Safeguarding & Child Protection

We take the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults very seriously. To oversee and manage our responsibilities, we have a dedicated Safeguarding Officer working amongst the senior management team and ensure that we take positive and appropriate measures to protect vulnerable users and stakeholders within our business.


Child Protection Policy

Code 9 Security acknowledges the duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people, and is committed to ensuring safeguarding practice reflects statutory responsibilities, government guidance, and complies with best practice and regulatory requirements.

This policy:

  1. applies to all adults including the Board of Directors, employees, contractors and anyone working on behalf of the Company;

  2. recognises the welfare and interests of children and young people are paramount in all circumstances; and

  3. aims to ensure all children and young people have a positive, safe and enjoyable experience whilst in our care. 

Code 9 Security acknowledges some children and young people, including those disabled and those from ethnic minority communities, can be particularly vulnerable to abuse, and accepts responsibility to take reasonable and appropriate steps to ensure their welfare.

Code 9 Security will:

  • promote and prioritise the safety and wellbeing of children and young people;

  • ensure everyone is clear about their roles and responsibilities in respect of safeguarding, and is provided with appropriate mandatory learning opportunities to recognise, identify and respond to signs of abuse, neglect and other safeguarding concerns, relating to children and young people;

  • publish information on the Company's safeguarding arrangements for ease of reference for all stakeholders;

  • widely promote the Company's safeguarding policies and procedures;

  • ensure Directors, employees, contractors and representatives take seriously all concerns and allegations of abuse, and respond appropriately;

  • securely maintain and store confidential, detailed and accurate records of all safeguarding concerns;

  • prevent the employment of unsuitable individuals through the robust use of Disclosure and Barring Service arrangements, as they apply in each nation within the UK, and the application of best practice in the safe recruitment of employees working with children and young people;

  • ensure robust safeguarding arrangements and procedures are in operation; and

  • address, without delay, any failure to comply with this policy.

Monitoring

This policy will be reviewed annually by the Company's Safeguarding Officer, and revisions recommended to the Board of Directors. 

This policy may also be reviewed in the following circumstances:

  • changes in legislation or government guidance (including Working Together as revised within each nation, relevant legislative changes and nation specific child protection and safeguarding policies and procedures);

  • in the light of learning identified by a Local Safeguarding Children Board;

  • as a result of any other significant change or event.


Screening & Vetting

All officers with duties concerning vulnerable persons will be subject to enhanced clearances with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA).

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Reporting Suspicions

To enable the prompt investigation of any concerns by relevant authorities, we have detailed and documented escalation procedures to both police and local authority designated officers (LADO).

Safe Environments

The business undertakes to create safe and secure environments for everyone, and to make appropriate sensitive adjustments to safeguard young people, the elderly, and disabled persons.