Designated Safeguarding Officer: Emma Vincent Compliance Administrator
This policy will be reviewed every 12 months.
Flourish Education Ltd acknowledges the duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and is committed to ensuring safeguarding practice that reflects statutory responsibilities, government guidance and complies with best practice requirements. All children and vulnerable adults, regardless of age, disability, gender, racial heritage, religious belief, sexual orientation or identity, have the right to equal protection from all types of harm or abuse.
This policy applies to all internal staff at Flourish Education Ltd as well temporary workers, candidates and contractors. Flourish Education Ltd is fully compliant with Keeping Children Safe in Education – September 2016. Flourish Education Ltd is committed to ensuring their work is consistent with safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults. All candidates placed by Flourish Education Ltd are expected to take all reasonable steps to ensure they are alert to possible child abuse and neglect, and to familiarise themselves with arrangements for safeguarding children in the schools where they are placed.
This policy is designed to meet the above principles by ensuring that:
Flourish Education Ltd are also committed to protecting children and vulnerable adults through a careful recruitment and selection process, a whistle blowing policy and guidance on appropriate behaviour. Flourish Education’s rigorous procedures ensure that any candidate found to have a history of unacceptable conduct or practice, will not be placed.
As part of our safeguarding policy Flourish Education will:
The principal pieces of legislation governing this policy are:
‘Safeguarding’ - is about embedding practices throughout the organisation to ensure the protection of children and/or vulnerable adults wherever possible. In contrast, child and adult protection is about responding to circumstances that arise.
‘Abuse’ - Keeping children safe in education September 2016 defines abuse and neglect and gives four clear categories of abuse as:
This may include a person who:
Flourish Education conducts the following safeguarding checks and has sight of all original documents before supplying a candidate into an educational establishment.
All candidates are required to apply for an Enhanced DBS certificate through Flourish Education Ltd. This certificate is renewed every 12 months. The candidates may apply for the DBS Update Service. In this case an online check will be done every 12 months. A candidate may also have a DBS that was processed elsewhere, on the condition that it is Enhanced and is on the update service. All DBSs we use must check Child Workforce and if needed Adult workforce depending on the role they may be put forward for.
All staff, temporary workers, candidates and contractors placed on assignment are responsible for supporting safe behaviour and have responsibility to follow the guidance laid out in this policy and related policies, and to pass on any welfare concerns using the required procedures. We expect all staff, temporary workers, candidates and contractors to promote good practice by being an excellent role model; contributing to discussions about safeguarding; and to positively involving people in developing safe practices.
All staff, temporary workers, candidates and contractors should:
All staff, temporary workers, candidates and contractors working through Flourish Education Ltd are expected to keep children safe by contributing to:
The process outlined below details the stages involved in raising and reporting safeguarding concerns at Flourish Education Ltd
If a match occurs, this is immediately noted on the file and all action will cease until the results are back. The candidate will not be marketed out or put forward to any roles during this time. It is to be clearly noted on Matchmaker and the consultant to be made aware. All paperwork will be attached to the file and a paper copy issued as well.
LADO (Local Authority Designated Officer)
In accordance with Working Together (2015), where an organisation has received an allegation that a volunteer or member of staff who works with children has:
A referral should be sent to the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) within one working day, giving as much detail as possible.
Where there is evidence that anyone has harmed, or poses a risk of harm, to a child or vulnerable adult, there is a legal duty on Flourish Education Ltd to report that person to the Disclosure and Barring Service using their guidance. Available here https://www.gov.uk/guidance/making-barring-referrals-to-the-dbs. The DBS has statutory authority to bar a person from working in regulated activity with children and/or vulnerable adults in the UK.
Referral to the DBS will also be made if the person resigns prior to an investigation being carried out or reaching its conclusion. If the accused person resigns, or ceases to provide their services, this should not prevent an allegation being followed up in accordance with this guidance.
Flourish Education Ltd will not make any compromise/settlement agreement in the case of a person deemed unsuitable to work with children. Any such agreement which contained a condition of not referring the case to the DBS would constitute a criminal offence.
Anyone who is concerned about a child’s or vulnerable adult’s welfare or who believe that a child or vulnerable adult may be at risk of abuse should pass any information to the DBS or other appropriate authority as soon as possible and no longer than 24 hours after the initial concern.
All staff, temporary workers, candidates and contractors should bring matters of concern to the attention of Flourish Education Ltd and concerns can be reported directly to the LADO. Once you have shared your concerns you should submit them in writing giving names, date and places where appropriate. No action will be taken against you if the concern proves to be unfounded but was raised in good faith. All staff, workers, candidates and contractors should be aware of their duty to raise concerns, where they exist, about the attitude or actions of colleagues. Include concern raised and not acted upon by the safeguarding leads. Allegations that are made frivolously, maliciously or for personal gain will lead to termination.
Once a disclosure against anyone has been made, Flourish Education Ltd will consider whether the allegation should be reported to the LADO. Only after notifying and consulting with the LADO (or, in the most serious cases, the police) will the Flourish Education Ltd undertake an investigation.
All staff, temporary workers, candidates and contractors must be aware that they have a professional duty to share information with other recruitment firms in order to safeguard children and vulnerable adults. The public interest in safeguarding children and vulnerable adults may override confidentiality interests. However, information will be shared on a need to know basis only, as judged by Flourish Education Ltd.