Safeguarding/Child Protection Policy

BCE fully recognises and actively supports the safeguarding of young people and vulnerable adults. We recognise that all staff, volunteers and others in contact with our learners have a full and active part to play in protecting them from harm and abuse whether it is physical, sexual, verbal, psychological/emotional, and financial or neglect. 

In accordance with the Counter-Terrorism and Security 2015, there is a statutory duty on colleges/training providers to “have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”. This is known as the Prevent duty. BCE has a separate policy for prevention of radicalisation and extremism.

BCE SAFEGUARDING/CHILD PROTECTION OFFICER AND YOUR SINGLE POINT OF CONTACT: 

 

Operations Director – Alison Webber 

 

Office: 01934 411260 Mobile: 07791 655748 

Safeguarding@bcecare.co.uk

PREVENT@bcecare.co.uk

The aims of this Policy are: - 

  • To support the young person or vulnerable adults’ development in ways that will foster security, confidence and independence, and enable them to enjoy and achieve their learning goals. 

  • To raise the awareness of all staff of the need to safeguard young people and vulnerable adults and of their responsibilities in identifying and reporting possible cases of harm and abuse. 

  • To provide a systematic means of monitoring young people or vulnerable adults known or thought to be a risk of harm. This includes the risk of radicalisation as noted in the Prevent duty. 

  • To emphasise the need for good levels of communication between all members of staff. 

  • To develop structured procedures that will be followed by all members of staff in cases of suspected abuse or harm. 

  • To develop and promote effective working relationships with other agencies, especially local safeguarding boards, social services and the Police. 

  • To ensure that all staff, volunteers and others in contact with young people and vulnerable adults have been subject to an enhanced DBS check. 

  • All learners, without exception, have the right to protection from abuse of any kind. 

  • All suspicions and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and responded to 
swiftly and appropriately. 

  • All of the companies’ staff and employers have a responsibility to report concerns. 


Supporting Young People 

BCE recognises that a young person or vulnerable adult who is abused whether physical, verbal or psychological or witness’s domestic violence or abuse may find it difficult to develop and maintain a sense of self-worth. BCE recognises that a young person in these circumstances may feel helpless, humiliated and self-blame. 


BCErecognises that they may provide the only stability in the lives of young people or vulnerable adults who have been abused or who are at risk of harm. 


BCEaccepts that the behaviour of these young people or vulnerable adults may range from that which is perceived to be normal to aggressive or withdrawn. 


BCE will support all young people and vulnerable adults by: 

  • Establishing and maintaining an environment where they feel secure, are encouraged to talk and are listened to. 

  • Ensuring that they know that there are trained staff in the centre who they can approach if they are worried. 

  • Ensuring that all appropriate staff are trained and understand their responsibilities in being alert in the signs of abuse and their responsibility for referring any concerns to their line manager/nominated person (stated at the top of this Policy document). 

  • Ensuring that all employers/work placement providers are vetted and that they sign up to BCE safeguarding procedures. 

  • Covering Health and Safety and Safeguarding with learners at induction and following this up on an on-going basis. 

  • Having adequate staff trained in First Aid procedures. 

  • Ascertaining any health or medical conditions that learners may have and carrying 
out a full risk assessment where necessary. 

  • Developing effective links with the local safeguarding boards, Children and Young Peoples Information Service and other relevant agencies to liaise and co-operate as necessary regarding child protection/safeguarding. 

  • Keeping written records of concerns about young people and vulnerable adults, even where there is no need to refer the matter immediately and ensuring that all such records are kept confidentially and securely. 


Safe recruitment 

BCE is committed to the principles of safeguarding and this applies to all personnel procedures. 

The Senior Management Team expects all staff to know procedures and implement them as part of their day to day work. 

All staff working at BCE are required: - 

  • To show proof of identification; 

  • To complete an enhanced Criminal Record Bureau, check - this includes volunteers; 

  • Each person working at BCE will have a named direct line manager who is fully conversant with the standards of behaviour, expectations, and procedures of the company. 


Recruitment procedures will include: 


  • Short listing; 

  • Interview using Fair Interview processes; 

  • Employment history; 

  • Evidence of qualifications where relevant; 

  • Enhanced DBS checks. 


      As part of the interview process candidates will need to: - 


  • Demonstrate an understanding of Safeguarding and child protection procedures. 

As part of the interview process the interview panel will need to: - 

  • Implement the interview process with regard to Fair Interview techniques and Safeguarding procedures. 

  • Test candidates’ suitability against the post requirements. 

  • Satisfy themselves that there are no unexplained employment gaps. 

  • Assess the credibility of references. 


CHILD PROTECTION PROCEDURE 

Promises of confidentiality for young people under 18 cannot be given as situations of child abuse will have to be reported to social services. 


If you suspect that a learner is going to discuss abuse, either towards themselves or another young person/vulnerable adult, establish ground rules concerning confidentiality. 


All instances, allegations or suspicions regarding matters of child abuse must be reported to the BCE Safeguarding/Child Protection Officer. 


The above procedures also include Channel for Prevent issues. 


The Social Services Department may need to be contacted in order to discuss appropriate action.
If the learner is fully aware of what could happen, they can: 


Choose whether they want to speak now or have time to think about it. Be as informed as possible regarding the implications of passing on this information. A full record shall be made as soon as possible of the nature of the allegation and any relevant information including: 


  • The date; 

  • The time; 

  • The place where the disclosure of the information took place; 

  • The place where the alleged abuse happened; 

  • Your name and names of others present; 

  • The name of the complainant and, where different, the name of the person who has 
allegedly been abused; 

  • The nature of the alleged abuse; 

  • A description of any injuries observed; 

  • The account which has been given of the allegation. 


 

RESPONDING TO SUSPICION, ALLEGATION OR INCIDENT 

Any suspicion, allegation or incident of abuse must be reported to the BCE Safeguarding/Child Protection Officer on a safeguarding alert form within 24 hours or sooner if possible.

ALLEGATIONS ABOUT A MEMBER OF STAFF 

Any suspicions, allegations or actual abuse by a member of staff must be reported to the BCE Safeguarding/Child Protection Officer, Alison Webber, immediately. Alison Webber will initiate an investigation of this incident in line with the BCE disciplinary procedure. 


They will immediately take the necessary action to ensure the safety of the person in question and anyone else who might be at risk 
If a complaint or allegation is made against a BCE member of the senior management team or a member of staff, the BCE Safeguarding/Child Protection Officer, Alison Webber, will appoint an investigating officer who will deal with the complaint in accordance with BCE disciplinary procedure and contracts of employment. 


Contact numbers: South Gloucestershire Council Children and Young People’s Information Service – 01454 868008 (office hours) 01454 615165 (out of hours’ emergency duty team) Bristol Safeguarding Children’s Board 0117 903 6444. North Somerset Council Children and Young Peoples Service:01275 888 808Police Public Protection Unit - 0117 9455 969. Reading Borough Council Children and Young People – 0118 937 3641. Reading Borough Council Safeguarding Adults – 0118 937 3747 (01344 786 543 out of hours)

DO YOU FEEL SAFE PROCEDURE

All Assessors have stickers with the ‘Do you feel safe?’ and the office contact number. There is also a poster on the wall in the office as well as alerts on Onefile for the Learners/Apprentices. If a call comes in to the office the staff member who answers must establish the reason the person does not feel safe and whether they are in imminent danger. If they are in imminent danger the staff member should encourage them to call 999. If they are not in imminent danger the staff member must ask if they would like to speak to the Safeguarding officer. If the Safeguarding Officer is out of the office at the time or has taken control of the conversation, the conversation must be logged on a safeguarding alert form. The Safeguarding Officer will initiate an investigation of this incident in line with the BCE disciplinary procedure or sign post to relevant support agencies, whichever is most appropriate to the situation. 

They will immediately take the necessary action to ensure the safety of the person in question and anyone else who might be at risk 
If a complaint or allegation is made against a BCE member of the senior management team or a member of staff, the BCE Safeguarding/Child Protection Officer, Alison Webber, will appoint an investigating officer who will deal with the complaint in accordance with BCE disciplinary procedure and contracts of employment.

GENERAL 

This policy should not be read in isolation, but cross-referenced with all relevant BCE employment and learner policies, particularly the Equality and Diversity Policy, Health & Safety Policy and the E-Safety Policy.