What is Safeguarding
Safeguarding is the term given to protecting the health, safety and well-being of vulnerable children, young people and adults, allowing them to live free from harm, abuse and neglect.
As driver and rider trainers, we all have a duty to safeguard our customers and to look for signs and symptoms of abuse, harm and neglect. If we believe there is a safeguarding issue, we must take appropriate action that is proportionate to the situation.
Driver and rider trainers will come into contact with hundreds of customers in their career and so there is a good chance that we will meet and work with vulnerable people as well. Working with vulnerable people does not automatically present a safeguarding issue, but there are checks we can make through observation, discussion, question and answer and just getting to know people a bit more, that give us the signs and symptoms to look for.
If something does flag up as a safeguarding issue, then any action we take must be proportionate to the risk. We must avoid the ‘machine gun to kill a fly’ response and to overreact when it isn’t needed, and on the other hand we must not overlook any safeguarding issues, whether they are real at the time or just have the potential to be a risk.
We know the ADI qualification process, like some other industries, isn’t perfect, and having looked into safeguarding in terms of driver and rider trainers, we have found there are some fairly big gaps in our qualification process.
Safeguarding is a crucial role for anyone working with children, young people and vulnerable adults and it is important that as trainers, we recognise our own role and responsibilities for safeguarding.
Safeguarding is to:
It is important to recognise that one sign or symptom on it’s own doesn’t necessarily indicate that abuse is happening. We have provided some common signs and symptoms to help to raise your level of awareness with safeguarding however, you must also take additional factors into account as well to ensure you are responding appropriately and proportionately.