This safeguarding policy outlines the responsibilities of Empentis Training Solutions in relation to the protection of children, young people and vulnerable adults in response to:
Empentis Ltd holds as one of its highest priorities, the health, safety, and welfare of all children, young people and vulnerable adults involved in courses or activities which come under the responsibility of the company.
Throughout this policy and related procedures reference is made to “children”. This term is used to mean “those under the age of 18”. Empentis Ltd recognises that some adults are also vulnerable to abuse; accordingly, the procedures may be applied to the protection of vulnerable adults. A vulnerable adult is defined as a person ‘who is or may be in need of community care services by reason of mental or other disability, age or illness, and who is or may be unable to take care of him or herself, or unable to protect him or herself against significant harm or exploitation’.
Abuse and neglect are forms of maltreatment of a child. Someone may abuse or neglect a child by inflicting harm, or by failing to prevent harm. Children may be abused in a family or in an institutional or community setting, by those known to them, or more rarely by a stranger. The fact that the abuser is usually someone they know can make it more difficult to talk; it also makes it more important to talk to someone who can be trusted.
Abuse can be:
Physical abuse causes harm. It may involve hitting, shaking, throwing, poisoning, burning, scalding, drowning or suffocating. It may be done deliberately or recklessly, or be the result of a deliberate failure to prevent injury from occurring. Physical harm may also be caused when a parent or carer fabricates the symptoms of or deliberately induces, illness in a child.
Neglect is the persistent or severe failure to meet an individual’s basic physical or psychological needs, likely to result in serious impairment of their health or development. Neglect may involve a parent or carer failing to:
It may also include neglect of, or unresponsiveness to, a child’s basic emotional needs.
Sexual abuse involves forcing or enticing an individual to take part in sexual activities, including prostitution, whether or not they were aware of what is happening. The activities may involve physical contact, including penetrative or non-penetrative acts. They may include non-contact activities, such as involvement in looking at, or in the production of, sexual online images, watching sexual activities, or encouragement to behave in sexually inappropriate ways.
Psychological abuse may include 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.
The director is committed to ensuring that the company:
The designated senior member of staff with strategic responsibility for safeguarding is Dave Caine:
As the company’s senior representative, he has a key duty to take the lead responsibility for raising awareness within the staff of issues relating to the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults, and the promotion of a safe environment for learners within the company.
He has received training in safeguarding issues and inter-agency working, as required by the Safeguarding Children’s board, and will receive refresher training at least once a year. He should keep up to date with developments in safeguarding issues including:
He will have received training in safeguarding issues and inter-agency working, as required by the Safeguarding Children’s Board, and will receive refresher training at least once a year.
It is a requirement that all staff who have been employed for more than two years undertake safeguarding training every year to ensure that they are up-to-date with changes in legislation and practice. All staff will be trained on the implementation of this policy and procedures at induction and refreshed in quarterly team meetings and safeguarding briefings.
The company will keep clear, comprehensive records of any disclosures and/or allegations of abuse.
The company will comply with the requirements of the Data Protection Act 1998, which allows for disclosure of personal data where this is necessary to protect the interests of a learner
Antisemitism is prejudice or hatred against Jews. It has existed in various forms for more than 2,000 years, based at different times on actual or perceived differences between Jews and others, along religious, racial, ethnic and national lines.
One of the best contemporary definitions of antisemitism is that adopted, in May 2016, by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, a coalition of 31 member states and 11 observer states. On 12 December 2016, the Government announced that the UK would be one of the first countries to formally adopt the definition.
In recent years, the rate of antisemitic incidents has been stubbornly high, according to research by the UK Jewish community’s third-party reporting agency, the Community Security Trust. In this period, antisemitism has sometimes shown increases in direct correlation to increases in violence in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but this is not the only ‘trigger’. Like other forms of prejudice, antisemitism has been evident in direct interpersonal interactions, as well as on social media.
Some examples of antisemitic sentiments may include:
• Support for – or failure to oppose – terrorism against Jews in the UK or abroad
• Celebration, denial, trivialisation or revision of the Holocaust;
• Anti-Jewish conspiracy theories about ‘Jewish control’ over politics, the media or finance
• Theological antisemitism;
• Crude stereotypes about Jewish physical appearance or relationship to money or power.
• Exceptional treatment of Israel, where the world’s only Jewish state is uniquely subjected,
among all the countries in the world, to hostile behaviours such as denial of its right to exist
or holding it to standards not expected or required of any other democratic nation.
Antisemitic behaviour might include:
• Racist abuse – including name-calling or Nazi gestures
• Physical bullying – including violence or intimidation
• Graffiti – on public or personal property
• Exclusion by peers
The policy will be reviewed annually by the named person and presented for agreement to the Director.
• Recruitment and selection policy
• Health and Safety
• E&D Policy
4 Steps on how to respond if a learner discloses to you –
Listen carefully to what they say and how they say it
➢Give them time and attention
➢Allow the learner to explain in their own words
➢Questions should be kept to a minimum
➢Do not offer false confidentiality
➢Empathise with their situation
Reassure the Learner
➢That it is OK that they have told you
➢That they have done nothing wrong
➢Tell them what you are going to do next
BUT remember it is not your role to offer specific advice or to investigate alleged abuse
➢Do not assume facts
➢Do not give your opinion
Complete a SAP1 Form and record –
➢What was said – be specific
➢The context in which it was said
➢Who was present
Next step –
➢Discuss immediately with a member of the Safeguarding Team who will resolve or refer to the relevant body
➢Do not discuss the issue further with the student or any other member of staff
Keeping learners and tutors safe during remote education is essential. The same principles set out above also apply to remote teaching.
Empentis has clear reporting routes so that learners can raise any safeguarding concerns in relation to remote online education.
For more information
Empentis maintains a professional practice when communicating online with learners. When possible we communicate within business hours (or agreed hours), and we advise learners not to share personal information
Empentis use secure online learning platforms. All lessons are taught from a quiet or private room with consideration to the background.
Due to the official guidelines concerning the coronavirus changes from day to day. Our guidelines and the way we operate change according to the government guidelines. We do however implement general practices to our staff, tutors, and learners.
Empentis Training Solutions work with Local Safeguarding Children Boards, the Local Authority Designated Officer, the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub and other professions to ensure a comprehensive safeguarding network is in place. Advice will be taken from professionals within these organisations as appropriate.
NSCB – 0191 277 2500
Durham LSCB – 03000 265 770
Empentis Training Solutions will work proactively with the regional Prevent coordinators when appropriate.
Prevent North East regional Co-ordinator – Chris Sybenga 07384 456640, firstname.lastname@example.org
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