Our safeguarding Policy

Purpose

The purpose of the policy is to protect people from any harm that may be caused due to their coming into contact with the Jacob Ayoki Driving School Ltd (hereinafter JADSL). This includes harm arising from:

  • The conduct of staff or personnel associated with JADSL;
  • The design and implementation of JADSL’s programmes and activities.

The policy lays out the commitments made by JADSL and informs staff and associated personnel of their responsibilities in relation to safeguarding.

This policy does not cover:

  • Harassment, bribery or fraud–these are dealt with under JADSL’s Legal and Ethical Behaviour Standards and other Human Resources and Finance Policies
  • Safeguarding concerns in the wider community not perpetrated by JADSL or associated personnel.

This policy is intended to replace JADS’s existing safeguarding language in the Legal and Ethical Behaviour Standards.

This Safeguarding Policy takes precedent in any conflict between it and any other JADSL policy.

Scope of Policy

This policy applies to JADSL and its subsidiaries and affiliates/partners (collectively referred to as JADSL) and every member, board of director and employee (which for these purposes includes temporary or contract staff, consultants, agents, secondees and representatives), and any other personnel engaged by JADSL, whether paid or unpaid and whether full-time or part-time, of Jacob Ayoki Driving School Ltd (Staff)

The Policy sets out JADSL’s requirements of recipient organisations in ensuring the safety and protection of children and vulnerable adults who are in contact with those recipient organisations as part of their programme implementation.

This policy will be provided to any party on request.

Policy statement

Jacob Ayoki Driving School Ltd (JADSL) believes that everyone we come into contact with, regardless of age, gender identity, disability, sexual orientation or ethnic origin has the right to be protected from all forms of harm, abuse, neglect and exploitation. JADSL will not tolerate abuse and exploitation by staff or associated personnel.

Safeguarding Measures

JADSL Learning Innovation Project will promote the welfare of children and vulnerable adults we are in contact with, directly or indirectly, through the following measures.

Safe recruitment: JADSL Learning Innovation Project will carry out appropriate safe recruitment checks, including the highest level of criminal record check (or equivalent) which it is entitled to carry out for that role. This may mean carrying out at Central Criminal Registry (Nigerian Police) check or a check being carried out in a country and will otherwise include all of the checks set out in JADSL’s relevant recruitment policies in relation to verifying appropriate candidates’ identities, qualifications, obtaining references and considering gaps in employment history.

Code of Conduct: All JADSL Learning Innovation Project staff and contractors are required to read, understand and sign the IDP Child & Vulnerable Adult Safeguarding Code of Conduct. This will ensure all staff are aware of this policy and their duties under it.

Designated Safeguarding Officer and Lead Safeguarding: The Project Director will be the designated contact person for safeguarding issues at JADSL (the JADSL Designated Safeguarding Officer or DSO).

DSO can be contacted at ceo.andrewayo@jadsl.com.ng

Staff education: JADSL will provide appropriate training to staff and contractors on this policy their duties.

Communication guidelines and data protection: JADSL Learning Innovation Project will ensure that the management of information, documentation and photography is handled in accordance with JADSL’s Data Protection Policy and Privacy Policy.

In addition, the values of human dignity, respect and truthfulness underlie JADSL’s communications and guide internal policies and procedures.

Reporting and responding to child and vulnerable adult protection concerns:

JADSL Learning Innovation Project requires that Staff immediately report concerns, suspicions, allegations and incidents that indicate actual or potential abuse of IDPs children or vulnerable adults. JADSL takes seriously and promptly investigates all safeguarding concerns or allegations and takes appropriate action if this policy is not complied with. JADSL reports safeguarding incidents, allegations or concerns to external authorities and regulators as appropriate and in accordance with applicable laws and best practice. Prior to making any such report, JADSL Learning Innovation Project will assess the risk associated with making the report, including the risks of further harm to individuals involved and other unintended consequences. Reporting Safeguarding Concerns

JADSL is committed to providing safe, appropriate and accessible means for reporting safeguarding concerns raised by Staff, beneficiaries, JADSL funding recipients, or other external sources such as members of the public or official bodies. JADSL Learning Innovation Project is also committed to responding effectively and sensitively to all allegations and suspicions of abuse.

A safeguarding concern may arise in several ways. For example: you may witness abuse taking place; a IDP child or vulnerable adult may tell you that they have suffered harm; you may notice behaviour which gives rise to a suspicion that a IDP child or vulnerable adult has been harmed or is at risk of harm.

Bullying or harassment.

Abuse may be carried out deliberately or unknowingly. Abuse can be a one-off incident or repeated on-going ill treatment.

People who behave abusively come from all backgrounds and walks of life. They may be in a senior position of trust, or an individual whose role means they only have menial responsibilities. They may also be relatives, friends, neighbours or people who are benefitting from the same JADSL funded programme as the person experiencing abuse.

It may not always be easy to identify signs of abuse but the following are some significant ones to be aware of:

  • unexplained bruising or injuries;
  • sexually explicit language or behaviour, inappropriate to age or development;
  • sudden changes in behaviour e.g. becoming withdrawn or aggressive;
  • comments or disclosure by a child or vulnerable adult;
  • a noticeable change over a period of time such as weight loss, poor hygiene or unkempt appearance;
  • signs of bullying or intimidation.

Declaration I ____________________________________ fully understand and agree to abide by the above Safeguarding Code of Conduct and JADSL’s Safeguarding Policy (as amended from time to time). I understand that any breaches of the above Code and/or the Policy will be reported to the JADSL Designated Safeguarding Officer (or PD) and appropriate action will be taken in accordance with the relevant policies and procedures. In addition, I confirm that there is no reason why I should be excluded from working with IDPs children and vulnerable adults.