Safeguarding Policy

Purpose of this Policy

The policy lays out the Bizrupt and 100mentors commitment to ensure the safety and protection of all children and young people who participate in its programmes and activities.

1. Scope of this policy

The staff and representatives of partner agencies, or any other individuals, groups, or organisations with a formal/contractual relationship with Bizrupt and 100mentors that brings them into contact with children and young people.

Donors, supporters, journalists, celebrity ambassadors, and others who may come into contact with children and young people through their involvement with the Foundit programme or its partners, must act in accordance with this policy whilst visiting programmes or offices or engaging in campaigns or events

2. Legislative and regulatory framework

Bizrupt and 100mentors are committed to following law and guidance that seeks to protect and promote the safety and wellbeing of children and young people, namely:

3. Safeguarding Children and Young People Policy rules

3.1 No staff member or other representatives must have sexual intercourse or engage in any sexual activity with anyone under 18 years of age, regardless of the age of consent locally. Mistaken belief in the age of a child is not a defence.

3.2 All staff and representatives must act in line with this Safeguarding Policy and the 100mentors, Bizrupt & Foundit Code of Conduct which ensures that the protection and promotion of the safety and wellbeing of children, young people and other vulnerable groups is prioritised at all times.

3.3 Bizrupt and 100mentors shall recruit staff and volunteers safely, ensuring all necessary checks are in place prior to working with children and young people.

3.4 All staff and volunteers must undertake training, appropriate to their position. This training must include clear guidelines on working safely with children and young people.

4. Reporting safeguarding concerns and allegations

We maintain robust and effective arrangements for protecting and promoting the safety and wellbeing of children and young people participating in our programmes or activities. We follow our Code of Conduct and have created three different channels of incident reporting: (1) mobile phone number dedicated to the needs of the project, (2) online form which the Project Manager receives and (3) dedicated email (incident@bizrupt.gr) which the Project Manager receives. We communicate these channels to young participants at the beginning of every programme.

We ensure that members of our staff, volunteers and other representatives do not engage in any form of sexual, physical, emotional abuse, exploitation, harm or neglect against children or young people participating in programmes or activities, and have been provided with suitable guidance on how to work safely with children and young people. Every staff member reads and complies with our Code of Conduct and Safeguarding Policy, while we inform every trainer or volunteer via email about our Code of Conduct requiring their consent to it.

We ensure that we comply with any national or regional laws and regulations that promote and protect the safety and wellbeing of children and young people.

We maintain and promote effective channels for staff, volunteers, and other representatives to report any safeguarding concerns or allegations, including arrangements for whistleblowing. We have created three different channels of incident reporting: (1) mobile phone number dedicated to the needs of the project, (2) online form which the Project Manager receives and (3) dedicated email (incident@bizrupt.gr) which the Project Manager receives.

We maintain and promote effective channels for children and young people to report any safeguarding concerns or allegations. We have created three different channels of incident reporting: (1) mobile phone number dedicated to the needs of the project, (2) online form which the Project Manager receives and (3) dedicated email (incident@bizrupt.gr) which the Project Manager receives.

We have a specific process for reporting specific safeguarding concerns and allegations to Prince’s Trust International in line with The Prince’s Trust Incident Management Plan. The Project Manager is responsible for informing the International Project Manager of Prince’s Trust International and both partners (100mentors and Bizrupt) when any incident arises. Subsequently, they decide whether to report to the authorities or take furtheρ action.

Code of Conduct

For 100mentors, Bizrupt and Foundit

100mentors, Bizrupt and Foundit’s work is based on deeply held values and principles.

Our Vision is that every young person should have the chance to succeed.

Our Mission is to support young people to gain the confidence and skills to live, learn and dream.

Our Core Values, which underpin everything we do, are to be:

Our Values articulate who we are and how we work together to achieve our aims to help young people. If any of us fails to act in a way that is consistent with our values and principles, we fail as an organisation and we fail the children and young people we aim to support.

The Code of Conduct provides clear guidance on what we expect of our employees, trainers, volunteers and other representatives, as well as providing examples of conduct that will always be unacceptable. It is the responsibility of us all to ensure our behaviour is consistent with this Code.

As an employee, trainer, volunteer or representative of the Foundit programme, we are expected to promote its values and principles and protect its reputation by:

Foundit expects the highest standard of personal and professional behaviour from all employees, trainers, volunteers and representatives working with and for them. All are expected to adhere to the requirements contained in the Code of Conduct and the Safeguarding Policy. In line with international standards, this means we will not tolerate the following:

The Code of Conduct and Safeguarding Policy are subject to review and change at the discretion of the Foundit. Failure to meet the requirements set out in any of these, or related, documents may result in disciplinary action, including dismissal in some cases. See appendix 1 for the reporting process.