Staying Safe Online

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We Take Online Safety Seriously

We’re committed to ensuring the highest possible standard of safeguarding.

Our child protection policies and procedures have been developed alongside our current child protection officers and our site contains a number of built-in features which aim to provide a safe educational environment.

These include the following provisions:

  • All tutors must hold a current and active enhanced DBS certificate in order to join our tutor portfolio. Without this they cannot register or conduct Online Lessons.
  • Parents are entitled to ask the tutor to verify this at any stage before lessons commence.
  • All assessors who subscribe to our service should have the relevant qualifications. Parents and clients can ask an assessor to verify these once an appointment is made.
  • Our terms and conditions do not allow any non work related contact between tutors and students outside the lessons.

Introduction

Blue Sky Dyslexia is committed to ensuring the highest possible standard of safeguarding. The personal safety and wellbeing of each student, tutor, assessors and clients  using BLUE SKY DYSLEXIA is paramount.

Our site was developed with the aim of ensuring that online Lessons and assessments take place in a safe environment. This is reflected in a number of key built-in features and defined a set of policies and procedures for the students, parents/responsible adults and tutors who use this service.

Legislative Framework/Related Policies :

These policies and procedures aim to ensure that all persons using the Blue Sky Dyslexia services can do so safely within child safeguarding standards and UK law. These policies should be read in conjunction with the Blue Sky Dyslexia Terms and Conditions and the procedures.

Aims

The aim of this policy is to safeguard all students and other persons using Blue Sky Dyslexia system whilst they are within an Online Lesson or an assessment.

This policy document contains the responsibilities of all persons using Blue Sky Dyslexia, including tutors, students, parents (responsible adults) assessors and teachers.

It is important that all persons using or who have subscribed to Blue Sky Dyslexia are aware of this policy and have familiarised themselves with the detailed safeguarding procedures.

This policy should be read and understood before engaging in any activity arranged through Blue Sky Dyslexia and the responsibilities and procedures therein adhered to. Contravention of the policy document could lead to suspension and/or barring from the services.

General Information

Registration of Tutors :

  • The Blue Sky Dyslexia system has been designed so that it will only accept sign up and registration of tutors who hold a current and active enhanced DBS certificate in order to join our tutor portfolio. Without this they cannot register or conduct Online Lessons.
  • Blue Sky Dyslexia only accept tutors who self-certify that they have a DBS certificate and this information will be displayed on the website against each tutor’s information. Parents are also entitled to ask the tutor to verify this at any stage before lessons commence.
  • The tutor’s e-mail address, address and contact number will be available on the website so there is transparency of location.

Registration of Assessors :

  • The Blue Sky Dyslexia system has been designed so that it will only accept sign up and registration of assessors who hold appropriate qualifications. These will be displayed on the website.
  • At any time a client can ask the assessor to provide this information.
  • Assessors will comply with the safeguarding procedures at Blue Sky Dyslexia.
  • Assessors complete face to face sessions so on line communication is limited to the setting up of an assessment. All communication will be in line with the safety on line policy.

Privacy

Any tutor or assessor who has subscribed to Blue Sky Dyslexia will have access to our Privacy Policy and Data protection details.

All personal details about the student and parents, including contact address and phone number, will remain private and confidential.

All data held by Blue Sky Dyslexia is in accordance with the Data Protection Act 2019.

Roles and Responsibilities of persons using Blue Sky Dyslexia

The Tutor and on line lessons:

Any tutor who has subscribed to Blue Sky Dyslexia will:

  • Ensure that their environment does not display any inappropriate images or documentation capable of being viewed by the student or parent/responsible adult when conducting a session.
  • Treat students fairly and without prejudice or discrimination; students who have a disability or come from a minority ethnic or cultural group can easily become victims of discrimination and prejudice which may be harmful to the student’s well-being.
  • Always ensure language is appropriate and not offensive or discriminatory.
  • Ensure any contact with the student is appropriate to their role as a tutor and confined to the relevant Online Lesson session.
  • Not make any improper suggestions to a student.
  • Not send unsolicited communications to the student or parent/responsible adult.
  • Value and take students’ contributions seriously and ensure that students value and respect each other’s contributions.
  • Report any dispute with a student or parent/responsible adult to Blue Sky Dyslexia, in accordance with the Safeguarding procedure.
  • Report any inappropriate behaviour or illegal activity identified within an Online Lesson session by the student or third party, in accordance with procedures set out in Safeguarding procedure.
  • Ensure that if no parent/responsible adult is present during an Online Lesson session that the student is comfortable to continue the session; if not, they can terminate the session.

The Student

Students can register with the service but cannot start using the service until a sponsor/parent/guardian/carer over the age of 18 has formally registered and agreed to be the formal sponsor and to hold legal relationship with the site.

The student shall:

  • Treat the tutor with respect and fairness, and not subject them to abusive behaviour or language.
  • Value and respect the contributions of others students.
  • Not make any improper suggestions to the tutor.
  • Have no inappropriate communication with the tutor outside the Online Lesson session.
  • Report any dispute with a tutor to a parent/responsible adult in accordance with our Safeguarding procedures.

Parent/Responsible adult

The parent/responsible adult shall :

  • Be responsible for selecting Blue Sky Dyslexia’s tutoring services and make any reasonable checks to ensure the tutor is suitable for the student (including, if required, reviewing the tutor’s DBS certification documentation).
  • Ensure the student is fully aware of the Blue Sky Dyslexia’s Safeguarding Policy.
  • Always be responsible for the welfare of the student during the session.
  • Always be responsible for the physical environment of the pupil during the session ensuring it is safe and appropriate.
  • If they consider it appropriate, be present or available during a tutor session so any concerns encountered by the student can be reported as soon as possible and ensure the student and tutor are behaving in an appropriate manner.
  • Ensure that tutors will be treated with respect and fairness by the student and will not be subjected to abusive behaviour or language.
  • Ensure that no improper suggestions are made by either the tutor or student.
  • Ensure the student has no inappropriate communication with the tutor outside the Online Lesson session.
  • Report any unsolicited communications between the tutor and student if appropriate.
  • Report any dispute with a tutor to Blue Sky Dyslexia in accordance with procedures set out in this document.
  • Report any inappropriate behaviour or illegal activity by a tutor in accordance with procedures set out in this document.

The Director’s of BLUE SKY DYSLEXIA shall:

  • Ensure that any dispute between persons using the Blue Sky Dyslexia services is handled efficiently and fairly without discrimination in accordance with the procedures set out in this document.
  • Deal with reports of possible illegal activity promptly, ensuring the safety and well being of the student and/or tutor in accordance with the procedures set out in this document .
  • If appropriate, report to Blue Sky Dyslexia’s safeguarding officer or employ the services of an independent Child Protection consultant to review a report concerning the welfare of a student ensuring an appropriate course of action is taken.
  • Regularly review the policy and procedures to ensure they are relevant and adequate to safeguard all persons using the Blue Sky Dyslexia’s services.

Compliance

All persons using the Blue Sky Dyslexia’s services have a responsibility to familiarise themselves with the Safeguarding Policy.

Any tutor or assessor reported for a breach of the Safeguarding Policy will be suspended from the site until the incident has been investigated by the appropriate authority. The reporter may be informed of the resolution if appropriate.

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Any person reported for illegal activity whilst using the Blue Sky Dyslexia’s services will be reported to police and will be barred from the service.

Review

The Safeguarding Policy and procedures will be reviewed by Blue Sky Dyslexia on a regular basis to ensure it is adequate and relevant to safeguarding standards.

It should be noted that whilst we comply to all of the above procedures we do not hold any responsibility for a breach in the procedures.

 

Blue Sky Dyslexia

May 2020