Speak Up London Safeguarding and Welfare Policy
In the interests of best practice, Speak Up London has a clear policy regarding the safety and welfare of 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.
- Maximum enrolment age for juniors in closed groups is 17.
Under -18s must:
- wear their lanyard at all times while in the school building
- sign in when arriving and sign out when leaving the school
- not smoke, drink alcohol, or attend events for over-18s
Under -18s will:
- have weekly meetings with the school’s Designated Safeguarding Officer (DSO) and/or other suitably qualified staff
- have the opportunity to give feedback to the DSO about classes, teachers and feelings about the school
- Under-18s may discuss any problems with the DSO at any time.
All staff hold a valid ‘Enhanced DBS’ certificate, or will have signed a declaration form while they are in the process of obtaining a certificate.