At CATS Ltd we strongly recognise the need for vigilant awareness of safeguarding issues. All staff have appropriate training and induction so that they understand their roles and responsibilities and are confident about carrying them out. Staff, candidates, parents, guardians should feel secure that they can raise any issues or concerns about the safety or welfare of young people and vulnerable adult candidates and know that they will be listened too and taken seriously. This is achieved by maintaining an ethos of safeguarding, by demonstrating zero tolerance of abuse and other harmful behaviours, promoting the welfare of young people, vulnerable adults and protecting staff. This is supported by clear equal opportunities, health and safety, disclosure and safeguarding policies, appropriate induction and training, briefing and discussion of relevant issues and relevant learning in line with current legislation and guidelines.
Do you have a safeguarding concern?
It is very important that everyone is aware of when they need to take immediate action to ensure someone’s safety. It is vital to take whatever action in order to safeguard a person’s well being.
We recognise that it can be difficult for people who have concerns to seek help. You may be worried in case you are wrong or do not know what to do for the best.
What does ‘whistleblowing’ mean?
Whistleblowing occurs when a person raises a concern about dangerous, illegal activity or any wrong-doing within their organisation.
Whistleblowing can involve sharing potentially vital information about health and safety risks, environmental factors, possible fraud, harm of children or vulnerable adults, covering up for someone and many more. It is essential these factors are addressed immediately, so ‘Blow the whistle’ as early as possible to prevent any real damage being done.
How should I ‘blow the whistle’?
Every situation is different so it is advisable to seek advice before blowing the whistle. Contacting someone independent to your allegation is best practice.
Here are a few things to consider when pursuing a concern:
- Keep calm.
- Consider risks and next steps.
- Let facts do the talking, don’t make allegations up.
- Don’t pursue the allegation yourself.
- Remember: you’re the witness.
Please fill and return our safeguarding report form to report any safeguarding concerns you may have.