Phoenix school of Languages provides language courses to students age 16 and above, both individuals and groups. Some students are under-18, and the school is committed to providing the highest standards of care to ensure the safety of these students at all times throughout their stay with the school.

This policy applies wherever staff or volunteers are working with students even where this is away from the school, for example at an activity centre, or on a trip.

Every student should feel safe and protected from any form of abuse which in this policy means any kind of neglect, non-accidental physical injury, sexual exploitation or emotional ill treatment.

Phoenix school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children (that is children under the age of 18) whatever race, nationality, gender or religion they belong to. Phoenix school expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

This safeguarding policy details the policies and procedures in place to ensure the safety of students and protect them from harm. Phoenix school will take reasonable measures to:

  • Ensure that we practise safe recruitment in checking the suitability of staff and volunteers to work with children and young people in accordance with the guidance given in Safeguarding Children and Safer Recruitment in Education.
  • Ensure that we carry out all necessary checks on the suitability of people who are in regulated position and have direct and regular contact with children.
  • Ensure that where we stop to use the services to any person because that person was considered unsuitable to work with children, a prompt and detailed report is made to the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA).
  • Follow the local inter-agency procedures of the Yeovil and South Somerset Local Safeguarding Children Board.
  • Protect each student from any form of abuse, whether from an adult or another student.
  • Be alert to signs of abuse both in the school and outside.
  • Design and operate procedures which, so far as possible, ensure that teachers and others who are innocent are not prejudiced to false allegations.
  • Support students who have been abused in accordance to his/her agreed child protection plan.
  • Be alert to the medical needs of students with medical conditions.
  • Operate robust and sensible health and safety procedures.
  • Take all practical steps to ensure the school premises are as secure as circumstance permit.
  • Operate clear and supportive policies on drugs, alcohol and substance use, safe internet use.

Every complaint or suspicion of abuse from within or outside the School will be taken seriously and in all proper circumstances will be referred to an external agency such as the social services of the local authority, the child protection unit of the police or the NSPCC. In each of these cases the matter will be referred by the Designated Safeguarding Person to the Local Authority Designated Officer, LADO. Phoenix school’s safeguarding policies are based on the Department for Education's advice for schools.