We are committed to safeguarding the learners who attend sessions with us. All of our staff who have contact with learners have Enhanced DBS checks. We have all undertaken safeguarding training and this is updated regularly in accordance with recommendations from current guidance. We also recruit all of our staff using Safer Recruitment Procedures with senior staff undertaking Safer Recruitment training. We have policies in place for all aspects of safeguarding and have a culture of openness ensuring our learners feel safe and able to talk to staff about any concerns. All staff work to a Code of Behaviour and we also have a zero tolerance for bullying within our setting.
Our Designated Safeguarding Lead is Heather Watson
Our Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead and Designated Teacher for LAC is Sam Park
Our Director responsible for overseeing and auditing safeguarding is Dr Caroline Wingfield
Heather Watson is a Registered Nurse and both Heather and Sophie Taylor hold paediatric first aid qualifications
All of our policies and procedures are updated annually and all staff are familiar with the document Keeping Children Safe in Education (2021) and fully understand their roles in keeping our learners safe and responding to any concerns. We work closely with parents/carers and referrers/schools to ensure good communication regarding any issues.
As an Alternative Education Provider we submit annual audits of our safeguarding and safer recruitment procedures to Wiltshire Council. We also audit our safeguarding referrals bi-annually and report to our Board of Directors to ensure we are acting in line with guidance. We ensure confidentiality of our learners at all times adhering to our information sharing policy when liaising with other organisations. Please also see our Privacy Statement.
Please see below for our safeguarding policy and a statement about our safeguarding procedures which schools/referrers can download when complying with best practice when working with Alternative Education Providers.
Site Visits - If you would like to visit us to comply with the requirements of KCSIE (2020) then we offer site visits on a Monday morning from 0900-0930. Please email to let us know that you will be visiting and we would be happy to show you around.
Learner attendance - we keep a record of the attendance of all learners and should they not arrive at a session we will phone the referrer or email keeping a record of who we contacted. Please see our learner absence policy below.
Covid19 - Please look under this tab at our Covid19 policies and risk assessments and watch the video so that learners and visitors know what to do on arrival at WEAL premises.