Springpod is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all our students.
As an innovative business dedicated to transforming the way that young people engage with employers and universities, we empower students to take control of their career path by connecting them with leading employers and education providers.
We understand that this means we have a responsibility to hold student safety at the heart of everything we do.
The principles of safeguarding and the Prevent Strategy include respect, protecting human rights, and protecting from all types of abuse and neglect, including radicalisation and extremism.
The employers we work alongside also have a responsibility to the students they support, so as an employer, it is important to understand what safeguarding means to you and your business and what to do if you suspect a student is subjected to or at risk of being exposed to harm.
Every organisation that works with young and vulnerable people must ensure that their employees and students recognise their responsibilities through proper guidance, support, and training.
This guidance intends to help you understand your responsibilities, how to be vigilant about spotting any signs of harm or potential harm and what to do about It.
A child-centred approach is fundamental to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of every child and young person.
A child centred approach means keeping the child in focus when making decisions about their lives and working in partnership with them and their families.
Employees working closely with young or vulnerable students should be alert to the possibilities of harm in or out of the workplace. Staff must inform but not to investigate or offer advice.
The Designated Safeguarding Lead should give the support and advice, and they will decide whether to involve a third party such as the Police or Social Services.
If an employer or any staff member, in the course of their work, has a student safeguarding issue brought to their attention, they must treat it as a priority and contact the Designated Safeguarding Lead at Springpod as soon as possible.
Serious harm cases should be reported to either local Police or Social Services, who will log the report and make further investigations. Our Designated Safeguarding Lead will report this on the student's behalf if the employer and student have not done so themselves.
If in doubt, contact our Designated Safeguarding Lead for advice.