Schoolreaders recognises its responsibility for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.
This policy applies to all staff, trustees, volunteers and anyone working on behalf of Schoolreaders.
The purpose of this policy is:
- To protect children and young people who benefit from the Schoolreaders service from harm
- To provide staff with the principles that guide our approach to safeguarding
Safeguarding children is defined in “Keeping Children Safe in Education” (KCSIE 2019) as:
- Protecting children from maltreatment
- Preventing impairment of children’s health or development
- Ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
- Taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes
Children includes anyone under the age of 18.
Schoolreaders recognises its responsibility to create and maintain a safe environment for the children we
Schoolreaders recognises its responsibility to report concerns regarding children we support to an
appropriate body, and to share information and work with other agencies as appropriate.
Thus, Schoolreaders has in place policies and procedures to guide and support actions relating to:
- Any concern of actual or suspected situations of abuse, exploitation or radicalisation of children
- Any allegation of staff or volunteer misconduct relating to children
In particular, Schoolreaders have in place the following information
- Child Protection and Safeguarding Essentials for Volunteers in Schools
We recognise that:
- The welfare of the child is paramount, as enshrined in the Children Act 1989
- All children, regardless of age, disability, gender, racial heritage, religious belief, sexual
orientation or identity, have a right to equal protection from all types of harm or abuse
- Some children are additionally vulnerable because of the impact of previous experiences, the
level of dependency, communication needs or other issues
- Working in partnership with children, young people, their parents, carers and other agencies is
essential in promoting young people’s welfare
Schoolreaders is an “Introducer” service. Our charity recruits volunteers and matches them to partner
schools that require additional reading support for their pupils.
Using our service, schools are able to access community volunteers and reading volunteers are able to
find a local school.
The reading volunteer’s prime relationship is with the Host School which is responsible for the vetting,
induction and ongoing support of the volunteer in line with their own recruitment policy and
Safeguarding policies and procedures are communicated to all staff and volunteers.
Host Schools are required to carry out an enhanced DBS check for each reading volunteer and confirm to
the Operations Team that this is complete with no cause for concern prior to the reading volunteer
Host Schools agree to our code of conduct in which they confirm that they will carry out an induction
that covers the school’s safeguarding policy and procedures and ensure the reading volunteer knows
how and who to report any concerns to.
Reading volunteers agree to our code of conduct in which they confirm they will follow school policy and
report any problems or concerns as they arise to the designated school safeguarding lead and on
application agree to undergo an enhanced DBS check.
Schoolreaders Organisational Responsibility:
The Director of Operations, Jane Whitbread, takes leadership responsibility for safeguarding.
Safeguarding is a standing agenda item on Schoolreaders’ senior management team meeting and at
Policies and procedures are reviewed at least annually. Schoolreaders will always:
- Ensure appropriate policies and procedures exist for the administration of applications and
presentation of volunteer profiles to Host Schools.
- Ensure any concerns or objections with regard to the suitability of a volunteer are submitted to
the Designated Safeguarding Lead at Schoolreaders.
- Where a volunteer raises a concern about a child’s safety or welfare, direct volunteers to the
Designated Safeguarding Lead within the Host School and notify the Designated Safeguarding
Lead at Schoolreaders.
- Share information about safeguarding and child protection with appropriate staff including
training where required.
- Keep Safeguarding policies under regular review.
Host Schools' Responsibilities:
When registering with Schoolreaders the Host School agrees to:
- The Schoolreaders code of conduct
- Take full responsibility for the volunteer in school.
- Follow their own recruitment practices and undertake suitable vetting procedures prior to a
- Carry out enhanced DBS checks with every volunteer before the volunteer starts in school and confirm to Schoolreaders that this has taken place with no cause for concern.
- Carry out an induction that covers the school’s safeguarding policy and procedures.
- Ensure the volunteer knows the name of main contact within the school to whom any safeguarding issues, concerns, incidents or allegations should be reported.
When registering with Schoolreaders the individual agrees to:
- The school is responsible for their welfare whilst in school.
- The fundamental principle that children have the right to be safe and this takes precedence over all other considerations.
- The Schoolreaders Code of Conduct for Volunteers.
- Read the Schoolreaders Safeguarding policy and the Guidance on Child Protection and Safeguarding Essentials.
- Attend the Safeguarding and Health and Safety training/briefing provided by the school.
- Be aware of the Schools Safeguarding procedures and who to report any concerns to.
- Not to start in school until they have a DBS clearance.
- To treat all safeguarding matters with confidentiality.
Recruitment of Volunteers, Staff and Trustees
Clear job descriptions and person specifications are in place for all paid positions. Clear role descriptions
are in place for all voluntary positions. An application form which includes sections covering information
relevant to safer recruitment is completed by everyone who applies for a paid position.
Designated Safeguarding Lead – Annabel Cox
Telephone Number – 01234 924111
First published on website: 21st January 2020