Safeguarding Strategy

2019 Update
Why is Safeguarding important:
Safeguarding means protecting people’s health, wellbeing and human rights, and enabling them to live free from harm, abuse and neglect. It is the responsibility of Straight A Training to proactively promote safeguarding understanding for all of our learners and employers.

Objectives of the Safeguarding Strategy:
• To ensure that all learners feel safe and also to enable learners to voice any potential safeguarding concerns.
• To support learners to gain the knowledge to take responsibility for their own safeguarding in the future.
• To embed equality and diversity and ensure learners are knowledgeable about subjects beyond their own experience.
• To give them confidence to investigate sensitive issues and support citizenship and inclusion for all, and to recognise when others are at risk.

We are committed to supporting our clients and learners to enable:
• Their best health.
• Complete safety.
• Positive learning experience.
• Well-being and achievement.
• Meeting their needs and interests.

Strategies:

We require all our staff to understand and promote the above and to incorporate these principles into their working routines. To best support our staff, we will ensure that all staff have the necessary information, instruction and training available. This policy, and in conjunction with our Health & Safety and Equality & Diversity policies, are developed to prevent abuse of learners through their environment both immediate and the wider environment. We work together to ensure that:

• Any safeguarding concern or instance is investigated appropriately.
• The correct reporting and action is taken in regards to all safeguarding concerns
• To raise awareness of the issues surrounding safeguarding and empower our candidates to identify and act upon both inappropriate behaviours and safeguarding concerns
• Maintain and control all relevant checks including DBS checks

Safeguarding Roles and Responsibilities

Role of the Straight A Designated Persons
• To act as a source of support and expertise in regards to all aspects of safeguarding and appropriate use of external signposting
• To investigate and identify appropriate decisions and outcomes for safeguarding activities
• To have an understanding of internal procedures and disseminate these to team members
• To ensure that the safeguarding policy is updated annually, and that all staff have read and understood this policy.
• To embed robust safeguarding and child protection practices across all areas of the provision.
• To develop effective links with relevant statutory agencies. For example, Health, Police, GP’s, Local Authority (MASH, LADO)
• To ensure all safeguarding and child protection training is cascaded to other staff.re
• To maintain secure and detailed records of all safeguarding activity which are used for auditing, trend identification and monitoring

Straight A Organisational Safeguarding Responsibilities

All staff undertake enhanced DBS checks.

Upon induction and/or yearly all staff to complete online Foundation Learning courses in
1) Safeguarding,
2) Equality and Diversity.
Knowledge assessed by testing at end of course to achieve certification.
CPD developed through monthly team meeting and as learners on individual TAQA and Management qualifications. To include Data Protection and Health and Safety.

Online courses as directed by managers.

Management staff to additionally complete
3) Safeguarding and Safer Recruitment CPD for Nominees by attending Designated Person Training – Jayne Raftery, Lucy Edwards, Christine Wakeman. March 2015
Additional Prevent Awareness attended by Jayne Raftery and Christine Wakeman 2016.
Advanced Safeguarding, Jayne Rafterty, Lucy Edwards, Christine Wakeman 2017
Eastleigh College Safeguarding for Nominees 2019, Jayne Raftery, Christine Wakeman.

Ongoing updates from industry sources and research. Monitoring of www.gov.uk alerts and current priorities.

Employers
All employers are to be informed of the importance and requirement for safeguarding and the themes which will be discussed with their employees. New employers to be informed at initial meetings. Employers will also sign agreement to support safeguarding activities on individual Apprenticeship agreement documentation as new learners join Apprenticeship programmes.
A named nominee or more at each employer will have an observer login for OneFile and be able to view resources for all themes. They may also follow updates on the SAT website and Twitter accounts.

Learners
Induction:
1:1 Discussion of Safeguarding – meaning and approach throughout the Apprenticeship. Themes to be discussed and the process for raising any issues. Discussion of confidentiality and Data Protection. Where to find resources and signposting to expert agencies if required. Expectations of Learners in respect of safeguarding and learning.

All learners are set an Online Safety exercise as part of induction. We have identified that many learners do not recognise these elements of the initial ICT assessment paper and therefore should be supported in this area.

Tutors can also access our “bank” of safeguarding questions. As well as the themes released centrally, Tutors set the Prevent and social media awareness themes for their own learners to ensure timely and current learning. This is supported by new and updated materials which are released centrally.

Safeguarding Reporting and Straight A Responsibilities
Learners with any concerns in regards to safeguarding issues raised or their own safety at any stage of their apprenticeship have guidance to speak to their Tutor detailed in their handbooks which is reiterated through A&G sessions and monthly discussions. They also have access to the Straight A Training safeguarding team, on 01276 469020 or at safeguarding@straighta.co.uk. Alternatively the nominated safeguarding representatives Jayne Raftery, Lucy Edwards and Christine Wakeman. Individual email and phone numbers are in the handbook and on the Team page of our website.
All records of safeguarding incidents are held in a secure, central location by the Straight A Training designated persons. If it is appropriate for another member of the Straight A Training team to have access to the records, this decision must be authorised by the lead designated person.
Tutors should be knowledgeable of general Safeguarding issues and support services available but it is not the responsibility of Tutors to address any specific issues raised by Learners. Tutors should complete a report to be reviewed by a safeguarding nominee immediately upon notification. The records should record precisely what has been alleged using the words of the complainant. If appropriate, factual observations about the observable physical and emotional state of the individual should also be recorded Instruction and timescale will then be relayed to the Tutor.
Only the designated persons can make a decision in regards to referring a complaint of allegation, having gathered and examined all relevant testimonies and allegations.

Monthly Safeguarding Themes
We started the monthly theme activity at the beginning of 2015 and the Tutors now have access to a varied bank of questions which they can set for learners and tailor to individual needs or current popular and newsworthy public concerns.
Resources are made available in the OneFile resources section, by posts on the Straight A website and through Twitter.
Team meetings: The theme of the next month to be part of each monthly team meeting and all Tutors and support staff complete activities, group discussion and exercises.
Tutors will complete the monthly knowledge tests between 22nd of the month and month end in preparation for working with Learners in the following month. Test results to be assessed and feedback received from the Safeguarding nominees/team. Tutor feedback and support to learners will also be continually monitored through IQA sampling.
When working with learners, tutors will discuss the monthly theme, highlight resources and set the quiz to ascertain comprehension and enable further discussion. Results and feedback to be discussed and followed up at next learner reviews, plus captured in OneFile.
The following are our planned Safeguarding themes for 2019. Resources and learning materials for all of these, plus a number of additional themes are available within the resources section of your OneFile portfolio as outlined at your induction. You can also obtain paper based copies from your tutor. Please also watch out for hot topics and news articles on our website www.straighta.co.uk and through Twitter @Straight_A. Please also note that we may change or move these themes if current affairs indicate a need to raise awareness or learners experience issues and we feel that a new theme would benefit all.

THEMES

Introductory Action Plan

(all learners in month one of programme)
Online Safety as part of Introductory tasks

Tutors set a standardised Action Plan template as an initial activity on OneFile for all new learners.

The learners then join the rolling monthly themes as updates are distributed.

Access their online portfolio in a competent and safe manner.

Be alert to common spam and frauds

Identify common pitfalls and easy ways to stay safe online
Initial skills scans contain questions to identify users ability to detect online fraud.

Learners to use additional resources at www.getsafeonline.org

Tutors use the OneFile template to set activity and question set followed with tutorial and one to ones.

February
2019
Female Genital Mutilation
(FGM)
Give an overview of the crime, impact on victims and know the numbers affected.

Access to the Home Office and Dept of Education online tutorial with certification.

Signposting to current media articles and explanations of FGM on the BBC news site.

Tutor one to ones

Twitter and website updates as the first case goes through the legal system.

Support and help sources

March 2019
Mental Health
Describe what is mental health.

Consider the stigma around the issue.

Identify who is affected

Link to social media usage inc, sites supporting self harm and media responsibility
Bespoke presentation

Signposting to current media articles and explanations of FGM on the BBC news site.

Tutor one to ones

Twitter and website updates

Support and help sources

April 2019
Domestic Violence

Know definitions of abuse
Identify types and patterns of abuse
Identify what is abuse and how to recognise it
What to do if you suspect abuse.

Resources:
– Worksheets
– Tutor discussion, teaching and mentoring
– OneFile & Online resources

May 2019

“Bank” month

Tutors to set a bank theme for those learners who have rolled onto programme after the last universal setting of the following themes

Detail knowledge of :

• Prevent
• British Values
• Extremism and radicalisation
• Run Hide Tell
• Social Media Awareness

PowerPoints

Question sets

Tutor one to ones

Signposting to current affairs

Support and help sources

June 2019
Personal Financial Safety and Pitfalls
Theme Linking to online safety

Recognise spam requests
Understand payday loans, Understand the importance of credit scores.
Judge the options for finance and avoiding debt

PowerPoints

Question sets

Tutor one to ones

Signposting to current affairs and high profile lenders or scams

Embedded maths support

Support and help sources

July 2019

Drugs and alcohol
Have expanded legal awareness
Recognise misuse
Describe informed and safe use

PowerPoints

Question sets

Tutor one to ones

Signposting to current affairs and high profile stories

Support and help sources

August 2019
Forced Marriage

Understand and recognise the reasons and potential for forced marriage

Understand sources of support

Understand legal implications

Tutors undertaken full Virtual College online course.
Access to Home Office virtual learning course

Tutor one to ones

Twitter and website updates regarding high profile and current cases.

Support and help sources

September 2019
Healthy Living
Understand the basic concepts of diet and exercise

Make more informed food choices

(To include eating disorders)

PowerPoint

Tutor one to ones

Media updates

Support and help sources

October 2019
The Prevent strategy
Updates and current news

Universal new exercise to supplement ongoing templates used by the tutor team

PowerPoint

Question set

Relevant media

Tutor one to ones

Signposting to current news

Support and help sources

November 2019 V
VAWG
Identify gender based violence and recap FGM

To introduce female gang participation

PowerPoint

Question set

Signposting to current news

Tutor one to ones

Support and help sources

December 2019
Gangs and Youth Violence

Identify:
What is a gang.
Who is affected
Sources of help
Tutor discussion, teaching and mentoring

OneFile & Online resources

Support and help sources

Evaluation
All safeguarding records are reviewed on an ongoing to basis to identify potential themes and areas of concerns which will then be addressed immediately.

We have evaluated the records from the past year, and recurrent themes for learners will be revisited and expanded upon. The question bank now has over a years’ worth of topics and we will add to the resources and update as appropriate.

Tutors have repeatedly reported at one to one reviews that they feel confident and comfortable to discuss these topics with learners.

Asta:
I feel more confident delivering and discussing safeguarding topics each month, especially as we have to complete the quizzes first before delivering. The resources are very useful and help me prepare for the quizzes and any questions asked by the learner.

Learners in our 2018 Learner Survey gave consistently positive reviews of their safeguarding learning and the topics covered.
The safeguarding activities give you a clear insight of issues that everyone needs to be aware of and therefore these activities/quizzes have opened my eyes to a lot of things both in my personal and work life.
These surveys have improved my knowledge of each topic and has resulted in some lifestyle and behavioural changes as a result.
I like safeguarding. I am happy I could learn more about it. I know now what to do if I had to deal with safeguarding issues. I am no longer afraid of this subject. I guess it is because I understand it much more than before.

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