TMS Learning and Skills (TMS Skills) is committed to the safeguarding and well-being of all of our learners and fully recognises its responsibilities for protecting vulnerable groups. Our policy applies to all staff, learners, contractors and visitors working on behalf of or in conjunction with TMS Skills. The main elements to our policy are as follows:
We recognise that because of the day to day contact with learners, our staff are well placed to observe the outward signs of abuse. TMS Skills will therefore:
We recognise and adhere to the statutory requirements within key safeguarding legislation. Along with this policy staff should also read:
TMS Skills recognises its responsibility with regard to the safeguarding of young and vulnerable learners from abuse and from inappropriate and inadequate care, and is committed to responding in all cases where there is concern.
Due to the nature of our work TMS Skills may be in the frontline of work with some children, young learners, vulnerable learners and vulnerable adults. This may mean that we are the first to know that a child, young or vulnerable learner or adult is being or has been abused or that we are concerned about a persons well-being. Everyone has an equal responsibility to ensure that the individual needs and welfare of the person are put first and to safeguard any person with whom we may come into contact. This responsibility not only rests with the Directors, Senior Management and Designated Persons for Safeguarding but also with every individual member of staff employed or volunteering within our organisation whilst at work, at an employers premises or at home.DEFINITION OF TERMS
The Safeguarding policy describes the support and protection procedures for all learners under the age of 18, or vulnerable learners over this age, who may be “at risk” of abuse.The Definition of Safeguarding
Safeguarding is a proactive process of protecting and ensuring the safety and well-being of young and vulnerable learners. Safeguarding may involve instances in which a young or vulnerable learner is suffering or likely to suffer from harm.
Safeguarding also involves adopting safer recruitment practices to assist in identifying persons who are unsuitable to work with young or vulnerable learners.DEFINITIONS OF ABUSE
Children can be potentially abused within the family, community, and in organisation by employees (including those employed to promote their welfare and protect them from abuse), volunteers, visitors and fellow students, the following are broad categories of abuse.
Abuse is any behaviour towards a person that deliberately or unknowingly causes harm, endangers life or violates their rights. Abuse may be:
Once you suspect or know of any abuse of any child or vulnerable adult, you should immediately inform the designated person for Safeguarding, which is Tessa Green in person or by telephone. Even if you have only heard rumours of abuse, or you have a suspicion but do not have firm evidence, you should still contact the designated person for Safeguarding to discuss your concerns. You should also contact the designated person for Safeguarding if you know or suspect that a member of staff or student has a previous history of abuse of children and/or vulnerable adults.
If, following your initial contact with the designated person for Safeguarding, it is decided that the matter should be taken further; a written report must be prepared. A written report is essential to prevent any misrepresentation of your findings, and should be sent to the designated person for Safeguarding within 24 hours of the suspicion arising. The report should be factual and should not include opinions or personal interpretations of the facts presented. The report should contain as much detail as possible, including any apparent physical signs of abuse or other circumstances which have led to your suspicions, or the account given to you of abuse by the child or vulnerable adult concerned, as accurately as you are able to record it. The report should be signed, dated and a copy stored in a secure place. If you are unsure about what to write, you can get advice from designated person for Safeguarding.
If a child or vulnerable adult comes to you with a report of apparent abuse, you should listen carefully to the child or vulnerable adult, using the following guidelines. When listening to a child or vulnerable adult, staff must;
The designated person for Safeguarding will be responsible for recording essential information about each case and for collecting reports and notes as appropriate.
Any detailed information about a case will be confined to the designated person for Safeguarding. Where a referral to an external agency is to be made, the designated person for Safeguarding will advise the Manager(s) and staff reporting the allegations and will be kept informed of the progress of the case on a ‘need to know’ basis.NEXT STEPS
Taking into account all the information available, the Designated Person for Safeguarding will decide on the next steps, which may include taking no further action. Where the Designated Person for Safeguarding decides that further action is necessary, this may be to;
The Designated Person for Safeguarding may consider that those involved may require counselling. Where it is felt there is a need for counselling, (which could be for the child/ren, other students, staff, parents or carers involved) the Designated Person for Safeguarding will make the necessary arrangements.CONFIDENTIALITY
Confidentiality and trust should be maintained as far as possible, but staff must act on the basis that the safety of the child and vulnerable adults is the overriding concern. The degree of confidentiality will be governed by the need to protect the child or vulnerable adult. The child or vulnerable adult should be informed at the earliest possible stage of the disclosure that the information will be passed on. All conversation regarding a child or vulnerable adult should always be held in private, TMS Skills complies with the requirements of the General Data Protection Act, which allows for disclosure of personal data where this is necessary to protect the vital interests of a child and vulnerable adult.
Whatever happens, you should always be open and honest with the child or vulnerable adult if you intend to take the case further.
Staff must not discuss the case with anyone other than those involved in the case. If staff have any concerns about the progress of the case or have any other concerns these must be discussed with the Designated Person for Safeguarding.ALLEGATIONS AGAINST STAFF
The primary concern of the organisation is to ensure the safety of the child and vulnerable adult. It is essential in all cases of suspected abuse by a member of staff that action is taken quickly and professionally whatever the validity. There are occasions where a child or vulnerable adult will accuse a member of staff of physically or sexually abusing them. In some cases this may be false or unfounded. However in some cases the allegations may be true. Any instance of a child or vulnerable adult being abused by a member of staff is particularly serious. On the other hand for an innocent person to be accused of such an act is a serious ordeal which can result in long-term damage to their health and career. In the event that any member of staff suspects any other member of staff of abusing a student, it is their responsibility to bring these concerns to the Designated Person for Safeguarding.
On being notified of any such matter the Designated Person for Safeguarding shall;
TMS Skills recognises that it is not practical to provide definitive instructions that would apply to all situations at all times whereby staff come into contact with children and vulnerable adults and to guarantee the safeguarding and protection of children and vulnerable adults and staff.
However, below are the standards of behaviour required of staff in order to fulfil their roles and duty of care. This code should assist in the safeguarding and promotion of the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and members of staff.
These guidelines also apply to volunteers who work in an unpaid capacity in company premises.
Implement the Safeguarding Policy at all times, including acting to promote children and vulnerable adults welfare, prevent abuse discovered or suspected.
Staff must never:
In all circumstances physical restraint must be appropriate and reasonable; otherwise the action can be defined as assault.
Staff who breach any of the above may be subject to the disciplinary procedure. If an allegation against a member of staff has occurred then an investigation will be carried out.
TMS Skills reserves the right to suspend any member of staff under the Safeguarding Policy to safeguard young people and vulnerable adults whilst an internal and/or external investigation takes place. The organisation can implement its own internal investigation during any stage of this process. This may result in disciplinary action being taken on a member of staff.Suspension of staff under the Safeguarding Policy procedure.
Should the organisation implement the Safeguarding Policy procedure and decide to suspend the employee; the following procedure will be undertaken:
PREVENT POLICYPOLICY STATEMENT
TMS Learning and Skills Support Ltd (TMS Skills) is committed to the welfare and safeguarding of all our learners. This Prevent Policy is to create and maintain a safe, healthy and supportive learning and working environment for our learners, staff and visitors alike. We recognise that extremism and exposure to extremist materials and influences can lead to poor outcomes for learners. We further recognise that if we fail to challenge extremist views we are failing to protect our learners from potential harm. As such the Prevent agenda, will be addressed as a safeguarding concern.DEFINITIONS
Prevent is one of 4 strands of the Government’s counter terrorism strategy – CONTEST. The UK currently faces a range of terrorist threats. Terrorist groups who pose a threat to the UK seek to radicalise and recruit people to their cause. Therefore, early intervention is at the heart of Prevent which aims to divert people away from being drawn into terrorist activity.
Prevent happens before any criminal activity takes place by recognising, supporting and protecting people who might be susceptible to radicalisation.
The national Prevent Duty confers mandatory duties and responsibilities on a range of public organisations, including Independent Training Providers, and seeks to:
To support our commitment to the PREVENT agenda we will;
All staff at TMS Skills Ltd have a responsibility to:
Once you suspect or know someone is at risk of radicalisation, you should immediately inform the Designated Person for Safeguarding which is Tessa Green. Even if you have only heard rumours or you have suspicions but do not have firm evidence. You might have encountered/noticed the following (this is not exhaustive):
If, following your initial contact with the Designated Person for Safeguarding, it is decided that the matter should be taken further; a written report must be prepared. A written report is essential to prevent any misrepresentation of your findings, and should be sent to the Designated Person for Safeguarding within 24 hours of the suspicion arising. The report should be factual and should not include opinions or personal interpretations of the facts presented. The report should contain as much detail as possible.
Taking into account all the information available, the Designated Person for Safeguarding will decide on the next steps, which may include taking no further action. Where the Designated Person for Safeguarding decides that further action is necessary, this will be to;
Staff must not discuss the case with anyone other than those involved in the case. If staff have any concerns about the progress of the case or have any other concerns these must be discussed with the Designated Person for Safeguarding.