Subconquest Ltd Safeguarding Policy
This policy applies to anyone working for or on behalf of Subconquest Ltd or using the Ollie approach.
The purpose of this policy to:
- Protect anyone who comes into contact with Subconquest Ltd from harm or abuse.
- Act as a guiding principle for anyone using the Ollie approach in relation to safeguarding
Subconquest Ltd is committed to the welfare of children and young people. We believe that they have a right to feel safe and be protected from neglect or abuse of any kind: mental, emotional, sexual or physical.
We recognise that:
- The welfare of the child or young person is paramount as enshrined in the Children Act 1989, Children Act 2004 and relevant government guidance- Working Together 2018 and the Prevent Duty Guidance.
- All children and young people irrespective of age, race, gender, sexual orientation or identity, disability or religious beliefs have a right to equal protection from harm and abuse.
- Some children and young people may be more vulnerable than others because of their previous experiences or other specific needs.
- Working in partnership with the individual, the parent or carer(s) and other agencies is essential in safeguarding the welfare of children and young people
Subconquest Ltd will seek to keep children and young people safe by:
- Valuing, respecting and hearing what the individual says.
- Working within this policy and those of any organisation that we have a contract with
- Supporting, supervising, monitoring and evaluating anyone using the Ollie approach
- Ensuring Ollie Coaches are suitably qualified, insured and have undergone the relevant checks ensuring the appropriate criminal record and reference checks are undertaken.
- Ensuring Ollie Coaches have had safeguarding training to a minimum of Safeguarding level 1 standard or equivalent child protection training and understand their role and responsibilities regarding safeguarding matters. Ensuring Ollie Coaches regularly update their certified training
- When working in an educational setting all Coaches will have read Keeping Children Safe in Education for: for schools and college staff (Part 1).
- All Ollie Coaches are offered annual safeguarding updates and organisation specific safeguarding webinars to embed safeguarding practice led by the Ollie DSL.
- All Ollie Coaches will share any concerns promptly with the relevant person locally in their private practice or in the partner organisation; including the child and parents if appropriate.
- All Ollie Coaches discuss any concerns related to safeguarding as an ongoing aspect of their supervision with information and safeguarding logs being recorded on a secure Subconquest Database, which is shared with and reviewed by the DSL.
- Ensuring confidentiality and the limits to it are clearly explained to those involved.
- Work within the terms of the service level agreement with the partner organisation.
- Ensure they are aware of and follow Ollie guidance for safeguarding clients and staff during the COVID pandemic and the guidance for safer working practice in schools https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/actions-for-schools-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak/guidance-for-full-opening-schools
- Maintain safe working practice when working with clients online and be aware of safer working guidelines and confidentiality
- Ollie Coaches have access to DSL and Supervisors during hours of work that enable any safeguarding concerns to be reported from any session – both face to face or online.
All concerns and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously, responded to appropriately and referred on as necessary.
This policy should be read alongside our organisational policies and procedures including:
- Code of Conduct and Ethics
- Ollie Registered Practitioners policy and framework
- Safer recruitment policy and procedures
- Procedures for responding to concerns about a child or young person’s wellbeing
- For COVID Safer Working Practice we are following CNHC guidelines and working in line with our COVID Safeguarding appendices. https://www.cnhc.org.uk/covid-19-advice-return-to-work-and-working-safely#INTRODUCTION
Subconquest Designated Safeguarding Lead is: Nicki Proietti
This policy was ratified on 1st September 2020 and will be reviewed annually
Designated Safeguarding Lead Nicki Proietti
Date: September 1st 2020
What is abuse?
- Abuse and neglect are forms of maltreatment – a person may abuse or neglect a child by inflicting harm, or by failing to act to prevent harm.
- It can happen in many places:
- an institution
- community setting
- someone known to them
- by a stranger, in person, or online
In the case of female genital mutilation, children may be taken out of the country to be abused.
- May involve hitting, shaking, throwing, poisoning, burning or scalding, drowning, suffocating or otherwise causing physical harm to a child including giving a child drugs or alcohol
- Fabricated or Induced Illness (formerly known as Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy) deliberate but surreptitious physical harm induced by a parent but attributed to other causes
- The persistent emotional maltreatment of a child such as to cause severe and persistent adverse effects on the child's emotional development
- It may involve conveying to a child that they are worthless or unloved, inadequate, or valued only insofar as they meet the needs of another person
- It may include not giving the child opportunities to express their views, deliberately silencing them or 'making fun' of what they say or how they communicate
- It may feature age or developmentally inappropriate expectations being imposed on children. These may include interactions that are beyond a child's developmental capability, as well as overprotection and limitation of exploration and learning, or preventing the child participating in normal social interaction
- It may involve seeing or hearing the ill-treatment of another
- It may involve serious bullying (including cyber bullying), causing children frequently to feel frightened or in danger, or the exploitation or corruption of children
Some level of emotional abuse is involved in all types of maltreatment of a child, though it may occur alone
- Involves forcing or enticing a child or young person to take part in sexual activities, not necessarily involving a high level of violence, whether or not the child is aware of what is happening.
- The activities may involve physical contact, including assault by penetration (for example, rape or oral sex) or non-penetrative acts such as masturbation, kissing, rubbing and touching outside of clothing.
- They may also include non-contact activities, such as involving children in looking at, or in the production of, sexual images, watching sexual activities, encouraging children to behave in sexually inappropriate ways, or grooming a child in preparation for abuse (including via the internet).
- Sexual abuse is not solely perpetrated by adult males. Women can also commit acts of sexual abuse, as can other children
Child Sexual Exploitation
- Child sexual exploitation is a form of child sexual abuse. It occurs where an individual or group takes advantage of an imbalance of power to coerce, manipulate or deceive a child or young person under the age of 18 into sexual activity (a) in exchange for something the victim needs or wants, and/or (b) for the financial advantage or increased status of the perpetrator or facilitator. The victim may have been sexually exploited even if the sexual activity appears consensual. Child sexual exploitation does not always involve physical contact; it can also occur through the use of technology
- Neglect may occur during pregnancy as a result of maternal substance abuse
- Once a child is born, neglect may involve a parent or carer
- Failing to : -provide adequate food, clothing and shelter (including exclusion from home and abandonment)
- to protect the child from physical and emotional danger
- to ensure adequate supervision (including the use of inadequate care givers)
- to ensure access to appropriate medical care or treatment
- It may also include neglect of, or unresponsiveness to, a child’s basic emotional needs
- It may include the effect of domestic abuse, substance misuse and mental health
- The persistent failure to meet a child’s basic physical and/or psychological needs, likely to result in the serious impairment of the child’s health or development
Extremism and Radicalisation
Extremism goes beyond terrorism and includes people who target the vulnerable – including the young – by seeking to sow division between communities on the basis of race, faith or denomination; justify discrimination towards women and girls; persuade others that minorities are inferior; or argue against the primacy of democracy and the rule of law in our society.
Extremism is defined in the Counter Extremism Strategy 2015 as the vocal or active opposition to our fundamental values, including the rule of law, individual liberty and the mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs. We also regard calls for the death of members of our armed forces as extremist.
Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy COVID-19 arrangements for Ollie Coaches (including online working)
This addendum of the Subconquest Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy contains details of our individual safeguarding arrangements during this time, to protect all children, whether engaging online or face to face, from harm and abuse.
Subconquest is committed to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of all its clients and staff. The following safeguarding principles remain unchanged:
- The best interests of children must always continue to come first;
- If any coach has a safeguarding concern about any child they should continue to act and act immediately
- A DSL or supervisor should be available to discuss safeguarding concerns during office hours and sessions should be held within these times
- All new Ollie Coaches will continue to be employed subject to safer recruitment practice
- Children should continue to be protected when they are online
All Ollie Coaches have been trained about how to handle a disclosure from a child, and understand that any safeguarding concerns, including those that may be observed when working remotely, must be referred immediately to the Designated Safeguarding Lead (or deputies) in the usual way.
If working face to face all Ollie Coaches will work with due regard to safeguarding the health of themselves and their clients and with due regard to government or organisation specific guidelines on use of PPE and distancing measures.
Safe online coaching
It is important that all staff who interact with children, including online, continue to look out for signs a child may be at risk. Any such concerns should be dealt with as per the Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy and where appropriate referrals should still be made to children’s social care and as required, the police.
Ollie Coaches recognise that the COVID pandemic and school closures have brought lots of additional challenges for families and young people. Offering online coaching is seen as a protective safeguarding measure for young people and allows a forum for continued contact and communication. However, Coaches must be aware of the potential risks that go along with this and will be required to risk assess their working environment and potential impact of remote sessions.
Ollie Coaches should take reasonable steps to ensure that clients are in a safe physical environment and are informed about the safe use of technologies.
Ollie Coaches will ensure any online coaching and use of technology platforms are in line with privacy and data protection/GDPR requirements.
Ollie Coaches will continue to only work online within their skills base and in line with the ethical guidelines.
Coaches will only proceed with online coaching with informed consent. Prior to sessions beginning they will make clear the circumstances in which confidentiality can be broken, i.e. if it becomes apparent that there is a risk of harm to the client or others or where there is a legal duty of disclosure.
Ollie Coaches will be familiar with how to refer to Early Help services and for working with informed consent when safeguarding young people