Safeguarding Strategy

Safeguarding is defined as 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 our learners and employers. Straight A Training is fully committed to safeguarding the welfare of all stakeholders by taking all reasonable steps to protect them from harm and accepts its corporate responsibility for the well-being and safety for its stakeholders including children and vulnerable adults.
Straight A Training recognises its responsibility and acknowledges that it our organisational responsibility to uphold British Values and to safeguard the welfare of all stakeholders by creating an environment that protects them from harm and reduces any potential risks of being exposed to violence, extremism, exploitation or victimisation.

Straight A Training are responsible for enabling the:
– Identification of learners who are at risk of neglect, abuse, grooming or exploitation
– Providing help for learners to reduce their risk of harm by securing the support they need, or referring in a timely way to those who have expertise to help

The safeguarding agenda includes a wide range of potential risks including:
• Abuse (physical, emotional, financial, institutional, sexual, organisational)
• Self-neglect
• Discrimination
• Child sexual exploitation
• Bullying and cyberbullying
• Domestic abuse
• Substance misuse
• Fabricated or induced Illness
• Faith abuse
• Forced marriage
• Gang and youth violence
• Private fostering
• Female genital mutilation (FGM)
• Gender based violence
• Radicalisation
• Sexting
• Teenage relationship abuse
• Trafficking and modern slavery
• Mental health concerns

Where applicable Straight A Training ensures to comply with the ‘Keeping children safe in education’ guidance released in September 2019.

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 learners confidence to investigate sensitive issues and support citizenship and inclusion for all, and to recognise when others are at risk

Straight A Training 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:

Straight A Training requires all team members 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:

• Safeguarding
• Equality and Diversity
• Prevent

The following Home Office course for Prevent is available online and included as a promoted resource in our learner induction:
www.prevent.elearning.www.homeoffice.gov.uk

Knowledge assessed by testing at end of course to achieve certification. In addition all team members are required to complete monthly safeguarding training and knowledge assessment activity. CPD is developed through monthly team meetings and as learners on individual TAQA and management qualifications.

In order to ensure compliance with governance and management requirements, leaders and managers have completed that following additional training:

• Safeguarding for nominees training 2019
• Advanced safeguarding training 2017
• Additional Prevent awareness 2017
• Designated person training 2015

Straight A Training access ongoing updates from industry sources and research, including the monitoring of www.gov.uk alerts and current priorities.

Employers

All employers are informed of the importance and requirement for safeguarding and the themes which will be discussed with their apprentices. Upon initial engagement employers are introduced to the theme of safeguarding and required to agree to support safeguarding activities for the duration of the apprentices programme. 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.
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.

Priority Areas to be set outside of monthly set themes:
• Online safety
• Prevent
• Social media awareness

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 will be 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. Themes are released centrally on a bi-monthly basis and tutors supplement according to learner in the intervening months.
The following table shows 2019-2020 safeguarding themes. Resources and learning materials for all of these, plus any additional themes covered previously are available within the resources section of your OneFile portfolio as outlined at your induction. These materials can also be obtained as paper based copies from a 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.

• Prevent
• Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
• County Lines
• Gangs and knife crime
• Modern Slavery
• Equality and Diversity updates

• Alcohol Awareness – CURRENT THEME

Future planned themes
• Online Safety – February 2020 in conjunction with Safer Internet Day
• Mental Health (updated) – April 2020
• Grooming (updated) – June 2020
• Financial Awareness and Gambling (updated) – August 2020
• Extremism and Radicalisation (full cohort re-release) October 2020

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