Governance

It is important to the originating partners to ensure any local 999 Academy really embraces the brand, the core values, core syllabus and the tried and tested programme in its entirety. Governance is about protecting all of these elements described above, to ensure effective delivery and maximise the leadership and student experience in a safe and supportive way. The partnership brings strength to deliver outcomes but also creates challenges about ways of delivery, particularly in terms of policy within individual organisations. More information about how the partnerships can be formed and managed are within the login section for those wishing to move to next steps of developing a local 999 Academy.

The structure of support is:

Course Support Leaders

This role is designed to support the Operational Delivery Team in the delivery of the 999 Academy curriculum.

Operational Delivery Team

This group should be a core of staff representing each of the blue light services and the education provider. Typically the team will contain one Police Officer (constable or sergeant), one Paramedic, one Firefighter (Watch Manager) and one college Lecturer.

Local Management Team

This mirrors that of the ODT in that each partner is represented by one staff member from their organisation. In the interests of effectiveness, an LMT member needs to be of a management level who can make decisions on moving the 999 Academy forward without necessarily having to refer back to senior managers. For example this could be a Police Inspector (possibly the sector Inspector for the town where the course is based). For Fire, the LMT member could be the Community Safety Lead. For Ambulance it could be a Paramedic Officer, and for the college it could be a member of the Senior Management Team, perhaps Head of School.

Administrator

Each 999 Academy course needs a local administrator whose role is to co-ordinate meetings between the teams, to record actions at those meetings, and help to manage the recruitment process if this is not carried out by an organisation.

“Safeguarding is the responsibility of everyone”

(Safeguarding Children & Young People policy paper UK Government July 2014)

999 Academy courses are based within or at Colleges of Further Education and so it is advantageous for each 999 Academy course to adopt all the Safeguarding Policies of the educational establishment.

All 999 Academy staff, including the CSLs, should be subject to DBS Vetting.

Statement of commitment to equality and diversity

The 999 Academy is committed to providing an environment which provides equality of opportunity and freedom from discrimination.

We are committed to actively opposing all forms of discrimination because of a protected characteristic: age, disability, race, sex, sexual orientation, religion or belief, pregnancy and maternity, marital or civil partnership status, or gender reassignment.

The 999 Academy embraces all the definitions and provisions contained in the Equality Act 2010.

All cases of discrimination, harassment or victimisation will be addressed in accordance with the policies and procedures of the partnering education establishment.