Careers South West Limited actively safeguards and promotes the welfare of children and young people and vulnerable adults. All employees and volunteers are required to share this commitment.
How we manage Safeguarding
We will ensure that our employees, who work with children, young people, and vulnerable adults who are victims of, or vulnerable to, various forms of abuse and neglect, are competent to deal with disclosures as these occur, and are able to safeguard and promote the welfare of individuals, working jointly with relevant agencies in cases where there are safeguarding issues. The Director of Business Development has been identified as taking lead responsibility for safeguarding.
Recruitment and Appointment Process procedures are designed to support the company’s Safeguarding Young People and Vulnerable Adults’ policy. All job descriptions have the following duty stated, “To adhere to the company policy of commitment to Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and to ensure that Safeguarding arrangements are in place and complied with.” All recruitment and selection processes support this statement by ensuring that employees are fully vetted, including CRB checks, before they are able to work with children, young people or vulnerable adults. All employees joining the company are required to undertake training which includes safeguarding, confidentiality and information sharing.
In contracting or granting funds to any non-statutory agency Careers South West always requires that agency to evidence its compliance with current legislation and guidance in relation to safeguarding.
Operational procedure and guidelines
The company maintains a safeguarding procedure and safeguarding guidelines which is regularly monitored to ensure compliance with relevant legislation. These contain detailed instructions for staff and guidance including confidentiality, disclosures, and professional abuse, plus instructions upon escalation of concerns. Reports completed by employees following a disclosure are read by the line manager and the relevant Director. The Safeguarding procedure and guidelines are regularly updated in response to changes to legislation and guidance and external review of our procedure. These can be supplied on request.
The company has a Safeguarding Quality Assurance group which undertakes regular audits, reviews the findings and updates procedures and training in the light of findings. As an LSCB member the company submits an annual Section 11 audit and was subject to a peer review in December 2011.