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Safeguarding Policy

White House Guardianships is committed to the protection of all children in its care. The safety and welfare of children, or Child Protection, means protecting children from physical, emotional or sexual abuse or neglect.

We are committed to safeguarding student welfare and undertake enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) checks on all who work with us and we expect all staff to share this commitment.

We aim to ensure that the students in our care experience at all times a caring and secure environment in which they feel safe, respected and valued. In pursuit of this aim, White House Guardianships undertakes the following:

 

  1. To have two designated Child Protection Officers (CPO), who have received Child Protection (CP) Training to a minimum of Level 2 and has responsibility for responding to CP concerns raised by other guardianship personnel/ students. The White House Guardianships CPO will record any allegations/concerns and refer them where appropriate, to the relevant Children’s Services Duty team in their area or to the Out of Hours / Emergency Duty Team (after 17.00 and before 9.00 weekdays and during week-ends). Our CPC officers are Peggotty Moore (Operations Director) and Gail Millatt, (Area Development Manager).
  2. To ensure that all guardianship personnel receive CP Awareness Training (up to Level 2) and to make them and the students in our care aware of the need to report allegations and suspicions of child abuse to the CPO. If the CPO’s are unavailable you must make direct contact where appropriate with your local Duty Team as delay could put a child / young person at further risk of harm.
  3. To promote an environment of trust, openness and clear communication between students, school and White House Guardianships staff and Host Families, so that student welfare, safety and pastoral care is recognised as the top priority.
  4. To respond to any reported allegation or suspicion of child abuse in accordance with the principles and guidelines set out in the Child Protection Procedures of the Association for the Education and Guardianship of International Students (AEGIS).
  5. To ensure that all White House Guardianships staff and drivers who come into direct contact with students in our care, are recruited using safe recruitment practices and are formally screened through the completion of an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Services check.
  6. To maintain links with the appropriate Agencies who have a statutory responsibility to deal with child welfare and child protection concerns.  If you have any reason to believe that a child in your care is suffering from any form of abuse or neglect then please report it immediately in confidence to Peggotty Moore or Gail Millatt by telephone at the office or out of hours on the 24 WHG emergency line 0 3 458 686 688.

 

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