This policy applies to all staff or contractors or anyone working on behalf of Land Based Training.
The purpose of this policy:
- to protect children and young people and vulnerable adults who receive training or assessment from Land Based Training. This includes the children of adults who use our services:
- to provide staff, trainers and assessors with the overarching principles that guide our approach to safeguarding and child protection;
We believe that a child, young person or vulnerable adult should never experience abuse of any kind. We have a responsibility to promote the welfare of all children and young people and to keep them safe. We are committed to practise in a way that protects them.
We recognise that:
- all children and vulnerable adults, regardless of age, disability, gender, racial heritage, religious belief, sexual orientation or identity, have a right to equal protection from all types of harm or abuse
- some are additionally vulnerable because of the impact of previous experiences, their level of experiences, their level of dependency, communication needs or other issues
- working in partnership with children, young people, their parents, carers and other agencies is essential in promoting young people’s welfare.
We will not allow staff or contractors to have access to children, young people and vulnerable adults where there is any knowledge of that person having any criminal conviction involving children or who are disqualified from working with children.
We will remind all employees and contractors of their duty to disclose any such information, as required by the Criminal Justice and Court Services Act 2000 (as amended) and the Disclosure and Barring Service as required.
We shall keep a dedicated log of all written and oral statements, along with a record of relevant telephone conversations, in the event of an incident or allegation under this policy. In the case of a child, young person or a vulnerable adult on work experience or training this information will be immediately passed on to the learner’s Educational Institution or primary carer or other agencies as appropriate.
We and staff shall treat all incidents with absolute confidentiality.
We shall comply with the Date Protection Act 1998 for the safe and secure storage of all information relating to children’s personal details, or details resulting from any incident or allegation arising within the scope of this policy.
Monitoring and review
This policy shall be monitored for effectiveness and shall be reviewed when:
- there has been an incident, whether the allegation is proved or not
- there is a change in the legislation
- there is a major company re-organisation.
We will ensure that all staff and contractors having contact with children, young people and vulnerable adults are made aware of, understand, and act on this policy and are familiar with guidelines.
Signed by Katie Holmes (Managing Director) on behalf of the Company. January 2016.