Ukatsu Safeguarding Policy

Our Safeguarding Policy

This policy applies to all staff including senior managers, paid staff, volunteers and sessional workers, agency staff, students or anyone working on behalf of Ukatsu LLC.

The purpose of this policy:

  • To protect children and young people who receive Ukatu LLC’s services.

  • To provide staff and volunteers with the overarching principles that guide our approach to safeguarding and child protection

Ukatsu LLC believes that a child or young person should never experience abuse of any kind. We have a responsibility to promote the welfare of all children and young people and to keep them safe. We are committed to practice in a way that protects them.

Legal Framework

This policy has been drawn up on the basis of law and guidance that seeks to protect children, namely:

  • Children Act 1989

  • United Convention of the Rights of Child 1991

  • Data Protection Act 1998

  • Human Rights Act 1998

  • Sexual Offences Act 2003

  • Children Act 2004

  • Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006

  • Protection of Freedoms Act 2012

  • Children and Families Act 2014

  • Information sharing: Advice for practitioners providing safeguarding services to children, young people, parents and carers; HM Government 2015

  • Working together to safeguarding children: a guide to inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children; HM Government 2015


We recognize that:

  • the welfare of the child is paramount, as enshrined in the Children Act 1989

  • all children, regardless of age, disability, gender, racial heritage, religious belief, sexual orientation or identity, have a right to equal protection from all types of abuse

  • some children are additionally vulnerable because of the impact of previous experiences, their level of dependency, communication needs or other issues

  • working in partnership with children, young people, their parent , carers and other agencies is essential in promoting young people’s welfare.

 

We will seek to keep children and young people safe by:

  • valuing them, listening to and respecting them

  • appointing a Designated Safeguarding Officer (DSO) for children and young people, and a deputy for safeguarding

  • adopting child protection and safeguarding practices through procedures and a code of conduct for all staff and volunteers

  • developing and implementing an effective e-safety policy and related procedures

  • providing effective management for staff and volunteers through supervision, support training and quality assurance measures

  • recruiting staff and volunteers safely, ensuring all necessary checks are made

  • recording and storing information professionally and securely and sharing information about safeguarding and good practice with children, their families, staff and volunteers via leaflets, posters, one-to-one discussions and other electronic forms of contact

  • using our safeguarding procedures to share concerns and relevant information with agencies who need to know, and involving children, young people, parents, families and carers appropriately

  • using our procedures to manage any allegations against staff and volunteers appropriately

  • creating and maintaining an anti-bullying environment and ensuring that we have a policy and procedure to help us deal effectively with any bullying that does arise

  • ensuring that we provide a safe physical environment for our children, young people, staff and volunteers, by applying health and safety measures in accordance with the law and regulatory guidance.

 

Contact Details

Designated Safeguarding Officer (DSO) of the Columbia, MO Location

Joe Chee

Joe@Ukatsu.org

 

Deputy DSO(s)

Benjamin Brooks

Ben@Ukatsu.org


 

We are committed to reviewing our policy and good practice annually.

 

This policy was last reviewed on 12/06/17


What does a Designated Safeguarding Person do?

The role of the Designated Safeguarding Person was specified in the Children Act 2004 and ensured the every organisation had a “named person” for safeguarding children and young people. Prior to that, the role had frequently been known as the Child Protection Officer. The Designated Safeguarding Person has a responsibility at both a strategic level within the organisation and on a day to day basis.

Key Aspects of the Designated Person role includes:

  • Making sure all staff are aware how to raise safeguarding concerns

  • Ensuring all staff understand the symptoms of child abuse and neglect

  • Referring any concerns to social care

  • Monitoring children who are the subject of child protection plans

  • Maintaining accurate and secure child protection records

Keeping Children Safe in Education (2015) sets out the role of the Designated

Role of the Designated safeguarding Person

Governing bodies and proprietors should ensure that the school or college designates an appropriate senior member of staff to take lead responsibility for child protection. This person should have the status and authority within the school to carry out the duties of the post including committing resources and, where appropriate, supporting and directing other staff.

The broad areas of responsibility for the designated safeguarding lead are:

Managing referrals

  • Refer all cases of suspected abuse to the local authority children’s social care and:

    • The designated officer(s) for child protection concerns (all cases which concern a staff member)

    • Disclosure and Barring Service (cases where a person is dismissed or left due to risk/harm to a child); and/or

    • Police (cases where a crime may have been committed).

  • Act as a source of support, advice and expertise to staff on matters of safety and safeguarding and when deciding whether to make a referral by liaising with relevant agencies.

Training

  • The designated safeguarding lead should receive appropriate training carried out every two years in order to:

    • Understand the assessment process for providing early help and intervention, for example through locally agreed common and shared assessment processes such as early help assessments.

    • Have a working knowledge of how local authorities conduct a child protection case conference and a child protection review conference and be able to attend and contribute to these effectively when required to do so.

    • Ensure each member of staff has access to and understands the school’s or college’s child protection policy and procedures, especially new and part time staff.

    • Be alert to the specific needs of children in need, those with special educational needs and young carers.

    • Be able to keep detailed, accurate, secure written records of concerns and referrals.

    • Obtain access to resources and attend any relevant or refresher training courses.

    • Encourage a culture of listening to children and taking account of their wishes and feelings, among all staff, in any measures the school or college may put in place to protect them.

 

Raising Awareness

  • The designated safeguarding lead should ensure the company’s policies are known and used appropriately:

    • Ensure the company’s child protection policy is reviewed annually and the procedures and implementation are updated and reviewed regularly, and work with governing bodies or proprietors regarding this.

    • Ensure the child protection policy is available publicly and parents are aware of the fact that referrals about suspected abuse or neglect may be made and the role of the school or college in this.

    • Where children leave the establishment to ensure their child protection file is transferred to the new school or college as soon as possible. This should be transferred separately from the main pupil file, ensuring secure transit and confirmation of receipt should be obtained.