Safeguarding at PLSCITT

Pennine Lancashire SCITT has a clear commitment to safeguarding, all members of the SCITT  are trained in safeguarding and are able to access additional information, advice and training when appropriate.

Pennine Lancashire SCITT shares the common principles of its partnership institutions, namely;

  • The welfare of children and young children is paramount.
  • Children and young people should be provided with a safe environment in which to learn.
  • All children and young people have a right to freedom from abuse.
  • Children and young people have a right to be treated with respect and dignity, as do the adults who work with them.
  • It is the responsibility of all adults to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people.

All children and young people must have the opportunity to express their views about decisions taken about their lives.

Trainee Safeguarding Checks:

Our recruitment policies and practices are rigorous and comply with safer recruitment and selection requirements. We always pursue identity checks and qualification checks and we take up and scrutinise written references.

  • All applicants will bring photo ID to their interview to confirm their identity.
  • All successful applicants will have an enhanced DBS check before starting the programme. This will be carried out by the PLSCITT administrator at certain points through the year prior to starting the programme.
  • At least one member of each interview panel will have undertaken the Safer Recruitment training.
  • All trainees should wear  the schools ID badge where they are on placement. The trainee should take a copy of their DBS certificate into their placement schools at the beginning of their placement.
  • All trainees will receive Child Protection, Safeguarding and Prevent training during their Induction at Pennine Lancashire SCITT.
  • All placement schools Safeguarding, Child Protection policies and Code of Conduct must be adhered to by the trainee.
  • Trainees need to follow the placement school’s policy on taking photographs of children. Personal cameras, personal mobile phones or other personal devices should not be used to take photographs of pupils.
  • Centre-based PSHE training will also provide guidance on identifying children who may be vulnerable for example, through drug or alcohol abuse.
  • Trainees are advised that children’s names are deleted from work submitted.
  • The PLSCITT code of conduct policy must be signed and adhered to by all trainees


As part of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015, SCITTs are required to pay ‘due regard to the need to prevent individuals from being drawn into terrorism’. There is no single way of identifying a person who may be vulnerable to extremist ideology and it is often the culmination of a number of influences. These can include, family, friends or relationships they have made online. Extremism can also include non-violent action.

All trainees  studying on a programme at the SCITT, will be expected to attend a compulsory session in which these issues will be covered.

British Values 

An important part of Prevent, is also the promotion of British values. These are the norms that shape our society and which are enshrined in law, through legislation such as the Equality Act 2010.

British values are described as:

  • Democracy
  • The rule of law
  • Individual liberty and mutual respect
  • Tolerance for those with different faiths and beliefs

Trainees are encouraged to explore ideas in a context where these values are recognised and respected

Partnership School’s Duty

Our Partner schools have a duty to comply with all current and future UK legislation and statutory responsibilities. This is set out within our annual partnership agreement. There is a particular expectation that an employer should take responsibility for an trainee’s  welfare in the workplace and to also seek appropriate advice when they feel a trainee may be at risk in their personal lives.

Partnership Schools Role

  • Familiarise themselves with relevant government legislation.
  • Take appropriate steps to understand what safeguarding means in practice , in the context of the responsibilities they have for the people undertaking teacher training. 
  • Ensure that any staff working with trainees in a position of trust are appropriate for the role and do not present any danger or threat.
  • Ensure that any people working with young or vulnerable people have had an appropriate check completed with the Disclosure and Barring service. 

To read our safeguarding policy read here