School Policies on welfare and safeguarding. Changes in UK government guidelines and regulation have been fast and frequent over the last couple of years.

This Statement relates to young learners under 18 enrolled on any BSL programme.

In accordance with British Council and English UK regulations, BSL complies fully with the recommendations and guidelines to ensure the safety of children in our care during their school programme. We continually evaluate and improve safety, welfare and child safeguarding provision for students under our care. We have implemented the necessary measures to meet regulations and the children’s right to a safe and secure environment.There is a designated safeguarding lead who oversee our Safer Recruitment policies and ongoing training of all personnel at our school and residential centre.

All personnel who have significant contact with children will be in possession of a Government DBS (formerly CRB or Police) check and been made aware of the Government Child Protection measures; this includes all centre staff, teachers, welfare officers, Homestay provider (main carers) and transportation personnel. BSL undertakes regular checks to update and maintain existing records, including all providers of Homestay accommodation who adhere to the safety regulations concerning Gas Safe Certificates (GSIUR). All copies of relevant evidence and documents are held in secure electronic storage. There are existing procedures for the sharing in a timely way of information and matters of concern to qualified professionals and we have an open channel to the local South Wilts MASH team. Our full Child Protection Policy, reviewed each year, is available on request