Children and Vulnerable Adults

Set out below is our policy with regard
to providing protection for children, young people under the age of 18 and
vulnerable people of all ages from any form of unacceptable behaviour including
sexual misbehaviour, physical acts, inappropriate remarks, suggestive gestures,
pictures or other materials, or other forms of abuse such as physical violence
or bullying.


What we must do as Instructors,
Assessors, and Verifiers:

Take all reasonable steps to ensure the health,
safety and welfare of any child, or vulnerable person under our control.

Ensure that all activities that we direct are
appropriate to the age, maturity and ability of children participating.

Consistently display high standards of personal
behaviour and appearance, remembering that young persons may often regard us as
role models.

Avoid spending time alone with young children. Meetings with children for assessment
feedback and review sessions should take place as openly as possible and with
the full knowledge of another responsible person.

Do not make any unnecessary contact with
children.  If you accidentally hurt
or cause distress to a child in any way report the incident as soon as
possible.  Parents and/or carers
should be informed of the occurrence.

Record and report any allegations.

To minimise the opportunity for children to suffer
harm whilst participating in any courses you should ensure that the persons
responsible for the child (school, organisation, employer, carer, parent) are
given full information about the course programme and the supervision

If you become aware of anyone physically, emotionally
or sexually abusing a child you must take appropriate action.  You must report this and/or any
evidence or reasonable suspicion that a child has been physically, emotionally
or sexually abused (whether by an adult or another child) to the people whose
role it is to protect them, whether the police or other agency.

Training Providers should familiarise
themselves with the Protection of Children Act 1999.  A copy of a practical guide to the act can be found on the
Criminal Records Bureau website