Owlswick Children’s Home and School has a duty to ensure that Children and Young People are safeguarded and that their welfare is given paramount consideration. In all aspects of our work we strive to provide positive experiences for young people in a safe and caring environment, free from harm or abuse.
Owlswick has a moral and legal obligation to provide a safe living environment within which young people can thrive; where they are cared for by adults they trust and can live without fear of harm or abuse. Safeguarding covers all areas of our care and education service and all of our staff receive annual safeguarding and child protection training. We also ensure that safeguarding is reflected in all areas of our working practice and operational policies.
Our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policies includes our commitment to ensuring young people’s safety when using all forms of technology and we have well developed policies and practice in this constantly evolving area. They are shaped by the Department of Education’s annually revised guidance “ Keeping children safe in education – Statutory guidance for schools and colleges on safeguarding children and safer recruitment.”
If you wish to discuss any aspect of our safeguarding and child protection practice then please contact the Registered Manager.
You can read our policies by clicking on the links below:
- Owlswick Anti-Bullying Policy 2017
- Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy 2018
- Owlswick E-Safety Policy 2017
- Owlswick Social Media Policy for Staff 2017
- Owlswick Social Media Policy for Young People 2017
- Owlswick Missing persons Policy and Procedure 2017
- Owlswick Acceptable Use of the Internet Policy 2017
- Owlswick Tackling Extremism Radicalisation Policy 2017
The staff know the young people well, develop positive relationships and treat young people with a great deal of respect. [The young people] feel listened to and that their individual needs are met. Quote from Ofsted Care Inspection Report, 2016
Keeping Young People Safe
Keeping young people safe is a fundamental aspect to our work at Owlswick.
All young people have an individual care plan and behaviour management plan (including appropriate risk assessments reflecting needs/abilities and levels of understanding), there are regularly reviewed.
Within the education curriculum and through our key working, health and safety conversations with the young people we focus on the following risks and how to keep themselves safe (this is not an exhaustive list):
- Stranger danger
- Road safety
- Misuse of drugs and alcohol
- Sex and relationships
- Emotional well-being
- Being groomed or sexually exploited
- Staying safe online when using social media
- Getting involved with gangs and gang culture
- Being at risk of radicalisation and extremism
- Running away and not letting people know
Young people report they feel safe at the home. ‘I feel safe here, I like the staff and they keep us safe’Comment received from a young person – Ofsted Care Inspection Report 2016
Both care and education staff carry out risk assessments as well as risk assessing activities internally or outside of Owlswick. Assessments are overseen by our qualified Health and Safety lead.
Owlswick operates a safe recruitment practice following NASS and National Minimum Standards recruitment principles.
All members of staff are subject to an Enhanced DBS check and two references before formally taking up their post.
Staff receive training in Safeguarding and the teams regularly review safety procedures.