EQUALITY, DIVERSITY, SAFEGUARDING

EQUALITY, DIVERSITY AND SAFEGUARDING

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SAFEGUARDING

Safeguarding is a set of proactive policies, practices and procedures, grounded in law, policy and values, that aims to keep children, young people and adults, apprentices and staff, safe from a wide range of potential harm. This will continue to effective learning and working. Safeguarding requires and contributes to a culture of vigilance.

Safeguarding issues include but not limited to;
  • Child sexual exploitation
  • Bullying / cyberbullying
  • Domestic violence
  • Drugs
  • Religious abuse
  • Forced marriage
  • Gender-based violence
  • Mental health
  • Radicalisation

EQUALITY & DIVERSITY

Your Apprenticeship Programme operates a policy of Equality of Opportunity which guarantees equal treatment regardless of sex, marital status, race, religion, disability or offending background. Equality issues will be discussed during your centre induction and you will discuss a number of ways in which people can be unfairly treated. Now that you are in the world of work you have responsibilities in terms of Equal Opportunities.
If you ever feel that you are being discriminated against or being unfairly treated you should talk to your supervisor at work or your Trainer. In the event that they are unable to solve your problem you should speak to the Apprenticeship Programme Manager. You also have the responsibility to treat other people fairly whether they are work colleagues, fellow learners or customers. From time to time during your training you will be reminded of the principles of Equality and Diversity.

HEALTH & SAFETY

Health and Safety is of prime importance at all times. Your Trainer is fully aware of their responsibility for carrying out your training within a safe working environment. It is your responsibility to follow the guidance your Trainer gives you regarding all matters of Health and Safety.

All accidents however slight, either at the Approved Training Centre or at work must be recorded in the accident report book. In addition, every incident must be reported to the Apprenticeship Programme Manager immediately.
Any near misses that may cause damage or injury must be reported to your Supervisor at work or the Trainer at the Approved Training Centre. This forms a part of our Health and Safety policy.

As an apprentice you are entitled to the same protection under the law in Health and Safety matters as any other employed person. In addition you also have a legal duty to obey safety rules.

ABUSE & NEGLECT

Abuse and neglect are forms of maltreatment – a person may abuse or neglect an individual by inflicting harm, or by failing to act to prevent harm;
  • Physical abuse
  • Emotional abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Neglect
  • Bullying
  • Financial abuse
  • Cyberbullying

PREVENT AND BRITISH VALUES

From 1 July 2015 the Prevent duty became law. This is a duty on all education providers to have due regard to preventing people being drawn into terrorism. In order to protect young people, you must be alert to any reason for concern in the young person’s life at home or elsewhere. This includes awareness of the expression of extremist views.

British values are part of a set of four values introduced to help keep young people safe and promote their welfare specifically to counter extremism. The promotion of British values is firmly embedded in the work that you do. According to Ofsted, 'fundamental British values' are:

  • democracy
  • the rule of law
  • individual liberty
  • mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith.

What is Radicalism?

Radicalism refers to the process by which a person comes to support terrorism and forms of extremism. Protecting young people from the risk of radicalisation is seen as part of our wider safeguarding duties, and is similar in nature to protecting young people from other forms of harm and abuse. During the process of radicalisation it is possible to intervene to prevent vulnerable people being radicalised. There is no single way of identifying an individual who is likely to be susceptible to an extremist ideology. It can happen in many different ways and settings.

Specific background factors may contribute to vulnerability which are often combined with specific influences such as family, friends or online, and with specific needs for which an extremist or terrorist group may appear to provide an answer. The internet and the use of social media in particular has become a major factor in the radicalisation of young people.

What is Extremism?

Extremism is vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs. We also include in our definition of extremism calls for the death of members of our armed forces, whether in this country or overseas.

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