Safeguarding 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 organisations] working with children and young people take all reasonable measures to ensure that the risks of the individual’s welfare are minimised; and where there are concerns about children and young people’s welfare, all agencies [and organisations] take all appropriate actions to address those concerns, working to agreed local policies and procedures, working in partnership with other local agencies.’
It is important that young people, those under the age of 18 are protected from abuse, neglect or significant harm. It is the responsibility of all CLMD employees to safeguard and promote the welfare of young people and vulnerable adults participating in Training programmes and activities.
Any allegation or concerns regarding the welfare of learners should be reported using the following guidelines.
What is abuse and when is a person at risk?
- Physical abuse which may involve hitting, shaking, throwing, poisoning, burning, scalding, drowning , suffocating or otherwise causing physical harm
- Emotional abuse which is the persistent emotional maltreatment so as to cause severe and persistent adverse effects on their emotional development
- Sexual abuse which involves forcing or enticing a child or young Person to take part in sexual activities, including prostitution, whether or not the child/young person is aware of what is happening
- Neglect consisting of the persistent failure to meet a child’s or young person or vulnerable adult’s basic physical and/or psychological needs, which is likely to result in the serious impairment of their health or development
For vulnerable adults abuse can mean:
- Physical abuse including hitting, slapping, punching, kicking, misuse of medication, restraint or inappropriate sanctions
- Sexual abuse including rape, sexual assault, or sexual acts to which the victim has not consented, could not consent to or was pressurised into consenting into
- Psychological abuse including emotional abuse, threats of harm or abandonment, deprivation of contact, humiliation, verbal abuse, isolation or withdrawal of services or supportive networks
- Discriminatory abuse including racist, sexist, religious abuse that is based on a person’s disability
- Financial abuse including fraud, exploitation, pressure in connection with wills, property, inheritance or financial transactions or the misuse or misappropriation of property, possessions or benefits
- Neglect including ignoring physical or medical care needs, failure to provide access to appropriate services or the withholding of necessities of life.
What to do if…
A young person or vulnerable adult discloses abuse to you
Take the disclosure seriously and never dismiss the allegation of abuse. Provide a quiet and supportive environment to help the person feel at ease. Remember that an allegation of abuse or neglect may lead to a criminal investigation and asking leading questions or attempting to investigate the allegations yourself may cause problems for any subsequent court proceedings.
Do not make promises regarding confidentiality. Explain to the person at the outset that you will need to report the disclosure and share the information with the CLMD.
The Safeguarding Officer will, where possible respect the wishes of the individual; however, the information will be share with external agencies where it is judged that a person is at risk of suffering significant harm.
Report the disclosure of to the Safeguarding Officer immediately by telephoning 020 88545953.
Complete the Risk Assessment Form and forward to the Safeguarding Officer within 24 hours.
The Safeguarding Officer will identify the appropriate next steps and keep in contact with you to ensure that our Duty of Care is fulfilled.
What to do if…
You are concerned a young person or vulnerable adult may be at risk
- Contact the Safeguarding Officer for advice and guidance
- Make and keep a record of your concerns and forward to the Safeguarding Officer within 24 hours
- Discuss your concerns with the young person if appropriate
What to do if…
A young person or vulnerable adult accuses you or another member of staff of abuse
- Contact the safeguarding Officer for advice and guidance
- Make and keep a record of the accusation and actions taken and forward to the Safeguarding Officer within 24 hours
- CLMD takes its responsibility to put in place strategies to educate young people using a blend of critical thinking and empathy that is the best way to create awareness against the dangers radicalism and extremism (violent or non-violent forms). Candidates are made aware of the named safeguarding officer to whom they can report any incident they may constitute radicalism or extremism. Candidates are also encouraged to make the centre aware, anonymously of any concerns they may have regarding radicalism or extremism by leaving anonymous feedback.
Safeguarding Action Plan
|Update Centre’s Safeguarding Policy||Include changes from working together to safeguard children 2018
Staff to be informed of changes
|Centre Manager||Autumn 2018|
|All staff need to ensure they have understood KCSIE Section A 2018||Staff meeting to highlight changes||All staff|
|We need to ensure regular training is at the right level for all staff.
All designated Safeguarding leads to have up to date training
All involved in staff recruitment to have Safer Recruitment Training every 5 years
|Keep logging system up to date
Plan 3 sessions throughout the year accessible for teaching staff, support staff, and volunteers (September, Oct and the summer)
Ensure all receive appropriate training
Organise Safer Recruitment Training for refresher for key recruitment personnel.
|Tutors, assessors and advisers
|Develop a clear e safety strategy to include all stakeholders||E policy updated, strategy developed ensuring an education section is in place for learners and staff
Create e safety section on the company website
|Senior team||Spring 2019|
|Further develop a safeguarding education strategy for learners ensuring full coverage of key safeguarding issues||Continue work to improve staff knowledge on how to deal with safeguarding||The entire team||Spring 2019|
Designated Safeguarding Officer is Bridgette Pollard be contacted as below:
020 8317 7380