Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy​

POLICY STATEMENT

This policy outlines the guidelines for Digital Bricks staff and associates to understand their roles in safeguarding, child protection, and enhancing the welfare of children and protected adults.

The term ‘child’ can have varying legal definitions, leading to confusion. The main focus is on providing support and protection to vulnerable young people at risk of harm. For the purposes of this policy, ‘children’ refers to individuals up to 18 years of age. At Digital Bricks we don’t work with children under the age of 16, so we will refer to young people only for the purposes of this policy.

A ‘protected adult’ refers to anyone aged 16 or above who receives a certain type of care, support, or welfare service. This definition is based on the service provided, rather than labelling individuals based on any specific condition or disability.

Child protection

This term encompasses the procedures and actions involved in evaluating, assessing, and planning the necessary steps, as well as implementing those steps, in cases where there is concern that a child may be in danger of abuse, neglect, or exploitation.

Safeguarding

This concept is broader than child protection and focuses on promoting the well-being of children, young people, and protected adults. It includes protecting them from abuse, preventing damage to their health or development, ensuring they are in a safe and effective care environment, and taking measures to ensure all children, young people, and protected adults achieve the best possible outcomes. Child protection, which involves efforts to prevent significant harm to children, is included within this broader safeguarding definition.

Our ethical stance

Our goal is to nurture the growth of learners’ knowledge, skills, and resilience, enabling them to stay safe and protected. It aims to equip them with an understanding of the world that helps them navigate various issues and potentially risky situations throughout their lives. This objective is interwoven into numerous aspects of the educational experience, including learning and teaching methods, fostering positive relationships, and building learner resilience.

In all of Digital Bricks’s endeavours, the primary focus should be on the needs, interests, and wellbeing of children, young people, and protected adults, placing these above all others’ needs and interests. Therefore, this policy and its embedded guidance should take precedence over all other policies and advice.

Staff and associate commitments

Digital Bricks trainers, assessors, and internal verifiers are dedicated to fostering an environment where children, young people, and adults feel safe, nurtured, successful, healthy, active, included, respected, and responsible. We aim to help them evolve into successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens, and effective contributors, whether in educational institutions, workplaces, or communities.

Digital Bricks, while not directly responsible for delivering services or conducting investigations in safeguarding or child protection matters, is dedicated to fostering the welfare and wellbeing of its staff, associates, and all individuals they interact with during their work. Safeguarding is a collective responsibility at Digital Bricks, applicable to every staff member and associate regardless of their role.

Our Approach

Prioritising the needs and desired outcomes of children and adult learners in educational settings, workplaces, and communities.

Ensuring high standards of education and service provision.

Striving for excellent and equitable outcomes for all learners, particularly by addressing inequalities affecting learners from diverse backgrounds and vulnerable groups.

Professional and Legal Responsibilities

The Digital Bricks team acknowledges its professional and legal responsibilities to safeguard children, young people, and adult learners, especially those at risk. We champion practices that protect these groups from harm, abuse, and exploitation.

We are aware of the United Nations Conventions on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), the Curriculum for Excellence, Getting it Right for Every Child (GIRFEC), the Adults in Capacity Act (2000) and the Protection of Vulnerable Groups Act (2007) and we will assure compliance with these when educating young people.

Policy Objectives

We will:

  • implement a recruitment process for staff and associates who regularly interact with young people, including membership in the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme and participation in relevant professional development.
  • Create a safe environment for young people and adults at risk during all forms of engagement.
  • Equip Digital Bricks staff and associates with the necessary information, knowledge, support, and guidance to ensure the safety and protection of young people, and adults at risk.
  • Adhere to national child protection guidelines to safeguard all at-risk groups, including young people and protected adults.
  • There is a focus on professional learning to enhance awareness of safeguarding needs, particularly for young people and protected adults. This includes understanding their responsibilities and being familiar with the necessary procedures for addressing concerns.
  • Actions are taken to respond to any allegations, suspicions, or incidents of abuse. All safeguarding concerns are communicated to the relevant authorities for appropriate action.

Building capacity in safeguarding

Digital Bricks is committed to developing the capabilities of its team in safeguarding matters. This is achieved by:

  • supporting professional learning communities and networks
  • focusing on staff who play a key role in aiding the wider team with safeguarding issues
  • concentrating efforts on assisting others in fulfilling their safeguarding duties effectively

Should you need to report any misconduct or seek clarification regarding potential child protection or safeguarding concerns, please reach out to the Director. Reports can also be made confidentially to the Director at hello@digitalbrickslearning.com. Our Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy is readily available for our staff, associates, clients, and partners. These documents can be accessed through our website (www.digitalbrickslearning.com) or can be provided upon request.

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