Your Safeguarding Responsibilities

Please note the content below applies to volunteers in England & Wales.  For volunteers in Scotland or Northern Ireland please contact your local Young Enterprise team for further guidance.

As a Business Adviser for Young Enterprise you have a commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. As part of your induction and ongoing role with Young Enterprise we ask Business Adviser to comply with our Safeguarding policy:

Download the YE Safeguarding Policy

As a Business Adviser you will be asked to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the role for which they are volunteering, including checks, as appropriate with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

As part of the Volunteer Agreement with Young Enterprise it is mandatory that you complete the essential online safeguarding training, without which you are not able to continue as a volunteer. The online safeguarding training is valid for three years. You can also join the DBS update service which makes renewal of DBS checks so much easier.

Concerned about a student?

If you have a safeguarding or child protection concern, please follow the procedure set out in Appendix 1b of the Safeguarding Policy. If you are concerned about a student in the company you are working with then address your concern in the first instance to the school’s designated safeguarding lead, followed immediately with your YE representative who will then inform YE’s Designated Safeguarding Lead or deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead. 

Important Information for Volunteers:

The sections below contain important information for Volunteers. It is important that you familiarise yourself with each of these sections. If you have any problems accessing the resources or would like further information please contact our Volunteer Support Team on [email protected].

> Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

YE requires all volunteer Business Advisers (BAs) on Company based programmes, as well as all members of our Local Volunteer Boards (LVBs) to undergo Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks. It is also a requirement that all volunteers who are undertaking or renewing their DBS check, register with the DBS Update Service; registering for this free online service is quick and easy.

The Update Service makes it simple to renew your DBS check annually and eliminates the need to apply for multiple certificates, should you ever wish to volunteer or work with a similar organisation. Signing up to the Update Service when renewing DBS Checks is now essential for volunteer BAs and LVBs, in line with YE’s Safeguarding Policy.

> Volunteer Code of Conduct

This code is intended to provide volunteers with clear guidelines relating to Young Enterprise’s expectations for standards of behaviour, responsibilities and Business Adviser best practice.

It covers general conduct, confidentiality, conflicts of interests, working appropriately with students, ethics, Health and Safety, personal relationships, drugs and alcohol and equal opportunities.

As well as setting out the standards and conduct expected of Young Enterprise volunteers, it also includes important guidelines such as:

  • respecting the position of trust a volunteer is placed in, particularly when on school/college premises and on interacting with groups of young people
  • avoiding situations where a volunteer may be alone with an individual student either in person or remotely
  • allowing any student disciplinary matters to be addressed by the Centre Lead
  • adopting Young Enterprise-approved mechanisms for communicating with students outside of their regular meetings (e.g. using the Brightside communication platform, YE Online or sending emails to the Centre Lead for forwarding on rather than using students’ personal email or social media accounts)

As well as reflecting our safeguarding policies, these guidelines also help to protect the interests of our volunteers. Please make sure you read the full Code of Conduct.

Download YE Volunteer Code of Conduct

Young Enterprise recognises its responsibility to deal fairly, constructively and consistently with expressions of concern or dissatisfaction from young people, volunteers or other adults. Accordingly, we also have a Problem Solving Procedure for dealing with any issues or complaints which might arise, in a fair, open and consistent manner.

> Completing your Safeguarding Training

A login will be sent to you by email from [email protected] If you haven’t received it please contact the Volunteer Support team on the details below. The email’s subject will read: ‘Young Enterprise Training’.

The course title is ‘Safeguarding Children’ – this is the training you are expected to complete.

Please note that YE will be able to monitor whether your training has been completed (or is in the process of being completed) and will be able to download your Certificate once you have finished the training, for our records (and yours). As stated earlier, once you have completed the training in full, you will also be given the opportunity to download and print off your own copy for your records.

Renewing your training

This training must be renewed every three years in order to ensure that we are all kept up to date with any changes in practice or legislation. A prompt will be sent to you by the volunteer support team before any remedial training is due.

YE appreciates this is a big ask for you but the overriding aim of the training is to keep you safe when you are in the company of young children and vulnerable adults. That is why we deem the training to be mandatory for all BAs and we are sure you will give it the attention it deserves.

If you have any questions concerning the completion of the training, please address them to your YE representative or email or speak to volunteer support at [email protected] or telephone 01865 776845 and ask for the Volunteer Support team.