Safeguarding Policy

EnterTech Opportunities CIC Safeguarding Policy

1. Introduction
EnterTech Opportunities CIC (EnterTech) is committed to ensuring the safety, well-being, and protection of all individuals who engage with our services, particularly the neurodivergent young people we support. We recognize our responsibility to promote best practices and to protect participants from harm, abuse, neglect, and exploitation.

2. Guiding Principles
Our safeguarding policy is guided by the following principles:
– We prioritize the safety and well-being of all participants above all else.
– We treat everyone with respect, dignity, and fairness, regardless of their background, identity, or circumstances.
– We maintain a zero-tolerance approach to any form of abuse, neglect, or exploitation.
– We ensure that all staff, volunteers, and partners are appropriately trained and supported to understand and fulfill their safeguarding responsibilities.
– We maintain clear and effective reporting and response procedures for any safeguarding concerns or incidents.

3. Safeguarding Responsibilities
To uphold these principles, EnterTech will:
– Conduct thorough background checks and vetting procedures for all staff and volunteers.
– Provide regular safeguarding training and support to all staff and volunteers.
– Implement robust policies and procedures for identifying, reporting, and responding to safeguarding concerns or incidents.
– Establish and maintain clear boundaries and guidelines for appropriate behavior and interactions between staff, volunteers, and participants.
– Regularly review and update our safeguarding policies and procedures to ensure they remain effective and align with best practices.
– Collaborate with relevant authorities, agencies, and organizations to ensure a comprehensive and coordinated approach to safeguarding.
– Create a culture of openness, transparency, and accountability, where everyone feels safe and empowered to raise concerns or report incidents without fear of retribution.

4. Reporting Procedures
All staff members and volunteers have a responsibility to report any safeguarding concerns they may have. The following steps should be followed:
– Immediate reporting: If a staff member or volunteer has any concerns about the safety or well-being of a participant, they should report it immediately to the designated Safeguarding Lead or Deputy. If there is an immediate risk of harm, they should contact the relevant emergency services first, then inform the Safeguarding Lead or Deputy as soon as possible.
– Writing a report: After verbally reporting the concern, the staff member or volunteer should write a detailed report using the EnterTech Safeguarding Incident Report Form, including all relevant information, and submit it to the Safeguarding Lead or Deputy.
– Maintaining confidentiality: The staff member or volunteer should maintain confidentiality and only share the information with the designated Safeguarding Lead, Deputy, or relevant authorities.
– Cooperating with investigations: The staff member or volunteer should cooperate fully with any investigation or assessment conducted by the Safeguarding Lead, Deputy, or external agencies.
– Seeking support: If the staff member or volunteer feels affected by the incident or concern, they should seek support from the designated Safeguarding Lead, Deputy, or other appropriate sources.

5. Responding to Safeguarding Concerns
EnterTech will follow these procedures when responding to safeguarding concerns:
– Assessment: The Safeguarding Lead or Deputy will assess the concern or incident and determine the appropriate course of action, prioritizing the safety and well-being of the individual(s) at risk.
– Referral: If necessary, the Safeguarding Lead or Deputy will make a referral to external agencies (e.g., social services, police) in accordance with local safeguarding procedures and cooperate fully with any investigation or assessment.
– Support: EnterTech will provide appropriate support to any individual affected by a safeguarding concern or incident, including referrals to relevant support services, and provide support and guidance to the staff member or volunteer who reported the concern.
– Confidentiality: All safeguarding concerns and incidents will be treated with the utmost confidentiality, and information will only be shared on a need-to-know basis and in accordance with relevant data protection laws and regulations.
– Review and Learning: After any safeguarding incident, EnterTech will conduct a thorough review to identify any lessons learned and make necessary improvements to our safeguarding policies and procedures. The Board of Trustees will regularly review and monitor EnterTech’s safeguarding practices to ensure their ongoing effectiveness.

6. Training and Awareness
All staff members and volunteers at EnterTech will receive regular training on safeguarding policies, procedures, and their responsibilities. They will be required to sign a declaration confirming their understanding and commitment to adhering to the safeguarding policy.

7. Contact Information
If you have any concerns or questions about our safeguarding policy or practices, please contact carole.mcnally@entertech.org.uk.

EnterTech is dedicated to continuously improving our safeguarding practices and to learning from the experiences and feedback of those we support. We are committed to creating a safe, inclusive, and empowering environment for all neurodivergent individuals and their families.

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