If you are in need of support regarding a safeguarding issue, please contact your training officer or safeguarding lead. The following websites may also be helpful:
This policy outlines the responsibilities of Capital 4 Training in relation to the protection of children, young people and vulnerable adults in response to:
Capital 4 Training is dedicated to the health, safety, and welfare of all children, young people and vulnerable adults involved in courses or activities which come under the responsibility of the company.
This policy covers all Capital 4 Training customers whether they are based on site or in workplace learning, covering all aspects of a learner’s programme regardless of where it takes place. It is the responsibility of all staff to understand their role in supporting safeguarding across all aspects of provision and for familiarising themselves with the appropriate procedures and other policies that support this overarching document.
Abuse and neglect are forms of maltreatment.
Abuse can be:
Capital 4 Training is committed to ensuring that the company:
Safeguarding Officer: Alix Charlton
The senior designated person – Alix Charlton, Safeguarding Officer, holds strategic responsibility for the safeguarding processes and procedures are robust and consistently applied and that Capital 4 Training fulfils its legal duties within the legislation.
As the company’s senior representative, Alix will be responsible for taking the lead for raising awareness within the staff of issues relating to the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults, and the promotion of a safe environment for learners within the company.
The senior designed Safeguarding Officer is responsible for:
The designated Safeguarding Officer is required to receive regular training in safeguarding issues and inter-agency working, as required by the Safeguarding Children’s Board, and will receive refresher training annually unless legislation dictates sooner.
Capital 4 Training has a duty to ensure that all staff fulfill their responsibilities in safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults. We will ensure that:
• All people will be treated with respect and with courtesy by staff and customers in an environment that is free from harassment or discrimination.
• All training rooms, facilities and equipment will comply with legislative health and safety standards and provide a safe and secure environment for learning with appropriate supervision and support of staff.
• Capital 4 Training will work with learners, employers and other agencies to promote a safe and healthy culture in particular the local Safeguarding Children’s Boards to ensure that learners are safeguarded through the effective operation of the company’s safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults procedures. The company’s Safeguarding Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adult Policy will be made available to all engaged parties.
• Capital 4 Training will develop partnerships to proactively protect students at risk of abuse, neglect or at risk of radicalisation.
• Staff will be trained and have a clear understanding of personal safety and good safeguarding practices as well as what factors may make learners vulnerable to a range of safeguarding concerns and can recognize outward signs of abuse, or unexplained changes in behavior or performance which may be indicative of abuse. All staff will be made aware of the signs of abuse and the procedures for reporting abuse.
• Capital 4 Training will work with learners to promote their own personal health, well-being and safety including their safety online.
• Capital 4 Training will work proactively to raise awareness of radicalisation and extremism in order to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism.
• Learners and employers will receive confidential advice, guidance and support for a range of issues that they may face. They will be signposted to external agencies where specialist support is required.
• Capital 4 Training will support students to have personal resilience and be able to make informed and sensible decisions about their safety and wellbeing in an attempt to prevent them from being exploited and or abused.
•Capital 4 Training has established and will regularly review procedures for reporting suspected abuse taking account of any new government legislation, regulations or best practice documents to ensure staff are kept fully up to date with their responsibilities and duties with regard to the safety and well-being of children.
•Capital 4 Training will deal with any allegations of abuse by staff according to the Company Disciplinary Procedures as appropriate.
Antisemitism is prejudice or hatred against Jews. It has existed in various forms for more than 2,000 years, based at different times on actual or perceived differences between Jews and others, along religious, racial, ethnic and national lines.
One of the best contemporary definitions of antisemitism is that adopted, in May 2016, by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, a coalition of 31 member states and 11 observer states. On 12 December 2016, the Government announced that the UK would be one of the first countries to formally adopt the definition.
In recent years, the rate of antisemitic incidents has been stubbornly high, according to research by the UK Jewish community’s third-party reporting agency, the Community Security Trust. In this period, antisemitism has sometimes shown increases in direct correlation to increases in violence in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but this is not the only ‘trigger’. Like other forms of prejudice, antisemitism has been evident in direct interpersonal interactions, as well as on social media.
Some examples of antisemitic sentiments may include:
• Support for – or failure to oppose – terrorism against Jews in the UK or abroad
• Celebration, denial, trivialisation or revision of the Holocaust;
• Anti-Jewish conspiracy theories about ‘Jewish control’ over politics, the media or finance
• Theological antisemitism;
• Crude stereotypes about Jewish physical appearance or relationship to money or power.
• Exceptional treatment of Israel, where the world’s only Jewish state is uniquely subjected,
among all the countries in the world, to hostile behaviours such as denial of its right to exist
or holding it to standards not expected or required of any other democratic nation.
Antisemitic behaviour might include:
• Racist abuse – including name-calling or Nazi gestures
• Physical bullying – including violence or intimidation
• Graffiti – on public or personal property
• Exclusion by peers
Capital 4 Training will comply with the best practice in the recruitment and training of its staff, in line with legislative requirements. Capital 4 Training’s recruitment Policy supports this document. Staff will undergo the appropriate pre-employment checks including DBS checks for their role where applicable, and undertake mandatory safeguarding training appropriate to their role. Staff will understand the principles of safe working practices, and how not to put themselves in situations that compromise themselves or learners. All new employees will receive an appropriate induction, including safeguarding training.
Capital 4 Training has a legal obligation to protect young people and vulnerable adults from abuse. Capital 4 Training has an appropriately trained safeguarding officer (Alix Charlton) and all staff are trained in Safeguarding L2 who will ensure that disclosures made by learners are dealt with quickly, sensitively and appropriately. All staff will be trained in the appropriate response to a disclosure and the correct procedure for dealing with concerns about a learner. Allocated staff members will work with learners and employers to proactively protect them from abuse and neglect and prevent learners being placed in an abusive situation. Refresher training will be carried out every 2 years, unless legislation dictates sooner and any updates or Safeguarding issues are discussed in quarterly team meeting to ensure all staff remain current and competent.
Keeping learners and teachers safe during remote education is essential. The same principles set out above, also apply to remote teaching.
Capital 4 Training has clear reporting routes so that learners can raise any safeguarding concerns in relation to remote online education.
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Capital 4 Training maintains a professional practice when communicating online with learners. When possible we communicate within business hours (or agreed hours), and we advise learners not to share personal information
Capital 4 Training Use secure online learning platforms. All lessons are taught from a quiet or private room with consideration to the background.
Due to the official guidelines concerning the coronavirus changes from day to day. Our guidelines and the way we operate change according to the government guidelines. We do however implement general practices to our staff, teachers, and learners.
Safeguarding adults falls to the responsibility of everyone. It is imperative that we are watchful and alert towards the signs and indicators of abuse and neglect.
If you have a concern about an adult at risk you should report it:
Community Health and Social Care Direct (8am to 5pm) – Telephone: 0191 278 8377
Outside of these hours – Telephone: 0191 278 7878
In an emergency always dial 999
The company will keep clear, comprehensive records of any disclosures and/or allegations of abuse.
The company will comply with the requirements of the Data Protection Act 1998, which allows for disclosure of personal data where this is necessary to protect the interests of a learner.
Capital 4 Training work with Local Safeguarding Children Boards, the Local Authority Designated Officer, the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub and other professions to ensure a comprehensive safeguarding network is in place. Advice will be taken from professionals within these organisations as appropriate.
NSCB – 0191 277 2500 www.nscb.org.uk
Durham LSCB – 03000 265 770 www.durham-scp.org.uk
Capital 4 Training will work proactively with the regional Prevent coordinators when appropriate.
Prevent North East regional Co-ordinator – Chris Sybenga 07384 456640, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ofsted’s recent review into the prevalence of peer-on-peer sexual abuse in schools and colleges revealed an alarmingly high rate of sexual harassment and sexual violence, including online, within all education settings. Capital4Training has a responsibility to ensure that all our learners are protected from sexual harassment, abuse and violence. While the majority of our learners are over 18, we recognise that the behaviours and abuses described in the Ofsted review are not confined to schools and colleges and are in fact symptomatic of a larger societal problem. As such, all staff are aware of the findings of the Ofsted review and we as a company will work to ensure all of our learners are able to work and learn in environments free from sexual abuse, harassment and harmful behaviour.
Capital4Training use the DfE’s definitions of sexual abuse and peer-on-peer abuse, as follows:
Peer-on-peer sexual abuse
The term ‘peer-on-peer’ sexual abuse includes:
Harmful sexual behaviour
When we refer to harmful sexual behaviour, we use the same definition as the DfE:
Sexual behaviours expressed by children and young people under the age of 18 years old that are developmentally inappropriate, may be harmful towards self or others, or abusive towards another child, young person or adult.
Sexual harassment and sexual violence
When we refer to sexual harassment and sexual violence, including online, we use the definitions and the language of victim and perpetrator in the DfE’s guidance. However it is important to recognise that not everyone who has been subjected to sexual harassment and/or sexual violence, including online, considers themselves a victim or would want to be described in this way.
Any young or vulnerable person who exhibits harmful sexual behaviour may need a safeguarding response or intervention. Professionals should respond with interventions that address the behaviour of the perpetrator, while also providing an appropriate level of support. As the majority of learners enrolled on apprenticeship programmes with Capital4Training are over the age of 18, any instances of learners perpetrating sexual abuse or harassment must also be considered criminal activity and treated accordingly.
The review by Ofsted states that 79% of young people aged 16 to 17, and 86% of those aged 18 and above, said that rumours about sexual activity occurred a lot or sometimes between peers. 54% of those aged 16 and above said unwanted touching occurred a lot or sometimes. As these age groups are those which Capital 4 Training learners may fall into it is important that training staff in particular are aware of the prevalence of these behaviours among young people and are capable of challenging and assumption by learners that these behaviours are normal or acceptable.
All staff have a responsibility to promote a safe learning and working environment free from sexual harassment and abuse. Any instances of sexual harassment, including sexual comments, remarks or jokes should be challenged and it should be made clear that sexual harassment or abuse in any form is unacceptable and will not be tolerated by Capital 4 Training.
All learners are informed and regularly reminded how to contact the designated safeguarding lead. It is important that staff in regular contact with learners, particularly Training Officers, regularly discuss with learners how to report a safeguarding concern or make a disclosure, and ensure that learners are aware that these concerns / disclosures can include sexual harassment, abuse or harmful sexual behaviours, including peer-on-peer abuse by other learners.
Any staff to whom a safeguarding concern is reported or disclosure made must follow the safeguarding protocol as detailed in the overall safeguarding policy.