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Paragon Education Solutions is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, and expects all staff and candidates on its register to share this commitment and to be fully aware of the importance of child protection. 



Safer Recruitment


Paragon Education Solutions strictly adheres to the specific recruitment and vetting checks which must be made on all people who wish to work with children and young persons. These requirements, outlined in the DfE document: ‘Safeguarding Children and Safer Recruitment in Education’ have statutory force and are clearly incorporated into Paragon Education’s “Procedures Manual”. Compliance with these guidelines is regularly and closely audited both externally and internally, and through a series of daily reporting processes.
Further, the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 outlines specific duties and responsibilities for an employer in relation to barred persons, and to the sharing of information about individuals to the Disclosure and Barring Service. Paragon Education Solutions is committed to ensuring that its obligations here are met. Paragon Education Solutions confirms that before supplying any staff to school or educational settings, it has: -

  • • Undertaken a standardised, personal face-to-face interview with the applicant
  • • Confirmed identity and proof of address in line with acceptable documents approved by the Disclosure and Barring Service
  • • Confirmed right to work in the United Kingdom, and obtained all necessary entry clearance certificates, work permits and immigration documents
  • • Confirmed the authenticity and ownership of all teaching and child-care qualifications
  • • Confirmed, for Newly Qualified Teachers, their progress towards (or completion of) the statutory induction period within the set time period as determined by the DfE
  • • Checked, for all teachers holding QTS, if any interim prohibition or prohibition orders are in force via the DfE Employer Access service
  • • Confirmed that Overseas-Trained Teachers hold teaching qualifications which are deemed by UK NARIC to be equivalent to a British teaching degree or PGCE
  • • Obtained an enhanced DBS certificate relevant to the appropriate workforce for all candidates; certificates issued by other employers will be checked, where applicable, by the DBS Update Service
  • • Asked candidates (at verbal vetting stage, on the written application form, and at interview) to declare any convictions, cautions or reprimands, warnings or bind-overs which they have incurred
  • • Conducted a standardised Risk Assessment on applicants with disclosures on their DBS certificate or foreign police clearance, to determine suitability for registration
  • • Conducted a Barred List check on all surnames used, and updated these checks annually
  • • Confirmed that the candidate is medically fit to work in an educational setting
  • • Applied for, received, and verified two satisfactory and current references, as follows: Reference 1: from a child-care / vulnerable adult care environment, covering a minimum of six week’s work which can be confirmed by a credible referee; and Reference 2: the candidate’s most recent employment reference
  • • Verified any gaps in the applicant’s work history
  • • Confirmed that the candidate’s fluency of English is sufficient to effectively carry out their prescribed duties
  • • Provide all candidates and staff with a copy of our safeguarding procedures

Candidate Responsibilities/Company Expectations

Paragon Education Solutions expects its candidates to fulfil their duty to keep young children safe and to protect them from discrimination and from harm. At point of registration with Paragon Education Solutions, all candidates are required to agree to our specific Child Protection Policy, confirming that they will contribute to:

• Providing a safe environment for children to learn in education settings, and
• Identifying children and young people who are suffering or likely to suffer significant harm, and taking appropriate action with the aim of making sure they are kept safe both at home and in the education setting 

All candidates are provided with clear written guidelines (in the form of our comprehensive "Safeguarding our Children" document) covering:
• Physical Contact
• Social Contact
• Communication with Pupils (including use of electronic devices, social networking sites or web-based communication channels)
• Behaviour Management
• What to do if I'm Worried a Child is Being Abused?
• What should I do if there is a child protection allegation made against me whilst working for Paragon?

All candidates should always report to the Child Protection Officer/Safeguarding Lead within a school, anything of concern regarding student safety or their own. If child abuse of any form is suspected, candidates have a legal duty to pass information immediately to the Child Protection Officer/Safeguarding Lead or, if unavailable, the Headteacher and also to Paragon’s own Safeguarding Lead. All candidates should take accurate notes when a child discloses information as they may be needed in subsequent court procedures. All candidates have a duty to keep students safe and to protect them from physical and emotional harm.It is important that you treat any allegations extremely seriously. Never think that someone else may be dealing with it.

Name of Safeguarding Lead: Anna Addinall

Telephone number: 01924 277702
Mobile Number: 07436 795443


Remember when responding to allegations or suspicions of abuse:-
•    Stay calm, listen carefully and allow the student to continue at their own pace.
•    Find an appropriate, early opportunity to explain that it is likely that the information will need to be shared. Never promise to keep secrets.
•    Ask questions for clarification only and at all times avoid asking questions that suggest a particular answer.
•    Reassure the child that they have done the right thing in telling you.
•    Tell them what you will do next and with whom the information will be shared.
•    Record in writing what was said using the child’s own words as soon as possible. Note the date and time, any names mentioned and to whom the information was given. Ensure that this record is signed and dated.
•    Relay this information as soon as possible to the school Child Protection Officer/Safeguarding Lead, or in their absence, the Headteacher.
•    Inform Paragon Education Solutions Safeguarding Lead at the earliest opportunity. (01924 277702/ This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it )


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