Safeguarding Policy and Protocol Rev 30.11.20
Absolute Specialists (AS) Accredited practitioners provide a safe environment for all its people and clients, with particular reference to young people (anyone aged under 18) and vulnerable adults.
In identifying clients, with particular reference to young people and vulnerable adults, who are suffering or likely to suffer harm, we take appropriate action to ensure they stay safe and have the best possible outcomes.
We also recognise that anyone may become vulnerable at some stage in their life. They may require extra support in the face of difficult situations such as ill health, bereavement, divorce, loss of income, or other challenges.
All AS accredited practitioners who come into regular contact with young people and adults receive checks and training appropriate to their level of role and responsibility, as we recognise that safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone should play their full part in keeping children, young people and vulnerable adults safe.
We should feel confident that we can report all matters of a safeguarding nature to the designated safeguarding lead, to be dealt with swiftly and securely, and with the safety and wellbeing of the client in mind at all times. AS strives to embed a culture whereby everyone has a clear understanding of safeguarding and child protection regarding abuse and neglect in all forms; including how to identify, respond and report. This also includes knowledge of the process for allegations against professionals.
Key aspects of Safeguarding covered by this policy:
Review of this Policy
This policy will be reviewed by the Director and safeguarding lead on at least an annual basis. Where necessary the policy will be reviewed at more frequent intervals. This policy has been developed in accordance with the principles established by the
Aims and Scope of this Policy
The aim of this policy is to give a clear statement of AS’s approach to Safeguarding including;
This policy provides a framework, and it is recognised that specific additional service delivery may require additional guidelines and procedures.
Roles and Responsibilities
We expect everyone, to have read, understood and adhere to this policy as well as related policies and procedures.
AS director and safeguarding lead take full and final responsibility for;
Designated Safeguarding Lead
The designated lead will be responsible for
It is not the role of the Designated Safeguarding Lead or AS to decide whether abuse has taken place or not. The responsibility of the Designated Safeguarding Lead is to ensure that concerns are shared with the relevant authorities and that appropriate action taken.
All AS accredited practitioners who may come into contact with children, young people and vulnerable adults will be subject to the full range of standard pre-employment checks. Including;
Induction and Training for AS accredited practitioners
AS practitioners are responsible for all aspects of their employment, training, development, equal treatment, health and safety and their responsibility to others, including safeguarding and must hold appropriate insurance.
Safeguarding is a standing item for all team meetings and supervision sessions, ensuring that issues are proactively discussed and considered on a regular basis.
Specific Actions to prevent and address incidents and disclosures
The increasing use of internet as a means of communication and learning creates an increased risk of safeguarding issues, which include but are not restricted to, grooming for sexual exploitation or radicalisation purposes, cyber bullying and personal identity theft. We must ensure that when promoting the use of the internet, we also ensure that young people and vulnerable adults are able to understand and use security measures which will enable them to understand the level of threat being posed and to take measures which will prevent harm to themselves and others.
Prevent is a strategy which aims to prevent people from becoming radicalised or involved in extremist activity by acting on the early signs of radicalisation. This is covered in Safeguarding Training for practitioners at induction and will be repeated as and when required to more established practitioners. AS is committed to following the principles and practices of Prevent and as a result everyone is instructed to report any indications/signs of radicalisation to the Designated Safeguarding Lead for onward transmission to the proper authorities.
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), Forced Marriages
FGM and forced marriage are practices which whilst common in some cultures are illegal in this country. Practitioners receive training in these issues and in particular in how the intention to pursue these practices might be identified. Any and all instances of these practices, whether suspected or formally disclosed MUST be reported to the police for investigation. This is the case regardless of when the procedure/activity took place. Where practitioners require advice on whether or not an incident/declared practice might be indicative of FGM or forced marriage they should consult their supervisor and, if deemed necessary, inform the Designated Safeguarding Officer.
Peer to Peer Abuse
There is growing recognition that children can suffer significant harm, and abuse, at the hands of other children or young people. Not all incidents involving a children or young people can be regarded as peer to peer abuse. However, it may be appropriate to regard peer on peer behaviour as abusive if harm is caused if:
Criminal exploitation known as ‘county lines’ is when gangs and organised crime networks exploit people to sell drugs. Often these children are made to travel across counties, and they use dedicated mobile phone ‘lines’ to supply drugs. This may be suspected where the following occurs:
Prevention of allegations of abuse:
The following actions should be taken by us all:
Reporting Disclosures /Potential Safeguarding Concerns
It is our policy that any and all issues or concerns that practitioners have about a client or another AS member should be discussed with the supervisor who will decide whether to escalate it to the Designated Safeguarding Lead.
Where the Designated Safeguarding Lead agrees that the issue should be formally classed as a safeguarding incident/disclosure, they will take the responsibility for reporting the incident to the relevant authority.
In reporting the incident the Designated Safeguarding Officer will:
AS’s Code of Conduct
AS accredited practitioners’ Code of Ethics sets out the expectations of everyone in our day to day work including respect, honesty, trust and communication.
Responsibility for enforcing this Code of Ethics lies with everybody.
When sharing information with other agencies considerations in regards to the Data Protection Act 2018 and the General Data Protection Regulation must be made, if people are in doubt then they should speak to the Designated Safeguarding Lead. Fears about sharing information must not be allowed to stand in the way of the need to promote the welfare, and protect the safety of young people and adults.