This policy is based upon all our responsibilities to make arrangements to ensure that AIS functions are discharged responsibly with regard to the need to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, young people, and vulnerable adults.
The welfare of children, young people, and disadvantaged adults is paramount.
All children, regardless of age, disability, gender, racial heritage or religious belief, have the right to be safe, happy and receive equal protection from all types of harm or abuse.
Working in partnership with children, young people, their parents, carers and other agencies is essential in promoting children’s, young people’s and disadvantaged adults’ welfare.
The policy acknowledges respects and defines AIS responsibility towards children and young people, legally defined as any person under the age of 18. From this point, the terms child or children will be used to refer to this group.
A person may abuse a child, adult, or vulnerable adult by inflicting harm, or by failing to act to prevent harm. Children adults or vulnerable adults may be abused in a family or in an institutional or community setting; by those known to them or, more rarely, by a stranger.
Physical abuse: may involve hitting, shaking, throwing, poisoning, burning or scalding, drowning, suffocating, or otherwise causing physical harm, including by fabricating the symptoms of, or deliberately causing, ill-health.
Emotional abuse: is the persistent emotional ill-treatment of a child, adult or vulnerable adults such as to cause severe and persistent adverse effects on the victim’s emotional development or self-esteem. It may involve conveying to the victim that they are worthless or unloved, inadequate, or valued only in so far as they meet the needs of another person. It may involve age or developmentally inappropriate expectations being imposed, causing the victim frequently to feel frightened, or the exploitation or corruption of children or vulnerable adults. It may involve deprivation of contact, control, coercion, intimidation or harassment.
Bullying: is not always easy to define; it can take many forms and is usually repeated over a period of time. The three types are physical (e.g. hitting, kicking, theft), verbal (e.g. racist or homophobic remarks, threats, name-calling) and emotional (e.g. isolating an individual from activities). Bullying will include: 1) deliberate hostility and aggression towards a victim, 2) a victim who is weaker and less powerful then the bully or bullies and 3) an outcome which is always painful and distressing for the victim. Bullying may include Other forms of violence, sarcasm, spreading rumors, persistent teasing, tormenting, ridiculing, humiliation, racial taunts, graffiti, gestures, etc.
Sexual abuse: involves forcing or enticing a child or vulnerable adult to take part in sexual activities, whether or not the victim is aware of what is happening. The activities may involve physical contact, an ad may include involving the victim is looking at, or in the production of, pornographic material, or encouraging them to behave in sexually inappropriate ways
Neglect: is the persistent failure to meet a child’s or vulnerable adult’s basic physical and/or psychological needs, likely to result in the serious impairment of their health or development, such as failing to provide adequate food, shelter, and clothing, or neglect of, or unresponsiveness to basic emotional needs. Invulnerable adults may appear to be a result of self-neglect but still requires action.
Financial abuse: is particularly relevant to vulnerable adults and may include theft, fraud, exploitation and pressure in connection with wills, property or inheritance or financial transactions. It may include the misuse or misappropriation of property, possessions or benefits by someone who has been trusted to handle their finances or who has assumed control of their finances by default.
The responsibility for the implementation of this policy lies at all levels of AIS work.
AIS Management is responsible for ensuring that AIS has a policy, which adequately provides protection for children and vulnerable adults in receipt of its services and for the regular review of this policy in the light of changes to legislation.
AIS believes that all children, young people, adults, and vulnerable adults have the right to be safe, happy and healthy and deserve protection from abuse and will fully support and protect anyone, who in good faith, reports a concern about abuse.
If you think a child, young person, adult or vulnerable adult is in immediate danger or a crime has been committed then always contact the management. Report your action to your line manager and a member of AIS management. Otherwise, discuss your concerns with your line manager or a member of AIS management who will help you complete the appropriate form.
Any member of staff who suspects that a colleague may be abusing children, young people, adult or vulnerable adults should act on their suspicions. Action should also be taken if it is felt that colleagues are not following the published codes of conduct for dealing children, young people, and vulnerable adults.
This action will serve not only to protect children and vulnerable adults but also colleagues from false accusations. In the event of an incident, you should:
AIS acknowledges that this is an extremely sensitive issue for staff and assures all staff and persons working on its behalf that it will fully support and protect anyone, who in good faith, reports a concern that a colleague is, or may be, abusing a child, young person or vulnerable adult.
There is always a commitment to work in partnership with parents/carers where there are concerns about their children or adults in their care and in most circumstances it would be important to talk to parents/carers to clarify any initial concerns. For example if a child, young person, adult or vulnerable adult seemed withdrawn, there may be a reasonable explanation; they may have experienced an upset in the family.
BUT if you are suspicious that the parents or carer may be the abuser or you believe that the parent/carer may not be able to respond appropriately to the situation, speaking to them regarding the matter might place the child or vulnerable adult at greater risk. You should report the suspicion to your line manager or a member of AIS management and advice will be sought from the appropriate authorities with respect to consulting parents/careers.
The administration of medicines to any pupil is the overall responsibility of the parents/guardians of that pupil.
When deciding upon the administration of prescribed medicines (e.g. antibiotics, inhalers), maintenance and emergency medicine needs for pupils AIS will discuss and agree the requirements with the parents and make reasonable decisions about the level of care required.
Any pupil required to have prescribed medicines is to have an Administration Of Prescribed Medicines & Treatment Consent Form (Appendix 1) signed by the parent and a Record Of Prescribed Medicines Given To A Pupil Form (Appendix 2) will be completed each time the medicine is administered. These will be kept on file in the Medical Room.
In addition, for pupils requiring prescribed maintenance medicines (e.g. insulin), a Health Care Plan (Appendix 1 reverse page) will be completed for the child concerned. These are to be reviewed with the parents at the beginning of each term to ensure continuing suitability.
When a medical condition causes a pupil to become ill and/or requires emergency administration of prescribed medicines, an ambulance is to be called and the parents notified, a member of staff is to remain with the pupil at all times.
The procedure for notifying parents will be to use all telephone numbers available to contact them and leave a message should the parents not be contactable.
In the event that parents cannot be contacted and a message has been left, AIS will continue to attempt to make contact with the parents every hour. In the interim a qualified first aider or another member of staff will remain with the child until the parents can be contacted and arrive.
Where staff are required to carry out non-routine or more specialised administration of medicines or emergency treatment to children, appropriate professional training and guidance from a competent source will be sought before commitment to such administration is accepted. Refresher training is to be scheduled at appropriate intervals.
The storage of medicines will be undertaken in accordance with product instructions and in the original container in which the medicine was dispensed.
It is the responsibility of all staff to ensure that the received medicine container is clearly labelled with the name of the child, the name and dose of the medicine, the frequency and method of administration, any potential side effects and expiry date.
Prescribed medicines, clearly marked with the pupil’s name, are to be kept in the Sick Bay out of reach of pupils.
All prescribed medicines requiring cool storage are to be kept in the refrigerator in the staff kitchen It is the responsibility of the parents to provide medicine that is in date. This should be agreed with the parents at the time of acceptance of on-site administration responsibilities.
It is the responsibility of the parents to ensure that all medicines no longer required including those which are date-expired are returned to a pharmacy for safe disposal.
At the end of each term all remaining prescribed medicines held for pupils, whether or not in date, are to be returned to the pupils’ parents.