At Energy Kidz, all our sites are registered with Ofsted and we comply with all their Safeguarding and Safer Recruitment regulations. We take the care and safety of the children and their families extremely seriously and have all the correct policies and procedures in place.
Every member of staff completes a full application form which is checked for discrepancies. Staff must provide references and identification for an enhanced DBS and confirmation of their Right to Work in the UK. They also complete online training including Safeguarding, Prevent, FGM and our own induction which relates this training to how we work. Once onsite, there is a further induction covering site specifics and gives an opportunity for managers to gauge understanding and for the new member of staff to ask any questions. Staff have termly supervisions where safeguarding is always on the agenda.
All staff wear a photo name badge with their DBS number on it and an abridged version of our reporting procedure on the back. We also display the Local Authority contact numbers and reporting procedure on our club noticeboards, so staff know where to go if they do not think we have done enough.
As the safeguarding lead for the Company, I attend termly safeguarding update training and subscribe to email updates like the weekly NSPCC update. As we work with a large number of children, I deal with safeguarding concerns on a regular basis. These are all documented and appropriate action is taken. This may be in the form of more monitoring of a situation, speaking to parents, liaising with schools or making a formal referral by following the relevant Local Authority’s procedures. I have a safeguarding training certificate and I have attended numerous Child Protection and LADO strategy meetings.
If we have a report about a member of staff, this will be investigated promptly, taking advise from the LADO, and in some cases suspending the employee until an outcome is decided. If the decision is not favourable, then I would complete a referral form and submit this to the Disclosure and Barring Service in accordance with their guidelines.