As training providers, we are very conscious of our responsibility to each and every learner and are committed to providing a safe and supportive teaching environment.
Prior to each training programme, every learner is required to work through our learner induction handbook. Included in the handbook are details of the learning journey, our provision, and the assessment process, to ensure everyone understands what to expect from the outset.
We also have a team of Safeguarding Officers, one based in each of our regions plus one at ICON headquarters. We also have a Lead Safeguarding Officer in place who works across the organisation, to support our Skills Assessors if a safeguarding incident arises and to ensure they have the best possible support and guidance.
- We have an email address that learners can use with confidence knowing that only the safeguarding team have access to it. This allows us to offer support and guidance on anything relating to safeguarding, or health and safety.
- As part of our adherence to the National Occupational Standards, we regularly gather evidence relating to safety in the workplace and safeguarding. This is included as part of each learner qualification to demonstrate knowledge, understanding and competency against the recognised standards.
- All ICON staff complete prevent duty training prior to the commencement of employment and this is refreshed during monthly CPD activities to ensure knowledge is maintained.
- ICON also has written policies relating to safeguarding, prevent duty, ICT and health and safety, amongst others. We expect all of our staff to read these to ensure they are familiar with the content so that if there is ever an issue or a referral, they will know exactly how to deal with the situation.
- Our Skills Assessors are all DBS checked prior to employment and are given relevant training on safeguarding as well as monthly CPD.
During progress review meetings, which are recorded, all Skills Assessors discuss with learners topics ranging from safeguarding, equality and diversity, health and safety to British values, radicalisation and extremism.
At these review meetings, discussions with Skills Assessors include the use of naturally occurring evidence as much as possible, which can range from an online article to a newspaper story to a programme on TV. We encourage learners to express their own opinions in these sessions and to engage in discussion.
We look to educate learners on what radicalisation, extremism and British values are and how natural it can be to find these topics in everyday life. British Values include democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance for those with different faiths or beliefs.
If you have any questions about any of the above or would like to know more about our Safeguarding and Prevent Duty provision, please contact me at email@example.com or get in touch with your regional Safeguarding Officer.