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The safeguarding and welfare of children is of paramount importance to our work.

Download our full SkillForce Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy:

The procedures contained within the policy apply to all staff and are consistent with those of Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCB). The statement below should be read when applying to work for SkillForce Development Ltd.

Safeguarding and Child Protection Statement:

SkillForce is committed to Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Our Core Safeguarding Principles are:

  • SkillForce’s responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of children is of paramount importance.
  • Safer children make more successful learners.
  • We will seek to involve representatives of the community of pupils, parents and staff wherever possible to be involved in policy development and review.
  • Policies will be reviewed annually, unless an incident or new legislation or guidance suggests the need for an interim review.

Policy Principles:

  • Welfare of Children is paramount.
  • All children, regardless of age, gender, ability, culture, race, language, religion or sexual identity, have equal rights to protection.
  • All staff have an equal responsibility to act on any suspicion or disclosure that may suggest a child is at risk of harm.
  • Pupils and staff involved in Safeguarding and Child Protection issues will receive appropriate support.

Policy Aims:

  • To provide all staff with the necessary information to enable them to meet their Safeguarding and Child Protection responsibilities.
  • To ensure consistent good practice.
  • To demonstrate the SkillForce commitment with regard to Safeguarding and Child Protection to pupils, parents and other partners.
  • To contribute to SkillForce’s safeguarding portfolio.

‘Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children’ refers to the process of protecting children from abuse or neglect, preventing the impairment of health or development, ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care and undertaking that role so as to enable those children to have optimum life chances and to enter adulthood successfully.

‘Child Protection’ refers to the processes undertaken to protect children who have been identified as suffering, or being at risk of suffering significant harm.
‘Staff’ refers to all those working for or on behalf of SkillForce, full time, part time, in either a paid or voluntary capacity.
‘Child’ refers to all young people who have not yet reached their 18th birthday.
‘Parent refers to birth parents and other adults who are in a parenting role, for example step-parents, foster carers and adoptive parents.


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