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Safeguarding Policy Incorporating Prevent, Young People and Vulnerable Groups

INTRODUCTION

Being an independent training provider Transport Training Academy has a legal duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of young people and vulnerable groups. Transport Training Academy fully recognises its responsibilities in this respect and to work together with other agencies to ensure adequate arrangements exist to identify, refer, and support those who are suffering, or at risk of harm.

This policy has been developed in accordance with the following guidance and legislation;

  • The Children Act 1989.
  • The Children’s Act 2004.
  • Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006.
  • “Safeguarding Children and Safer Recruitment in Education”, DfES 2007
  • Working Together to Safeguard Children, DfES 2010.
  • Protection of Freedoms Act 2012.

SCOPE

This policy applies to;

All staff and sub-contractors of Transport Training Academy whether full-time, part-time or temporary and extends to all activities undertaken as part of the provision of Transport Training Academy services.

All learners whilst they are enrolled in any Transport Training Academy training programme.

DEFINITION

The term ‘vulnerable adult’ refers to any person 18 and over who:

..is or may be in need of community care services by reason of mental or other disability, age or illness, and who is or may be unable to take care of him or herself, or unable to protect him or herself against serious harm or serious exploitation

‘Who decides’ Lord Chancellors Department 1997

Transport Training Academy recognises that the following impairments and disadvantage may constitute being vulnerable. Learners with:

  • Mental health problems
  • Physical disability
  • Drug and alcohol related problems
  • Sensory impairment
  • Learning disability
  • Physical illness
  • Acquired brain injury
  • Frailty or temporary illness

Equally these learners may be:

  • Living in their own home
  • Without permanent accommodation
  • In temporary accommodation
  • In a supported environment

AIMS

The aims of this policy are to;

  • Take all reasonable action to protect young people and vulnerable groups from abuse, exploitation and/or mistreatment.
  • Promote the well-being of our learners and help them to optimise life chances
  • Provide an environment in which all learners feel safe, secure, valued and respected, and feel confident.
  • Raise the awareness of all staff to ensure they fulfil their responsibilities to support any young people and vulnerable groups in our centres.
  • Implement safer recruitment practices for all staff and sub-contractors of Transport Training Academy whether full-time, part-time or temporary.
  • To develop effective working relationships with all agencies to support learning and personal development.

POLICY

Transport Training Academy will follow the procedures set out by the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board and take account of guidance issued by the Department for Education, the Skills Funding Agency and the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to:

  • Ensure we have a Designated Safeguarding Officer for safeguarding young people and vulnerable groups who has received appropriate training and support for this role.
  • Ensure procedures are in place to deal with any concern raised or disclosure made.
  • Ensure all staff and sub-contractors of Transport Training Academy whether full-time, part-time or temporary understand their responsibilities in being alert to the signs of abuse and responsibility for referring any concerns to the Designated Safeguarding Officer.
  • Keep written records of any safeguarding concerns and ensure that they are kept securely and confidentially.
  • Ensure safe recruitment practices are followed.

Confidentiality – Transport Training Academy recognises that all matters relating to young people and vulnerable groups protection are confidential. The Designated Safeguarding Officer will disclose personal information about a learner to other members of staff only on a need to know basis. All staff and sub-contractors of Transport Training Academy whether full-time, part-time or temporary must be aware and make it clear to learners who make disclosures that they have a professional responsibility to share information with the Designated Safeguarding Officer, who may in turn inform other agencies, in order to safeguard young people and vulnerable groups.

CRB/DBS Checks – Transport Training Academy will request and review a CRB/DBS check on all new staff and sub-contractors of Transport Training Academy whether full-time, part-time or temporary who are involved in the provision of funded learning to check suitability, before issuing a permanent Contract of Employment or Service Level Agreement.

New members of staff and sub-contractors of Transport Training Academy whether full-time, part-time or temporary may be permitted to undertake limited low risk duties at the discretion of the Directors on the basis that references have been received, while under close supervision and monitoring, until the full disclosure certificate is received.  

No potential employee who has been barred by the Independent Safeguarding Authority will be offered a permanent Contract of Employment with Transport Training Academy.

Photography and Filming – Any photographing or filming of young people and/or vulnerable groups will comply with the Data Protection Act and Transport Training Academy’s Data Protection and The Use of Social Media and E-Technology Policies.

Training – To ensure that they can respond appropriately to support and protect vulnerable adults, all staff and sub-contractors of Transport Training Academy whether full-time, part-time or temporary who are involved in the delivery of funded learning shall receive training on:

  • Types of abuse
  • Recognising signs and symptoms
  • Duty to report
  • Their role in responding to suspected abuse
  • Risk assessment and management

It is important that individual members of staff recognise that there is a limit to the role they can undertake. The investigative role is the responsibility of social care and the police, and staff should be careful to not investigate allegations themselves, as this will risk contaminating evidence.

RIGHTS OF THE INDIVIDUAL

Transport Training Academy will respect the rights of the individual in so far that the law has not been broken and the safety of others is not affected.

  • We will take issues and concerns seriously.
  • We recognise that all people have the right to protection and redress under the law in accordance with their human rights as outlined in the Human Rights Act 1998.
  • An individual’s rights should be considered at all times. These include:
  • Privacy
  • Dignity
  • Choice
  • Independence
  • Vulnerable adults will be allowed and helped to make their own decisions based on the choices available.
  • The principle of self-determination is important, but may need to be reconsidered if a vulnerable adult is unable to make an informed choice, where there is an unacceptable risk or where statutory responsibilities exist.

PREVENT

Prevent is about safeguarding and keeping our learners both safe and within the law. Prevent is not about preventing students from having political and religious views and concerns but about supporting them to use those concerns or act on them in a non-extremist way.

Prevent is about stopping people becoming Terrorists or supporting Terrorism or Violent Extremism by:

Challenging the Ideologies that support Terrorism and Violent Extremism and those who promote it.
Protecting vulnerable Individuals.
Supporting sectors & Institutions to mitigate the risks of radicalisation taking place.

IMPLEMENTATION

Any issues or concerns that are raised regarding safeguarding of young people and vulnerable groups concerning any member of staff or  sub-contractor whilst carrying out their professional duties on behalf of Transport Training Academy, or any learner whilst participating in a Transport Training Academy training programme will be investigated and recorded and may result in disciplinary actions being taken.

Where the allegation is proven Transport Training Academy will normally deal with the matter internally. However, where conduct is considered to be illegal Transport Training Academy will report the matter to the appropriate authority.

Members of staff or learners have the right of appeal against any disciplinary actions taken as a result of these investigations or where they feel they have been discriminated against. Appeals should be made in writing to the Managing Director of Transport Training Academy at the Training Centre address.

Any member of staff and sub-contractor of Transport Training Academy whether full-time, part-time or temporary who has had their Contract of Employment or Service Level Agreement terminated because of a safeguarding incident will be reported to the Independent Safeguarding Authority.

MONITORING AND REVIEW

This policy will be monitored regularly in line with any changes in legislation or company procedures or where concerns are raised, with a full review being carried out once a year.

RESPONSIBILITIES

All staff members are responsible for ensuring that their professional practice within their role at Transport Training Academy is compliant with the content of this and other related policies.

For and on behalf of Transport Training Academy

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David Coupe
Company Secretary
Dated: 4th August 2016

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