Safeguarding is one of the most important parts of what we do, and we do not cut any corners
with the processes surrounding this.

Safeguarding focus:
●  preventing harm to children’s health or development
●  protecting children from abuse and maltreatment
●  ensuring children grow up with the provision of safe and effective care
●  taking action to enable all children and young people to have the best outcomes

All of our staff are trained and have continued professional development to make sure that we can
safeguard the most vulnerable young people in our communities. We operate an open-door policy,
and each student has a key worker with whom they can make contact whenever necessary.
Our induction process covers all areas of working with young people, including Poles APart ethos
and processes.
To promote a safe and secure environment all of our staff have been through a strict recruitment
process which includes the interview panel being trained in safer recruitment and applicant
references being obtained. All staff are subject to the Enhanced DBS (disclosure and barring
service) checks.
Our experienced DSL (Designated Safeguarding Lead) works across the sites and communicates
with staff, students, parents, guardians, carers and outside agencies, keeping clear lines of
communication. Our DSL is supported by the assistant DSL and safeguarding team.
Each one of our sites has a safeguarding team, trained in safeguarding children, to a minimum
level three.
Key safeguarding areas are (but not limited to):
● protecting children from abuse
● radicalisation
● children missing from care or education
● bullying and cyber-bullying and the misuse of social media
● county lines and criminal exploitation
● domestic abuse
● child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)
● female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
All of our incidents and safeguarding concerns are logged on My Concern. A safe and secure
system which is highly regulated.

Although Poles APart is not a school we follow all guidance set out by the United Kingdom
Government, Department For Education (DFE). Keeping children safe in education 2022
Keeping children safe in education: information for all school and college staff

Poles APart AP takes safeguarding very seriously and adheres to strict policies and legal duties.

Poles APart Safeguarding Lead:

Jasmin Chapple. 01752956523-

Or you can report concerns by email to

If you have a serious concern about a child or young person’s wellbeing, you should contact child

Devon- 0345 155 1071 email:

Plymouth- 01752 668000 email:

Cornwall- 01872 322277 email:

You can also contact the NSPCC helpline on 0808 800 5000.

If a child, young person or an adult is
at immediate risk of harm, please contact 999.

● NSPCC Online Safety Helpline NSPCC Helpline | NSPCC
● NSPCC: Talking About Difficult Topics Talking about difficult topics | NSPCC
● How To Keep Kids Safe On Social Media | Parenting Online | NSPCC | Keeping children
safe online | NSPCC
● CCO Talking to your child about online sexual harassment a-guide for parents Talking to
your child about online sexual harassment: A guide for parents | Children’s Commissioner
for England (
● TikTok Parental Guide Guardian’s Guide | TikTok

For more information, please contact the DSL.

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