Quest introduces Safeguarding to the H&S Declaration
- Quest Admin
As promoted at the Quest Conference in March 2017, Quest has now added a Safeguarding section to the Essential Pre-Assessment Questions of the Health and Safety Declaration.
These changes will come into effect for all Quest for Facility assessments and reviews from 1st July 2017.
The updates to the declaration mean that facilities will now need to provide evidence of their Safeguarding policies, procedures and training in order to achieve the Quest Award.
Below is the new content which will be included in the Health and Safety Declaration.
EXAMPLES OF BEST PRACTICE
Safeguarding policies, procedures and training are in place to ensure a safe environment for children, young people and vulnerable adults, with evidence available on site:
· Safeguarding Policy
o Up to date and reviewed that includes localised reporting processes for incidents and potential concerns
o Evidence that relevant staff have been trained on the policy
· Designated Safeguarding Lead
o Designated safeguarding lead(s) appointed and are known to staff
o Designated safeguarding lead(s) contactable whenever the centre is open
o Designated safeguarding lead(s) aware of their responsibilities
· Safe Recruitment Practice
o Risk assessment(s) in place for safeguarding children and vulnerable adults, which is used to determine the centre’s/ organisations eligibility policy, including Disclosure and Barring Scheme (DBS) policy
o New applicants are DBS checked if eligible and all available information is risk assessed to judge the suitability of applicants
· Clubs and External Organisations
o There is a process in place to ensure clubs have safeguarding practices including a safeguarding policy, current insurance, appropriate coaching qualifications and personnel DBS checked if eligible
Note: Centres/organisations cannot hold copies of DBS disclosures for external clubs and other hirers, this is only permitted for those employing or deploying staff (paid or volunteers) and not someone simply providing a venue for activities. However, it is reasonable for the venue to require confirmation from the club/ hirers have a safe recruitment practice (amongst other arrangements) in place and that all eligible coaches etc. have been subject to a DBS check and assessment through the club/ organisation/ NGB. Management might check this compliance in a variety of forms including signed agreements, signed terms and conditions, spot checks or audits. Management should be aware of all the bookings that involve children, young people and vulnerable adults.
The full H&S Declaration guidance notes can be found here: