Safeguarding Policy for BlazeFit

BlazeFit abides by the duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of adults and children, and is committed to safeguarding practice that reflects statutory responsibilities, government guidance and complies with best practice requirements.

  • We recognise the welfare of adults and children is paramount in all the work we do and in all the decisions we take
  • All adults and children, regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation has an equal right to protection from all types of harm or abuse
  • Some adults/children are additionally vulnerable because of the impact of previous experiences, their level of dependency, communication needs or other issues

BlazeFit will consider all risk and safety procedures to keep our members on screen in a safe and controlled environment.

Measures include

  • A safety message to be presented and acknowledged by every member before every class. These measures are in place to ensure the member exercises is a safe and clutter free environment as well as being made aware of dietary conditions at the time.
  • That in the case of children’s classes, that all children are visible on screen. The reasons for this are that the instructor can make visual safety checks with the children to ensure they are performing the exercises in a safe manner. As well as this, it is very important that we see all participants so that we can confirm the identity. This is for the safeguarding of all other children as without this, anyone could be behind the screen.
  • That in the case of all other classes, especially seated classes, that the instructor is visually connected to all members and help them perform exercises in a safe manner. Where the member is not on screen, the instructor is to always engage and ask if ok, but the member has been exposed to the safety points before joining the class.
  • That all members on screen are identified by different codes so that the instructor knows if they are subscribing member, a member from a group organisation, a member trying out a free class etc. This way it helps the instructor guide the individuals to safe practices.
  • That all instructors are qualified and have relevant documentation to teach their classes.

We will continue to add safety measures and keep all our instructors educated with our procedures.

SAFEGUARDING

Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility:

Safeguarding vulnerable adults/children is a part of the wider role of safeguarding and promoting welfare. This refers to the activity which is undertaken to protect specific vulnerable adults/children who are suffering or are at risk of suffering significant harm. As adults and/or professionals or volunteers, everyone has a responsibility to safeguard vulnerable adults/children and promote their welfare.

Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable adults/children – and in particular protecting them from significant harm - depends upon effective joint working between agencies and professionals that have different roles and expertise. Some of the most vulnerable adults/children and those at greatest risk of social exclusion, will need coordinated help from health, education, social care, and quite possibly the voluntary sector and other agencies, including justice services. For those vulnerable adults/children who are suffering, or at risk of suffering significant harm, joint working is essential, to safeguard and promote their welfare and – where necessary – to help bring to justice the perpetrators of crimes against them. All agencies and professionals should: be alert to potential indicators of abuse or neglect; be alert to the risks which individual abusers, or potential abusers, may pose to vulnerable adults/children; share and help to analyse information so that an assessment can be made of the individual's needs and circumstances; contribute to whatever actions are needed to safeguard and promote the individual's welfare; take part in regularly reviewing the outcomes for the individual against specific plans; and work co-operatively with parents and/or other carers unless this is inconsistent with ensuring the individual's safety.

As part of our activities in delivering services we deligently promoting holistic development. In doing so the organisation takes seriously the welfare of all vulnerable adults/children who come onto its premises or who are involved in its activities, this includes in person and through any digital platform. The organisation aims to ensure that they are welcomed into a safe, caring environment with a happy and friendly atmosphere. The organisation recognises that it is the responsibility of each one of its staff, paid and unpaid, to prevent the neglect, physical, sexual or emotional abuse of vulnerable adults/children and to report any abuse discovered or suspected. The organisation recognises its responsibility to implement, maintain and regularly review procedures, which are designed to prevent and to be alert to such abuse. The organisation is committed to supporting, resourcing and training those who work with vulnerable adults/adults and to providing supervision. The organisation is committed to maintaining good links with the statutory social services authorities.

Procedures For reasons of consistency and practicality, the organisation’s procedures for safeguarding vulnerable adults will be the same as those for safeguarding children and young people, except where the law, or the specific circumstances of an individual's need require otherwise.

Definitions of abuse and neglect:

Abuse and neglect are forms of maltreatment of a child/adult. Somebody may abuse or neglect a child/adult by inflicting harm, or by failing to act to prevent harm. Children/adults may be abused in a family or in an institutional or community setting; by those known to them or, more rarely, by a stranger. They may be abused by an adult or adults or child or children.

Physical abuse

Physical abuse may involve hitting, shaking, throwing, poisoning, burning or scalding, drowning, suffocating, or otherwise causing physical harm to a child. Physical harm may also be caused when a parent or carer fabricates the symptoms of, or deliberately induces illness in a child/adult.

Emotional Abuse

Emotional abuse is the persistent emotional maltreatment of a child/adult such as to cause severe and persistent adverse effects on the individuals’ emotional development. It may involve conveying to children/adults that they are worthless or unloved, inadequate, or valued only insofar as they meet the needs of another person.

Sexual Abuse

Sexual abuse involves forcing or enticing a person to take part in sexual activities, including prostitution, whether or not they are aware of what is happening. The activities may involve physical contact, including penetrative (eg: rape, buggery or oral sex) or non-penetrative acts. They may include non-contact activities.

Neglect

Neglect is the persistent failure to meet a person’s basic physical and/or psychological needs. Neglect failure to ensure access to appropriate medical care or treatment. It may also include neglect of, or unresponsiveness to, a persons’ basic emotional needs.

Kirit Thakore
Lead safeguarding person.

Last reviewed: 19 February 2021

Next review due: 19 February 2022