We have the responsibilities to ensure the safety of children, young people and those adults deemed ‘vulnerable’. A adult is defined as a person ‘who is or may be in need of community care services by reason of mental or other disability, age or illness; and who is or may be unable to take care of him or herself, or unable to protect him or herself against significant harm or exploitation.
In the education and training provision cases of abuse are rare. However, we have implemented supporting policies and procedures, as well as suggestions for raising awareness of abuse with strategies to deal with it among staff and learners.
While it is important to recognise that certain groups of people are legally identified as vulnerable, and to have relevant policies, procedures and practices in place, it is better to have fully inclusive and integrated ‘safer’ practices that apply to all staff and learners.
Abuse can take different forms and these are:
This may include ‘hitting, slapping, pushing, kicking, misuse of medication, restraint or inappropriate sanctions’
Domestic Violence or abuse
This may include, controlling behaviour, coercion, threatening, degrading and violent behaviour, including sexual violence in the majority of cases by a partner or ex-partner, but also by a family member or carer.
This may include rape and sexual assault or sexual acts to which the vulnerable adult has not consented, or could not consent or was pressured into consenting, Sexual abuse also includes forcing a person to look at pornographic materials.
Most definitions of abuse generally include either psychological or emotional abuse. There is a strong similarity between the descriptions of these. Emotional abuse is generally described as an element of psychological abuse.
Financial or material abuse
This may include ‘theft, fraud, exploitation, pressure in connection with wills, property or inheritance or financial transactions, or the misuse or misappropriation of property, possessions or benefits.
This may include, human trafficking, forced labour, domestic servitude, sexual exploitation, such as escort work, prostitution and pornography. This often include debt bondage - being forced to work to pay off debts that realistically they never will be able to
Neglect and acts of omission
This may include ignoring medical or physical care needs, failure to provide access to appropriate health, social care or educational services, the withholding of the necessities of life, such as medication, adequate heating and nutrition’
This may include abuse, bullying and harassment based on the individual’s age, sex, disability, religion, race or ethnicity or sexual orientation.
We ensure that all staffs are aware of their responsibilities for safeguarding and creating an environment that promotes well-being and ensures personal safety and security both for themselves and our learners. This is done through our induction process where abuse is discussed and that we have a zero tolerance policy. We also carry out DBS check for our staff who will be involved in activities that may directly or indirectly come into contact with vulnerable people.
As an organisation we ensure our learners are made aware of different types of abuse and situation of potential abuse. This increase the awareness and learners are better equip to deal with any potential or abusive situation.
Any type of abuse or potential abuse will be taken very seriously. In any event of abuse or potential abuse staffs are expected to report this to their supervisor or to a senior member of staff immediately.
Depending on the abuse situation appropriate measure will be taken which ranges from disciplinary to reporting to statutory bodies. This can also lead to prosecution if need be. All the appropriate form and records will be completed.
Most importantly, we endeavour to create a safer learning environment that promotes well-being and security, essential for all learners and all staff where everyone feels secure and protected.
Any abuse must be reported immediately to the tutor/IV/Supervisor or senior manager as deemed appropriate. Other agencies that can be contacted are the police, CQC, actionforchildren, social services and referral will be made to the CHANNEL programme.