The College has a statutory duty to safeguard children and assist Local Authorities on child protection issues. A child is defined as a person under the age of 18 years.
As well as this statutory duty, the College has a pastoral responsibility towards its students and recognises their fundamental right to be protected from harm. The Safeguarding Children, Young Persons and Vulnerable Peoples Act 2006 draws attention to the need to safeguard young people, young people with disabilities and vulnerable people in compliance with the guidelines set out in ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’ (March 2015).
This policy offers guidance and outlines procedures that should be followed in all cases of suspected abuse and situations of serious risk, including those related to the College’s statutory Prevent Duty.
What is Safeguarding?
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined as:
- protecting children from maltreatment
- preventing impairment of children’s health or development
- ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
- taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes
If a student needs to speak with a member of staff they can talk to their tutor or a member of the Health and well-being team. A member of the safe-guarding panel will act upon any concerns promptly.