About This Guidance This guidance promotes and supports a culture of fair and equal recruitment of staff or volunteers who have a criminal record, whilst ensuring the safe provision of services to children, young people and adults at risk. This guidance does not supersede the law and should be read alongside your Safer Recruitment Guidance … Continued

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Our organisation is committed to a culture of inclusivity and equality whilst ensuring the safe provision of services to children, young people and adults at risk. Having a criminal record does not automatically prevent you from working with or for our organisation. We recognise the contribution that all people can make as current or future workers, as both employees and volunteers, and are committed to a fair recruitment process in which no-one faces unfair discrimination due to a criminal record.

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This whistleblowing policy and procedure applies to all who work and volunteer with your organisation. It outlines when, and how, to raise any genuine and serious concerns that do not align with these values and the protection you are afforded as a whistleblower.

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Safety culture is a combination of the individual and group values, attitudes and behaviours that influence how health and safety is managed within an organisation, and how effectively processes and procedures are implemented. Safety culture should influence, and be influenced by, the overall values and ethos of the organisation.

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This policy has been designed as a source of advice for the managers of staff who may be required to lone work within the Youth Work organisation. The guidance is to be read in conjunction with the organisation’s Lone Working Procedure, Safer Working practices and a specific, up-to-date risk assessment.  Whilst it is the legal responsibility of the organisation to provide safe systems of work, individuals have a responsibility to follow safe working practices, both within the office environment and outside of it.     

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Safe recruitment means taking steps to ensure only individuals who are suitable for working with young people, whilst keeping them safe from harm and risks, are appointed. The following process will be adopted and applied consistently when appointing a staff member, associate or volunteer.

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Any allegation or concern that an employee or volunteer has behaved or may have behaved in a way that has hurt/harmed, or potentially harmed, a child or young person, must be taken seriously and dealt with sensitively and promptly, regardless of where the alleged incident took place.

Any allegation against a member of staff must be reported within 24 hours to the County LADO Service, by the DSO. This referral will determine whether the allegation reaches the harm threshold to justify involvement from a LADO in the management of the allegation.

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This document outlines safeguarding policy and procedures for the protection of children and young people at risk. Every organisation and its individual staff members have a duty of care to ensure the protection of the young people they are working with, from unnecessary risk and/or harm.

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