At NowSkills we are committed to the protection and safeguarding of young people and vulnerable adults within our care and we expect all our employees and associates to share this commitment.

This is especially important when young people and vulnerable adults are in employment as part of their Apprenticeship or training programme. Our Safeguarding policy demonstrates the organisation’s values and beliefs in relation to a learner’s individual rights to freedom from abuse and harm.

At NowSkills we strongly recognise the need for vigilant awareness of safeguarding issues. All staff have appropriate training and induction so that they understand their roles and responsibilities and are confident about carrying them out. Staff, learners, parents/guardians should feel secure that they could raise any issues or concerns about the safety or welfare of young people and vulnerable adult learners and know that they will be listened to and taken seriously. This will be achieved by maintaining an ethos of safeguarding by demonstrating zero tolerance of abuse and other harmful behaviours, promoting the welfare of young people, vulnerable adults and protecting staff. This is supported by clear equal opportunities, health and safety, disclosure and safeguarding policies, appropriate induction and training, briefing and discussion of relevant issues and relevant learning in line with current legislature and guidelines.

There are numerous threats to the well being of children and vulnerable adults, some obvious, some not. Being aware of the type of threats will assist you in recognising and identifying them and their affects.

Obvious:

  • Physical abuse
  • Emotional abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Neglect
  • Bullying and harassment

Less Obvious:

  • Stress
  • Poor work life balance
  • Social inclusion
  • Online threats

Staff are trained never to promise absolute confidentiality as they may feel they may need to give information to the Police, Local Council Safeguarding Authority, or any such other relevant organisation. In the first instance they will report it to the designated Safeguarding Officer for NowSkills, if this hasn’t already been done so.