Our Learning Environments
We are committed to promoting and supporting environments which:
- are youth-friendly and child-friendly and nurture their positive development;
- enable children and young people to be active contributors to the community;
- protect children and young people from actual or potential harm;
- enable and encourage concerns to be raised and responded to openly and consistently.
We recognise that:
- the welfare of the child is paramount;
- all children, whatever their age, culture, ability, gender, language, racial origin, religious belief and/or sexual identity should be able to receive education in a fun and safe environment;
- abuse of children can occur in all communities and is most likely to occur within families and by people known to the child;
- working in partnership with children, young people, their parents, carers and other agencies is essential in promoting young people’s welfare.
We will ensure that:
- all reasonable steps are taken to protect children from harm, discrimination and degrading treatment and to respect their rights, wishes and feelings;
- all suspicions and allegations of poor practice or abuse are taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately;
- all Role Models employees who work with children are recruited with regard to their suitability for that responsibility, and are provided with guidance and/or training in good practice and child protection procedures.
- all online sessions will be recorded for safeguarding, training and quality control purposes. Recordings will be accessible for a period of 1 month (on Zoom iCloud) and then deleted after this time period has passed.
We will endeavour to safeguard children and young people by:
In all our activities:
- valuing, listening to and respecting children and young people;
- fostering and encouraging best practice by setting standards for working with children and young people, in co-operation with statutory bodies and voluntary agencies.
In our recruitment of paid staff and volunteers, following the procedures below in:
- ensuring careful selection and recruitment of voluntary workers and paid workers taking care of children and young people, in line with safer recruitment principles and checks
- providing support and training
In our publicity:
- sharing information about good safeguarding practice with children, parents, and all those working with them.
When concerns are raised, following the procedures below in:
- responding without delay to every concern raised that a child or young person may have been harmed, or be at risk from harm; or about the behaviour of an adult or child;
- all safeguarding concerns are reported to our Designated Safeguarding Lead Alexandra Ridgway (or our Deputy DSL Louise Treherne)
- making detailed notes and carrying out any necessary investigations (pastoral/bullying issues- please see Behaviour Policy for more details)
- working with appropriate statutory bodies during an investigation into child abuse (e.g. MASH);
- challenging any abuse of power, especially by anyone in a position of trust.
In our care:
- ensuring that informed and appropriate pastoral care is offered to any child, young person or adult who has suffered abuse;
- ensuring that appropriate pastoral care is offered to any member of our organisation against whom an allegation is made.
In our supervision, following the procedures below in:
- ensuring, in partnership with other agencies, that care and supervision is provided for any member of our organisation known to have offended against a child or young person, or to pose a risk to them.
- Role Models Life Skills Limited is Ofsted Registered for our courses at Chelsea Academy and we adhere to all guidelines across all of our courses. We have an up-to-date certificate.
- More information is available upon request about the registration system required to join the Childcare Register.
- Ofsted’s address is Clive House, 70 Petty France, London, SW1H 9EX
We are committed to reviewing our policy and procedures annually.