1. Introduction

Accelerate Tutors promote tuition in a congenial and safe online environment. Young people should be treated with the highest possible standard of care. A child/young person is defined as a person under the age of 18 (The Children’s Act 1989 and 2004, and the Children & Young Persons’ Act 2008).

2. Policy Statement

Accelerate Tutors are of the opinion that:

  1. the welfare of the child is paramount;
  2. all children, whatever their age, culture, ability, gender, language, racial origin, religious belief and/or sexual identity are able to receive the benefit of tutoring in a safe environment;
  3. all reasonable steps are taken to protect children from harm, discrimination and
  4. demeaning treatment and to respect their rights, wishes and feelings;
  5. all suspicions and allegations of poor practice or abuse will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately;
  6. all tutors who work with children should seek guidance and/or training in good practice and child protection procedures; they work in partnership with parents and children – which is essential for the protection of children.
  7. they provide a caring, positive, safe and stimulating environment in which students can learn and which promotes the wellbeing of the children being taught.

3. Accelerate Tutors Role

A self- employed tutor should always refer any Child Protection concerns directly to the LADO in their local council.

4. Tutors On boarding Policy

A tutor must produce all required documentation before they are approved. No tutor will be considered should they pose a potential risk to working with children and vulnerable adults.

All tutors must undergo the following criteria:

  • Verification and proof of the Identity – Passport or Driving License - we check documents and take copies for our records.
  • Verification of QTS status (if applicable) - through Teaching Regulation Agency. This check is carried out online.
  • Proof of address – we check documents and take copies for our records.
  • Verification and proof of a current Enhanced DBS – Tutors must have an Enhanced DBS registered to the Update Service. We check documents, carry out a check online and make copies for our records.

5. Safeguarding Compliance

If a parent is not able to be present, then there should always be another adult in the home when a child is being tutored, for the “protection” of the tutor as well as the child.

6. Allegations

  1. Allegations against a tutor who may have behaved in a way that has or may have harmed a child, or committed a criminal offence either against or related to a child, or behaved towards a child in a way that suggests he or she is unsuitable to work with children, should be reported immediately to the LADO (Local Authority Designated Officer) or DCPO (Designated Child Protection Officer) in the local authority where the incident is alleged to have taken place.
  2. Advice on how to deal with an allegation can be sought from the LA Education Welfare Service or Child Protection Unit.

Monitor and review the policy and procedures

This policy shall be reviewed every 3 years or whenever there is a major change in the organisation or when there is relevant legislation. Each review should be dated.