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      Safeguarding Policy 


      Ben Goldsmith
      20/03/2019
      This policy will be reviewed every 12 months.
      20/03/2020
       

      1. Core Safeguarding Principles 

      Anzuk Education acknowledges the duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and is committed to ensuring safeguarding practice that reflects statutory responsibilities, government guidance and complies with best practice requirements. All children and vulnerable adults, regardless of age, disability, gender, racial heritage, religious belief, sexual orientation or identity, have the right to equal protection from all types of harm or abuse. 

      This policy applies to all internal staff at anzuk Education as well temporary workers, candidates and contractors.  anzuk Education is fully compliant with Keeping Children Safe in Education – September 2016. anzuk Education is committed to ensuring their work is consistent with safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults. All candidates placed by anzuk Education are expected to take all reasonable steps to ensure they are alert to possible child abuse and neglect, and to familiarise themselves with arrangements for safeguarding children in the schools where they are placed.

      2. Safeguarding Aims and Objectives 

      This policy is designed to meet the above principles by ensuring that:

       

      3. Recruitment and Selection Process

      anzuk Education are also committed to protecting children and vulnerable adults through a careful recruitment and selection process, a whistle blowing policy and guidance on appropriate behaviour. anzuk Education rigorous procedures ensure that any candidate found to have a history of unacceptable conduct or practice, will not be placed. 

      As part of our safeguarding policy anzuk Education will:

       

      4. Legislation 

       


      5. Definitions 

      ‘Safeguarding’ - is about embedding practices throughout the organisation to ensure the protection of children and/or vulnerable adults wherever possible. In contrast, child and adult protection is about responding to circumstances that arise.

      ‘Abuse’ - Keeping children safe in education September 2016 defines abuse and neglect and gives four clear categories of abuse as:


      ‘Child’ – is used to define anyone under the age of 18 (Children Act, 1989).

      ‘Young people’ are children who are 16 to 17 years old.

      ‘Age of consent’ (the legal age to have sex) in the UK is 16 years old*.

      ‘Vulnerable adult’ is a person who has attained the age of 18 and for a range of reasons may be, either temporarily or permanently and in different situations, potentially vulnerable. 
      This may include a person who:

      anzuk Education conducts the following safeguarding checks and has sight of all original documents before supplying a candidate into an education/social work establishment.


      We do accept a candidate’s Enhanced DBS processed through another organisation but must have sight of the original certificate. All candidates must be registered on the ‘Update Service’.  If the candidate has not registered on the update service, then anzuk will process a new DBS. We always ensure that the Enhanced DBS certificate for each candidate is relevant to the role they will be undertaking. When a candidate is subscribed to the update service, an online check will be done every 12 months. 

      6. Responsibilities 

      All staff, temporary workers, candidates and contractors placed on assignment are responsible for supporting safe behaviour and have a responsibility to follow the guidelines laid out in this policy and related policies and to pass on any welfare concerns using the required procedures. We expect all staff, temporary workers, candidates and contractors to promote good practice by being an excellent role model; contributing to discussions about safeguarding  to positively involving people in developing safe practices. All staff, temporary workers, candidates and contractors should: 

      All staff, temporary workers, candidates and contractors working through anzuk Education are expected to keep children safe by contributing to:

       


      7. Reporting and barring referrals 

      The process outlined below details the stages involved in raising and reporting safeguarding concerns at anzuk Education.

      See Appendix 1.
      (Child Protection and Safeguarding Incident Standard Operating Procedure 2018)
       

      8. LADO (Local Authority Designated Officer)

      In accordance with Working Together (2018), where an organisation has received an allegation that a volunteer or member of staff who works with children has:
      Behaved in a way that has harmed a child, or may have harmed a child;
      Possibly committed a criminal offence against or related to a child; or
      Behaved towards a child or children in a way that indicates they may pose a risk of harm to children

      A referral should be sent to the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) within one working day, giving as much detail as possible.
       

      9. Duty to make a referral to the DBS

      Where there is evidence that anyone has harmed, or poses a risk of harm, to a child or vulnerable adult, there is a legal duty on anzuk Education to report that person to the Disclosure and Barring Service using their guidance available here https://www.gov.uk/guidance/making-barring-referrals-to-the-dbs. The DBS has statutory authority to bar a person from working in regulated activity with children and/or vulnerable adults in the UK.

      Referral to the DBS will also be made if the person resigns prior to an investigation being carried out or reaching its conclusion. If the accused person resigns, or ceases to provide their services, this should not prevent an allegation being followed up in accordance with this guidance.

      The anzuk Education will not make any compromise/settlement agreement in the case of a person deemed unsuitable to work with children. Any such agreement which contained a condition of not referring the case to the DBS would constitute a criminal offence.

      Anyone who is concerned about a child’s or vulnerable adult’s welfare or who believe that a child or vulnerable adult may be at risk of abuse should pass any information to the DBS or other appropriate authority as soon as possible and no longer than 24 hours after the initial concern.
       

      10. Whistle Blowing

      All staff, temporary workers, candidates and contractors should bring matters of concern to the attention of anzuk Education and concerns can be reported directly to the LADO. Once you have shared your concerns you should submit them in writing giving names, date and places where appropriate. No action will be taken against you if the concern proves to be unfounded but was raised in good faith. All staff, workers, candidates and contractors should be aware of their duty to raise concerns, where they exist, about the attitude or actions of colleagues. Include concern raised and not acted upon by the safeguarding leads. Allegations that are made frivolously, maliciously or for personal gain will lead to termination. 

      Once a disclosure against anyone has been made, anzuk Education will consider whether the allegation should be reported to the LADO. Only after notifying and consulting with the LADO (or, in the most serious cases, the police) will the anzuk Education undertake an investigation.
       

      11. Summary

      anzuk Education safeguarding policy is available on clients and candidates request or via our website https://anzuk.education/uk/jobseekers/apsco-compliance.
      All staff, temporary workers, candidates and contractors must be aware that they have a professional duty to share information with other recruitment firms in order to safeguard children and vulnerable adults. The public interest in safeguarding children and vulnerable adults may override confidentiality interests. However, information will be shared on a need to know basis only, as judged by anzuk Education.