Our policies are guided by our underlying objective to provide young people with a safe and supportive space in which to be themselves. We take seriously our duty to safeguard the welfare of all those we work with.

Safeguarding is defined as:

  • Protecting children from maltreatment
  • Preventing impairment of children’s health or development
  • Ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
  • Taking action to enable all children to have the best life chances

Brotherhood fulfills local and national responsibilities in line with:

  • Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015
  • Keeping Children Safe in Education 2015

Trust is paramount to creating the right environment for this work, so there is absolute confidentiality. Nothing that is discussed in private sessions or in groups is repeated or relayed to anybody outside of the session. The only exception to this is where there is a safeguarding concern, or where an individual’s safety is otherwise at risk.

Facilitators have received current Safeguarding training about what constitutes abuse, how to recognise the signs and symptoms of abuse, and what to do. It is neither the role nor responsibility of those working with young people in workshops to assess, diagnose or investigate whether a child is at risk of or suffering harm or abuse. It is the responsibility of staff to be aware of the need to report any concerns about a child through the appropriate channel.

We safeguard children and young people by:

  • Valuing them, listening to and respecting them, adopting child protection guidelines through procedures and a code of conduct for staff and volunteers
  • Ensuring that all adults working with children in the school community have undergone appropriate checks as to their suitability to work with children in line with the Department for Education, and the Disclosure & Barring Service
  • Sharing information about child protection and good practice with children, parents, staff and volunteers. Sharing information about concerns with agencies who need to know
  • Involving parents and children appropriately.

The Prevent Duty

From 1st July 2015 all schools are subject to a duty under section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015, to have “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism” known as the Prevent Duty. Brotherhood recognises that protecting children from the risk of radicalisation is part of the organisation’s wider safeguarding duties and is similar in nature to protecting children from other harms, whether these come from within their family or are the product of outside influences. Brotherhood has regard to the statutory Prevent Duty Guidance, specifically paragraphs 57-76 of the guidance, concerned specifically with schools.