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Safeguarding

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:

  • afford protection for all learners and staff of Dutton Fisher Associates;
  • enable staff to safeguard and promote the welfare of individuals; and
  • promote a culture which makes our organisation a safe environment in which to learn.

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:

  • protecting individuals from maltreatment
  • preventing impairment of health or development
  • promoting the safety and well-being of learners and protecting those who may be at risk of harm and abuse

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;

  • Empowerment
    People being supported and encouraged to make their own decisions and informed consent.
  • Prevention
    It is better to take action before harm occurs.
  • Proportionality
    The least intrusive response appropriate to the risk presented.
  • Protection
    Support and representation for those in greatest need.
  • Partnership
    Local solutions through services working with their communities. Communities have a part to play in preventing, detecting and reporting neglect and abuse.
  • Accountability
    Accountability and transparency in safeguarding practice.

All learners have the right to be safeguarded from harm or exploitation whatever their;

  • race, religion, first language or ethnicity ✓ gender or sexuality
  • age
  • health or disability
  • political or immigration status

We will endeavour to safeguard each individual by:

  • valuing them, listening to and respecting them;
  • involving them in decisions which affect them;
  • making sure all staff are aware of and committed to the safeguarding policy;
  • sharing information about concerns with agencies who need to know, and involving individuals and their parents/carers appropriately;
  • recruiting staff safely, ensuring all necessary checks are made;
  • providing effective management through induction, support and training;
  • ensuring staff and volunteers understand about ‘whistle blowing’;
  • dealing appropriately with allegations/concerns about staff.

Safeguarding action may be needed to protect learners from:

  • neglect
  • physical, sexual or emotional abuse
  • bullying, including online bullying and prejudice-based bullying
  • racist, disability, homophobic or transphobic abuse
  • gender-based violence, or violence against women and girls
  • radicalisation or extremist behaviour
  • sexual exploitation and trafficking
  • the impact of new technologies on sexual behaviour, for example ‘sexting’ and accessing pornography
  • relationship abuse
  • substance misuse
  • issues that may be specific to a local area or population, for example gang activity and violence
  • domestic violence
  • female genital mutilation
  • forced marriage
  • fabricated or induced illness
  • poor parenting
  • any other issues that pose a risk to young people and adults at risk

Safeguarding also relates to broader aspects of care and education, including:

  • learners’ health and safety and well-being, including their mental health
  • meeting the needs of learners who have special educational needs or disabilities
  • meeting the needs of learners with medical conditions
  • providing first aid
  • emotional well-being
  • online safety and associated issues
  • appropriate arrangements to ensure learners’ security, taking into account the local context

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 jrawnsley@duttonfisher.com 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:

  • Investigate, improve, monitor and review relevant company policies and procedures.
  • Take action on referrals
  • Make decisions about referrals to the relevant authorities
  • Endeavour to keep up to date with all Child/Vulnerable Adult Protection legislation.
  • Collect all necessary data and ensure it is kept strictly confidential and protected by password access, stored under lock and key.
  • Determine if an internal investigation is required and liaise with relevant authorities/support groups
  • Identify & signpost to organisations for support where characteristics of exploitation, extremism, bullying, abuse or grooming has been recognised
  • Liaise with the Directors ensure all necessary support and guidance is available as appropriate.

It is the responsibility of all Staff/Associates to:

  • Seek urgent medical or Police assistance if needed.
  • Show concern, and refer on any learner who needs support.
  • Not offer or promise confidentiality, but to record the facts without ‘leading’.
  • Offer support and security and not to react emotionally.
  • Make a record of their concerns, and refer into the DSO
  • Not discuss concerns or disclosures with anyone unless guided by the DSO
  • Tell the learner that the record will be made and the DSO informed.
  • Understand that protocols may require that they have no further involvement, but will be given feedback.
  • Get personal confidential support if required.
  • Understand the risks of bullying, grooming, abuse, exploitation, extremism and online safety and how to support learners in keeping themselves safe

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 our own processes and procedures against best practice guides and assess risk to ensure their process works effectively and responds efficiently in recording incidents
  • Completing risk assessments for Prevent requirements on all centres and on employers premises
  • Undertake annual training on safeguarding & Prevent in order to raise awareness of keep informed of up to date legislation and issues
  • Maintains a Single Central Record (SCR) of all staff qualifications, safeguarding training and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks
  • Ensure all staff have completed Prevent awareness sessions module as a minimum.

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