The safeguarding of children is everyone’s responsibility. The purpose of the Kloodle Safeguarding policy is to provide guidance for the protection of children whenever they are using Kloodle. Kloodle operates a child-centred and coordinated approach to safeguarding. Partner schools, college and employment providers must recognise their responsibility in promoting safe on-line behaviour and adhere to Kloodle’s safeguarding policy at all times.
This document is intended to be used as a formal safeguarding guideline to support users and should be used in conjunction with individual institution’s current e-safety and safeguarding policies.
According to HM Government, a child is recognised as anyone who has not yet reached their 18th birthday. The situation is more complex for teenage students who have reached the age of 18 whilst still attending a college. For this category, 18 year olds should still be treated as ‘children’ under safeguarding policies.
For the purpose of this document, ‘institution’ refers to any educational establishment where Kloodle is used by children. This includes, schools, sixth form colleges and Further Education providers. ‘Employment Provider’ refers to any employer related organisations, apprenticeship providers and other training providers that offer post-education career / work related opportunities via Kloodle.
Kloodle takes on-line safety very seriously and all decisions made regarding the development of our platform and subsequent use by educational establishments, places children’s safety at the heart of our policies. We believe in the educational benefits of using Digital Technology within the classroom as a forum for spreading best teaching and learning practice. Effective internet access for pupils and students should be seen as an entitlement on the basis of educational need and an essential resource for staff – particularly, those managing employability, skills validation, careers and pastoral matters. Institutions that recognise online safety issues and plans accordingly, will help to ensure appropriate, effective and safe use by all.
Kloodle benefits students in education by:
By entering into a contractual relationship with Kloodle, all staff and students agree to Kloodle’s Terms and Policies of Use, including full understanding of and compliance with our Data Protection Policy and Service Level Agreement. It is each institution’s responsibility to ensure that:
It is important that staff feel confident using Kloodle and that they recognise Kloodle’s core aim is to benefit students’ future employment prospects by creating an environment where they can best showcase their skill development. By raising students’ career aspirations, broadening students’ future career horizons and providing an online platform from which students are encouraged and taught to evidence employability related skills, institutions are able to add significant value. Kloodle recognises that the use of technology in the classroom is still approached with caution by some staff. Kloodle’s formal safeguarding policy and structured, documented operational support procedures are designed to alleviate concern and ensure smooth and successful use of the platform.
Kloodle reminds institutions that it is their responsibility to:
If a member of staff is concerned about any aspect of Kloodle use, they should contact their institution’s designated Kloodle Admin. If the concern regards the Admin role, they should refer to a Senior Post holder at the institution. If in either case, this pertains to child safety, the matter should be referred to the institution’s Safeguarding Officer.
In using Kloodle, institutions agree to provide Kloodle with the name of a person designated as Admin. Institutions may wish to appoint more than one member of staff as their Kloodle designated Admin rep, Kloodle is happy to accommodate this as required. Kloodle recommends that the person designated as ‘admin’:
Kloodle is designed to be a student-led platform which introduces students to a wide range of employer organisations, allows students to “follow” organisations’ news and learn about their industry sectors, as well as undertaking tasks set by both local and national employers. In addition, Kloodle facilitates communication and interaction between employment providers and students, in the context of both general employer engagement/learning about the organisation and in the context of specific career opportunities. These interactions are monitored by Kloodle and the institution. Employers who access Kloodle have signed the Kloodle Code of Conduct. No contact will occur between employers and students under 16 years of age. Where employer contact is facilitated. Permission will be sought and staff made aware. Institutions are responsible for making users aware of the following:
On-line safety is central to the relationship that Kloodle facilitates between students and educational users and employment providers. However, in the event that occasions may arise where student users, staff or Admin believe that Kloodle is not being used appropriately and in accordance with Kloodle’s Safeguarding Policy, then the response may take one of two routes. If the transgression is minor, this may be dealt with by the staff member or Admin as part of standard sanctioning and as part of an educational process which is already established and outlines appropriate on-line behaviour. In the unlikely event that institutions have more serious safeguarding concerns regarding Student, Staff, Admin or Employment Provider usage, Kloodle must be informed immediately via the misuse reporting procedure.
Kloodle commits to taking any reported concerns seriously and to initiate an Incident Response Process (IRP) within 1 hour of receiving any reported concerns. The IRP is designed to quickly assess and act on any such concern. At our earliest knowledge of any raised concern, Kloodle will immediately:
If the concern regards Admin or staff misuse, Kloodle will immediately suspend any accounts that are involved in the IRP until investigations are concluded. If the concern involves staff or Admin misconduct, this will be reported to the Safeguarding officer at the institution and if deemed necessary, we will seek police intervention.
If the concern raised involves student misuse, Kloodle will immediately suspend any accounts that are involved in the IRP until investigations are concluded. If the misuse is regarded as falling under the category of the institution’s Safeguarding or e-safety policy, it will be the institution’s responsibility to sanction the student. If the student has included any content that is offensive, derisory to others or incites violence of any kind, we will communicate with the institution’s Safeguarding Officer and may take the action to seek police intervention. Kloodle has the right to suspend or terminate any accounts if other users’ safety is compromised. Kloodle has the right to:
Kloodle cannot accept liability for any material contained on users’ profiles. Nor can Kloodle accept liability for the accuracy of any material contained on users’ profiles. Kloodle cannot accept liability for the accuracy of any information contained on Opportunity Providers’ employment or experience templates or hyperlinks. Nor can Kloodle accept liability for the content of any associated Opportunity Providers’ sites. Kloodle has made every effort to ensure that the information contained in this document is accurate and up to date. If any errors are brought to our attention, or amends are required, we shall address them as soon as is practically possible.
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