Safeguarding Policy

MyFutureChoice Safeguarding and Child  Protection Policy

Keeping Children Safe in Education 2022

MyFutureChoice is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects everyone in our organisation to share this commitment

This policy has been developed in accordance with Keeping Children Safe in  Education September 2022, Working Together to Safeguard Children July 2018

MyFutureChoice a child centred approach to safeguarding

Safeguarding Commitment

At MyFutureChoice we safeguard and promote the welfare of our children and young people through all aspects of their school life, through our teaching, our curriculum and through our relationships and pastoral support.

We believe effective safeguarding policies, procedures and practice should focus on the needs of the child.


The safeguarding policies, procedures and practice determined in this guidance are adhered to by all in our organisation.

Children First

‘The welfare of the child is paramount ’(Children Act 1989)
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined:

Protecting children from maltreatment

Preventing the impairment of children’s mental and physical health or development ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care, and taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.

Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children

Section 11 of the Children Act 2004, places duties to ensure our functions, are discharged having regard to the need to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

At MyFutureChoice we adhere to S175 and S157 of the Education Act 2002 responsibilities to make arrangements to ensure that their functions are carried out with a view to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.

Children includes everyone under the age of 18.

At MyFutureChoice we believe effective safeguarding policies, procedures and practice should focus on the needs of the child. Too often failings in safeguarding are the result of losing sight of the needs and views of children or placing the needs of adults ahead of the needs of children.

The Equality Act 2010 makes it is unlawful to discriminate against children because of their protected characteristics. At MyFutureChoice we take positive action to support them and deal with disadvantages, such as adjustments for disabled children and specific support for children who are subjected to sexual violence or harassment.

Our approach is under pinned by the UNITED Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

A Child Centred Approach (KIDS FIRST!).

At MyFutureChoice we put children’s best interests at the heart of everything we do.

Children are heard and listened to. Children have stable relationships with our staff and built on trust, and provision of consistent support based on the child’s needs.

We are alert and vigilant, we are aware that some children may not feel ready or know how to tell someone they are being abused.

Anyone working with children at MyFutureChoice:

Should speak to the child
Should listen to what they say
Should take their views seriously
And should work collaboratively when deciding how to support their needs
Staff are vigilant and notice when things are troubling them

Children need:

To be heard and understand what is happening to them and why actions are being taken
Stability: to be able to develop an ongoing stable relationship of trust with adults helping them
Respect: to be treated with the expectation they are competent rather than not
To be informed about and involved in decisions, concerns and plans
Be provided with support in their own right
To be provided with support (advocacy) to assist them in putting their views forward
To be provided with honest and accurate information about their situation
To be involved in key decision making
To be invited to make recommendations about the help they need

Keeping Children Safe in Education

The guidance sets out what we must do to safeguard and promote the welfare of children

It is the updated national, statutory guidance (September 2022). At at MyFutureChoice we promote and adhere to this guidance.
Our directors, Georgia Wilkinson our Designated Safeguarding Lead and Paul Fillis our safeguarding consultant review, scrutinise and agree our safeguarding and child protection policy in accordance with this guidance.

Part One of Keeping Children Safe in Education

All our staff have read and understand their safeguarding responsibilities.

Our policy is reviewed and updated on an annual basis and is in accordance with:

Ofsted guidance: Inspecting safeguarding in early years, education and skills settings September 2019

Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018 is statutory guidance issued by the DFE for all organisations working with children. We adhere to this guidance and also to policies, procedures and guidance of the schools we work with.

At MyFutureChoice our Designated Safeguarding Lead is Georgia Wilkinson. Georgia Wilkinson is our Senior Officer responsible for Safeguarding. 
She is supported in this by Tom Crosswell our Strategic Lead and Paul Fillis our Safeguarding Consultant.

Paul Fillis provides strategic oversight and safeguarding supervision at MyFutureChoice.
At MyFutureChoice all our directors are members of our Safeguarding Team.
At MyFutureChoice everyone is responsible for safeguarding.
At MyFutureChoice we take seriously our requirement that everyone understand our safeguarding responsibilities.

At MyFutureChoice our directors ensure our safeguarding procedures are effective:

We take a whole organisation approach to safeguarding children in the schools we work with and in our community. All of our staff have undertaken safeguarding training and are updated on local concerns and changes in local and national policy, procedures and practice:
We are vigilant in suspected cases of child abuse
We recognise the signs and symptoms of abuse
We have clear procedures that are owned by all at our organisation and we regularly review them.

At MyFutureChoice:

We don’t do things in isolation. We share our concerns!

Working in partnership: we share information appropriately with staff and partner agencies to safeguard and promote the welfare of the child.

Our staff are vigilant and understand the importance of their position:

To identify concerns
To respond to concerns
To provide help for children

Where we are engaging with a child and their family, staff ensure that their functions are discharged having regard to the need to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. The focus on the child’s safety and welfare should not be lost in the wider work with the family.

When working together to meet the needs of our children and their families, all staff (whether working with children or adults within the family) have a duty to refer to our Designated Safeguarding Lead, and to the Designated Safeguarding Lead of the school they are working in, when they have concerns about a child’s welfare (and in particular when they suspect that a child is, or may be at risk, of suffering significant harm).

A referral and any subsequent action to safeguard and promote a child’s welfare will be undertaken in accordance with the schools safeguarding procedures and the Local Safeguarding Children Partnership policies and procedures. As part of the multi-agency process, we work in partnership with schools, social care and other agencies.

These procedures are consistent with the statutory guidance Working Together to Safeguard Children (2018).

At MyFutureChoice this process of accountability ensures the implementation of effective practice with regard to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our children.

We have safeguarding as a standing item on meetings of our board of directors and our team meetings, staff meetings and planning meetings to ensure that any concerns can be raised and that procedures are followed as required.

At MyFutureChoice we ensure all staff, volunteers, and directors are trained in the use of our safeguarding procedures. Safeguarding updates are provided, and whole organisation safeguarding training is undertaken on an annual basis.

We ensure that referrals are made to children’s services on each occasion when there are concerns about a child’s welfare including that the child may, or is likely to, be suffering significant harm.

This safeguarding and child protection policy is be put into practice using all other MyFutureChoice policies, proceduresand guidance.

Child on Child Abuse

At MyFutureChoice there is a zero-tolerance approach to child on child  abuse.

Our staff understand the importance of challenging inappropriate behaviour between children. Our staff recognise that downplaying certain behaviours as “just banter” or “boys being boys” can lead to a culture of unacceptable behaviour, an unsafe environment for children and a culture that normalises abuse.

If staff have any concerns about child on child abuse, they should speak to our Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL).

Sexual abuse, sexual harassment

At MyFutureChoice staff are alert and vigilant:

Our staff have a clear understanding of sexual violence and harassment.
Our staff recognise that our children might not find it easy to talk about their concerns.
Our staff are alert to early signs and changes in behaviour that cause concern
Our staff are aware sexual abuse and harassment can occur inside and outside school, and online
We look to support children, by listening and providing appropriate support.

At MyFutureChoice:

We are alert and understand abuse occurs inside schools and outside, and can occur online   through exploitation, grooming and cyber bullying.
At MyFutureChoice we are alert to the additional risks and vulnerabilities of children with special educational needs and we are proactive in keeping them safe and meeting their individual needs

At MyFutureChoice our e-safety policies and procedures  mitigate risk and we respond to concerns:

Ensure our staff have the knowledge to keep themselves and children safe about e-safety
Provide advice on using social media and live streaming
We review and update your e-safety provision on an ongoing basis.

Safer recruitment

A curriculum vitae (CV) will only be accepted alongside a full application form and is not sufficient on its own.

At MyFutureChoice we will consider online searches as part of our due diligence checks on shortlisted candidates.

For further details see: MyFutureChoice Safer Recruitment Procedures 2022.

Allegations and/or concerns about a member of staff

Allegations are made when an adult who works with children has:

Behaved in a way that has harmed or may have harmed a child
Possibly committed a criminal offence against or related to a child; or
Behaved towards a child or children in a way that indicates he or she would pose a risk of harm if they work regularly or closely with children
Behaved towards a child in a way that indicates they may not be suitable to work with children.

If you have any concerns, please contact Georgia Wilkinson our Designated Safeguarding Lead or any member of our Safeguarding Team.

If you have concerns about our Designated Safeguarding Lead please contact Tom Crosswell, Director and Board-level member of staff who takes leadership responsibility for safeguarding arrangements.

Concerns that do not meet the harm threshold

Low Level Concerns Policy

At MyFutureChoice we have policies and processes in place to deal with low-level concerns and allegations that don’t meet the harm threshold.

At MyFutureChoice we have a clear procedure for confidentially sharing concerns. A low-level concern is any concern that an adult has acted in a way that:

Is inconsistent with our staff code of conduct, including inappropriate conduct outside of work
Does not meet the allegations threshold or is not considered serious enough to refer to the local authority designated officer (LADO).

At MyFutureChoice low level concerns about supply staff and contractors are shared with their employers, following consultation with the LADO.

Recording concerns

At MyFutureChoice our DSL (and Safeguarding Team) records all low-level concerns. Records include the details of the concern, how the concern arose, and the actions taken.

Records are reviewed in safeguarding supervision so that patterns of concerning behaviour can be recognised and appropriate action can be taken.

Learning lessons

At MyFutureChoice learning lessons applies to all cases, not just those which are concluded and found to be substantiated. This learning is discussed in safeguarding supervision and disseminated to staff as appropriate.

This policy was reviewed in August 2022 in accordance with legislation and statutory guidance Keeping Children Safe in Education 2022 and Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018.
Paul Fillis
Safeguarding Consultant