Scope of the policy

This policy is provided for our centres and learners, who are delivering, enrolled on or have taken a Training Qualifications UK approved qualification or unit or are registered with TQUK for End Point Assessment.

Location of the policy

This policy is available for all staff members, third parties and learners to access on internal systems and on the TQUK website.

Communication of the policy

It is important that staff involved in the management, assessment and quality assurance of our qualifications and learners undertaking qualifications and courses with us, are fully aware of the contents of the policy. It is a requirement that staff at TQUK access, read and understand the policy during their induction, and that learners registering for TQUK qualifications or End Point Assessment are shown where to access the policy.

Review of the policy

TQUK will review the policy annually and revise it as and when required, in response to customer and stakeholder feedback, changes in practices, actions required by TQUK or changes in legislation. The review will ensure that our procedures continue to be consistent with the regulatory criteria and are applied properly and fairly in arriving at judgements.

Statement of Principles

TQUK is strongly committed to practices that protect children, young people and vulnerable adults from abuse, neglect or significant harm. Staff recognise and accept their responsibilities to develop the awareness of the risk and issues involved in safeguarding.

TQUK also recognises that it has a responsibility to protect staff from unfounded allegations of abuse.

TQUK  will  seek  to  ensure,  where  reasonably  practicable,  that  the outcomes  set  out  in  ‘Every  Child  Matters’  are  extended  to  work-related  learning  and  work-based situations, in particular, that activities contribute to children and adults:

  • Being Healthy
  • Staying Safe
  • Enjoying and Achieving
  • Making a Positive Contribution
  • Achieving Economic Well-Being

Definition

For the purposes of this policy and procedures, children are defined in the Children Act of 2005 as a person under the age of 18 years. The Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 defines a ‘vulnerable adult’ as a person aged 18 and over and:

  • Receiving a social care service
  • Receiving a health service
  • Living in sheltered accommodation
  • Detained in custody or under a probation order
  • Requiring assistance in the conduct of his/her affairs
  • Receiving a service or participating in an activity targeted at older people, people with disabilities or which physical or mental health conditions
  • Any other adults whose particular circumstances make them vulnerable at a particular time

Accountability and Responsibility

Staff members are responsible for monitoring and managing incidents or concerns and liaising with the relevant safeguarding agencies when appropriate.

TQUK is responsible for ensuring that the Safeguarding Policy and procedures are in place, and that they are available for scrutiny by the relevant authorities.

TQUK is accountable for the overall Safeguarding Policy of the organisation and we will act in accordance with the statutory and legislative guidance to safeguard and protect the welfare of learners and our employees.

Staff Training

TQUK has a duty to promote safeguarding issues and measures to staff and ensure that they:

  • Analyse their own practice against established good practice, and assess risk to ensure their practice is likely to protect them from false allegations. Recognise their responsibilities and report any concerns about suspected poor practice or possible abuse
  • Follow the guidelines for staff
  • Undertake training on safeguarding to raise awareness of current issues and legislation
  • Complete DBS checks

Learners

TQUK will provide information advice and guidance for learners with regards to this policy.

The company has a responsibility to ensure safe recruitment and employment practices. New and existing staffs who frequently or intensively work with children, young people and vulnerable adults in training, supervision, advice, etc will be checked through the Home Office for criminal record information. All potential new employees will be subjected to pre-employment checks.

Statutory Framework

TQUK aims to meet legislative requirements and good practice in safeguarding. The statutory framework under which we operate includes the Children’s Act 1989. This provides a legal framework for the protection of children and young people in the UK. The Protection of Children Act 1999 requires employers to carry out Criminal Record Checks before employees are allowed to come into contact with children. The Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 sets out the type of activity in relation to children and vulnerable adults for which employers and individuals will be subject. From 2008 Ofsted inspectors make a judgement on procedures for safeguarding learners meeting current government requirements. They comment on policy, procedures, vetting and training as impact on learners dictates.

Review

The TQUK Safeguarding Policy will be reviewed annually. The review process includes analysis of monitoring data, consultation with and feedback from learners, clients, staff and other stakeholders to determine the impact of the policy and any action required.

Extremism and Radicalisation Policy

TQUK is committed to providing a safe working environment for all of its employees. This includes being aware of individuals who may be vulnerable to being radicalised or exposed to extremist views, and acting appropriately to protect them. This extends further to any concerns we may have when interacting with our centres and learners. We take very seriously our responsibility to protect individuals and the wider community from extremist views and terrorism.

It is important to remember that in line with Equality law and Diversity principles we must respect others’ faiths and beliefs.

Extremism is vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs. We also include in our definition of extremism calls for the death of members of our armed forces, whether in this country or overseas” (HM Government Prevent Strategy 2011)

Radicalisation is defined as the process by which people come to support terrorism and extremism and, in some cases, to then participate in terrorist groups.

There are a number of behaviours which may indicate an individual, particular a young person is at risk of being radicalised or exposed to extreme views. These include:

  • Spending increasing time in the company of other suspected extremists
  • Changing their style of dress or personal appearance to conform with the group
  • Day-to-day behaviour becoming increasingly centred on an extremist ideology, group or cause
  • Loss of interest in other friends and activities not associated with the extremist ideology, group or cause
  • Possession of materials or symbols associated with an extremist cause
  • Attempts to recruit others to the group/cause
  • Communications with others that suggests identification with a group, cause or ideology
  • Using insulting to derogatory names for another group
  • Increased intolerance of difference towards any group
  • Anti- Western or Anti-British views
  • Promotion of extremist views on personal social media accounts

Increase in prejudice-related incidents committed by that person which may include:

  • Physical or verbal assault
  • Provocative behaviour
  • Damage to property
  • Derogatory name calling
  • Possession of prejudice-related materials
  • Prejudice-related ridicule or name calling
  • Inappropriate forms of address
  • Refusal to co-operate
  • Attempts to recruit to prejudice-related organisations
  • Condoning or supporting violence towards others

If you have a concern relating to an individual then they should be reported, in confidence, to the Confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321.

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