NHESC has a responsibility to provide a safe environment in which our students can learn and we pride ourselves on our exemplary record.
Centre staff and volunteers are particularly well placed to observe outward signs of abuse, changes in behaviour and failure to develop because they have daily contact with children.
All Centre staff receive appropriate safeguarding children training (which is updated regularly and follow the guidance of Hertfordshire Safeguarding Children Board), so that they are knowledgeable and aware of their role in the early recognition of the indicators of abuse or neglect and of the appropriate procedures to follow. In addition all staff members receive safeguarding and child protection updates (for example, via email and staff meetings), as required, but at least annually, to provide them with relevant skills and knowledge to safeguard children effectively.
Temporary staff and volunteers will be made aware of the safeguarding policies and procedures by the Designated Senior Person-including Child Protection Policy and staff behaviour policy (code of conduct).
In the Centres we have three DSP's and four Deputy DSP's. We are now monitoring our Safeguarding and Child Protection concerns using CPOMS; software that is specifically designed to make this process as effective as possible.