SUL believe that, in the interests of good practice, there should be a clear policy and associated practices to guide work with under-18s who attend our school. We believe that young people have rights as individuals and should be treated with dignity and respect. We endeavour to provide a safe environment for any young people (16/17 year olds) in our care while they are studying at our school. All young people and vulnerable adults, whatever their age, culture, disability, gender, language, racial origin, socio-economic status, religious belief and/or sexual identity 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.
All personal data will be processed in accordance with the requirements of the Data Protection Act 1998.
Group leaders are required to provide supervision at all times for students who are under 18 in closed groups.
Under 18s must:
– Wear an under 18 lanyard at all times whilst at school.
– Sign in when you enter the school and sign out when you leave it.
– Will have weekly meetings with the school’s Designated Safeguarding Officer and/or other suitably qualified staff. You will have the opportunity to give the DSO feedback on how you are feeling within the classroom, school and with your teacher and can see the DSO at anytime you wish to discuss any problems you may have.
– No smoking, drinking alcohol or attending over 18 student events.
All staff hold a valid ‘Enhanced DBS’ check or staff will sign a declaration form until their DBS check is returned