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Dutton Fisher Associates Ltd (DFA) is committed to practices that protect Young People and adults at risk from abuse, exploitation, bullying neglect and self-harm in relation to all its training provision This policy also covers the responsibility DFA has to protect and prevent learners from radicalisation and extremism in response to the Prevent Duty requirements.
DFA ensures all staff and delivery partners recognise and accept their responsibility to develop the awareness of the risks and issues involved in safeguarding and are clear on how to identify and report any incidents.
DFA is committed to working with local safeguarding organisations, such as the local authorities, Channel, Prevent coordinators, the Police and other community & referral groups to ensure the safeguarding of all learners.
The policy is reinforced with the Safeguarding & Prevent reporting and referral procedure which details reporting procedures to follow, signs for recognising abused or at risk learners and incident forms.
The purpose of this policy is to:
Dutton Fisher Associates recognises that the welfare of its learners is paramount. We take our safeguarding responsibilities seriously. Dutton Fisher Associates will safeguard and promote the welfare of all individuals (staff and learners) in its care.
This policy applies to all staff. This policy does not form part of any employee’s contract of employment or of any contract that we have with any member of staff who is not an employee and we may amend it at any time.
DFA has a responsibility to ensure its staff and associates that frequently work with Young People and or adults at risk in training have been checked through the Disclosure and Barring Service. There is monitoring to prevent unsuitable people from being recruited and having the opportunity to harm learners or place them at risk.
DFA ensures staff and associates have adequate training on all aspects of safeguarding including but not limited to internet & social media safety, bullying, grooming & abuse, Prevent, exploitation and extremism. The Designated Safeguarding Officer will be qualified to the required level.
Defintion of Safeguarding
Safeguarding and promoting welfare is defined as:
We will take all reasonable measures to ensure that all welfare, well-being and risk of harm concerns are dealt with appropriately and sensitively.
Where there are concerns, we will take action with the necessary agencies to address those concerns, working to agreed local policies and procedures in full partnership with other local agencies. The procedure for recording, monitoring and reporting concerns is detailed later in this policy.
Throughout all Safeguarding procedures we will uphold the principles of the Care Act 2014;
All learners have the right to be safeguarded from harm or exploitation whatever their;
We will endeavour to safeguard each individual by:
Safeguarding action may be needed to protect learners from:
Safeguarding also relates to broader aspects of care and education, including:
Signs of successful safeguarding arrangements
In settings that have effective safeguarding arrangements, there will be evidence that learners are protected and feel safe. Those who are able to communicate know how to complain and understand the process for doing so. There is a strong, robust and proactive response from those working with learners that reduces the risk of harm or actual harm to them. Those working with them know and understand the indicators that may suggest that a vulnerable adult or indeed any learner is suffering or is at risk of suffering abuse, neglect or harm and they take the appropriate and necessary action in accordance with local procedures and statutory guidance. Through this Policy and Procedure we will ensure all the above.
Dutton Fisher Associates have put in place effective procedures that everyone within the organisation is informed and educated upon. The procedure of reporting Safeguarding and Prevent issues is included in this policy
Our Designated Safeguarding Office (DSO) is Jo Rawnsley who can be contacted as per the procedures detailed at firstname.lastname@example.org Jo has been enabled to play an effective role in pursuing concerns and protecting learners. She is also the Prevent Lead for DFA. The Directors take overall responsibility for safeguarding & Prevent and supports the the DSO in completing risk assessments, health checks and training materials for staff. The The Directors and DSO meet regularly to discuss Prevent developments, matters arising and learner referrals to the channel programme.
Roles and Responsibilities
It is the responsibility of the DSO to:
It is the responsibility of all Staff/Associates to:
Our procedure for recording Safeguarding concerns
The procedure ensures written records are made in an appropriate and timely way and are held securely. Those records are shared appropriately and, where necessary, with consent.
Any safeguarding concerns are shared immediately with the DSO who will conduct a risk assessment. Where the concern is about suspected harm or risk of harm the referral will be made to the local authority for the area where the learner lives.
A record of all concerns and referrals is retained and any agreed action following the referral is recorded. Where necessary, action will be taken promptly to protect the learner from further harm. When there are issues concerning sexual exploitation, radicalisation or extremism, additional advice and support must be sought from the DSO. Learners will be supported, protected and informed appropriately about the action the DSO is taking to share their concerns.
The Referral/Reporting Procedure
DFA is committed to the following;
Reviewing this Policy
DFAs Safeguarding & Prevent policy and procedures are reviewed annually through the self – assessment and quality improvement plan.
Reviewed 26th April 2019, JB
Next review date: April 2020