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Child Protection & Safeguarding Policy

Child Protection & Safeguarding - Everyone’s Responsibility

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The Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) for safeguarding, child protection and the Prevent agenda is: 

Lisa Bloomfield

Contact email: 07976 545744

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The Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DDSL) is:

Sharon Williams

Contact email: 07717 306629 (Deputy DSL)

The nominate Safeguarding Lead Board member has retired, a new nominee will be elected at the forthcoming Board meeting. Enquires/disclosures that would have been directed to the Board nominee can be made to the CEO in the interim period.

Chris Stott 07990 723 807 CEO

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The Lead on Safeguarding for the Board is:

Contact e-mail:


Section 1 – Policy & Principles

  • Policy Statement & Legal Requirements
  • Principles
  • Definitions
  • Role of the Board, Chief Executive and Designated Safeguarding Lead

Section 2 – Guidance and awareness

  • Knowledge
  • Abuse of Trust
  • Professional Responsibilities
  • Informing DofE about serious safeguarding incidents
  • Children who may be particularly vulnerable
  • Preventing Radicalisation
  • Sexual violence and sexual harassment between children
  • Other specific safeguarding issues

Section 3 – Recruitment & Staff Training

  • Safer Recruitment
  • Staff Training
  • Extended school, off-site arrangements, and external speakers
  • Photography and images
  • Online safety


  • Taking Action
  • If you suspect a child has been harmed
  • If a child discloses to you
  • Notifying parents
  • Referring to Children’s Services
  • Concerns about colleagues
  • Allegations against staff
  • Section 5 – Record Keeping, Confidentiality and Information Sharing

  • APPENDIX 1 – Children’s Services Contact Numbers - Including Vulnerable Adults, Channel referrals and if you suspect CSE (Child Sexual Exploitation)
  • APPENDIX 2 – Steps to Dealing with a Disclosure
  • APPENDIX 3 Legislation

Section 1 – Policy & Principles

This policy is one of a series in Training 2000’s integrated safeguarding portfolio and should also be read in conjunction with Keeping Children Safe in Education. The Safeguarding Portfolio includes Whistle Blowing Policy (PR/GN.41), Acceptable Behaviour and Learner Disciplinary Procedure (PR/TR.425), Code of Conduct, Recruitment and Selection Policy and Procedure (PR/HR.52), Code of Practice for the Safe Working of Contractors on Training 2000 Ltd (FM/GN.192) and Staff Use of Electronic Communication and social media (PR/GN.74).

Child Protection & Safeguarding Statement & Legal Requirement

Training 2000 recognises it has a moral and statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all learners and endeavours to provide a safe and welcoming environment where learners are respected and valued.

Training 2000 believes that safeguarding is everyone's responsibility and maintains a mind set of "it could happen here".

Training 2000 staff are alert to the signs of abuse, neglect and learners being drawn into terrorism and follow our procedures to ensure that learners receive effective support, protection, and justice.

Training 2000 will always act in the best interests of the learner.

Training 2000 recognises it has a statutory duty under the ‘Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006’ to secure the safety of children, young people and adults at risk who are their learners. It also has a statutory duty under the Children Acts of1989 and 2004 and Section 175 of the Education Act 2002 to safeguard and promote the welfare of its learners.

This policy is aligned to Child Protection legislation and guidance such as Keeping Children Safe in Education, Working Together to Safeguard Children and Prevent Duty guidance for England and Wales.

Where it is believed that a young person is at risk of or is suffering significant harm, Training 2000 will follow the procedures aligned to local safeguarding procedures. These procedures and statutory guidance apply to children and young people below the age of eighteen. Training 2000 however, recognises its’ responsibility to all its’ learners and will consider this guidance if there are concerns regarding any young person or vulnerable adult.

The generic term learner is used throughout this guidance and will reflect children, young people, and vulnerable adults.

Policy Principles

Parity: All learners, regardless of age, gender, ability, culture, race, language, religion, or sexual identity, have equal rights to protection. We will listen to and respect the learner voice in all matters.

Paramountcy: We place the welfare of the learner of paramount importance in decision making and consider, at all times, what is in the best interests of the learner.

Prevention: Training 2000 is committed to early help and identification of unmet needs and vulnerabilities. All staff are trained to identify indicators that a learner may be suffering or at risk of harm.

Protection: All staff are trained to recognise and respond to abuse and neglect. All staff are expected to be vigilant and must act quickly when they suspect a young person is suffering, or is likely to suffer, harm. (In line with the Children’s Safeguarding Assurance Partnership’s procedures). We will recognise, record, report and refer all child protection / safeguarding disclosures as appropriate

Provision: Training 2000 acknowledges the sensitivity and complex nature of safeguarding and child protection and therefore ensures that learners, staff, and families are provided with appropriate support.

Partnership: Training 2000 works in partnership with other organisations, employers, and local communities to promote the welfare of young people and keep young people safe.


Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined for the purposes of this guidance as:

  • protecting children from maltreatment
  • preventing the impairment of children’s mental and physical health or development
  • ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective

care, and

  • taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes. (Keeping Children Safe in Education)

Child protection refers to the processes undertaken to protect young people who have been identified as suffering or being at risk of suffering significant harm. (Children’s Act 2004)

Staff refers to all those working for or on behalf of Training 2000, full time, or part time, in either a paid or voluntary capacity.

Child refers to all young people who have not yet reached their 18th birthday.

Vulnerable Adult in the context of this policy is a learner who is 18 years or over and who is or may need support to protect him or herself against significant harm or exploitation.

Parent refers to birth parents and other adults who are in a parenting role, for example stepparents, foster carers and adoptive parents or legal guardian

DSL refers to the nominated Designated Safeguarding Lead who acts as a source of support and expertise to the Training 2000 community for safeguarding and Prevent matters.

DDSL refers to the nominated Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead who acts as a source of support and expertise to the Training 2000 community for safeguarding and Prevent matters

DO refers to the appropriately trained Designated Officers who carries out those functions necessary to ensure the ongoing safety and protection of young peoples.

CSAP refers to the Children’s Safeguarding Assurance Partnerships

LSAB refers to the Local Safeguarding Adult’s Board(s)

LADO refers to the Local Authority Designated Officer

Prevent is a government strategy aimed at stopping people being drawn into terrorism. The Prevent duty is the duty in the Counterterrorism and Security Act 2015 on specified authorities, including Training 2000, to have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism.

KCSinE Keeping Children Safe in Education

Role of the Board, Chief Executive and Designated Safeguarding Lead

The Board of Trustees and Chief Executive Officer will ensure that:

  • They take strategic responsibility for facilitating a whole organisation approach to safeguarding and that Training 2000’s safeguarding arrangements comply with their duties under legislation (Human Rights Act 1998, the Equality Act 2010, (including the Public Sector Equality Duty), their local multi-agency safeguarding arrangements and have regard to Keeping Children Safe in Education.
  • A nominated senior board level (or equivalent) lead will take leadership responsibility for safeguarding arrangements.
  • All trustees receive appropriate safeguarding and child protection training at induction, which is regularly updated to ensure they can provide strategic challenge to test and assure the safeguarding policies and procedures in place are effective.
  • A DSL for child protection is in place who is a member of the Senior Management Team, who is supported by DDSL and DSOs (Designated Safeguarding Officer) who have undertaken appropriate training with refresher training at two-yearly intervals and who are allocated sufficient time and resources to carry out their roles effectively
  • Safeguarding and Child Protection policy and procedures are consistent with KCSinE and CSAP requirements, reviewed annually and made available to learners and parents.
  • Procedures for dealing with allegations of abuse made against members of staff and safer recruitment procedures that include the requirement for appropriate pre-employment checks are robust and comply with guidance and the law.
  • There is training strategy that ensures all staff (including temporary/ volunteers) receive safeguarding and child protection training, with refresher training at three-yearly intervals and regular annual updates.
  • All staff feel able to raise concerns about poor or unsafe practice and that such concerns are handled sensitively and in accordance with the whistle blowing procedures.
  • Ensure T2000 has the appropriate level of security protection procedures in place in order to safeguard their systems, staff and learners and review the effectiveness of these procedures periodically to keep up with evolving cyber-crime technologies
  • Ensure their school or college has appropriate filtering and monitoring systems in place and regularly review their effectiveness.
  • All staff undergo safeguarding and child protection training including online safety which includes an understanding of the expectations, applicable roles and responsibilities in relation to filtering and monitoring at induction.

The Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) will

  • Take ultimate lead responsibility for all safeguarding, child protection and prevent arrangements and decisions.
  • Take a lead responsibility, supported by the ICT Manager, for online safety and understanding the filtering and monitoring systems and processes in place.
  • Manage referrals to the appropriate authority (LA Children’s social care, Channel programme, Police, LADO, or DBS).
  • Maintain secure and confidentially safeguarding and child protection records and ensure information is appropriately shared.
  • Ensure that Training 2000’s has appropriate policies and procedures in place that are accessible, updated, understood, and used appropriately.
  • Ensure that all staff are suitably trained to undertake their responsibilities of promoting safeguarding, identifying need, raising concerns, and knowing what to do if a learner tells them they are being abused, exploited, or neglected, as outlined in KCSinE.
  • Manage allegations against members of staff and liaise with the LADO / DBS as required.
  • Undertake Risk Assessments where a learner’s condition, behaviour or circumstances poses a risk to others, themselves, or the environment
  • Encourage a culture of listening to learners and taking account of their wishes and feelings.
  • Lead a DDSL and team of DSOs who are appropriately trained and supported to undertake their role and who are available to discuss any safeguarding concerns.

Ensure the DDSL / DSO (Designated Safeguarding Officer) team

  • act as a source of support, advice, and expertise to staff on matters of safety, safeguarding and the Prevent agenda.
  • keep up to date with emerging and specific safeguarding issues
  • liaise with partners externally on matters of safety, safeguarding and welfare and attend / input into case management as required
  • engage, support, advise and communicate with staff in the best interests of the learner
  • Make timely referrals to the relevant authority
  • seek consent from parents/carers and child (if age appropriate) prior to referral, except where this will cause delay or place anyone at risk, where consent is not given, parents and carers are informed that a referral will still be made
  • attend CP meetings, produce, and present reports, liaise with staff, work with parents, work with other agencies and ensure the voice of the learner is evidenced throughout these processes

Section 2 – Guidance and Awareness


To meet and maintain our responsibilities towards learners we work to standards of good practice which are aligned to national child protection, safeguarding and prevent guidance, which apply to all staff and cover all learners. Through induction, comprehensive and regular training, updates, communications, meetings, policy, procedure, leadership, and culture we will ensure that all adults working in or on behalf of Training 2000 will have the requisite knowledge to undertake their duty in respect of child protection, safeguarding and prevent.

As a minimum all staff will:

  • recognise that everyone has a role to play in identifying concerns, sharing information, and taking prompt action
  • understand the specific duty of care we have for children under 18
  • provide a safe environment in which learners can learn, conduct themselves appropriately within professional boundaries and encourage positive and safe behaviour among learners
  • be prepared to identify children who may benefit from early help and be alert to changes in learner’s behaviour and be particularly alert to the potential need for early help for a learner who has additional support needs / circumstances (e.g. disability, mental health need, young carer, family / home circumstances, is at risk of exploitation or radicalisation, is frequently absent, risk taking behaviours)
  • be aware of systems, policies, and procedures (including KCSinEP1) which support safeguarding
  • participate and engage in safeguarding and training updates
  • understand the four categories of abuse: neglect, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, physical abuse and have the knowledge, skills, and expertise to recognise the signs and symptoms of all types of abuse
  • be aware that technology is a significant component in many safeguarding and wellbeing issues
  • Understand the expectations, applicable roles and responsibilities in relation to filtering and monitoring
  • be aware of Child-on-Child abuse, Child Sexual Exploitation, Child Criminal Exploitation, Domestic Abuse, Female Genital Mutilation, Mental Health, and Serious Violence.
  • understand that there are other safeguarding issues that can put a child at risk of harm and that certain behaviours linked to issues such as drug taking and/or alcohol misuse, missing education, and serious violence (including that linked to county lines) can be signs that learners are at risk.
  • understand that regarding any concerns about female genital mutilation (FGM), there is a specific legal duty on teachers.
  • be aware that mental health problems can, in some cases, be an indicator that a child has suffered or is at risk of suffering abuse, neglect or exploitation.
  • recognise and understand that behaviour can be a learner's way of communicating distress and changes to behaviour may be an indicator of abuse
  • understand that safeguarding issues are not stand-alone issues, but they frequently overlap
  • be aware that technology is a significant component in many safeguarding and wellbeing issues
  • know what to do if a child tells them they are being abused, exploited, or neglected and how to maintain an appropriate level of confidentiality, reassure victims that they are being taken seriously and that they will be supported and kept safe
  • involve young people in decisions that affect them and ensure the learners feelings and wishes are considered
  • be aware and sensitive of different cultures and different communities
  • share concerns immediately with the DSL/ DDSL/ DO(s); and in their absence make an immediate referral to Local Authority children’s services or other agencies (see APPENDIX 1)

The NSPCC website has advice about the signs, symptoms and effects of child abuse and neglect.

Abuse of Trust

  • All staff will be made aware that inappropriate behaviour towards learners is unacceptable and that their conduct towards learners must be beyond reproach.
  • In addition, staff should understand that, under the Sexual Offences Act 2003, it is an offence for a person over the age of 18 to have a sexual relationship with a person under the age of 18, where that person is in a position of trust, even if the relationship is consensual. This means that any sexual activity between a member of staff and a learner under 18 may be a criminal offence, even if that young person is over the age of consent.
  • All staff read, understand, and abide by the Staff Use of Electronic Communication and social media (PR/GN.74).

Professional Responsibilities

Section 11 of the Children’s Act 2004 creates a statutory duty for all organisations that work with children, to share a commitment and responsibility to safeguard and promote their welfare.

  • All staff have been presented with Part 1 of Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) and asked to acknowledge their understanding of its contents. It is very important to keep up to-date with current issues which can impact on a young person’s wellbeing and safety.
  • Wherever possible we will communicate to staff to make them aware of the local and national picture which includes the Prevent agenda.

Informing DofE about serious safeguarding incidents

  • The DofE includes safeguarding clauses in the funding agreements and contract. Whilst the local authority and the institution have primary duties in respect of safeguarding, the Secretary of State (SoS) has a general duty to promote the wellbeing of children in England under section 7 of the Children and Young Persons Act 2008.
  • The DofE’s role is to provide assurance to the SoS, in meeting this general duty, that the right organisations are taking action to keep all learners safe. For this reason, the Training 2000 Chair, CEO or DSL must inform the DofE when Training 2000 is the subject of an investigation by the local authority or the police.
  • In such circumstances, the Chair, CEO or DSL must email with the name of the institution, the nature of the incident and confirmation that it is or is scheduled to be investigated by the local authority and/or the police. (There should be no requirement for any information that could be used to identify individuals or any information that will impact on our data protection duties.)

Information to be provided to DofE about Prevent referrals to channel panels

  • The DofE will only require institutions to inform them when we, or one of our subcontractors, is the subject of an investigation by the local authority or the police in connection with a Prevent issue. In such circumstances, the Chair, CEO or DSL must email

Children who may be particularly vulnerable

  • Many factors can contribute to an increase in risk, including prejudice and discrimination, isolation, social exclusion, communication issues and reluctance on the part of some adults to accept that abuse can occur.
  • To ensure that all of our learners receive equal protection, we will give special consideration to young people who are vulnerable to abuse because of their age, health, physical or mental abilities, race, ethnicity, religion, or sexuality; those being bullied or those regularly absent from learning.
  • Children Missing from Education (CME) can be a potential sign of abuse or neglect including sexual exploitation, undergoing female genital mutilation, forced marriage, or travelling to conflict zones.
  • ALL staff must follow procedures when a child misses’ education particularly on repeat occasions to help identify the risk of abuse and neglect
  • The Learner Attendance and punctuality on Funded Programmes policy (PR/TR.34) is up to date, reviewed regularly and includes the reporting process for CME.

Training 2000 is committed to keeping our children safe from specific forms of abuse. We therefore ensure that ALL staff understand that there are specific and emerging ways in which children can be abused, such as:

Radicalisation - refers to the process by which a person comes to support terrorism and forms of extremism, there is no single way of identifying an individual who is likely to be susceptible to an extremist ideology.

  • ALL staff will have 'due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism,’ known as the ‘Prevent Duty’
  • ALL staff will have a general understanding of how to identify a child who may be at risk of radicalisation
  • ALL staff will use professional judgement in identifying learners who might be at risk of radicalisation and act proportionately
  • Training 2000 will ensure the safety of learners online by preventing their access to terrorist and extremist material when using the internet and that suitable filtering software is in place
  • DSL/ DDSL/ DOs understand when it is appropriate to make a referral to the Channel Panel

Sexual violence and sexual harassment between children (young people) - Child on Child Abuse occurs when a young person is exploited, bullied and / or harmed by their peers who are the same or similar age; everyone directly involved in peer-on-peer abuse is under the age of 18.

  • ALL staff will understand that children can abuse other children
  • ALL staff will inform the DSL/DDSL/ DO of any child-on-child abuse concerns
  • All staff will understand the importance of challenging inappropriate behaviours between children
  • Child on child abuse will be taken as seriously as any other form of abuse
  • Harmful sexual behaviour will be identified and managed with support and guidance from the DSL/DDSL/ DO
  • Sexting will be managed on a case-by-case basis using national and local guidance and advice
  • In cases of suspected or actual peer on peer abuse a risk assessment will be undertaken and appropriate and proportionate control measures put in place to manage and reduce risk. Seek advice from LCC Schools Safeguarding Officer
  • Referrals to Children's Social Care, Police and/or other appropriate agencies will be made where necessary or otherwise managed under Training 2000's Behaviour and Disciplinary Policy

Modern Slavery

Modern Slavery and the National Referral Mechanism Modern slavery encompasses human trafficking and slavery, servitude and forced or compulsory labour. Exploitation can take many forms, including sexual exploitation, forced labour, slavery, servitude, forced criminality and the removal of organs. Further information on the signs that someone may be a victim of modern slavery, the support available to victims and how to refer them to the NRM is available in Statutory Guidance.

Modern slavery: how to identify and support victims - GOV.UK (

Child Sexual Exploitation & Child Criminal Exploitation

Both CSE and CCE are forms of abuse that occur where an individual or group takes advantage of an imbalance in power to coerce, manipulate or deceive a child into taking part in sexual or criminal activity, in exchange for something the victim needs or wants, and/or for the financial advantage or increased status of the perpetrator or facilitator and/or through violence or the threat of violence.

All staff should be aware of the indicators, which may signal children are at risk from, or are involved with, serious violent crime including those associated with county lines

Criminal exploitation of children and vulnerable adults: county lines - GOV.UK (

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

Whilst all staff should speak to the designated safeguarding lead (or a deputy) regarding any concerns about female genital mutilation (FGM), there is a specific legal duty on teachers. If a teacher, in the course of their work in the profession, discovers that an act of FGM appears to have been carried out on a girl under the age of 18, the teacher must report this to the police.

Mental Health

All staff should be aware that mental health problems can, in some cases, be an indicator that a child has suffered or is at risk of suffering abuse, neglect or exploitation.

Additional information and support

Departmental advice What to Do if You Are Worried a Child is Being Abused

The NSPCC website also provides useful additional information on abuse and neglect and what to look out for.

Keeping Children Safe in Education Annex B contains important additional information about specific forms of abuse and safeguarding issues.

Staff should also know what to do when a child may or has been harmed and should follow guidance in section 4

Section 3 – Recruitment & Staff Training

Safer Recruitment

Training 2000 will always endeavour to select staff who are appropriately qualified and experienced to undertake the role to which they have been appointed and suitable to work with children, young people, and vulnerable adults.

The Company will follow the statutory guidance on Safer Recruitment set out in Department for Education (DfE) document, Keeping Children Safe in Education, and ensure that all appropriate measures are applied to the recruitment, selection, and appointment of staff. This also extends to members of the Board, agency staff and volunteers.

Safer recruitment practice includes:

  • the Company commitment to safeguarding is referenced on the Training 2000 recruitment website, job adverts and in role profiles/person specifications
  • The requirement for applicants to complete an Application Form which has been designed in accordance with the safer recruitment guidance
  • Scrutinising application forms and gaps in employment history which will be explored at interview
  • Selection panel interviews for all appointments with at least one panel member who has undertaken Safer Recruitment training
  • Inclusion of specific safeguarding questions on all selection panels
  • Digital screening of applicants prior to interview with concerns explored at interview

All offers of appointment are conditional until the satisfactory completion of all pre-employment checks. The Company maintains a Single Central Record (SCR) to record the pre-employment checks undertaken, the date on which the checks were completed and by whom and includes:

  • Identity check
  • Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (including barred list information for those engaging in regulated activity with children) or a check via the DBS Update Service
  • Verification of the candidate’s mental and physical fitness
  • Right to Work in the UK
  • Receipt of two satisfactory employment references
  • Further checks on people who have lived or worked outside the UK
  • Verification of professional qualifications, where appropriate

For agency or third-party staff, the Company will require written confirmation from the employment business supplying the member of staff to confirm that the appropriate checks have been carried out.

The Company takes a risk-assessed approach, considering the frequency and level of contact with children and young people. A risk assessment must be completed for any individual commencing employment prior to the receipt of DBS clearance. Under no circumstances must a member of staff (including agency staff and volunteers) be permitted to work unsupervised, in regulated activity, with children and young people where DBS clearance (including barred list check) has not been received.

Staff training

It is important that all staff have appropriate training to enable them to recognise the possible signs of abuse and neglect and to know what to do if they have a concern. Training 2000 will ensure that all staff receive appropriate training as follows:

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Training Required


Board of Trustees

Level 1 Safeguarding


Every 3 years

Every 3 years

Senior Management Team

Managers/Team Leaders

Human Resources Staff

Level 1 Safeguarding


Safer Recruitment

Every 3 years

Every 3 years

Every 3 years

Safeguarding Team including

Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DDSL)

Apprentice Wellbeing Advisors

Level 3 Safeguarding


Every 2 years

Every 3 years

All Staff

Level 1 Safeguarding


Every 3 years

Every 3 years

All new staff and board members receive training as part of their induction and are required to complete appropriate level of safeguarding and PREVENT training, outlined above, as part of their on-boarding and then on a cyclical basis.

All staff receive regular updates and training at annual CPD (Continuing Professional Development) Days, and at other times, on areas such as Anti Counter Terrorism Awareness, Professional Boundaries, PREVENT, Equality & Diversity and the expectations, applicable roles and responsibilities in relation to filtering and monitoring and updates on new statutory guidance.

All staff are required to read “Keeping Children Safe in Education Part One: information for all school and college staff” as part of their induction and annually thereafter. Staff must confirm they have read and understood the guidance and agree to operate in line with the best practice guidance.

  • Copies of the most recent guidance can be found here; including Blackburn with Darwen LSCB Safer Working Practice, Working Together to Safeguard Children and Keeping Children Safe in Education.

LSCB Guidance for Safer Working Practice 2016


Keeping Children Safe in Education 2023

Extended school, off-site arrangements, and external speakers

Where extended learning activities are provided by and managed by Training 2000, our own child protection and safeguarding procedures apply. If other organisations provide services or activities on our site, we will check that they have appropriate procedures in place, including safer recruitment procedures. When our learners attend off-site activities, we will check that effective child protection arrangements are in place, (see Contractors and External Speaker checks form FM/QA.41).

Photography and images

Staff will not use their own devices to photograph young people. To protect young people, we will:

  • seek their consent for photographs to be taken or published (for example, on our website or in newspapers or publications). See (FM/MK.371) Photography, PR, and Publicity Consent Form.
  • seek parental consent (if the young person is under 18). See (FM/MK.371) Photography, PR, and Publicity Consent Form
  • use only the young person’s first name with an image
  • ensure images are appropriate and professional
  • encourage learners to tell us if they are worried about any photographs that are taken of them.

Online Safety

Training 2000 is committed to keeping learners and staff safe online. We therefore ensure that:

  • ALL staff understand that learners can be harmed online via hurtful and abusive messages, enticing children to engage in age-inappropriate conversations, sharing and production of indecent images or encouraging risk taking behaviour
  • Cyber-bullying by learners, via texts and emails, will be treated as seriously as any other type of bullying and will be managed through our Bullying, Cyber, Bullying and Harassment (FM/TR.113)
  • Training 2000’s Computer Usage Policy for Learners (FM/TR.192) and ICT security policy explain how we try to keep learners safe on Training 2000 premises. Provide learners with a secure learning platform where they can learn the skills needed to use communication technology safely ensuring that appropriate filtering and monitoring systems are in place and reviewed annually.
  • When Training 2000 use social networking sites in class or for projects this activity will be appropriate to the young person’s age and abilities and stage of learning.
  • Staff must not establish or seek to establish social contact with learners for the purpose of securing a friendship or to pursue or strengthen a relationship. That extends to the use of social networking sites such as Facebook; Staff Use of Electronic Communication and social media (PR/GN.74) explains how staff can minimise risk when using electronic communication and social networking.

Section 4 – Child Protection

Taking action - Key points for staff to remember for taking action are:

  • in an emergency take the action necessary to help and protect the young person, for example, call 999
  • report your concern to the DSL/DDSL/DO immediately; at Training 2000 a DSO will always be on duty during business hours, if in extreme circumstances the no-one is available contact Children’s Services or other appropriate agency (if concern relates to Prevent or CSE for example) Report child abuse - GOV.UK (
  • do not start your own investigation
  • share information on a need-to-know basis only – do not discuss the issue with colleagues, friends, or family
  • complete a Cause for Concern form (FM/TR.177) or Child Protection Disclosure Form (FM/GN.190) if a disclosure has been made. NB It is understood that you may not have a copy of this form to hand or be able to obtain one immediately, if that is the case, please document the concern on paper or electronically and share with DSL/DDSL/ DSO
  • seek support for yourself if you are distressed

If you suspect a young person is at risk of harm

There will be occasions when staff may suspect that a learner may be at risk of physical, emotional, sexual abuse or neglect (ref. Keeping children safe in education, part 1), but have no ‘real’ evidence. The learner’s behaviour may have changed, their work could be bizarre or concerning, or physical but inconclusive signs may have been noticed. In these circumstances, staff will give the learner the opportunity to talk. The signs they have noticed may be due to a variety of factors, for example, a parent has moved out, a pet has died, a grandparent is extremely ill. It is fine for staff to ask the learner if they are okay or if they can help in any way.

What to do if you think a child is being abused:

Stat guidance template (

If a young person discloses to you

It takes a lot of courage for a child to disclose that they are being abused. If a young person talks to a member of staff about any risks to their safety or wellbeing, the staff member will need to let the learner know that they must pass the information on – staff are not allowed to keep secrets.

The point at which they tell the learner this is a matter for professional judgement. If they jump in immediately the young person may think that they do not want to listen, if left until the very end of the conversation, the young person may feel that they have been misled into revealing more than they would have otherwise.

During their conversations with the young person staff will:

  • allow them to speak freely
  • remain calm and collected – the young person may stop talking if they feel they are upsetting their listener
  • give reassuring nods or words of comfort – ‘I’m so sorry this has happened,’ ‘I want to help,’ ‘This is not your fault,’ ‘You are doing the right thing in talking to me’
  • not be afraid of silences – staff must remember how hard this must be for the young person
  • under no circumstances ask investigative questions – such as how many times this has happened, whether it happens to siblings too, or what does the young person’s mother think about all this
  • tell the young person that in order to help them, the member of staff must pass the information on
  • do not automatically offer any physical touch as comfort. It may be anything but comfort to a young person who has been abused
  • avoid admonishing the child for not disclosing earlier.
  • tell the young person what will happen next. The young person may agree to go to see the designated senior person. Otherwise, it is the duty of the member of staff to inform the DSL/DDSL/ DSO of what has been discussed. If the young person does agree to see the designated person, the staff member should inform the DSL/DDSL/DSO that the young person will be coming to see them at some point
  • report verbally to the DSL/DDO/DSO even if the young person has promised to do it by themselves
  • write up their conversation, using the same language as the young person (regardless of how explicit this was), as soon as possible on the CHILD PROTECTION DISCLOSURE FORM – FM/GN.190 and hand it to a designated person. Do not take a copy of the form. NB It is understood that you may not have a copy of this form to hand or be able to obtain one immediately, if that is the case, please document the concern on paper or electronically and share with DSL/DDSL/ DSO seek support if they feel distressed (See Appendix 2)

Notifying parents

Training 2000 will normally seek to discuss any concerns about a young person with their parents. This must be handled sensitively, and the DSL/ DSO will make contact with the parent in the event of a concern, suspicion, or disclosure. However, if Training 2000 believes that notifying parents could increase the risk to the young person or exacerbate the problem, advice will first be sought from children’s services (See Appendix 1); refer also to Section 5 Confidentiality and Information Sharing

Referral to children’s services

The DSL/ DSO will make a referral to children’s services (or appropriate agency) if it is believed that a young person is suffering or is at risk of suffering significant harm. The young person (subject to their age and understanding) and the parents will be told that a referral is being made, unless to do so would increase the risk to the young person.

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Staff will follow the reporting procedures outlined in the policy. However, they may also share information directly with children’s services, police, or the NSPCC if:

  • The situation is an emergency and in the extreme circumstances that the DSL, DSO’s, the CEO, and the chair of the Board are all unavailable
  • They are convinced that a direct report is the only way to ensure the young person’s safety.

Concerns about a Colleague

Staff that are concerned about the conduct of a colleague towards a learner should always act immediately and in the best interest of the child. They may worry that they have misunderstood the situation and they will wonder whether a report could jeopardise their colleague’s career.

  • All staff must remember that the welfare of the young person is paramount and that they have a duty to respond and inform the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL).
  • The Whistleblowing Policy (PR/GN41) is available on the intranet and enables staff to raise concerns or allegations in confidence and for a sensitive enquiry to take place. The whistle blowing policy can be used to raise concerns about any safeguarding practice at Training 2000.
  • All concerns of poor practice or possible child abuse by colleagues should be reported to the DSL.
  • Complaints about the DSL or CEO should be reported to the Board of Trustees.

Allegations against staff

When an allegation is made against a member of staff, set procedures must be followed. It is rare for a young person to make an entirely false or malicious allegation, although misunderstandings and misinterpretations of events do happen.

  • A young person may also make an allegation against an innocent party because they are too afraid to name the real perpetrator. Even so, we must accept that some professionals do pose a serious risk to learners, and we must act on every allegation. Staff who are the subject of an allegation have the right to have their case dealt with fairly, quickly, and consistently and to be kept informed of its progress.
  • Allegations against staff must be reported immediately to the DSL or in her absence the Deputy DSL, they will immediately inform the HR (Human Resources) Business Partner and it will be determined if the allegation needs to be referred to the LADO.
  • Allegations that do not meet the LADO harm threshold will be investigated in accordance with the Disciplinary Procedures.
  • Where an allegation relates to an employer or sub-contractor the DSL/DDSL/DSO must be notified immediately.

Section 5 – Record Keeping Confidentiality and Information Sharing

All concerns, discussions and decisions made, and the reasons for those decisions, should be recorded in writing.

All staff will understand that child protection issues warrant a high level of confidentiality, not only out of respect for the young person and staff involved but also to ensure that being released into the public domain does not compromise evidence.

Staff should only discuss concerns with the DSL, DSO, CEO, or chair of the board (depending on who is the subject of the concern). That person will then decide who else needs to have the information and they will disseminate it on a ‘need-to-know’ basis.

Child protection information will be stored and handled in line with Data Protection Act 1998 principles. Information is:

  • processed for limited purposes
  • adequate, relevant, and not excessive
  • accurate
  • kept no longer than necessary
  • processed in accordance with the data subject’s rights
  • secure

Child Protection Disclosure forms (FM/GN.190), Cause for Concern forms (FM/TR.177) and other written information will be stored in a secure facility and any electronic information will be password protected and only made available to relevant individuals.

  • very effort will be made to prevent unauthorised access, and sensitive information should not be stored on laptop computers, which, by the nature of their portability, could be lost or stolen. If it is necessary to store child protection information on portable media, such as a CD or flash drive, these items will be kept in locked storage.
  • Child protection records are normally exempt from the disclosure provisions of the Data Protection Act, which means that children and parents do not have an automatic right to see them. If any member of staff receives a request from a pupil or parent to see child protection records, they will refer the request to the CEO or DSL.
  • The Data Protection Act does not prevent staff from sharing information with relevant agencies, where that information may help to protect a child. Training 2000’s Data Protection policy includes information on confidentiality and information-sharing and is available to parents and pupils on request.


It is necessary to show that a fair balance has been struck between the individual rights of the person and the relevant justification when information is shared.

Records should include:

  • a clear and comprehensive summary of the concern
  • details of how the concern was followed up and resolved, and

a note of any action taken, decisions reached and the outcome.

Key Questions to consider are:

  • Is there a clear and legitimate purpose for sharing information?
  • Do you have reasonable cause to suspect a child is suffering or likely to suffer significant harm?

Whilst it is good practice to share with families your intention to make a referral to Children's Services about their child's welfare, it is not a prerequisite.

Sharing confidential information without consent will normally be justified in the public interest:

  • When there is evidence or reasonable cause to believe that a child or vulnerable adult is suffering, or is at risk of suffering, significant harm;
  • To prevent significant harm to a child or serious harm to an adult, including through the prevention, detection, and prosecution of serious crime.

Staff must decide whether sharing information is a necessary and proportionate response to the need to protect the child in question. The decision-making process must weigh up what might happen if the information is shared against what might happen if it is not shared.


If a child is at immediate risk, contact the police on 999

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Blackburn with Darwen Council - Children’s Advice and Duty Team

Phone Number(s) 01254 666400 (8:45am and 5:00pm, Monday to Friday)

Extra Information Out of hours –: 01254 587547

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Blackpool Council

Child Protection Referral Line

Phone Number(s)

01253 477299

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Lancashire County Council

Child Protection - Children's Customer Care

Phone Number(s)

Care Connect on 0300 123 6720 (8am - 8pm)

Out of hours 0300 123 6722 (8pm - 8am)

Reporting abuse if the person is a vulnerable adult (over 18 years of age)

Lancashire Adult Social Care Services - Telephone 0300 123 6720

For advice on preventing radicalisation or reporting concerns in Lancashire please email

Call our Prevent team on the number for advice or support: 01772 413398


  • The police non-emergency number 101
  • Anti-terrorism hotline 0800 789 321

More information can be found on the Lancashire Constabulary website

CSE – Contact Telephone numbers for Lancashire – dependent on which area

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Statutory Guidance

  • Education Act 2002: Section 175 of the Education Act 2002 requires local education authorities and the governors of maintained schools and further education (FE) colleges to make arrangements to ensure that their functions are carried out with a view to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.
  • Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018: statutory guidance which sets out key roles for individual organisations and agencies to deliver effective arrangements for safeguarding
  • Children and Young Persons Act 2008: section 11
  • Keeping children safe in education: Statutory guidance for schools and colleges. This contains information on what schools and colleges should do and sets out the legal duties with which schools must comply
  • What to do if you are worried a child is being abused
  • Guidance for Safer Working Practice
  • The Children Act 1989
  • The Children Act 2004: section 11
  • The Children and Families Act 2014
  • Counterterrorism and Security Act 2015 (“the CTSA 2015”): section 26.
  • Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Act 2009: Part 9
  • Sexual Offences Act 2003
  • The Modern Slavery Act 2015

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