Safeguarding policy of partner organisation, BH Live Active.

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Dear Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council,

Section 5.4.9 of BCP Council Corporate Safeguarding Strategy document states:

"Organisations delivering services involving children or adults at risk of harm on
behalf of BCP Council are required to comply with the relevant Safeguarding
Policies and, where relevant, to have their own policy and procedures in place."

Does BH Live have their own Safeguarding Policy? If so, please provide this and include appendices.

Please provide anti-bullying policy documents for BCP Council and its partner organisation, BH Live.

Yours faithfully,

Dr A. Rogers

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Link for readers interested in accessing the BCP Council Safeguarding Strategy
https://www.bcpcouncil.gov.uk/About-the-...

Compliance Team - Children's Services, Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council

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Dear Dr Rogers

 

 

Freedom of Information Request

 

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Dear Dr Rogers

 

 

Information Request – Freedom of Information Act

 

Further to your request for information received on 18/08/2022, please see
below response.

 

 

RESPONSE

 

 

I have included links below to the information available to publicly view
on the relevant websites. If you need more detailed information you will
need to contact BH Live directly ([1]Contact Us - BH Live Active)

 

[2]Safeguarding - BH Live

 

[3]Equality and Diversity - BH Live

 

[4]Bullying - information and advice for parents | BCP FID
(bcpcouncil.gov.uk)

 

 

 

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Dear Compliance Team - Children's Services,

Thank you very much for your reply.

I had received a printout of the BH Live safeguarding policy when I asked a manager at Littledown centre. Because it was just one page (when printed) I was immediately concerned that it was not the complete policy. Hence my desire to confirm via this FOI request. The policy you provided (via a link) is the same as that given to me by the above mentioned BH Live manager.

BH Live Safeguarding Policy, having only a few sentences and five bullet points, seems inadequate to me, especially when compared with other policies I have written and reviewed for other organisations. Crucially it neglects to advise on who to contact should there be a safeguarding incident or concern. Does not identify a DSO or the appropriate LADO (yourselves).

However I am satisfied that BCP Council Children's Services have responded satisfactorily to the FOI request. Many thanks for providing the requested information and your very quick turnaround is praiseworthy.

Yours sincerely,

Dr A. Rogers

H Shaw left an annotation ()

You may be interested in the Ofsted reports, don't think BH Live is specifically mentioned though.
https://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/provider/4...

Dr A. Rogers left an annotation ()

BCP Council state that “Safeguarding is Everyone’s Business” in their policy. Unfortunately BH Live do not share this view. I know people who have been banned from BH Live for simply asking for the policy (ranty details omitted).
There is also a lot more we need to do to inform the public on safeguarding. Some people, when I tell them about the poor safeguarding culture, say "Why don't you go elsewhere then, if you don't feel safe there?" I do go elsewhere and even BCP Council suggested hotels as an alternative. This has worked out well for me but only for my own needs. The vulnerable persons within our community still need protection and thus a righteous protest must continue. Inline with BCP Council's “Safeguarding is Everyone’s Business”, this is also a biblical mandate (Proverbs 31:8). I occasionally go to BH Live but prefer the hotel because of the jacuzzi.
I saw your FOI request to Ofsted, hopefully this will put BH Live on their list as it seems to be absent at the moment. Without a thorough safeguarding policy and without any inspection from Ofsted what other means do we have to ensure vulnerable persons are properly safeguarded? Hopefully Ofsted will take action based on your request.

https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/b...

A lot of details omitted, but send me a private message if you like.

“Safeguarding is Everyone’s Business” - BCP Council

H Shaw left an annotation ()

Did you disclose your Aspergers to BCP Council? I find it strange they suggest hotel pools with no lifeguard to adults at risk. Please seek further advice on this before putting yourself at risk.

Dr A. Rogers left an annotation ()

I still use BH Live for exercise by swimming lengths. I use hotel for jacuzzi or shallow end if on my own. I have a friend who will join me once her contract with BH Live comes to an end. She is a proficient swimmer. I take your point about BCP Council suggesting unsafe alternatives but to be honest it was a specific member of BCP staff who is not likely to be safeguarding trained. It was more of an 'off the cuff' remark rather than a BCP Council backed recommendation. I think the best course of action to address this particular issue is a wider ASD awareness and steadily raising a good safeguarding culture. I don't want to go picking off individuals when they themselves are victims of poor culture within their organisations.

Dear Compliance Team - Children's Services,

Sorry to re-open this. I am inclined to revert back to my original understanding that the linked webpage is not the actual policy. https://www.bhlive.org.uk/safeguarding/

The page itself claims to be a "Safeguarding Statement" and makes reference to "Our safeguarding policies..."

I apologize for not seeing this sooner. Recent events have adversely affected my MH and caused cognitive decline.

I will take Friday off work, go through the statement and file a new request for the policy and procedures documents.

Yours sincerely,

Dr A. Rogers

Compliance Team - Children's Services, Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council

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Dear Dr Rogers

Thank you for your email, I'm sorry to hear you're not feeling well at the moment.

We have made contact with BH Live and they have sent us a copy of their safeguarding policy. I am attaching it to this email for you.

This is a lot better than the information on the website. Kindly note we have asked if they will place a link onto their website to link to this Safeguarding Policy.

I hope this is helpful for you and I hope you have a productive & restful day off on Friday!

Kind regards
Anne

Anne Jones
Compliance Officer
Quality & Commissioning
Children's Services
T. 01202 138248
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Dear Compliance Team - Children's Services,

Thank you for your thoughts, I really appreciate that. I am feeling a lot better now. In addition to having Friday off, work has allowed me to work from home tomorrow so this relieves bus travel anxiety for tomorrow too.

There were a lot of files so to assist the visually impaired I have collated them to one PDF that hopefully will work with various Accessibility screen readers.

http://www.bournemouth.life/BHLiveSafegu...

I will go through them all on Friday and work with BH Live (provided they accept my offer) to collate a PDF for their website. Appendix E seems to be missing but BH Live can provide me that so no point making a FOI for it. If BH Live want to do this themselves I have provided instructions on the cover page. Their version will obviously omit the cover page.

Thank you very much for your loving support.

Yours sincerely,

Dr A. Rogers

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I am delighted with the support from BCP Council in helping me with this campaign to ensure a good safeguarding culture that protects both children and adults at risk. The minor issues found in the policy have been reported to the DSO at BH Live and I will continue to work positively with BH Live to raise awareness of the needs of people on the autistic spectrum. Not only has BCP Council sought to provide the required information in a timely manner but has also taken steps to improve the highlighted problems.