This Policy:

  1. Applies to all adults including the Board of Directors, employees, contractors and anyone working on behalf of Diligence Security Solutions Limited;
  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.

Diligence Security Solutions Limited acknowledges the duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people. As such are committed to ensuring safeguarding practice reflects statutory responsibilities, government guidance, and complies with best practice and regulatory requirements.

Diligence Security Solutions Limited 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 (Definitions attached Appendix 1)
  • 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; 
  • Address, without delay, any failure to comply with this policy.

Monitoring

This policy will be reviewed annually by the Company Directors and revisions made accordingly.

This policy may also be reviewed in the following circumstances:

  • Changes in legislation or government guidance (including 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 applicable to nature of the private security industry and in line with SIA guidance.

Our Commitments

Screening and Vetting

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

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.

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).

Appendix 1:

Definition of Abuse (Children) 

    1. 3.1. Physical Abuse: 

Physical abuse may involve hitting, shaking, throwing, poisoning, burning or scalding, drowning, suffocating, or otherwise causing physical harm to a child. Physical harm may also be caused when a parent or carer fabricates the symptoms of, or deliberately induces, illness in a child. 

1.2 Emotional Abuse: 

Emotional abuse is the persistent emotional maltreatment of a child such as to cause severe and persistent adverse effects on the child’s emotional development. It may involve conveying to children that they are worthless or unloved, inadequate, or valued only insofar as they meet the needs of another person. It may feature age or developmentally inappropriate expectations being imposed on children. These may include interactions that are beyond the child’s development capability, as well as overprotection and limitation of exploration and learning, or preventing the child participating in normal social interaction. It may involve seeing or hearing the ill treatment of another. It may involve serious bulling, causing children frequently to feel frightened or in danger, or the exploitation or corruption of children of children. Some level of emotional abuse is involved in all types of maltreatment of a child, though it may occur alone. 

1.3 Sexual Abuse: 

Sexual abuse involves forcing or enticing a child or young person to take part in sexual activities, including prostitution, whether or not the child is aware of what is happening. The activities may involve physical contact, including penetrative (e.g. rape, buggery or oral sex) or non-penetrative acts. They may include non-contact activities, such as involving children in the looking at, or in the production of, sexual online images, watching sexual activities or encouraging children to behave in sexually inappropriate ways. 

1.4 Neglect: 

Neglect is the persistent failure to meet a child’s basic physical and/or psychological needs, likely to result in serious impairment of the child’s health or development. Neglect may occur during pregnancy as a result of maternal substance abuse. Once a child is born, neglect may involve a parent or carer failing to:
Provide adequate food, clothing and shelter (including exclusion from home or abandonment);
Protect a child from physical and emotional harm or danger;
Ensure adequate supervision (including the use of inadequate care-givers); or Ensure access to appropriate medical care or treatment. 

Staff also need to be aware of vulnerable groups such as those with disabilities, children living away from home, asylum seekers, children and young people in hospital, children in contact with the youth justice system, victims of domestic abuse and those vulnerable due to religion, ethnicity etc. and those who may be exposed to violent extremism. 

1.5 Definition of adults at risk of harm or abuse 

Living a life that is free from harm and abuse, is a fundamental human right for every person and an essential requirement for health and well-being. Safeguarding adults is about safety and well-being but providing additional measures for those least able to protect themselves from harm or abuse. 

1.6 Physical 

Examples of physical abuse are assault, rough handling, hitting, pushing, pinching, shaking, misusing medication, scalding, inappropriate sanctions and exposure to excessive heat or cold. Unlawful or inappropriate use of restraint or physical interventions and/or deprivation of liberty are also physical abuse. 

1.7 Sexual and Sexual Exploitation 

Some examples of sexual abuse/assault include the direct or indirect involvement of the adult at risk in sexual activity or relationships which: 

  • They do not want or have not consented to; 
  • They cannot understand and lack the mental capacity to be able to give consent to; 
  • They have been coerced into because the other person is in a position of trust, power or authority, for example, a care worker; or 
  • Required to watch sexual activity.

1.8 Psychological/ Emotional 

This is behavior that has a harmful effect on the person’s emotional health and development or any form of mental cruelty that results in: 

  • Mental distress; 
  • The denial of basic human and civil rights such as self-expression, privacy and dignity; 
  • Negating the right of the adult at risk to make choices and undermining their self-esteem; 
  • Isolation and over-dependence that has a harmful effect on the person’s emotional health, development or well-being; 
  • Bullying; 
  • Verbal Attacks; or 
  • Intimidation. 

For and on behalf of Diligence Security Solutions Limited