Safeguarding Policy for Vulnerable Adults and Young People
Purpose of Policy
The purpose of this Policy is to take reasonable steps to promote and safeguard the welfare of any child, young person or vulnerable adult engaged in any activity undertaken by Kokoro A better me a better world.
Kokoro is committed to discharging its statutory and moral duty to support all learners. It is also committed to discharging any additional duties to promote and safeguard the welfare of all learners. One of these additional duties is to protect and support vulnerable adults and of those under 18 in the event of actual or suspected abuse.
- Contribution to Achievement of Kokoro’s Mission
Our Mission is to promote diversity, raise aspirations and the impact of learning and to put the learner at the heart of our delivery. This policy contributes to the mission by safeguarding the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults associated with Kokoro.
The Policy and Procedure will address any situation where concerns arise regarding the safeguarding of children, young people under the age of 18 and vulnerable young people and adults (hereinafter referred to as “children and vulnerable adults”). In general terms this policy relates to all current staff, partners, associates, learners and trainees and to all those applying to join Kokoro as prospective member of staff or learner.
The policy will cover all aspects of activities including all outreach provision, outward collaborative partnerships, procurement and community and corporate partnerships. This Policy will also address such situations with regard to the children of adult learners and children and vulnerable adults in placements used by Kokoro learners. Kokoro will function with a view to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults receiving education and training. Kokoro will therefore have a designated Senior Manager with responsibility for Safeguarding.
To achieve our commitment Kokoro will:
- Work in accordance with Government policies on Safeguarding Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults
- Have a designated Senior Manager and nominated deputies responsible for safeguarding
- Provide appropriate training to all staff to ensure that they are aware of the issue of safeguarding children and vulnerable adults and the procedures they should follow
- Provide a Recruitment Policy and Procedure that incorporates the best practice regarding safer recruitment and that those involved in recruitment and selection have been briefed on the requirements of this
- Ensure that systems and curriculum delivery provide protection for children and vulnerable adults and do not compromise their health or safety
- Make appropriate referrals of children and vulnerable adults to Social/Community Services or other appropriate agency (Police or NSPCC) where there are concerns that the child or vulnerable adult is or may be being abused
- Ensure any concerns made whilst in schools are passed to the schools appropriate Designated Safeguarding Lead
- Regard sexual relationships between staff and learners (under 18 and vulnerable adults) as unacceptable and a breach of their contract and of their position of
- Ensure that children and vulnerable adults have the right of access to Kokoro staff who will respect their confidences; and who will not judge, intervene and act, except in extreme circumstances, without the person’s agreement
- Ensure the child or vulnerable adult is offered all possible support
- Recognise Kokoro’s duty of care and that the child or vulnerable adult’s welfare must be paramount. Hence, in extreme circumstances, it may be necessary to breach a person’s confidentiality to protect them from harm. Learners must be informed of this position through literature reinforced by verbal explanations from trainers/counsellors/other staff
- Ensure that in situations where abuse of a child or vulnerable adult is alleged or suspected Kokoro will take account of Kokoro’s Statement of Confidentiality and advice from the relevant Safeguarding bodies
- Recognise the particular challenges faced by children/vulnerable adults with learning difficulties or communication difficulties by ensuring they are appropriately supported
- Ensure that appropriate action is taken to exclude, refuse admission or employment to any individual who may pose a risk to children or vulnerable adults
- Ensure that there are sound arrangements for appropriate checks on staff (including List 99 checks and CRB Disclosures)
- Keep a single, central record of all checks on staff
- Monitoring and Impact Measurement
The Policy will be reviewed annually and in response to major changes in legislation or significant events. An annual report will be made to Kokoro’s Board of Directors in a manner which respects the confidentiality of the child or vulnerable adult.
- Publication of Policy
This Policy will be made publicly available, provided to all members of staff and learners and forwarded to other bodies on request.
Current policy published:
Version 1 1 August 2014
Version 2 14 June 2017
Policy Review Date: December 2017.