Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults Policy
- To inform SUL staff of their responsibilities when working with children and vulnerable adults.
- To ensure that all students aged under 18 are protected from potential abuse from hosts, staff and other suppliers and fellow students.
- To practice our commitment to safe recruitment, selection and vetting of staff, accommodation providers and other suppliers.
- To ensure that all members of staff are aware if any student is under 18 and that staff are also aware of any consequent special procedure(s) which are applicable.
Approved by: School Director, CM Retallack
Responsibility for update: School Director (CM Retallack)
Designated Safeguarding Officer: Homestay & Residential Courses Manager (Steph Coon)
Applies to: SUL Head Office & centre staff, including students and volunteers, who work with children and vulnerable adults
Proposed date of review: November 2020
SUL Language Schools believes that children/young people have rights as individuals and should be treated with dignity and respect. SUL Language Schools will strive to provide a safe environment for any young people (under 18) in its care while they are studying with SUL Language Schools, visiting a SUL Language school or participating in SUL Language Schools activities.
This policy and procedures are based on the following principles:
- The welfare of young people and vulnerable adults is of primary concern
- All young people and vulnerable adults, whatever their age, culture, disability, gender, language, racial origin, socio-economic status, religious belief and/or sexual identify have the right to safeguarding from abuse
- It is everyone’s responsibility to report any concerns about abuse to the Designated Safeguarding Officer, and the responsibility of the Social Services Department and the Police to conduct, where appropriate a joint investigation
- All incidents of alleged poor practice, misconduct and abuse will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately and the DBS will be informed
- All personal data will be processed in accordance with the requirements of the Data Protection Act 1998.
Child Safeguarding Procedures
Where under-18s are concerned there are statutory responsibilities for any organisation to follow regarding the safety of young people.
SUL Language Schools has a Designated Safeguarding Officer to be the lead person with regard to child safeguarding issues. At SUL Language Schools the Designated Safeguarding Officer is Stephanie Coon.
All school staff must contact the Designated Safeguarding Officer if they have any cause to believe the student or young person involved in any activity in SUL Language Schools, covered by this policy is in any way at risk. The Designated Safeguarding Officer will follow the relevant procedures.
Records will be kept of all such incidents and their outcomes and held by the Designated Safeguarding Officer in accordance with the Data Protection Act.
All staff should be aware that in accordance with statutory requirements where child safeguarding issues are involved, it is not possible to offer confidentiality to a person under 18 as any disclosures must be reported.
SUL Child Safeguarding Policy – download (pdf) below