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Safeguarding

The Training Trust, its staff, employers and subcontractors have a duty of care towards all learners and it is imperative that we act at all times in a way that is consistent with their safety and welfare.

The Training Trust is duty bound to protect and safeguard children and young adults and keep them safe from harm. Therefore, safeguarding and the welfare of children and young people is part of our core business.

All children have the right to a safe, loving, and stable childhood. Whilst it is parents and carers who have primary care for their children, local authorities have overarching responsibility for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children and young people in their area. They have a number of statutory functions under the 1989 and 2004 Children Acts, which make this clear, and this guidance sets these out in detail. Local authorities have specific duties in relation to children in need and children suffering, or likely to suffer, significant harm, regardless of where they are found, under sections 17 and 47 of the Children Act 1989. The Director of Children’s Services and Lead Member for Children’s Services in local authorities are the key points of professional and political accountability, with responsibility for the effective delivery of these functions.

Whilst local authorities play a lead role, safeguarding children, promoting their welfare and protecting them from harm is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and families has a role to play.

Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined for the purposes of this statement as:

  • protecting children from maltreatment
  • preventing impairment of children’s health or development
  • ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
  • taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes

Local agencies, including the police and health services, also have a duty under section 11 of the Children Act 2004 to ensure that they consider the need to safeguard and promote the welfare of children when carrying out their functions.

Under section 10 of the same Act, similar ranges of agencies are required to co-operate with local authorities to promote the wellbeing of children in each local authority area. This co-operation should exist and be effective at all levels of the organisation, from strategic level through to operational delivery.

Practitioners working in agencies with these duties are responsible for ensuring that they fulfil their role and responsibilities in a manner consistent with the statutory duties of their employer. The 2017 Children and Social Work Act sets out how agencies must work together by placing new duties on the police, clinical commissioning groups and the local authority to make arrangements to work together and with other partners locally to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children in their area.

The Training Trust’s contribution to PREVENT

The Training Trust has a responsibility to protect young people and vulnerable adults deemed to be at risk of any harm under the Safeguarding agenda. This is extended to all those who may be vulnerable to radicalisation.

The office for Security and Counter-Terrorism (OSCT), in the Home Office, works to counter the threat from terrorism. Their work is covered in the government’s counter-terrorism strategy CONTEST which is primarily organised around the following four key principles:

  • PURSUE: to stop terrorist attacks and acts of terrorism
  • PREVENT: to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism
  • PROTECT: to strengthen our protection against a terrorist attack or acts of terrorism
  • PREPARE: to mitigate the impact of a terrorist attack or acts of terrorism

The PREVENT principle has the following three national objectives:

  • Objective 1: to respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism and the threat we face from those who promote it
  • Objective 2: prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure they are given appropriate advice and support
  • Objective 3: work with sectors and institutions where there are risks of radicalisation which we need to address

If you have any concerns about your safety or the safety of other learners in relation to the above, you can access help and support by leaving a message here for our Safeguarding team.