What is the policy about?
Safeguarding is the term that describes the function of protecting all learners in general and adults
at risk in particular from abuse, neglect, and radicalisation. It is an important priority and a key responsibility
of KnowledgeBrief (KB) and its employees. All suspicions or allegations will be taken seriously. Employees should be aware that the needs of the children and adults at risk are paramount.
Prevent is one element of the government’s counter-terrorism strategy. It aims to stop people from becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism. Counter-Terrorism and Security Act (2015) has placed a further statutory duty on all training providers to “have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”. It also aims to promote British Values which include: democracy, rule of law, equality of opportunity, freedom of speech, individual liberty / freedom of all men and women from persecution
of any kind.
Why is it important?
KB’s mission is to deliver an outstanding experience to its learners and an excellent service to its clients.
As a provider of high quality education, development, and qualification services, we have a clear duty of care
to our clients and learners. As a provider of government funded schemes, we have an obligation to support the ethos and objectives of those schemes. In addition to these requirements, our research-based findings and insight confirm the importance of a psychological safe environment to deliver high performances. We believe that a safe place for learning is essential for achieving the best possible results in business and
in personal development.
For these reasons, the following principles are essential elements of KB’s culture:
• The welfare of all learners in general and adults at risk in particular is KB’s primary concern.
• All learners have a right to safeguarding from abuse whether that is work-based or otherwise evidenced.
• It is everyone responsibility to report any concerns about abuse, neglect or radicalisation to the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL).
• All incidents of alleged poor practice, misconduct and abuse will be taken seriously and responded to promptly and appropriately.
• All data will be processed in accordance with the Data Protection Act.
The scope of our Safeguarding and prevent policy and duties extend to Learners and Clients, Employees and Associates, Customers/Employers, Suppliers, Sub-contractors and External stakeholders and visitors.
Other Key Terms
What is abuse?
Abuse is any behaviour towards a learner that deliberately or unknowingly causes harm, endangers life
or violates their rights. Abuse may be physical, sexual, emotional, psychological, financial or neglect.
Who is a vulnerable adult?
A vulnerable adult is defined as a person “who is or may be in need of community care services by reason
of mental or other disability, age or illness; and who is or may be unable to take care of him or herself
or unable to protect him or herself against significant harm or exploitation” (Department of Health 2000).
Safe Learning Environment
A safe learning environment is one:
• In which the health, safety and welfare of learners has been assessed and any special needs identified
and catered for.
• In which staff are alive and vigilant to the possibility of abuse and take measures to prevent that possibility howsoever observed.
• Where there is a sound and known reporting system for any incident.
• Where staff take reasonable and practical precautions to avoid any suspicions of abuse being brought
Our approach is as follows:
It is better to take action before harm occurs. We help identify and report signs concern, abuse (verbal or otherwise), radicalisation and extremism, and suspected criminal offences. In all our work,
we consider how to make people safer.
Deliver a proportionate and least intrusive response appropriate to the risk presented in order to protect the welfare of any potential vulnerable adult.
We discuss with the individual and where appropriate, with partner agencies what to do where there
is risk of significant harm before we take a decision. Risk is an element of many situations and should
be part of any wider assessment.
To provide support and representation for those in greatest need, we have effective ways
of assessing and managing risk. Our complaints and reporting arrangements for abuse and suspected criminal offences operate effectively and we promote active dialogue amongst our learning advisor and programme management teams.
Finding local solutions through services working with communities. We encourage sharing information locally.
Adopting accountability and transparency in delivering safeguarding. The roles of all employees are clear, together with the lines of accountability. Staff are trained to understand what
is expected of them and others, and recognise their responsibilities to each other, act upon them
and accept collective responsibility for safeguarding arrangements.
KB has a Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL), whose role is to:
• Receive information from any employees who have safeguarding concerns and record it.
• Assess the information promptly and carefully, clarifying and obtaining more information about the matter appropriately.
• Consult initially with the manager of the service where the concerns have occurred to ensure the concern has been reported and clarify the agency responsible for investigation.
• Make a formal referral to the police where required so to do.
The DSL is also to lead on training and education of us all as to our responsibilities. All employees of the company, learners, and subcontractors will be required to comply with this policy, taking shared responsibility for the safeguarding and safety of learners.
What I need to do?
All KB people are expected to:
• If they have a safeguarding issue brought to their notice, this must be treated as a priority over
all other work.
• In case of disclosure or reasonable belief of safeguarding issue, it should be reported immediately,
in the first instance, to the DSL. An oral, then written report should be provided to the DSL who will
keep a confidential record of any such incidents.
• Guidance about a specific incident may be obtained from the DSL.
• The DSL will assess the situation and if considers that there has been or is reasonably likely
to be an incident of abuse or neglect, will report the matter to the competent statutory agency.
• Abuse is a disciplinary offence.
Procedures for Safeguarding and Prevent
Safeguarding is the term that describes the function of protecting adults and children from abuse,
neglect and radicalisation. All suspicions or allegations will be taken seriously. Employees should be aware
that the needs of the adult or child at risk are paramount and must always act in the best interests of the
adult or child at risk. If in doubt a referral to the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) must be made.
When assessing any (potential) safeguarding issue, the criteria to be used are as follows:
• What the actual risks are – the likelihood and seriousness of an incident occurring (or reccurring)
• The views of the learner or adult at risk in relation to the risk of harm
• The person’s ability to protect themselves
• The factors that increase or reduce the risk of harm
Learner and Client Outcomes
Safeguarding and Prevent impact on learners and clients because they are issues that, in our services, affect our clients’ employees – i.e. learners on our courses. If we do our job well, any issues arising will be handled sensitively and effectively and our customers will value our proactive approach.
Induction and Safeguarding Training
All individuals will receive an induction into their learning/employment and working environment. We will make everyone aware of our commitment to equality and diversity, and how to make us aware of any dissatisfaction or concern. Employees will receive on a regular basis an internal newsletter to keep them update with issues related to safeguarding and prevent. Regular training and workshops will be organised to ensure that safeguarding and prevent are embedded in KB practice.
Learning and Working Environment
We are committed to creating open and conducive learning and working environments where everyone has the right to feel safe. We will ensure all individuals have clear routes to report incidents and/or concerns and for these to be managed fairly and fully.
References and further reading
• Social Learning Theory
• Corporate Social Responsibility
• Emotional Intelligence
• SAFE (Safer Activities for Everyone) standards