ they feel.
Recruitment of staff
All new staff will be subject to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) in line with our safe recruitment policies and procedures
All interviews for new staff are undertaken and include a question in regard to safeguarding and at least one member of the interviewing panel will have undertaken the ‘safer recruitment training’.
The associated ‘Recruitment Policy’ and ‘DBS Policy’ give greater detail to the process. Records of all staff are kept confidentially with our Accounts Director David Black and the single central record is maintained by our Operations Director.
Disclosures for new staff
All new staff will be required to have a satisfactory enhanced DBS
Existing staff checks
All Staff at Prospect Training (Yorkshire) Ltd are subject to renewed DBS checks by the organisation every 3 years.
It is the responsibility of every staff member to disclose to Prospect Training (Yorkshire) Ltd any criminal convictions that are incurred during their employment. Failure to do so will be considered a disciplinary offence and in some circumstances, may lead to dismissal.
All newly recruited staff will have a clear understanding of their role and responsibilities in safeguarding children and young people and are aware of the associated procedures, including reading Keeping Children Safe in Education (2019) Part 1. Staff who work with young people must also read Annex A. These are documented on the individual staff members Induction Checklist current version 14.
All staff will continually be made aware of and supported to understand the policy and associated procedures, including updates to policies and documentation. This will include how to communicate to disabled people and those who use a different language. Our staff will use the individuals first language to speak appropriately and respectfully to a person with a disability eg use phrases such has ‘a person who’, or ‘a person with’ or ‘a person who has’ guidance on words to use or not use
All Senior Managers and the designated Senior Person and Deputy Safeguarding Officer are familiar with their role and responsibilities – this is via training and duties relating to safeguarding.
All staff are aware of their role and responsibilities and receive guidance on how to deal with suspicions or disclosures of abuse – via training. Safeguarding is also covered at team meetings.
Members of staff must renew their training every 3 years and designated safeguarding staff every 2 years
It is the duty by law of any member of staff, who receives a disclosure of abuse, or suspects that abuse may have occurred, to report it to a member of the safeguarding team. If a member of the team cannot be found, then the matter should be brought to the attention of the most senior member of staff.
Written disclosures need to be recorded on the individual staff members Personnel file.
If appropriate, the member of the Safeguarding Team will refer cases of suspected abuse or allegations to the Multi Agency Safeguarding Team (MASH) by telephone in accordance with the Local Safeguarding Board Procedures and main contract holder’s procedures. In some cases, it may be appropriate for the Police to also be contacted.
It is not the job of our organisation to investigate allegations; this is the responsibility of the Authorities. However, essential information may help these investigations and details such as learner’s name, address, and date of birth, family composition, and reason for referral should be recorded. The name of the person who initially received the disclosure and whether or not the parents/guardians of the learner are aware of the referral should also be included.
Advice and guidance can be obtained from the MASH team of Designated Safeguarding Lead or Deputy Safeguarding Officer.
Support from the Designated Safeguarding Lead or Deputy Safeguarding Officer will be made available for staff dealing with safeguarding issues.
A member of staff must never agree with a learner to keep information confidential and where there is a safeguarding concern this must be reported to the Designated Safeguarding Lead or Deputy Safeguarding Officer and may require further investigation by the appropriate authorities.
Staff will be informed of relevant information in respect of individual cases on a ‘need to know basis’ only. Any information shared with a member of staff in this way must be held confidentially by themselves.
Definitions of Abuse
Behaviours towards a person that my either deliberately or unknowingly cause the individual harm, or may endanger their life or their human or civil rights
It is important that staff are aware of the signs and symptoms and, whilst they may be indicative of some other problem or issue, the possibility that the young person is
being abused should not be discounted. Any concern about a young person who is showing signs of abuse or of being at risk of abuse should be followed up with the Designating Safeguarding Lead or Deputy Safeguarding Officer.
May involve hitting, shaking, slapping, pushing, throwing, kicking poisoning, burning or scalding, drowning, suffocating, misuse of medication, restraint, inappropriate sanctions or otherwise causing physical harm.
Including ignoring medical or physical care needs, failure to provide access to appropriate health, social care or educational services, the withholding of the necessities of life, such as medication, adequate nutrition and heating.
Sexual violence and Sexual Harassment
Prospect Training (Yorkshire) Ltd, take all reports of sexual violence and sexual harassment seriously and ensure that in all cases these are reported. They are likely to be complex, requiring difficult professional decisions to be made quickly and under pressure. At the first point of an instance being reported the Designated Safeguarding Lead or if unavailable the Deputy Safeguarding Officer will be contacted. Each decision will be reviewed on a case by case basis, with the Designated Safeguarding Lead or Deputy Safeguarding Officer using their professional judgement and being supported by other agencies, such as children’s social care and the police as required.
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and Honour-based violence
The FGM duty came into force on 31 October 2015.
- A mandatory reporting duty for FGM requires regulated health and social care professionals and teachers in England and Wales to report known cases of FGM in under 18-year-olds to the police. Call 101 ensure you have the following information or as much as possible
- Your details:
- contact details (work telephone number and e-mail address) and times when you will be available to be called back
- place of work
- details of your organisation’s designated safeguarding lead:
- contact details (work telephone number and e-mail address)
- place of work
• the girl’s details:
- age/date of birth
- Confirm that you have undertaken, or will undertake, safeguarding actions, as required by the Working Together to Safeguard Children (in England)
- You will be given a reference number for the call and should ensure that you document this in your records
Is a collective term for procedures, which include the removal of part or all of the external female genitalia for cultural or other non-therapeutic reason. The practice is medically unnecessary, extremely painful and has serious health consequences, both at the time when the mutilation is carried out and in later life. The procedure is typically performed on girls aged between 4 and 13, but in some cases, it is performed on new-born infants or on young women before marriage or pregnancy.
FGM has been a criminal offence in the U.K. since the Prohibition of Female Circumcision Act 1985 was passed. The Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003 replaced the 1985 Act and makes it an offence for the first time for UK nationals
Permanent UK residents to carry out FGM abroad, or to aid, abet, counsel or procure the carrying out of FGM abroad, even in countries where the practice is legal.
Suspicions may arise in several ways that a child is being prepared for FGM to take place abroad.
Consider whether any other indicators exist that FGM may have or has already taken place, for example:
- Preparations are being made to take a long holiday – arranging vaccinations or planning an absence from one of our sites or work place.
- The young person has changed in behaviour after a prolonged absence from one of our sites or their workplace.
- The young person has health problems, particularly bladder or menstrual problems.
Financial or material abuse
Including theft, fraud, exploitation, pressure about wills, property or inheritance or financial transactions, or the misuse or misappropriation of property, possessions or benefits.
It may involve seeing or hearing the ill-treatment of another. It may involve serious bullying (including cyber bullying, use of text, social networks and emails).
Including racist, sexist, that based on a person’s disability, and other forms of harassment, slurs, or similar treatment.
Others may include
Violation of rights, Institutional, exposure to extremist behaviours and attempts to radicalise.
Peer on Peer Abuse
Staff should recognise that children and young people are capable of abusing their peers, should not be tolerated or passed off as ‘part of growing up’, ‘banter’, ‘joking’, this type of abuse can manifest itself in many ways and not limited to:
Gender based violence, sexual imagery, sexual assaults
Bullying and cyberbullying
Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 – The Prevent Duty
This act makes provision in relation to terrorism including communications data, and information, our duty in particular is to those at risk of being drawn into terrorism and providing support for vulnerable people who may be drawn into terrorism acts.
Receiving a Disclosure
- Take allegations or suspicions of abuse seriously
- Respond with tact and sensitivity to anyone who confides in you
- Re-assure the person that it is right to speak to someone
- Allow the person to speak in his/her own way and time
- Discuss the need to refer to the appropriate person in our organisation
- Make notes using the person’s own words
- Promise confidentiality (only those who need to know will be told)
- Make judgements
- Investigate the allegation or suspicion of abuse
- Ask leading questions or probe for details
- Interpret what has been said or make assumptions about the situation
- Contact parents/carers before seeking advice
Following up a Disclosure, Allegation or Suspicion of Abuse
- Contact the Designated Safeguarding Lead or Deputy Safeguarding Officer as soon as practicable.
- Provide details – all written information and rough notes will be retained by the Designated Safeguarding Lead or Deputy Safeguarding Officer who will seek advice from the appropriate agencies, main contract holder (where applicable) and feed back to you.
- Where there are serious concerns of ‘significant harm’ the Designated Safeguarding Lead or Deputy Safeguarding Officer will refer immediately to MASH – see Safeguarding Flowchart.
- If urgent hospital treatment is needed for a young person whilst on one of our sites, inform the Designated Safeguarding Lead or Deputy Safeguarding Officer if this relates to a child protection issue.
Both the young person, and if required, the member of staff to whom the disclosure was made can access further support from the Managing Director
Doncaster Safeguarding Children Board (DSCB) Procedure for Allegations Against Staff, Carers and Volunteers can be found at: http://doncasterscb.proceduresonline.com/chapters/p_alleg_staff_vols.html
Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council Safeguarding Adults
Address: Doncaster Council, Civic Office, Waterdale, Doncaster DN1 3BU
Telephone: (01302) 736296
Out of hours: (01302) 796000
Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council Safeguarding Adults
Telephone: (01709) 822330
Out of hours: 01709 336080
The Rotherham sexual exploitation helpline provided by the NSPCC is a single point of contact for victims and survivors. The helpline is confidential and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week – 0800 7319 256 / Email: rotherhamcsesupport@NSPCC.org.uk
The Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) is the single point of contact for all professionals to report safeguarding concerns.
Tel: 01709 336080
Secure Email: MASH-Referral@rotherham.gcsx.gov.uk
of these hours, contact the Emergency Duty Team on 0300 456 4546.
In an emergency, contact the police Tel: 999
If the person is not in immediate danger, contact the police Tel 101
Adult social care Tel: 01904 555111 (office hours) or fax 01904 554055
Hearing impaired customers can use the text facility 07534 437804
Out of hours, Tel: 01609 780780
Rotherham General Hospital Tel: 01709 820000
Doncaster Royal Infirmary Tel 01302 366666
Links to other documents: Prevent Risk Assessment
Published date: 20/09/2020
The latest review date: 20/09/2020
The date the next review is due: 19/09/2021
Responsibility: Yvonne Reardon
Job Title: Operations Director