Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy

PMT Education is committed to ensuring the personal safety and wellbeing of each student. We recognise our responsibility to safeguard the welfare of all children and young people, by committing to a practice which protects them. In line with our duty of care, we will do everything we can to ensure that we provide a safe and caring environment for the children and young people who use our services.

This Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy was developed in collaboration with the NSPCC. We are committed to reviewing our policy and good practice annually. This policy was last reviewed on: 12th September 2023

Safeguarding Principles and Policy Objectives

We recognise that:

The purpose of the policy:

We will seek to safeguard children and young people by:

PMT Education has a duty to ensure that all our tutors work with children and young people in a safe, professional and competent manner. Alongside our responsibilities to protect the children and young people using our services is the responsibility of the tutors who work to conduct themselves in a professional and considerate manner.

Tutors must familiarise themselves with the procedures they are legally obligated/obliged to follow, should they learn, or suspect, that a child is being abused or mistreated in any way. They should comply with the guidelines below.

Guidelines for Tutors

Tutors must give special consideration to ensuring that they do not put themselves in a position where an allegation can be made against them. Such consideration might involve, but is in no means limited to:

Under no circumstances should a tutor ever:

Tutors should be aware that online tutoring sessions are recorded and are available for review by students and parents. PMT Education may also review recordings in response to safeguarding concerns and/or randomly to ensure that the expected lesson quality is met.

These guidelines will always apply in the context of coming into contact with children, including students under the age of 18 years. It will also apply in situations involving vulnerable adults and is also likely to constitute best practice in situations involving all students over the age of 18.

Any tutor who comes into contact with children under the age of 18 is considered to be in a position of trust, whether or not they meet the strict legal definition. Any sexual activity between a tutor or student whom the tutor has come into contact through activities carried out in the course of tutoring will be treated as a very serious disciplinary matter. Anyone who meets the legal definition of “position of trust” under the Sexual Offences Act 2003 and who engages in any sexual activity with a person under 18 is also committing a criminal offence, and such cases will be reported to the Police.

PMT Education has a legal duty to report to the DBS any individual whom it believes ought to be placed on the list of individuals barred from working with children.

Dealing with a Safeguarding Concern

Tutors should be aware of the various types of safeguarding concerns. These may include:

Tutors may have suspicions that a person is either at risk of harm or suffering abuse or neglect because of behavioural, emotional and/or physical factors. A student may also disclose information that causes a concern for their or someone else’s safety and welfare.

This disclosure may come in the form of the student telling a tutor:

This disclosure may be direct – i.e. making specific verbal statements about what has happened to them – or indirect – i.e. making ambiguous verbal statements which suggest something is wrong. They may also disclose information non-verbally, e.g. by writing letters, drawing pictures or trying to communicate in other ways (Source: NSPCC).

When information becomes available to a tutor that gives rise to concern for somebody’s welfare, the tutor should consider that information in context. For example, is the change in behaviour a result of illness, bereavement or exam stress? If a tutor cannot conclusively attribute it to one of these factors, they should err on the side of caution and follow the below procedure.

Protocol for Tutors Regarding Suspected Student Abuse

If a tutor believes the child to be in immediate danger, they should call the Designated Safeguarding Lead, Michelle Wright, on 0208 106 6898. If they do not believe the child to be in immediate danger, they should complete the Safeguarding Concern Form. They should do this as soon as is reasonably possible.

The Designated Safeguarding Lead will then discuss the allegation with the Deputy Safeguarding Officer and obtain further details of the allegation and the circumstances in which it was made. Should it be judged necessary, the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) may be contacted and/or other relevant authorities involved.

The Designated Safeguarding Lead shall report the outcome of the investigation to the person who reported the original concern.

Guidelines for Parents and the PMT Team

PMT Education recognises its duty to report concerns or allegations against tutors. There are several instances in which there is a legal duty to report a tutor. These are:

Protocol for Addressing Suspicions of Tutor Misconduct Towards a Child

If a parent or member of the PMT Team suspects any of the above, they should:

Key Contacts and Resources

PMT Education’s Safeguarding Team

Michelle Wright
Designated Safeguarding Lead

Görkem Çavlı
Deputy Safeguarding Officer

Other Useful Helplines

Guidance and Legislation Underpinning this Policy

Our ambition is to guide students from secondary school into their adult life.

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