Safeguarding and Prevent Policy
BACKGROUND Impact Success trading as butterfly first aid is a Training organisation providing training to both adult and children. Butterfly First Aid is committed to safeguarding, protecting and promoting the welfare of all of its students and any children in its care. BUTTERFLY FIRST AID seeks to ensure that the company has a positive environment for all learners to learn within the guidance of the Safeguarding Children Boards and Adult Safeguarding Boards surrounding boroughs to implement best practice in the safeguarding of children and Adults at Risk in line with the pan London guidelines.
BUTTERFLY FIRST AID delivers training to children from the age of 4 years to adult.
BUTTERFLY FIRST AID recognises that learners within the safeguarded groups face the risk of abuse. It is the duty of every member of staff to prevent abuse and to take effective action when abuse is suspected or disclosed. BUTTERFLY FIRST AID also recognises that safeguarding incidents could happen anywhere and at any time and be perpetrated by a range of individuals including staff, other students and people external to the training venue including family and friends.
This policy has been developed in accordance with the principles established by the Children’s Acts of 1989 and 2004, the Education Act 2002 and is in line with the Government publication Working together to Safeguard Children 2015 and reflects guidance contained in Keeping Children Safe in Education 2016 and the Care Act 2014, the Mental Capacity Act (MCA) 2005 and the Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015.
Butterfly First Aid ’s COMMITMENT: Abuse is unacceptable in all circumstances. The Company is committed to ensuring that all children and vulnerable adults are protected from risk of abuse or risk of radicalisation and extremism. The best defence against abuse is the strength of values incorporated in the Companies culture. The Company believes that all learners and children are entitled to be treated with dignity, courtesy and respect regardless of their background or of any of the protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010.
Safety is embedded within good sound practice and the growing ability of learners to protect themselves, make their views known and be listened to. All learners should feel safe, secure and feel able to raise any concerns at any time.
BUTTERFLY FIRST AID will report all allegations of abuse to the relevant borough Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) or Single Point of Access (SPA) if the LADO is not known or a member of Adult and Community Services team or local safeguarding children’s board (LSCB) where an initial fact find indicates further cause for concern. With regards to allegations of suspected radicalisation and extremism a referral to the CHANNEL services may be made. If the report involves an allegation of a criminal act, a report will also be made to the Police and the college will fully co-operate with any
Butterfly First Aid will act on all reports of alleged abuse regardless of whether they are recent, are reported to have taken place in the past, have taken place on college premises or within the community. If staff members have any concerns about a child (as opposed to a child being in immediate danger – see below) they will need to decide what action to take. Where possible, there should be a conversation with the designated safeguarding lead to agree a course of action, although any staff member can make a referral to MASH (MULTI AGENCY SAFEGUARDING HUB)
AIMS OF THE POLICY Safeguarding encompasses a range of activities aimed at protecting an adult, child or young person’s right to live in safety and free from abuse and neglect. The Policy aims: – To prevent abuse, radicalisation and extremism by providing teaching and learner support which establishes a safe environment where students can learn in confidence, independence and feel listened to; – To raise awareness of both teaching and business support staff of the need for the safeguarding of children and Adults at Risk and of their responsibilities in identifying and reporting possible cases of abuse, radicalisation and extremism; – To provide positive adult role models by ensuring that staff behaviour is professional at all times; – To provide a framework for the development of internal procedures to be followed by all staff in cases of suspected abuse; – To emphasise the need for good levels of communication and information sharing between all members of staff; – To provide a systematic means of monitoring learners known or thought to be at risk – To promote understanding and build relationships with other agencies in order to develop multiagency working and information sharing; – To ensure the company practises safe recruitment of staff, freelancers, sub contractors and volunteers,
Safeguarding and Prevent Policy
To ensure that learners know that there are Safeguarding Officers whom they can approach if they are worried or in difficulty; – To provide information in an accessible way to understand the different types of abuse; – To provide appropriate support to staff, volunteers and governors through supervision and training; – To assess risk in relation to all College activities, focussing on prevention and minimising risk and putting in place safeguards; – To ensure staff keep a written record of any injury or incident that caused harm along with any steps taken; – To ensure staff and volunteers keep a professional distance and do not share personal information/email addresses/telephone numbers with children or young people; – To equip learners within the safeguarded group with the skills and knowledge to identify positive life choices and to assert their preferences.
LEARNERS WITHIN THE SAFEGUARDED GROUP.
Abuse is defined as ‘a violation of an individual’s human and civil right by any other person or persons’. Abuse may consist of a single or repeated act and can be carried out by anyone. Whilst abuse can be intentional it does not have to be deliberate, malicious or planned to constitute abuse.
Safeguarding Adults (Adults at risk) For the purposes of this policy, the safeguarding duties apply to an adult who: has need for care and support (whether or not the local authority is meeting any of those needs) and; is experiencing, or at risk of, abuse or neglect; and as a result of those care and support needs is unable to protect themselves from either the risk of, or the experience of abuse or neglect. (The Care Act 2014)
The Care Act 2014 covers 10 areas of abuse:
1. Physical abuse; the threat or use of force which results in pain or injury or a change in the person’s physical health OR The non – accidental infliction of physical force that results in bodily injury, pain or impairment: Including hitting, slapping, pushing, kicking, misuse of medication, restraint or inappropriate sanctions
2. Sexual abuse, including rape, indecent exposure, sexual harassment, inappropriate looking or touching, sexual teasing or innuendo, sexual photography, subjecting to pornography or witnessing sexual acts, indecent exposure and sexual assault or sexual acts to which the adult has not consented or was pressured into consenting.
3. Psychological abuse, including emotional abuse, threats of harm or abandonment, deprivation of contact, humiliation, blaming, controlling, intimidation, coercion, harassment, verbal abuse, isolation or withdrawal from services or supportive networks.
4. Financial or material abuse, including theft, fraud, internet scamming, coercion in relation to an adult’s financial affairs or arrangements, including in connection with wills, property, inheritance or financial transactions, or the misuse or misappropriation of property, possessions or benefits.
5. Neglect and acts of omission, including ignoring medical or physical care needs, failure to provide access to appropriate health, social care or educational services, the withholding of the necessities of life, such as medication, adequate nutrition and heating.
6. Self-Neglect covers a wide range of behaviours including neglecting to care for personal hygiene, health or surroundings and includes behaviours such as hoarding.
7. Discriminatory abuse; includes forms of harassment, slurs, or similar treatment because of race, gender, gender identity, age, disability sexual orientation or religion.
8. Institutional abuse, demonstrated by repeated instances of neglect, poor care, management and/or professional practice
9. Domestic Abuse, incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse by someone who is or has been an intimate partner or family member regardless of gender or sexuality. This includes psychological, physical, sexual, financial, emotional abuse; so called honour-based violence, female genital mutilation and forced marriage. The age range is extended down to 16.
10. Modern Slavery; encompasses slavery, human trafficking, forced labour and domestic servitude.
Patterns of abuse vary and include: Serial abusing – in which the perpetrator seeks out and ‘grooms’ individuals. Sexual abuse sometimes falls into this pattern as do some forms of financial abuse; Long-term abuse in the context of an ongoing family relationship such as domestic violence between spouses or generations or persistent psychological abuse; or Opportunistic abuse such as theft occurring because money or jewellery has been left lying around.
Abuse is difficult to assess; many situations may involve a combination of abusive elements.
6 Principles that underpin adult safeguarding Empowerment – People being supported and encouraged to make their own decisions Prevention – It is better to take action before harm occurs Proportionality – The least intrusive response to the risk presented Protection- Support and representation for those in greatest need Partnership – Local solutions through services working with their communities Accountability – Accountability and transparency
The 6 principles aim to encourage practice that puts the person in control and generate a more person centred set of responses and outcomes.