What is Overworld?

What is Overworld?

 

 

 

Specialist areas of Safeguarding

 

WHAT IS OVERWORLD

Overworld actively created a Be-Spoke state of the art facility to engage all SEND (special education needs and Disabilities) neurodiverse individuals.

Understanding complexities of social interaction.

Learning to converse, overcoming fear of failure, or simply growing in self-confidence as Games are an integral part of social development.

With regards to provision and care, we propose to allocate a mentor to create a framework program and keyworker responsibilities evidence progressive foundational building blocks.

A weekly sequence of learning, training and support. The instructional coaching model script is adapted when practicing a discreet skill or technique is required for example when dealing with a PDA profile.

Gaming at Overworld can reduce social isolation by developing social, cognitive and physical skills. Working towards engaging activities focuses on communication creating a support network creating a long-term therapy plan. We focus also on neurodevelopment disorders demonstrating the effectiveness of tech-based interventions for skills rehabilitation. We used games in Autism to the children's advantage, combining the building of important skills with a bit of fun.

In line with its values, Overworld recognizes its responsibility to deal fairly, constructively, and consistently with expressions of concern or dissatisfaction from members and nonmembers, including parents and carers on behalf of themselves or their children.

At Overworld, we are guided by integrity, respect, care, belief, and cooperation. When applying this policy, these values should be at the forefront of every interaction and decision that's made, and all involved should be regularly reminded of them.

Focusing on the values of respect and care, the well-being and mental health of all involved when dealing with an expression of concern or dissatisfaction should be considered throughout.

It's the policy of Overworld to safeguard the welfare of those members aged under 18 as well as adults at risk by protecting them from neglect and physical, sexual and emotional harm. The Safeguarding Policy is for everyone including all volunteers and staff. ​ We set out a Code of Practice, which is essential for all adults to follow. ​Where there are concerns that an adult volunteer or staff member has not followed the code of practice or procedures, the matter must be reported to the Safeguarding team who will co-ordinate any investigation in partnership with the appropriate commissioner. ​

The new Safeguarding policy underpins everything Overworld does to develop skills for life. It offers guidance for anyone who has a concern about the welfare of a young person or adult at risk, and how to report a safeguarding allegation or disclosure.

It includes new areas about adults at risk and pre-existing relationships.

Guidance is provided around how to support individuals at risk, our responsibilities, reasonable adjustments to make and how to raise concerns.

We recognise that the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk is paramount and that all children, young people and adults at risk, regardless of age, disability, gender, gender reassignment, pregnancy, maternity, marriage/civil partnership, race, religion and/or sexual orientation (all defined as protected characteristics within the Equality Act 2010) have the right to equal protection from all types of harm or abuse. Working in partnership with children, young people, adults at risk and their families, support networks, volunteers and staff is essential in promoting and embedding this policy. This is a national policy and subject to the laws and guidance of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Island; it's also in line with the Local Safeguarding Partnerships in England, Wales (previously LSCB) and Scottish and Northern Ireland counterparts.

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Introduction

Overworld OWL Academy works with a range of different learners Online to in-person with a mix of on and off-site provisions.

Not all provisions will be open to or appropriate for all learners (i.e. some learners will not be able to leave the site, some learners will need a greater staff to

learner ratio depending on need and other considerations).

This policy aims to address the main areas in which learners are safeguarded and what considerations are made for our learners and well-being during their time with us at Overworld.

Please note, that the majority of the learners we work with come with a wide range of complex needs that are individual and unique within their approach to learning and development.

Different support needs are reflected in learner documentation (please see Individual Learner Files for more detail on this)

This policy aims to address the more holistic area of Overworld, safeguarding looking at staffing, building security, content and the safety of learners whilst under our care, however, please be aware that individual learners will have their strategies and action plans in place to cover their individual needs.

The focus of Overworld OWL Academy is to provide a safe and enriching space for learners to develop and apply holistic learning goals focused on esports

gaming, communication and creative media working on individual learning plans focused on EHCP or general holistic targets take part in a range of activities focusing on technical, practical progressive social skills dependant on specific goals and direction.

Some learners are here for a more therapeutic route where communication, relationship building and social development are the focus either with staff or

other learners (depending on the provision) are here for focused technical development based on skillset.

We take a flexible, enriching and holistic approach to learning, navigating a route that works for each learner.

General Goal & Aim of Overworlds Safeguarding:

Safeguarding is the responsibility of every member of staff within Overworld this is reflected in our general safeguarding policy.

As learners entering and working with the OWL Academy display a range of different needs and problems, this policy is in place to outline key areas in which this is addressed to meet the learners' needs for safety.