As a service provider to colleges, schools and guardianships we are committed to safeguarding and meeting the needs of all pupils and our primary concern is the safety of the pupils. In order to uphold our safeguarding responsibilities, appropriate protocols need to be in place in relation to all drivers who come into contact with students.
Appropriate relationships with children should be based on mutual trust and respect. Adults should:
- Avoid any conduct or behaviour which would lead any reasonable person to question their motivation and intentions.
- Avoid behaviour which could blur the boundary between appropriate and inappropriate behaviour and leaves you vulnerable to allegations of abuse.
- Avoid divulging your personal contact details and avoid any contact via text messaging or social media.
- Conduct one-to-one meetings in a transparent way.
- Not reveal confidential information about a pupil to a third party (this does not imply key College staff involved in a pupil’s education) or speak disparagingly about a pupil to other pupils.
- Avoid giving advice to a pupil on a matter for which you are not qualified.
- Avoid any physical contact with pupils and seek advice immediately if they become the subject to unwanted attention on the part of a pupil.
- Exercise professional judgement and act reasonably. Drivers visiting schools and colleges should at all times follow the instructions of in-house staff, particularly in relation to the areas where they expected to work and facilities that are open to them.
- No one should suffer harm, either at home or at school or points in-between. Everyone who works with school children has a responsibility to make sure that all pupils are safe.
- This advice has been given to you to make sure you understand what is expected of you. Please ask the person who gave it to you if you are unclear about anything in it, and keep the information in a safe place, so that you can read it again if you need to. If you are worried about the safety of any anyone in our collective care, you must report this to a member of GTMatrix staff on 020 3355 2858 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- PLEASE HELP US TO SAFEGUARD THE CHILDREN IN OUR CARE BY FOLLOWING THESE GUIDELINES.