Safeguarding

protecting the health and wellbeing

Whether tuition is carried out at school, online or home, we take the safety of each of our students and tutors very seriously. Therefore, we have several policies in place to ensure the safety of all involved. If you have any safeguarding concerns, please report these immediately using our safeguarding report form. This information will be immediately investigated by our Designated Safeguarding Lead.

Safeguarding & Child Protection Policy Statement

The purpose and scope of this policy:

Edusen Tuition Ltd takes a child-centred approach to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of every child and young person that it serves.

This approach means keeping the child in focus when making decisions about their lives and working in partnership with them and their families.

Children and young people may be vulnerable to neglect and abuse or exploitation from within their family and from individuals they come across in their day-to-day lives.

These threats can take a variety of different forms, including

  • sexual, physical and emotional abuse
  • neglect
  • exploitation by criminal gangs and organised crime groups
  • trafficking
  • online abuse
  • sexual exploitation
  • the influences of extremism leading to radicalization

Whatever the form of abuse or neglect, Edusen Tuition Ltd will always put the needs of children and young people first when determining what action to take.

We believe that:

  • children and young people should never experience abuse of any kind
  • we have a responsibility to promote the welfare of all children and young people, to keep them safe and to operate in a way that protects them

Anyone working on behalf of Edusen Tuition Ltd will be required to demonstrate relevant Safeguarding knowledge as a minimum. Tutors who are approved will be offered basic safeguarding and prevent training and will be expected to carry this out. 

We work with children, families, schools, tutors and Local Authorities as part of our activities. These activities include:

  • The provision of self-employed tutors and volunteers to family homes, schools, care home or other public venues for private tuition of children and young people in mainstream education.
  • The provision of self-employed tutors and volunteers to work with Special Education Needs & Disability (SEND) children and young people as well as Looked After Children (LAC) and Children In Need (CIN). These children and young people may or may not have a statutory Education, Health and Care Plan (EHC plan).
  • The provision of part-time tuition to for children and young people in need of Alternative Provision. This may include work with young people who are temporarily or permanently excluded from their mainstream setting.
  • Online tutoring between self-employed tutors or volunteers and children or young people, usually in their family home.
  • Communication between our full-time employees, self-employed tutors and volunteers to families across the UK.
  • Working with partners, including Schools, Local Authorities, Children’s Homes, PRUs and other organisations responsible for a child or young person’s education.

The purpose of strict safeguarding is:

  • to protect children and young people who receive a service via Edusen Tuition Ltd. This includes the children of adults who use our services.
  • to provide parents, staff and volunteers with the overarching principles that guide our approach to Safeguarding and Child Protection.

Although we understand that we are not a school or college, our Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) follows the duties outlined in HM Government’s statutory guidance for Schools and Colleges, Keeping Children Safe in Education, September 2019.

These are the strictest and most stringent Safeguarding guidelines a DSL can follow. Our DSL is trained in Safer Recruitment and DSL level 3 training, and will always carry out Local Authority and/or school-specific safeguarding training, where requested.

We recognise that: 

  • the welfare of the child or young person is paramount
  • all children and young people, regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation have a right to equal protection from all types of harm or abuse
  • some children and young people are additionally vulnerable because of the impact of previous experiences, their level of dependency, communication needs or other issues
  • working in partnership with children, young people, their parents, carers and other agencies is essential in promoting young people’s welfare.

We seek to keep children and young people safe by:

  • valuing, listening to and respecting them
  • having an appointed nominated child protection/safeguarding lead (DSL), a deputy child protection/safeguarding lead and a lead trustee/board member for safeguarding
  • having in place Safeguarding and Child Protection Policies and procedures which reflect best practice
  • using our safeguarding procedures to share concerns and relevant information with agencies who need to know, and involving children, young people, parents, families and carers appropriately
  • creating and maintaining an anti-bullying environment, in line with our Dignity at Work Policy, to help us deal effectively with any bullying that does arise developing and implementing an effective online safety policy and related procedures
  • sharing information, in line with our Confidentiality Policy, about child protection and safeguarding best practice with children, their families, staff and volunteers via leaflets, posters, group work and one-to-one discussions
  • recruiting staff and volunteers safely, in line with our Recruitment Policy, ensuring all necessary checks are made
  • providing effective management for contractors, staff and volunteers through supervision, support, training and quality assurance measures
  • implementing a Code of Conduct for tutors
  • using our Safeguarding procedures to manage any allegations against staff and contractors
  • ensuring that we have effective complaints and whistleblowing measures in place, in line with our Complaints Policy and Whistleblowing Policy respectively
  • recording and storing information professionally and securely, in line with our Privacy Policy
  • gathering as much information as possible about the setting in which tutoring will take place
  • ensuring that another adult will be present at the setting as we do not, under any circumstances, support lone working
  • creating and maintaining an anti-bullying environment and ensuring that we have a policy and procedure to help us deal effectively with any bullying that does arise
  • conducting an initial and annual (section 11) audit of our company and services highlighting any concerns and identifying areas of best practice
  • responding to any requests for information from the relevant authorities and supporting any section 47 enquiries
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