Safeguarding & Prevent

Achievement Training is committed to supporting all learners to feel safe! We have a commitment to safeguard the health and well being of all our learners at Achievement Training. This includes striving to ensure learners are not bullied, abused or harmed in any way

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ATL’s Safeguarding Policy
Achievement Training is fully committed to providing a working and learning environment that is free from abuse and harm. We actively promote a free and safe culture within all of its work and learning environments by: clearly identifying and communicating the roles and responsibilities within the organisation for safeguarding procedures and by allocating sufficient  resources to safeguarding; applying a zero tolerance to any form of abuse and harm. Our Safeguarding Working Party (SWP) meets formally at least three times per year and to deal with any Safeguarding issues that may arise and members also liaise with the Quality Team and Managers to ensure all staff are aware of responsibilities and are competent to undertake Safeguarding duties.

Child protection/Safeguarding of adults and young people covers a range of issues around people’s safety including, staying sexually healthy, being aware of the dangers of drugs and alcohol and when socialising around others using drugs and alcohol, self harm, mental health issues, Bullying / Cyber bullying as well as possible abuse and more.

Prevent

Prevent is part of the UK’s counter terrorism strategy, preventing people from becoming involved in terrorism or supporting extremism. You might come into contact with a friend who is vulnerable or recognise someone who may be easily manipulated to follow extremist views.

What you can do! 
The motivators for the list of behaviours we have listed here could be all sorts of reason and the likelihood that it leads to committing an extreme crime is driving them is very small, but we need to accept it is a possibility – no matter how remote. The fact is someone displaying these types of behaviours might just be going through a difficult time that still means that a person may benefit from our support. So please talk to a member of staff immediately!

 Who might be vulnerable?
People might be vulnerable because of:

  • Low self esteem
  • Lack of knowledge
  • Negative Media stories
  • Feel socially excluded
  • Distorted view of the world

Any of us at times may share feelings or going through situations such as these. That does not mean that having one or all of these characteristics or circumstances will drive someone to extremism. But they can lead to feelings of isolation, frustration, anger, sadness or not listened to and like an outsider. Being aware with of how these factors could make someone feel is hugely important to being able to protect and support them.

 We are protecting them from being radicalised: Where someone has their vulnerability exploited to support extreme crimes or terrorism, by a third party who has their own negative agenda.

 Behaviours: What will those signs that someone needs help look like?

They will look like any other troubling behaviour, think about what behaviours would give you a cause for concern, and it might be as simple as a gut feeling about someone’s welfare.

Possible behaviours:

  • Going on “unsafe” websites internet
  • Complete change of routine
  • New circle of negative friends
  • Absence from learning
  • Easily angered Sudden change in appearance
  • Become arrogant
  • Fixated on a topic
  • Change in language, use of words
  • Saying inappropriate things
  • Withdrawn/isolated

I hope that you have a clearer idea about what PREVENT’S aims are and how it works to support those people who are vulnerable to being groomed to share extremist
ideas and commit extreme crimes.

If you have any concerns you can speak to Achievement Training safeguarding officers or any members of staff, Parents/carers, Tutors.

 

Quality
Quality is not taken lightly at ATL and the quality team regularly liaise with the SWP to put in place a comprehensive training programme to ensure all staff are competent to undertake safegshare-logouarding duties including: –

  • Ensure all Staff / Managers have been thoroughly vetted prior to undertaking duties.
  • Review and report on the ATL’s performance against safeguarding measures, using the Helping children achieve more agenda.
  • Liaise with the SWP to review and update Policy and Procedures annually.

Department Managers

  • Manage the application of Protection and Safeguarding procedures in their department.
  • Act as the focal point for Protection and Safeguarding in their department.
  • Ensure all staff are competent to undertake their Safeguarding duties.
  • Monitor and review the application of the Safeguarding procedures in their department.
  • Clearly communicate the Protection and Safeguarding policy to all staff.
  • Liaise with partner agencies as required.

All Staff

  • Work to actively help learners achieve more.
  • Ensure Managers are aware of any children and vulnerable adults on their tutor files.
  • Comply with Policy and Procedures.
  • Promote a safe learning environment.

Bullying
We have a zero tolerance for bullying and ask that all learners abide by our Code of Conduct, respecting each other’s differences, views and opinions. If you feel unsafe or have concerns about the safety of a fellow learner, you can contact your Tutor for advice if you are comfortable doing so. If you need to talk to someone in confidence, use the ‘rapid response’ email link below to contact the Safeguarding officer, who will contact you with support or advice as soon as possible:
 safe@achievementtraining.com.

Useful External Contacts: 
The Gateway: 01752 66800

Children and Young People Advice and Assessment: 01752 308600
Police abuse investigation unit: 01752 284522
Advice and Assessments Children’s Services: 01752 308600 adviceandassessment@plymouth.go.uk
NSPCC: 0808 800 5000 help@nspcc.org.uk
Police PREVENT TEAM Telephone: 01392 452555 prevent@devonandcornwall.pnn.police.uk
Anti terrorist hotline: 0800 789 321
Crime-stoppers: 0800 555 111
Local police: 101
Emergency: 999
Reporting online terrorism
Internet Safety
Educate against hate

If you require any further confidential information regarding child protection and safeguarding issues please do not hesitate to contact us:

Paul Ebanks – Safeguarding Coordinator

Office: 01752 202263 or Mobile: 07497 413181
paulebanks@achievementtraining.com
safe@achievementtraining.com

Safeguarding Officers
Achievement Training Ltd
Norwich Union House
2 St Andrew’s Cross
Plymouth
PL1 1DN

Confidentiality will be respected as long as no one is at risk of harm!