Safeguarding - Because WE careAt the academy, we are a ‘safeguarding team’, so if you have a problem you can speak to any member of staff with whom you feel comfortable; however, we have specific named people who are in place to deal with any problems you might wish to discuss.
Predominant responsibility for the safeguarding of our learners lies with the Principal of our Academy, Mandi Hartney; who ensures all staff are suitably recruited and undergo relevant checks, including Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks before a post is offered. It is her responsibility to ensure staff are familiar with our safeguarding policy and procedure, which is introduced during their induction period and undertake suitable training at the earliest convenience, relevant to their role and responsibility pertaining to safeguarding. It is also her responsibility to appoint suitable staff to take on lead responsibilities in welfare and safeguarding of our young people.
We have designated staff who deal directly with safeguarding issues. Mandi is the designated safeguarding reporting officer and the Prevent duty lead, but we also have designated safeguarding leads at each centre, a deputy Prevent lead and a dedicated Welfare support officer, who is available to discuss learner safeguarding issue evening and weekends.
Safeguarding Position Statement:Our Academy has a statutory duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of our learners. Our staff recognises their duty to play a full and active role in protecting our learners from harm. We believe that our Academy should provide a caring, positive, safe and stimulating environment, which promotes the social, physical and moral development of the individual.
Philips Hair Academy is committed to ensuring that we:
- Provide a safe environment free from bullying and harassment in which young people can learn
- Identify young people who are suffering, or likely to suffer significant harm
- Take appropriate action to ensure that such young people are kept safe at home, in the work placement and in the learning environment
- Raising awareness of issues relating to the welfare of young people and the promotion of a safe environment for the young people learning at the centre
- Supporting the identification of young people at risk of significant harm and providing procedures for reporting concerns
- Establishing procedures for reporting and dealing with allegations of abuse against members of staff
- Safely recruit staff
- Address the potential risk learners might face of engaging in radicalisation or extremism
Philips Hair Academy works in collaboration with the Local Safeguarding Board (LSB) and, as such, will refer concerns that a young person might be at risk of significant harm to the social services, or appropriate agency, as agreed by the LSB.
Through various aspects of the curriculum, staff will raise young people’s awareness and build their confidence so that they have a range of contacts and strategies to ensure their own protection and that of others, recognising that need opportunities to develop the skills they need to recognise and stay safe from abuse.
Prevent:Considering recent terrorist attacks by extremist groups, we have due regard to Prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure support is given to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting violent extremism.
Our 4 key duties are to:
1. Identify local risks
2. Identify at risk learners
3. Work in partnership with other agencies
4. Keep learners safe online (where much of the radicalisation takes place)
Staff have all undergone detailed training in this area, to help them to recognise anyone who may be at risk of being drawn in to extremism or radicalisation; this equips them to educate our young people and recognise early signs of being drawn into extremism. Staff promote British values and openly discuss and encourage discussion on different cultures and faiths.
Philips Hair Academy:
- Provides a safe environment for discussing controversial issues and helping young people understand how they can influence and participate in decision-making
- Encourages learners to express their views but also appreciate the impact their views can have on others
- Teaches learners to take responsibility for their actions and to understand that the use of violence to further this cause is wrong and criminal
Equal Opportunities for all:Philips Hair Academy is fully committed to eliminating and actively promoting equality of opportunity and diversity for our staff and learners, in line with our policy. We believe that where equality of opportunity exists, all staff and learners work in a more rewarding and less stressful environment; one where prejudice and harassment are not accepted and one which is more likely to enhance performance and achievement. Accordingly, Philips Hair Academy will encourage sensitivity to diversity among its employees and customers.
We seek to promote and maintain an inclusive and supportive work and study environment that respects the dignity of staff and learners and assists everyone to achieve their full potential. We value all our staff and the contribution they can make. We welcome the differences amongst them and believe that those differences give added depth to our work. We aspire to make the greatest possible use of their talents and capabilities and to provide real opportunities for their professional development.
We are strongly committed to providing our community with unbiased access to our service and to our employees’ equal advancement opportunities without regard to race, creed, sex, colour, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, ancestry, age, marital status or disability.
We are also strongly committed to providing our staff with a workplace free from prejudice and discrimination, where the personal dignity and worth of each individual is appreciated and celebrated. We recognise it is the responsibility of every member of our staff to help achieve this inclusive and supportive environment and to promote good relations between groups, by being tolerant and having respect for diversity. We will ensure that we comply with all legislation and good practice by introducing, monitoring and implementing procedures for compliance with legislation through our Equal Opportunities & Diversity Strategy and action plans.