Do you employ apprentices or young workers?

If your organisation employs children or vulnerable adults, it is vitally important to implement and maintain effective safeguarding procedures in the workplace.

Safeguarding is the process of protecting vulnerable people whether from crime or other forms of abuse and those with a responsibility for young workers, have a duty of care to look after them.  They should understand safeguarding matters and have an awareness of their organisation’s role in protecting them as well as the wider implications of not having adequate procedures in place. 

Below are some key areas to consider:

Safeguarding Audit and Risk Assessments: An audit and Health and Safety Risk Assessment along with a detailed Risk Assessment of the young person's role in your organisation is a pre-requisite.  

Policy Development:  It’s important to review safeguarding policies regularly in line with legislation or changing requirements. Your policy should address potentially harmful behaviour and conduct such as bullying (including cyber bullying), mental health and harassment. 

Don't forget to ensure that third-party contractors are compliant too.

You may find it helpful to talk to young workers when drafting or reviewing your policy. Find out what they expect from you and use this to inform your policy and procedures. 

Safer Recruitment: Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks must be carried out on any employees who have day-to-day responsibility for a child or are likely to work with a child unsupervised. 

Safeguarding Training and Supervision: In addition to supervision of young workers, those responsible for their care should receive suitable training to help them effectively identify and manage concerns, while adhering to best practice and legislation.

Think Prevent:  HM Government's Prevent Strategy is not only about discussing extremism but also values such as tolerance and mutual respect that are valuable in any workplace. 
These include:

  • Exploring other cultures and religions and promoting diversity

  • Challenging prejudices and racist comments

  • Developing critical thinking skills and a strong, positive self-identity

  • Promoting the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of young people as well as British values such as democracy

Support when you need it:

A review of any current or historic incidents or concerns will ensure learning and development is taken. Our associates are available to act as a mentor or virtual safeguarding lead and provide advice when you need it on legislative requirements, decision making and record keeping or to discuss any questions that are raised.

 

For information on safeguarding and how to protect your young workers go to https://corporatesafeguarding.com