safeguarding of the highest

 Standard

LEGISLATIVE FRAMEWORK / RELATED POLICIES

  1.  This policy aims to ensure that all persons using our services can do so safely within safeguarding standards and UK law.

AIMS

  1. The aim of this policy is to safeguard all students and other persons whilst they are within a lesson session.
  2. This policy document contains the responsibilities of tutors, students, parents and other responsible adults.
  3. It is important that all persons using or working on behalf of AA Educates are aware of this policy and have familiarised themselves.
  4. This policy should be read and understood before engaging in any activity arranged through AA Educates and the responsibilities and Safeguarding Procedures therein adhered to. Contravention of the Safeguarding Policy document could lead to suspension and/or barring from the services.

PRIVACY

  1. The contents of all email communications between tutors, parents and students will go via aaeducates.com
  2. The tutor will be aware of the personal email address of the student or parent/responsible adult and will be able to communicate with them directly. The tutor will be able to initiate first email contact with parents or students.
  3. All personal details about the student and parents, including contact address, will remain private and confidential and will not be available to the tutor.

RECORDING OF SESSIONS

  1. Some sessions may be recorded and normally available for play back to the parents, tutors and students for up to 90 days.
  2. AA Educates may review any session where a report has been made.
  3. AA Educates will allow access to UK law enforcement of any recording where it is reported a criminal offence may have occurred in relation to a specific session.

THE TUTOR

  1. The tutor shall:
    • Ensure that their environment does not display any inappropriate images or documentation capable of being viewed by the student or parent/responsible adult when conducting a session.
    • Treat students fairly and without prejudice or discrimination; students who have a disability or come from a minority ethnic or cultural group can easily become victims of discrimination and prejudice which may be harmful to the student’s wellbeing.
    • Always ensure language is appropriate and not offensive or discriminatory.
    • Ensure any contact with the student is appropriate to their role as a tutor and confined to the relevant lesson session.
    • Not make any improper suggestions to a student.
    • Not send unsolicited communications to the student or parent/responsible adult.
    • Value and take students’ contributions seriously.
    • Report any dispute with a student, parent/responsible adult, or another tutor to AA Educates.
    • Report any inappropriate behaviour or illegal activity identified within a lesson session by the student or third party.

THE STUDENT

  1. The student shall:
    • Treat the tutor with respect and fairness, and not subject them to abusive behaviour or language.
    • Not make any improper suggestions to the tutor or other students. (L/U)
    • Have no inappropriate communication with the tutor outside the lesson session.
    • Report any dispute with a tutor to a parent/responsible adult.
    • Report any inappropriate behaviour or illegal activity by a tutor within a session.

PARENT/ RESPONSIBLE ADULT

  1. The parent/responsible adult shall:
    • Always be responsible for the welfare of the student during the session.
    • Always be responsible for the physical environment of the pupil during the session ensuring it is safe and appropriate.
    • If they consider it appropriate, be present or available during a tutor session so any concerns encountered by the student can be reported as soon as possible and ensure the student and tutor are behaving in an appropriate manner.
    • Ensure that tutors will be treated with respect and fairness by the student and will not be subjected to abusive behaviour or language.
    • Ensure that no improper suggestions are made by either the tutor or student.
    • Ensure the student has no inappropriate communication with the tutor outside the lesson session.
    • Report any unsolicited communications between the tutor and student if appropriate.
    • Report any dispute with a tutor.
    • Report any inappropriate behaviour or illegal activity by a tutor.

DIRECTOR AND MANAGEMENT OF AA EDUCATES SERVICES

  1. The Director/Management of AA Educates shall:
    • Ensure that any dispute between persons using AA Educates services is handled efficiently and fairly without discrimination.
    • Deal with reports of possible illegal activity promptly, ensuring the safety and wellbeing of the student and/or tutor.
    • If any incident is reported to the police relating to a specific session, make the recording available for the police to use as evidence in any proceedings if appropriate.
    • If appropriate, employ the services of an independent Child Protection consultant to review a report concerning the welfare of a student ensuring an appropriate course of action is taken.
    • Regularly review the Safeguarding Policy to ensure they are relevant and adequate to safeguard all persons using AA Educates services.

COMPLIANCE

  1. All persons using AA Educates services have a responsibility to familiarise themselves with the Safeguarding Policy.
  2. Any tutor reported for a breach of the Safeguarding Policy will be suspended until the incident has been investigated by the appropriate authority. The reporter may be informed of the resolution if appropriate.
  3. The final decision on action taken for minor breaches of the Safeguarding Policy will be the responsibility of AA Educates.
  4. Any person reported for illegal activity whilst using AA Educates services will be reported to police and will be barred from the service.
  5. Any person reported for causing harm to a student or subjecting the student to sexual abuse will be reported to police and barred from the service.

REVIEW

  1. This Safeguarding Policy will be reviewed by AA Educates on a regular basis to ensure it is adequate and relevant to safeguarding standards.