Safeguarding Policy

For the purposes of this policy a young person is defined as any person under the age of 18.

All children have an absolute right to a childhood free from abuse, neglect or exploitation. Get Further believes that in all matters concerning child protection and safeguarding, the welfare and protection of the young people1 we work with is of paramount consideration.All adults involved in Get Further’s activities and who come into contact with children have a duty of care to safeguard and promote their welfare. This policy and the procedures contain within it exist not to discourage adults from being involved in the work of Get Further, but to ensure, as far as possible, that people who may abuse children do not get the opportunity to do so.

  • There is a duty placed upon us to ensure that all adults who work with or on behalf of our young people are competent, confident and safe to do so.
  • Adults working or volunteering for Get Further are responsible for their own actions and behaviour and should avoid any conduct which would lead a reasonable person to question their motivation or intention.
  • Everyone involved in Get Further activities must follow Get Further’s Code of Behaviour.
  • They must also be familiar with the steps to be taken in the event of becoming aware of, suspecting or receiving allegations of abuse.

     

     

    Designated Safeguarding Officer

    Get Further have a Designated Safeguarding Children Officer to:

  • Offer support to all staff and volunteers involved in Get Further’s work.
  • To act as the main point of contact in the event of any allegation or disclosure.
  • To act as the as the main point of contact between Get Further and partner colleges.

    If there is an allegation, signs and indicators of abuse are identified or if at any point an adult involved with Get Further’s work fails to comply with any element of the Code of Behaviour this information must be passed immediately to Get Further’s Designated Safeguarding Children Officer. It is the Designated Safeguarding Officer’s responsibility to collect all relevant information and make decisions on how to proceed (this will include contacting the designated safeguarding lead at the relevant partner college/s). You have a duty of care to pass on all relevant information regarding any allegations of abuse, or identified signs and indicators of possible abuse.

     

     

    Designated Safeguarding Officer

Sarah Waite (sarah.waite@getfurther.org.uk) Phone number: 07796 690 477

In the event of the Designated Safeguarding Officer being unavailable please email:hello@getfurther.org.uk.

Definitions of Abuse
Physical Abuse: physical injury to a child where there is knowledge, or a reasonable suspicion, that their injury was inflicted or knowingly not prevented.

Neglect: the persistent or severe neglect of a child which results in serious impairment of the child’s health or development (both physical and mental).

Emotional Abuse: the persistent or severe emotional ill-treatment of a child which has severe adverse effect on the behaviour and emotional development of that child.

Sexual Abuse: the involvement of dependent, developmentally immature children and adolescents in sexual activities they do not truly comprehend, to which they are unable to give informed consent.

Extremism: A vocal or active opposition to fundamental human values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs.

Grooming: When someone builds an emotional connection with a child or a young person to gain their trust for the purposes of sexual abuse or exploitation.

Self-Abuse: Any means by which a child or young person seeks to harm themselves. This can take lots of physical forms, including cutting, bruising, scratching, hair-pulling, poisoning, overdosing and eating disorders.

 

Procedures

In all cases related to child protection and safeguarding, the main procedure is to treat the allegation seriously, in strict confidence and immediately contact the Get Further Designated Safeguarding Officer, and/or allocated college child protection and safeguarding lead/s. In the event of Get Further’s Designated Safeguarding Officers being contacted the following protocol will be followed:

  1. The information will immediately be passed on to the college’s child protection and safeguarding lead/s.
  2. The college shall follow the college’s procedure for contacting the local Police Child Protection Unit or the Social Services Department of the relevant Local Authority (the Authorities). Get Further shall support the college with any action that the college deems appropriate and shall undertake reasonable endeavours to provide the college with any assistance or documents.
  1. Get Further shall not, under any circumstances, undertake any independent investigation or questioning (as this may jeopardise any enquiry) unless or until Get Further is given authorisation by the college or the Authorities. Following authorisation, Get Further may independently follow up on the allegation.
  2. All allegations or suspicions shall be referred to the college no matter how insignificant they seem to be or when they occur. Any information about suspicious behaviour or circumstances will be passed to the local Police Child Protection Unit or the local Social Services within 24 hours or as soon as shall be reasonably practicable.

In the event that a young person discloses abuse to an employee of Get Further or a volunteer tutor

Employees of Get Further and volunteer tutors shall:

  1. Allow the young person to speak without interruption, encouraging them to tell you only what they feel comfortable telling you, and be accepting and be non- judgemental about what is said. Do not ask investigative or leading questions of any kind.
  2. Advise the young person that you will offer support, but that you MUST pass what they tell you and are not able to keep anything they tell you confidential. If they refuse to tell you anything unless you promise to keep it a secret, inform them that you want to help and that there is one person you have to tell. If they then refuse to tell you any more, please respect their decision and report this incident.
  3. Ensure that the young person is not immediately at risk of any further abuse.
  4. Immediately after a disclosure, contact the Designated Safeguarding Children Officer at Get Further.
  5. Report the facts as you know them/ or understand them, including the student’sname and the account given to you by the young person using the words that they used as well as including any other information your feel is relevant.
  6. Provide this detailed information to the Designated Safeguarding Children Officer at Get Further as soon as you are able.
  7. Get Further shall retain a copy of all such notifications for a period of one year.

In the event that a volunteer tutor suspects abuse, but it has not been disclosed by the young person

Employees of Get Further and volunteer tutors shall:

  1. Not discuss your suspicions with the young person in question or conduct any form of investigative work.
  2. Report the facts as you know them/ or understand them, including the student’sname and the account given to you by the young person using the words that they used as well as including any other information your feel is relevant.
  3. Provide this detailed information to the Designated Safeguarding Children Officer at Get Further as soon as you are able.
  4. Get Further shall retain a copy of all such notifications for a period of one year.

If you receive an allegation about any adult or about a volunteer tutor (including the person hearing the allegation)

Employees of Get Further and volunteer tutors shall:

  1. Immediately after receiving an allegation or disclosure, contact the Designated Safeguarding Children Officer at Get Further.
  2. Report the facts as you know them/ or understand them, including the names of relevant adults and/or young people and the account given to you using the words that they used as well as including any other information your feel is relevant.
  3. Provide this detailed information to the Designated Safeguarding Children Officer at Get Further as soon as you are able.
  4. Get Further shall retain a copy of all such notifications for a period of one year.

If you deal with the personal data of young people (including names, grades and college)

Employees of Get Further and volunteer tutors shall:

  1. Handle all information with sensitivity and confidentiality.
  2. The information should be kept securely and not be made available to others without the authority of Get Further.

Recruitment and Training

Get Further maintains a high standard in recruiting staff and volunteers. All Get Further employees and volunteers will be subject to an enhanced DBS check before they can begin working within our partner colleges. Every volunteer and employee must be able to fulfil one of the following:

  • Have an existing enhanced DBS check not more than 2 years old verified by a member of Get Further staff, with the disclosure number and date of issue recorded, along with photographic ID.
  • Arrange with Get Further to have a new enhanced DBS check processed.

    Get Further staff and volunteers receive training on the contents of this this policy as part of their induction. This policy is made available to all adults involved in Get Further’s activities and all volunteers sign a volunteer agreement, which confirms that they are familiar with the contents and procedures in this policy.

    The Code of Behaviour

    All adults coming into contact with children and young people through Get Further’s work must comply with this Child Protection and Safeguarding Children Policy and this Code of Behaviour.

    You must:

  • Act in accordance with the partner college’s policies and procedures regarding child protection and safeguarding.
  • Treat all young people with respect.
  • Avoid being alone with a young person or cause someone else to be alone with a young person because of your actions e.g. being late. If alone in a room with young people keep the door open at all times.
  • Remember that someone else might misinterpret your actions, no matter how well intentioned.
  • Be aware that any physical contact with a young person can be misinterpreted and should always be avoided. Shaking hands in a public setting is considered acceptable.
  • Be aware that social networking sites are in the public domain if not protected by privacy settings. Strongly consider strengthening any privacy settings so that young people would not be able to access your online profiles and be privy to any information you would not want in the public domain.
  • Block any young people that approach you online and inform Get Further’sDesignated Safeguarding Officer immediately.
  • Recognise that special caution is required when discussing sensitive issues with young people.
  • Challenge unacceptable behaviour and report all allegations/suspicions of abuse to the Get Further’s Designated Safeguarding Officer.
  • Operate within Get Further’s procedures in the event of any disclosure/concern.
  • Raise any questions or concerns about child protection and safeguarding with Get

    Further’s Designated Safeguarding Officer, or if unsure of a college’s procedure, information should be sought from college staff.

    You must not:

  • Promise confidentiality to young people in any situation.
  • Seek out or add young people on any social networking site.
  • Respond to any online communication from a young person, for example on a social networking site.
  • Share your address with young people, or, seek out their address.
  • Arrange to meet a young person outside of the allocated tutoring time, unless on the college premises and with the prior knowledge of a member of staff.
  • Act in a manner that excludes the young people you are working with.
  • Make suggestive or derogatory remarks in front of young people.
  • Have inappropriate physical contact or verbal contact with young people.
  • Show favouritism to any individual.
  • Be under the influence of alcohol or other substances when working on activities involving young people.
  • Take photographs of young people.

    This policy will be formally reviewed every year, or in line with Governmental guidance.