White Knight Recruitment (“the Company”)
Safeguarding of Vulnerable Adults and Children Policy
White Knight Recruitment is committed to the safeguarding of Vulnerable Adults and Children.
The purpose of this policy is to ensure all staff is aware of our commitments to safeguarding as a recruitment business and to explain the definitions of vulnerable adults and children in the context of our engagement with our customers and candidates.
Definition of Vulnerable Adults – A vulnerable adult is a person aged 18 years or over who may be unable to take care of themselves or protect themselves from harm or exploitation. This may include but is not limited to:
- The elderly or frail
- Mental illness
- Physical disability or sensory loss
- Learning disability
- Individuals that are homeless
- Care leavers or younger persons
When might White Knight engage with vulnerable adults in our daily operation?
White Knight Recruitment operates in the NHS, Public and Health and Social Care sectors therefore we engage indirectly with vulnerable adults via the placement of our temporary and permanent candidates into these settings.
Interaction can take many forms; the key interaction will be that of our temporary workers or work seekers engaging with vulnerable adults whilst on placement or assignment.
Definition of a child
A child is under the age of 18 (as defined in the United Nations convention on the Rights of a Child).
When might White Knight Recruitment engage with children in our daily operation?
As above White Knight Recruitment operates in sectors where our customers may be delivering services to or hold information on children in various capacities.
Interaction with children can take many forms but our interaction will be indirect via the placement of a temporary worker or permanent work seeker.
White Knight Recruitment is committed to safeguarding of vulnerable adults and children and to that end the biggest contribution we can make to this is the candidate vetting and safeguarding checks that we perform in our daily operation, these include but not limited to:
- Criminal Record and DBS Check
- Qualification and Professional Registration checks
- Identity and Eligibility to work in the UK checks
- Other competency checks to ensure the vulnerable adults and children are protected by employing competent workers for example English language competency checks
- Employment and Work History Checks
Identifying Safeguarding Concerns
Every White Knight employee has a responsibility to act on any safeguarding concerns either raised directly to that employee by a temporary worker or work seeker or by an end employer or other external agency.
The most common examples of safeguarding issues or concerns within our operation will be identified within the recruitment process; these could be misinformation within the application form, CV or work history, misinformation in relation to references or DBS and criminal records checks.
The other most common form could be information provided to White Knight Recruitment by temporary workers or work seekers and a specific request to raise a safeguarding concern with us.
The management of Safeguarding Concerns
White Knight Recruitment has an internal escalation process that should be followed should any White Knight Recruitment employee have any safeguarding concerns.
These should be raised to the following authorised individuals:
- Mark Stevens – Managing Director – 01962 841 917, 07464 943 340, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Jo Westcott – Senior Candidate Coordinator – 01962 841 917 email@example.com
If either of these individuals is unavailable, the concerns must be sent to the Divisional Manager.
- The nominated escalated individual will assess the concern and evaluate the response, which may include contact with the following relevant authorities:
- End employer, the White Knight customer, we may escalate to the hiring manager or the appointed safeguarding individual of that organization and begin a parallel response.
- Nursing Midwifery Council – If the allegation is specifically around practice of a nursing professional and/or conduct.
- Local Authority safeguarding team Adults and Children
- Disclosure and Barring Service
- Local Police
Quality Management and Internal Auditing
White Knight Recruitment operates a Quality Assurance Statement that requires regular internal auditing of our safeguarding checks and the regular internal auditing of files. This statement will further assist in the identification of safeguarding concerns.
Safeguarding is every employee’s responsibility and all staff will be briefed with this policy at induction stage and with any updates to the policy.