Safeguarding

Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults Policy

What is Safeguarding?
In recent years there has been increasing concern about the safety and welfare of both children and young adults.

Safeguarding is defined by the Children Act 1989 and Joint Chief Inspectors Report on Arrangements to Safeguard Children (2002) as meaning that:

Agencies and Professional CV Writing Ltd working with children and young people take all reasonable measures to ensure that the risks of harm to the individual’s welfare are minimised; and where there are concerns about children and young people’s welfare, all agencies andProfessional CV Writing Ltd take all appropriate actions to address those concerns, working to agreed local policies and procedures, working in partnership with other local agencies.”

Who Are We Safeguarding?
The Children Act 1989 states the legal definition of a child is „a person under the age of 18‟. „Young person‟ is not a legal term, for the purposes of the policy and procedures, a young person is someone who might not perceive themselves as a child, but who is still in the age range of the legal definition, and therefore fall within the term „child‟.

Key aspects of legislation have been extended to include protection for „vulnerable adults‟.115(4) of the Police Act 1997 states that a person can be considered vulnerable if they are “substantially dependent upon others in performing basic functions, orability to communicate with those providing services, or to communicate with others is severely impaired”. May mean that they have a reduced ability to protect themselves from assault, abuse or neglect, can be as a result of a learning or physical disability (not normally to include dyslexia; a physical or mental illness chronic or otherwise (including an addiction to alcohol or drugs); or a reduction in physical or mental capacity.

Why is Safeguarding Necessary in Life Long Learning?
Lifelong learning providers are experiencing more contact with „children‟ through taster days, jobs plus, Modern Apprentice and, NEET, Train to Gain, Work Programme and ESF programme provision.

Professional CV Writing Ltd has a common law and, Common Inspection Framework duty of care to take such steps that in the circumstances of an educational institution are reasonable to ensure that the child, young person or vulnerable adult, is safe and seen to have an enhanced duty of care.

Statement of Policy
Professional CV Writing Ltd is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults, engaged in the breadth of its activities.
As a consequence Professional CV Writing Ltd has taken the view that in the interests of good practice there should be a clear policy and associated procedures to guide work with under-18 year olds and vulnerable adults.

Professional CV Writing Ltd recognises that it has a duty to help staff and learners recognise their responsibilities (through guidance, support and training), minimise risk and avoid situations (where possible) where abuse or neglect might be alleged.

Safeguarding Structure and Responsibilities
Professional CV Writing Ltd has in place an organisational structure for safeguarding children and vulnerable adults. Key senior staffs with designated safeguarding responsibilities include:

Designated Safeguarding Officer (Managing Director) who has a Professional CV Writing Ltd leadership and coordination role including investigations if required.
Health and Safety Appointed person.

In those areas where staff works with children and vulnerable adults as part of their roles, a manager is nominated to have responsibility for safeguarding in their area.

Professional CV Writing Ltd takes the view that all staff are required to take a shared responsibility for the protection and safety of any children.

Processes are in place to check the suitability of staff working directly with children and young people, staff across the company will be in regular or significant occasional contact with under-18s or vulnerable adults in the course of their teaching or other work.is a commitment that such staff and learners have satisfactory Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) enhanced checks in place.

The register will confirm that there is no known reason why an individual should not work with these client groups” as per working with children, To this end all employee’s will participate and be registered in the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) and the Vetting and Barring Scheme (VBS) as required as of 12th October 2009 and to have all requirements in place before the stated final cut-off date of 31st July 2015.

Control Measures/Procedures

Staff
Professional CV Writing Ltd reserves the right to deny employment to individuals where permitted criminal records checks suggest they might pose a danger to the clients, agencies and partnered associations.

Professional CV Writing Ltd also reserves the right to suspend and/or dismiss staff members, in accordance with its employment procedures, from employment or from undertaking a specific role with respect to that employment, may apply if information was withheld, when requested, about their criminal record at the point of employment, or acquires a criminal record during employment.

All members of staff working closely with children or vulnerable adults have to be alert to possibilities of abuse and any concerns about the behaviour of any adult with respect to that child should be reported in accordance with procedures. This will be supported by relevant training, skills development and updates to ensure recognition, response, reporting, recording and referral are all to required standard.

Any staff member, who considers that they themselves may be a vulnerable adult, can seek support from Professional CV Writing Ltd, which will as required support with appropriate occupational health, or counselling.

CRB disclosures will be obtained for all staff and volunteers working in „regulated positions‟ (as defined by the Criminal Justice and Court Service Act 2000) with children, young people or vulnerable adults as per ISA guidelines; Professional CV Writing Ltd will where appropriate evaluate information to determine individual‘s appropriateness to work in such an activity.

Where staffs are not engaged in regulated positions, but are involved in activities that may involve children or vulnerable adults, a risk management approach is taken to delivery of learning and teaching, and activities involving the wider public.

Procedures to be used when harm/abuse is suspected
All members of staff working closely with children and/or vulnerable adults have to be alert to possibilities of abuse; concerns should be reported to the Designated Safeguarding Officer who will decide what further action to take.  It is the duty of staff to inform only not to investigate – this is the role of the Police and Social Services.

If staff, in the course of their work at Professional CV Writing Ltd have a child safeguarding issue brought to their notice, this must be treated as a priority over all work.

Guidance with regard to a specific incident may be obtained from the Designated Safeguarding Officer.