1. PURPOSE OF THIS POLICY
2. WHAT IS SAFEGUARDING?
3. SCOPE OF THIS POLICY
4. LRTT POLICY STATEMENT
5. PREVENTION OF HARM
6. STAFF AND ASSOCIATED PERSONNEL RESPONSIBILITIES
7. INCIDENT REPORTING
8. DESIGNATED PEOPLE
9. RESPONSE TO REPORTED INCIDENTS
10. INTERNAL REVIEW
12. GLOSSARY OF TERMS
The purpose of this policy is to protect people, particularly children, at risk adults and beneficiaries of assistance, from any harm that may be caused due to their coming into contact with Limited Resource Teacher Training (LRTT). This includes harm arising from:
The policy lays out the commitments made by LRTT, and informs staff and associated personnel of their responsibilities in relation to safeguarding. This policy does not cover sexual harassment in the workplace.
Safeguarding means protecting peoples’ health, wellbeing and human rights, and enabling them to live free from harm, abuse and neglect.
At LRTT, we understand safeguarding to mean protecting people, including children and at risk adults, from harm that arises from coming into contact with our staff, associated personnel or programmes. Further definitions relating to safeguarding are provided in the glossary below.
This Safeguarding Policy applies to the following persons in all work and activities they carry out in association with LRTT, both during and outside of working hours:
The obligation to protect people, particularly children, at risk adults and beneficiaries of assistance, extends to conduct beyond the work environment.
LRTT’s mission is to get all children learning by improving teaching and our vision is to create a world in which every teacher is empowered to engage every child in learning.
LRTT believes that everyone we come into contact with irrespective of ability, ethnicity, faith, gender identity, sexuality and culture has the right to be protected from all forms of harm, abuse, neglect and exploitation. LRTT will not tolerate abuse and exploitation by staff or associated personnel.
LRTT programmes work directly with teachers and not with children but staff and associated personnel will come into contact with children and possibly at-risk adults. Therefore, accepting and following this safeguarding policy is a compulsory part of working, volunteering or visiting any LRTT programme.
While the diverse locations of our programmes may have different levels of safeguarding standards, LRTT commits to upholding global standards of best practice. In the event of any inconsistency in global standards, UK best practice standards shall be adopted.
In the event of any inconsistency between this policy and other LRTT policies and guidance, or the policies of any of LRTT’s partner organisations, this policy is assumed to prevail in any case where a person or persons are at risk of harm.
LRTT staff and associated personnel must not:
LRTT staff and associated personnel must not:
Protection from sexual exploitation and abuse
LRTT staff and associated personnel must not:
Creating a safe and supportive environment
Additionally, LRTT staff and associated personnel are obliged to:
Photography and media guidelines
Filming and taking photos:
Meaning of consent:
Reporting misuse of images:
LRTT will ensure that safe, appropriate, accessible means of reporting safeguarding concerns are made available to staff and the communities we work with. Any allegation or concern regarding safeguarding must be treated seriously.
Any staff reporting concerns or complaints through formal whistleblowing channels (or if they request it) will be protected by LRTT’s Whistleblowing Policy. LRTT will also accept complaints from external sources such as members of the public, partners and official bodies.
How to report a safeguarding concern
Staff members or associated personnel who have a complaint or concern relating to safeguarding should report it immediately to the Designated Safeguarding Lead. If the staff member or associated personnel does not feel comfortable reporting to the Designated Safeguarding Lead (for example if they feel that the report will not be taken seriously, or if that person is implicated in the concern) they may report to another senior manager or Director.
The procedure for reporting is outlined in figure 1 below which follows best practice from “Keeping Children Safe, UK”. Any safeguarding concern(s) raised shall be recorded using the serious incident report template (refer to “Associated Documents” section) by the person who is informed of the safeguarding concern(s) with support from the Designated Safeguarding Lead.
Sarah Grant, Head of Programmes
phone: +44 7742 273536 (WhatsApp)
Deputy Safeguarding Lead
Tom Lewis, co-Founder
phone: +44 7791 662336 (WhatsApp)
Where a Fellow, Team Leader, Programme Manager or other associated personnel becomes aware of a safeguarding incident, they should report the incident to the Designated Person as soon as possible. In some cases, Fellows or other associated personnel may first report the incident to their Team Leader or Programme Manager. That Team Leader or Programme Manager should inform the Designated Person of the incident as soon as possible.
Abuse arising within the community may not be due to LRTT’s programmes or operations. However, LRTT still has a responsibility, where appropriate, to report on suspected or actual child abuse taking place and respond to it according to the process set out in Figure 1. Prior to reporting any such harm or abuse, advice and guidance must be sought to ensure that people and their communities are not put at further risk or made vulnerable by the very action of reporting harm and/or abuse.
LRTT, led by the Designated Safeguarding Lead, will respond to any safeguarding reports or concerns in accordance with this policy and any relevant legal and statutory obligations. LRTT will also apply appropriate disciplinary measures to staff and associated personnel found in breach of this policy. Such response shall include any of the following actions that are deemed by LRTT and the Designated Safeguarding Lead to be appropriate in the circumstances, together with any additional actions that LRTT and the Safeguarding Lead consider to be necessary and appropriate:
LRTT Directors will review any serious incident forms relating to safeguarding and the responses at least twice a year, as part of the review of Fellowship programmes. This safeguarding policy will be reviewed annually.
Data Protection Policy (available on request)
Reference Request Forms (available on request)
Serious Incident Report Template (available on request)
All persons involved in delivering LRTT programmes, including (but not limited too) consultants, volunteers, Fellows, team leaders, programme managers, filmmakers, contractors, and programme visitors including journalists, celebrities and politicians.
At risk adult
Sometimes also referred to as vulnerable adult. A person who is or may be in need of care by reason of mental or other disability, age or illness; and who is or may be unable to take care of him or herself, or unable to protect him or herself against significant harm or exploitation.
Beneficiary of Assistance
Someone who directly receives goods or services from LRTT’s programme for example in-country teachers and students.
A person below the age of 18.
For the purposes of this policy, ‘child safeguarding’ refers to LRTT’s responsibility to make sure that their staff, Fellows, Team Leaders and their operations and programmes do no harm to children, and they do not expose children to the risk of harm or abuse.
Is the LRTT staff person/people identified in the “Incident Reporting” section of this policy as the main point of contact for reporting any safeguarding incidents.
Psychological, physical and any other infringement of an individual’s rights
An organisation who works in partnership with LRTT to design, deliver or fund LRTT’s work. This may include organisations who have signed an MOU with LRTT or those who support the programmes less formally.
Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA)
Refers to the prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse of children or any other beneficiaries of assistance by LRTT staff or associated personnel. The term derives from the United Nations Secretary General’s Bulletin on Special Measures for Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (ST/SGB/2003/13).
Emotional or psychological abuse, including (but not limited to) humiliating and degrading treatment such as bad name calling, constant criticism, belittling, persistent shaming, solitary confinement and isolation.
Safeguarding means protecting peoples’ health, wellbeing and human rights, and enabling them to live free from harm, abuse and neglect. For the purposes of this policy, this includes protecting people, including children and at risk adults, from harm that may arise from coming into contact with our staff, associated personnel or programmes.
The term ‘sexual abuse’ means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions.
The term ‘sexual exploitation’ means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. This definition includes human trafficking and modern slavery.
The person who has been abused or exploited. The term ‘survivor’ is often used in preference to ‘victim’ as it implies strength, resilience and the capacity to survive, however it is the individual’s choice how they wish to identify themselves.
Last updated: 28 June 2019
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