Why do we have this policy?
At Medology, we’re on a mission to not only ensure that all our students make it to their dream medical/dental school smoothly, but also build a community of students that support each other through the process, creating a fun and enjoyable experience; a journey.
As part of this, the safety of our students is at the heart of everything we do, to ensure that everyone has a comfortable experience. This safeguarding policy exists to…
- Protect children, young people, and adults who use our services from harm.
- Provide our team, and people working on our behalf, with the principles that guide our approach to child protection.
Who does this policy apply to?
To re-iterate, this policy applies to anyone working on behalf of Medology, whether they be members of the team, freelancers etc. Any failure to comply with this policy will be addressed seriously and may result in dismissal from the organisation.
What is this policy based upon?
This policy has been drawn up based on legislation, policy and guidance that seeks to protect children in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. A summary of the key legislation is available from nspcc.org.uk/learning.
This policy statement should be read alongside our organisational policies, procedures, guidance, and other related documents. If you would like to seek further clarification, please contact our Designated Safeguarding Lead.
What is abuse?
It is essential for everyone to understand the different forms of abuse – sexual, physical, emotional abuse and neglect, and the specific types of abuse that can fall under these categories, such as cyberbullying, criminal exploitation etc. All individuals representing Medology will be briefed on these issues and recommended to undertake further training to be able to recognise key signs that may bring safeguarding issues to light.
How will safeguarding issues be dealt with?
If a safeguarding issue does come to light, or there is any suspicion, it will be immediately referred to the Designated Safeguarding Lead, and investigated promptly, to ensure the safety of the individual involved.
We will keep a written record if any concern arises with safeguarding, including details of the person involved, the nature of the concern, decisions made and why they were made. These records will be signed, dated, and sent to the Designated Safeguarding Lead, and will be confidentially stored in line with GDPR regulations.
As part of our vision to create a community on social media for our students, we do create WhatsApp group chats to allow our students to communicate with each other, seek advice from our team and support each other through the process. In these groups, we will have Medology representatives trained in safeguarding to maintain professionalism and ensure that the chat remains on topic and remove any individuals who breach the standards of professionalism we expect. By joining these chats, we assume our students have the necessary parental consent to participate in them.
We expect all students on these platforms to maintain the standards of professionalism expected of them as future doctors/dentists by the GMC/GDC, with respect, responsibility, and abiding by the law.
We appreciate that these group chats allow individuals to privately communicate outside of them. However, we are unable to accept responsibility for anything that happens due to contact of this sort, as it would be impossible to regulate. We also cannot accept responsibility for anything that happens in-person because of contact between students on these platforms. We also do not accept responsibility for any views/opinions that students express on these platforms.
If students have any personal queries, concerns or anything which would not be suitable to share on the group, we ask that they contact Medology via our official commmunication streams, such as Instagram, or email. Please do not message individual members of the team on WhatsApp, as we are unable to reply to private messages from students in the vast majority of cases.
Our Designated Safeguarding Lead
Any safeguarding concerns must be raised to our dedicated safeguarding lead, Ayaan Khurshed, telephone number 07443 572720.
As part of our commitment to safety, we will consistently be reviewing this policy to ensure it meets standards of safeguarding. The last revision of this policy took place on 19th February 2022.