- Swift is a work-related vocational training in the Midlands, focusing on the provision of Apprenticeships and Work Study Programmes for Young People aged 16-25.
- Swift is Birmingham based, and offers Work Study and Apprenticeship programmes in the Digital Marketing sector and Childcare sector.
- Training for learners across all programmes takes place both at the companies’ dedicated Academy sites, as well as ‘on the job’ at the learners’ workplace sites.
- All training programmes are tailored to meet the specific requirements of local employers to whom we also provide support and guidance to allow them to effectively support Apprentices throughout their learning journey.
Policy Aim & Purpose:
- In working with Children and Young People, Swift has a statutory and moral duty with regards to safeguarding, promoting and maintaining the welfare and wellbeing of all learners undertaking education, training and assessment with Swift. This includes all education, training and assessment taking place either at Swift premises or at Employer premises.
- The Purpose of this Safeguarding Policy is to clearly outline the Swift approach to the Safeguarding of Children and Young People, and to provide staff, learners and their families, employers, volunteers, visitors and guest speakers with the overarching principles that guide our approach to child protection.
- In providing the overarching principles of the organisation concerning Safeguarding, this Policy is not intended to provide detail of Swift Safeguarding Processes. This Policy should be read in conjunction with the Swift Safeguarding Processes to provide a detailed framework within which all staff should operate.
- This Policy applies to all Staff working for or on behalf of Swift.
- This includes Employees, Contractors, Volunteers, and Guest Speakers.
- The Policy covers the Swift approach to Safeguarding of all learners of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation
- It should be noted that Swift engage with Children and Young People as part of the learner recruitment process that may result in them not securing a place on a Swift Programme. These Children and Young People are not excluded from this Policy, and any Safeguarding concern highlighted as part of the recruitment process will be treated in the same manner as if they were a learner enrolled on a programme of learning.
- The Policy also applies to all Employers of Apprentices engaged in a Swift programme of learning.
Legal Framework Context:
This policy has been drawn up based on legislation, policy and guidance that seeks to protect children in England. A summary of the key legislation is available from https://learning.nspcc.org.uk/child-protection-system/england#heading-top
Swift Believe That:
- It is always unacceptable for any of our learners or staff to experience abuse of any kind.
- We recognise our responsibility to safeguard the welfare of all learners and staff by demonstrating a commitment to practices, processes and procedures that offers protection from abuse and harm.
- The welfare of our learners and members of staff is paramount regardless of their age, disabilities, learning difficulties, gender, race, religion and sexual orientation.
- All learners and members of staff have the right to equal protection from all types of abuse or harm.
Swift Recognise That:
- The welfare of our learners is paramount in all the work we do and in all the decisions we take all Children and Young People, regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation have an equal right to protection from all types of harm or abuse
- Some of our learners 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 parents, carers and other agencies is essential in promoting young people’s welfare.
We seek to safeguard all Learners and Members of Staff by:
- Valuing, listening to and respecting them
- Appointing a Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) for each Academy site, as well as trained Designated Safeguarding Officers (DSOs) to provide support and deputation as well as a board member to represent Safeguarding within the Senior Management Team.
- Adopting child and young people protection and safeguarding best practice through our policies, procedures and code of conduct for staff and volunteers.
- Supporting employers of LML & LEMA Apprentices to understand Safeguarding, their responsibilities and the process for raising any concerns to allow these to be effectively manager.
- Ensuring there are clear and effective Safeguarding Procedures in place to support staff in dealing with any Safeguarding concerns.
- Providing effective management for staff and volunteers through induction, supervision, support, training and quality assurance measures so that all staff know about and follow our policies, procedures and behaviour codes confidently and competently.
- Recruiting and selecting staff safely, ensuring all necessary checks are made and that effective risk assessment is used where any concerns are highlighted as a result.
- Recording, storing and using information professionally and securely, in line with data protection legislation and guidance.
- Sharing information about safeguarding with learners via effective induction practices, focussed teaching activity, the Learner Handbook, focussed activity based on identified local trends and patterns.
- Making sure that children, young people and their families know where to go for help if they have a concern
- Using our safeguarding and child protection 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 have effective complaints and whistleblowing measures in place
- 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. This includes both the Academy sites and the Learners’ places of work.
- Building a safeguarding culture where staff and volunteers, children, young people and their families, treat each other with respect and are comfortable about sharing concerns
- Identifying any trends in Safeguarding Disclosures or concerns and proactively planning future activity around these trends.
- A commitment to Early Identification and Prevention of Safeguarding concerns through identification, support and monitoring of pastoral issues that may later develop into safeguarding concerns.
- Working with local Safeguarding Partnership teams
- Operating a schedule of regular Safeguarding Focus Groups with DSLs & DSOs to analyse trends, plan training support for staff and plan future learner focussed activity to maintain a fresh and relevant approach to Safeguarding.
Roles and Responsibilities
- All Staff within Swift have responsibility for understanding the Safeguarding Policy and Processes and applying these.
- Each Academy site has a dedicated trained Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) who is responsible for recording, referring and monitoring safeguarding concerns, as well as providing training and support for those within their team.
- Each Academy has dedicated trained Designated Safeguarding Officers (DSOs) who provide key points of contact for learners, support for the DSL, support for other staff and who can deputise in the absence of the DSL.
- Both LML and LEMA have a Director on the Board of Directors responsible for leading on Safeguarding, both of whom have received appropriate training.
Hayley Faulkner (Group Quality Director)
Telephone: 07966 494946
Designated Safeguarding Lead
Telephone: 07791 204527
Designated Safeguarding Officers
Telephone: 07757 779539
- Quarterly audit of Safeguarding records to take place by Group Quality Director to ensure adherence to policy and process.
- Annual scheduled policy review
DSL: Designated Safeguarding Lead
DSO: Designated Safeguarding Officer