What is safeguarding and how does it impact employers?

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What is safeguarding and how does it impact employers?

Paragon Skills is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all our learners, and we hold a Leaders in Safeguarding Gold Award. As an education provider. the principles and outcomes of our work are based on individual respect, the promotion of human rights, and protection from all types of abuse and neglect, including radicalisation and extremism. Similarly, our employer partners we work alongside also have a responsibility to the learners you employ. As an employer it is important to understand what safeguarding means to you and your business and what to do if you suspect a learner is subjected to or at risk of being exposed to harm. Employers should also take responsibility for an apprentice’s welfare in the workplace and to seek appropriate advice when they feel an apprentice may be at risk both in and outside of the workplace.

What is safeguarding?

Safeguarding is about Duty of Care. It is about providing wellbeing related advice and guidance, or intervening on behalf of a child, or vulnerable adult if there is either a suspicion or disclosure that suggests that an individual may be at risk of either physical, emotional or sexual harm. protecting children from maltreatment, preventing the impairment of children’s health or development, ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care, taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes. It is also about supporting those whose needs are being neglected where that neglect has an impact on their physical or emotional wellbeing.

  • A child is defined as someone who has not yet attained the age of 18.
  • A vulnerable adult is someone who is or may be for any reason unable to take care of him or herself, or unable to protect him or herself against significant harm or exploitation.

These are the definitions laid down in safeguarding legislation. This legislation states that safeguarding these individuals is everybody’s responsibility.

In practice providing protection from harm can mean a range of things and includes building resilience, providing advice and guidance as well as intervening to protect a vulnerable person if the need arises.

Safeguarding actions will range from building a young person or vulnerable adult’s resilience to risk to help them deal with situations in their day to day lives, through to supporting them to make informed decisions about their own safety and wellbeing. It also includes intervening to protect them when they show that they are at risk of, or at potential risk of harm. Good safeguarding means remaining professionally curious, showing an interest, listening to the words that are spoken and being willing to ‘do the right thing’.

Your responsibilities as an employer:

  • Understand what is meant by Safeguarding and Prevent Duty and promote the welfare of learners.
  • Be aware of your statutory duties regarding the welfare of children and vulnerable adults.
  • Provide a safe, supportive environment for learners both on and off site.
  • Identify if there are learners who are suffering, or likely to suffer, significant harm.
  • Be familiar with our guidance and reporting arrangements.

We are happy to provide advice and guidance around any safeguarding topics. If you need support or guidance about something that could constitute a safeguarding concern in your workplace our safeguarding team are on hand and can be contacted by email on safeguarding@pgon.co.uk

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