Child and adult safeguarding specialist Ethica Solutions has announced the first phase of a large scale dedicated 360 safeguarding programme.
It is scheduled to roll out from September 2017 to 53 Academy schools across four multi-agency Trusts in Hampshire, Surrey, Thames Valley and the surrounding areas.
The programme will provide a holistic service underpinned by education, mentorship, new technology and innovation, and will support 4,200 teachers and staff over a three-year period. It also responds to the requirement of the 2017 Children’s & Social Worker’s Act for schools to provide relationship and sex education, by offering student seminars and workshops for all age groups.
Commercial innovation agency BxBy has been appointed by Ethica Solutionst to help develop and market the portfolio of 360 safeguarding services designed to protect children and support safeguarding practitioners in schools.
“We are delighted to be rolling out this significant safeguarding service for schools,” commented former senior Police Officer, safeguarding expert and education director Dr. Richard John.
“In my experience, I have yet to see an holistic service that travels from the Governing Body and Head Teacher to the teachers, safeguarding leads, teaching assistants and ancillary staff, to the children we strive to protect.
“Protection of vulnerable people is everyone’s responsibility. Our 360 safeguarding programme takes a practical approach to delivery and assessment, whilst maintaining the rigour of regulatory requirements. Our mission is to get a safeguarding culture embedded throughout an organisation and for it to be effective we must work with, and help, safeguarding professionals. Having a policy is not enough, it must be put into practice, be well-supported, audited and evaluated, and this is where we can provide resources, assistance and guidance.
“Teaching staff and our protectors are under immense time and budgetary pressure so we believe a proactive, strategic approach that is well supervised, will to help combat risks, provide education, mentorship and build long-term trust and partnerships. This is a highly effective solution for all.”