Safeguarding and Child Protection

 

The college and staff have a general duty to ensure the safety and protection of vulnerable students under 18 years of age who are suffering, or who are likely to suffer, significant harm. This duty also extends to vulnerable students over 18 years of age.

All staff have received training in recognising students who may be at risk and need support and the college works closely with other external agencies to support students who may experience difficulties. The college’s Safeguarding Lead Person is Jo Holden. Any enquiries regarding matters of child protection and safeguarding should be referred to her.

joanne.holden@ncpontefract.ac.uk

Safeguarding means…

• Promotion of your health and development
• Ensuring your safety and care
• Ensuring you are offered the best life chances
• Protection from abuse and neglect
• Prevention of bullying and harassment.

Bullying and Harassment

• We are committed to providing a caring, friendly and safe environment for all of our staff and learners so that teaching and learning can take place in a relaxed and secure atmosphere. We believe in creating a society in which we all treat each other with dignity and respect.
• Bullying, harassment or victimisation of any kind is unacceptable at our College, and we have a responsibility to respond promptly and effectively to any issues of bullying, harassment or victimisation. If bullying, harassment or victimisation does occur, all staff and learners should report it and know that incidents will be dealt with promptly and effectively. No one should have to ‘suffer in silence’.

As a parent/guardian if you have concerns please contact either of the below members of staff:

Sophie Egan – Safeguarding Assistant – Sophie.egan@nclt.ac.uk

Jo Holden – Assistant Principal: Achievement and Support – joanne.holden@nclt.ac.uk

Staff training
– All staff complete a Level 1 safeguarding qualification, (renewed every 3 years)
– All Progress Tutors complete a Level 2 safeguarding qualification (renewed every 3 years)
– Safeguarding Team all complete a level 3 safeguarding qualification (renewed every 3 years)
– Each new member of staff receives information on safeguarding procedures as part of the induction process

Tutorials
All students receive a safeguarding tutorial in their first term at New College this includes where to access support and who to contact including counselling and the health point. Key issues are covered within the tutorial such as forced marriage and from September 2015 radicalisation and extremism.
The safeguarding tutorial is adapted every year to focus on key issues that affect young people.

Visitors on site
Students are able to easily identify visitors on site by the lanyard they are wearing
– Green Lanyard – college have seen and taken a copy of the visitors DBS check
– Red Lanyard – visitor has not brought in DBS and is therefore not allowed to see students without a member of New College staff present with them.

External Agencies
At New College we offer a holistic approach to the support that students receive we have therefore built up relationships with support services in and around the district; these include housing and financial support, young carers, CAMHS, Wakefield Leaving Care Service and NHS.

 

PREVENT AGENDA

Prevent is part of the Government’s strategy to address terrorism. The main aim of Prevent is to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism. Prevent focusses on all forms of terrorist threats. The Goverment’s Prevent strategy can be found at the following address: www.homeoffice.gov.uk

How can you help?

It is important that we all work together, so that we can protect our communities. There are many ways you can help:

  • Get in touch with your local neighbourhood or Prevent team for advice and support, if you are worried about someone you know who you believe may be vulnerable to radicalisation;
  • You can speak to your local officers about helping run community events to bring people from different communities together;

Resources for Parents:

Educate Against Hate (.com)

Report Terrorism (.gov.uk)

Prevent Tragedies (.co.uk)

Guide for parents

Lockdown

All schools and colleges now have to have a Lockdown procedure in addition to a fire evacuation procedure. Schools and colleges have a duty of care to both staff and students, so there should not only be effective systems and procedures in place, but regular practices should be conducted so that all staff and students know what to do in any situation.

When practices are carried out staff and students will be made aware well in advance and of the actions they should take.

A Lockdown siren would be initiated for a number of reasons, such as:

  • A serious disturbance within the local community
  • A chemical spillage or gas leak
  • An intruder on site

In the event of an actual lockdown, staff will communicate promptly with parents.

 

Student/Parent Support

Mental Health

 

KOOTH

Kooth is a free online counselling, and emotional well-being platform for young people, accessible through mobile, tablet and desktop.

Offering support and advice in the flowing ways:

·         Drop in chats

·         Booked 1:1 sessions

·         Themed message forums and lots more…

Kooth provides free, safe and anonymous online support for young people, covering a number of issues including:

·         Feeling low

·         Being abused

·         Relationships

·         Bullying

·         Eating Disorders

·         Sexuality


Visit the website for further information – www.kooth.com  

 

Right Steps Wakefield

If you are aged 18 years or older and are registered with a GP surgery in the Wakefield District, you can access Rightsteps Wakefield by contacting us directly. This Talking Therapy service is delivered by Turning Point in partnership with NHS Wakefield Clinical Commissioning Group.

You can access the service Monday to Friday 11:00 till 19:00 by calling 01924 234 860, you will be able to discuss the options available to you.

 

Visit the website for further information – www.turning-point.co.uk/rightsteps-wakefield 

                 

Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)

The Wakefield child and adolescent mental health service (CAMHS) provides assessment, interventions and support to children, young people and their families who are suffering from significant mental health or behavioural problems.

Referrals to CAMHS can be made through your GP. 

 

The Samaritans 

The Samaritans is a registered charity aimed at providing emotional support to anyone in emotional distress, struggling to cope, or at risk of suicide throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland. 

You can contact them by calling: 116 123 (this is a FREE number), or visit one of the branches below: 

 

The Samaritans of Wakefield and District

37-39a Charlotte Street, Wakefield , West Yorkshire, WF1 1UL

T: 01924 377 011 (local call charges apply)

The Samaritans of Leeds

93 Clarendon Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 9LY

T: 0113 245 6789 (local call charges apply)

The Samaritans of Barnsley

77 Pitt Street West, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, S70 1BN

T: (01226) 202222 (local call charges apply)

National text number: 07725 90 90 90 – Please be aware that there is an average reply time of 2 hours 30 minutes.

Visit the website for further information – http://www.samaritans.org/

 

Richmond Fellowship

We’re here to help improve the mental well being of people living in the Wakefield area. We’re running an innovative service which provides a range of support options for people with mental health needs to access in their local community. We work with individuals to understand their situation and to find the right solution for them, tailoring our support to meet their personal needs and aspirations.

Support can be offered in the following ways:

·         Drop in sessions

·         Peer support

·         12 week support programme 

 

The young persons drop in is available every Saturday 10:00am till 13:30pm (No appointment or referral required).

The Gaslight
Lower Warrengate
Wakefield
WF1 1SA

Call: 01924 339 157 (ask for a member of the community support team)

 

Visit the website for further information – www.richmondfellowship.org.uk/

ESCAYP

ESCAYP is available for young people up to the age of 21, offering a supportive environment in which they feel secure and safe, therefore enabling them to explore their issues. We work alongside existing agencies where appropriate and with consent.

Our counsellors can help with issues including;

If you would like to refer yourself for help or counselling please use our Referral form, or fill in the form on our website.

Visit the website for further information: http://www.escayp.org.uk/

 

Other useful websites offering support and advice

www.mind.org.uk – We provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem.

www.sane.org.uk – We are a UK-wide charity working to improve the quality of life for people affected by mental illness

www.childline.org.uk – 24 hour free confidential helpline for children and young people (0800 11 11)

Bereavement and Loss

 

Star Bereavement 

Star aim to help children and young people to build resilience and find ways of coping in order to achieve a lasting impact which raises outcomes and helps children and young people to move forward. Star Bereavement support service is a small charity providing support around bereavement and loss. Working with children aged 4-19.

01924 787 384

11 Upper York Street, Wakefield, WF1 3LQ

 

Visit the website for further information – www.starwakefield.org.uk

 

NHS

Advice and support to help you get through the loss of someone important to you. A bereavement counsellor explains what bereavement is, how to cope, and where to go for help and support.

Visit the website for further information –  https://www.nhs.uk/livewell/bereavement/Pages/bereavement.aspx

 

 

Other useful websites offering support and advice

 

 

Substance/Alcohol Misuse

Wakefield Integrated Substance Misuse Services (WISMS)

 

We are here to provide dedicated services, help and support for anyone affected by drug or alcohol misuse throughout the Wakefield district.

If you, or anyone close to you, is affected by alcohol or drug misuse, please contact us. The website site has a raft of information, as well as contact details of where to go next to access the local support that is available.

If you or someone you know is affected by drugs, and you’d like help, please call your local Community Drug Team:

Wakefield – 01924 377 704

Castleford – 01977 517 422

South Kirby – 01977 642 611 

 

The alcohol service can be contacted Monday to Friday during office hours on 01924 330 501

Visit the website for further information – http://www.wisms.org.uk/

 

GASPED

GASPED is a registered charity established in 1995 offering information, advice, help and support for the parents, partners, families and carers who care for or are affected by a loved one’s drug and/or alcohol misuse.

 

·         Depression

·         Self-harm

·         Severe anxiety (including obsessive compulsive disorder)

·         Eating disorders (such as anorexia nervosa or bulimia)

·         Psychosis (in those aged under 14)

·         Bipolar affective disorder

·         Severe emotional problems

·         Attachment difficulties

·         Severe behavioural problems

·         Tic disorders

·         Autistic spectrum conditions (in those aged over 14)

·         Significant family communication problems

 

If you would like to make an appointment you can contact our office direct on 01924 787 501 

You can call the 24 hour confidential helpline on 0845 146 0002

Visit the website for further information – www.gasped.org.uk

 

Change Grow Live (CGL)

Our services are designed to encourage individuals to find the strength and resources within themselves to achieve and sustain the life and behavioural changes they seek.

We wont judge you, and we wont tell you what to do. We are here to help you make the changes you want to make. We provide free, confidential advice and information about drugs and alcohol to people under 18.

For help and advice you can contact us on 01924 371 579

Visit the website for further information – https://www.changegrowlive.org/

Frank

The national drug awareness site.

www.talktofrank.com

Al-Anon UK

Support for young people suffering from the affects of alcoholism in the family

http://www.al-anonuk.org.uk/    

 

Sexual Health

 

Yorkshire MESMAC

Yorkshire MESMAC is one of the oldest and largest sexual health organisations in the country. Our historical focus is HIV prevention and sexual health promotion with Gay, Bisexual and men who have sex with men. Additionally our Community Development approach means that we are concerned with the wider Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGB&T) health, social and equity agendas. We work with LGB&T communities to tackle underlying causes of physical and mental ill health and to challenge those structures and systems that seek to exclude us from decision making.

Visit the website for further information – www.mesmac.co.uk

 

Spectrum

Spectrum’s clinic offers high-quality, free, discreet, confidential and non-judgemental sexual health advice to all young people

Spectrum delivers integrated sexual health services across the Wakefield and Barnsley Districts. The range of services offered includes:

1.    All methods of contraception including emergency contraception

2.    Screening and tests for Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), including Chlamydia, HIV and treatments for most STIs

3.    Vaccinations for Hepatitis A and B

4.    Advice on unplanned pregnancy and other sexual health issues, pelvic ultrasound

Access the website for up to date clinic opening times and drop in sessions times 

www.spectrumhealth.org.uk

 

Wakefield District –  

Tel: 0800 121 4860  

Email: wakefield.SHARP@spectrum-cic.nhs.uk 

Address: Trinity Walk Clinic, Unit LG1A, Trinity Walk Shopping Centre, Wakefield, WF1 1QS.

Barnsley District –  

Tel: 0800 055 6442   

Email: <span class=”” style=”font-size: small;”>barnsley.SHARP@spectrum-cic.nhs.uk</span>  

Address: Unit 1 Gateway Plaza, Sackville Street, Barnsley S70 2RD.

Brook

Sex and pregnancy advice

www.brook.org.uk  

 

 

General Health

NHS Direct

NHS 111 is the free number to call when you have an urgent healthcare need. It directs you to the right local service, first time, making it easier for you to access urgent healthcare services when you need medical help fast.

When should you call NHS 111?

  • You need medical help fast, but it’s not a 999 emergency
  • You don’t know who to call for medical advice
  • You think you need to go to A&E or another NHS urgent care service but are not sure which one is most appropriate
  • You require health advice or reassurance about what to do next

 

This service is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. 

Calls to 111 are free from landlines and mobile phones.

NHS Live Well

Healthy living for everyone offers advise and information on over 100 topics including:

  • Smoking 
  • Alcohol
  • Exercise/Fitness
  • Food/Diet

Visit the website for further information: https://www.nhs.uk/livewell/Pages/Livewellhub.aspx

 

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans

 

Fruitbowl

The Fruitbowl is a youth group open to all Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans* and Questioning young people.

We meet every Monday evening from 6.30pm – 9.00pm in a central Wakefield location. It is an organised session where we eat, socialise and plan scheduled events. We provide information and support on areas such as sexual health, relationships, keeping safe and anything we feel could benefit the group in their day to day life. 

You can find out more about Fruitbowl by: 

Visit the website: http://www.sheffieldfruitbowl.org.uk/

Emailing: <span class=”” style=”font-size: small;”>gviccarsdyas@wakefield.gov.uk</span=””></span class=””> 

Calling: Gail on 07990 555 336 

Contacting the Fruitbowl Worker by searching for “Fruitbowl Worker” on Facebook.

 

AMP (18-25)

AMP is a young people group open to all Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans* and Questioning young people between 18-25 years old. We meet every Wednesday evening from 6.30pm – 9.00pm in a central Wakefield location. It is an organised session where we eat, socialise and plan scheduled events. We provide information and support on areas such as sexual health, relationships, keeping safe and anything we feel could benefit the group in their day to day life. 

You can find out more about the AMP by emailing: <span class=”” style=”font-size: small;”>m.tyson@mesmac.co.uk</span> or calling 07955 005 113

 

The Proud Trust

The Proud Trust is a life saving and life enhancing organisation that helps young people empower themselves to make a positive change for themselves and their communities.

The website is designed for young people who want to find out more about:

·         Gender

·         Sexuality

·         Coming out

·         Local youth groups

·         Where to get support

Visit the website for further information – www.theproudtrust.org/

 

Yorkshire MESMAC

Yorkshire MESMAC is one of the oldest and largest sexual health organisations in the country. Our historical focus is HIV prevention and sexual health promotion with Gay, Bisexual and men who have sex with men. Additionally our Community Development approach means that we are concerned with the wider Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGB&T) health, social and equity agendas. We work with LGB&T communities to tackle underlying causes of physical and mental ill health and to challenge those structures and systems that seek to exclude us from decision making.

Visit the website for further information – www.mesmac.co.uk

 

Broken Rainbow

A helpline for anyone in the LGBT community who is experiencing domestic violence and/or abuse.

The helpline (0800 999 5428) is available:

Monday and Thursday 10:00 till 20:00

Tuesday and Wednesday 10:00 till 17:00

The website is also available to victims, families and friends.

Visit the website further information – http://www.brokenrainbow.org.uk/help/advice 

 

Mindline Trans+

Mindline Trans+ is a confidential, non judgmental listening service helpline for Trans or non-binary people, their friend and families. Our experienced and compassionate Transgender call handlers are here to listen and support with any issues you may have relating to being transgender.

We can also signpost and inform you of other places of support.

Helpline open Monday and Friday 8pm till Midnight – 0300 330 5468

Visit the website for more information  –  http://mindtws.org.uk/our-services/mindline-htm/ 

 

Mermaid

Reach out to Mermaids who can put you in touch with others people, make new friends and share experiences. Offering support and information to children and young people under the age of 19 who are trying to cope with gender identity issues, and offering support for their family and friends.

http://www.mermaidsuk.org.uk/

Call: 0344 334 0550

Email: info@mermaidsuk.org.uk

Gender Trust

The gender Trust National Helpline is dedication to supporting anyone experiencing gender identity issues.
You can also visit the website for information and support.
Helpline: 01527 894838

Visit the Website for further information: https://www.gendertrust.org.uk/

 

Eating Disorders

B-eat

B-eat are the UK’s leading charity to support anyone affected by eating disorders or difficulties with food, weight or shape. 

Beat has lots of other information that you may find useful if you think you, or someone you know has an eating disorder.

Call our helpline to talk about your concerns – it’s open from 3:00pm to 10:00pm (365 days a year) and is free to call from a landline or mobile.

Helpline – 0808 801 0677

Youthline – 0845 634 7650

Visit the Website for further information  –  www.b-eat.co.uk

 

 

Domestic Violence and Abuse

Women’s Aid and Refuge

These two key charity’s work together to provide a 24 hour a day advice line, which is:

The National Domestic Violence Helpline – 08008 2000 247

Both website provide information for victims, survivors, friends and family

Women’s Aids – www.womensaid.org.uk

Refuge – www.refuge.org.uk 

Men’s Advice Line

Men’s Advice Line: confidential helpline for men experiencing domestic violence from a partner or ex-partner (or from other family members). We can help by giving you time to tell your story; offering emotional support; providing practical advice; signposting you to other services for specialist help.

The helpline is available Monday to Friday between 09:00 and 17:00 – 0808 801 0327

Visit the website for further information  –  http://www.mensadviceline.org.uk/

Mankind Initiative

The confidential helpline is available for all men across the UK suffering from domestic violence or domestic abuse by their current partner (including same-sex partner).

The website also provides further support and information.

Helpline: 01823 334 244 (available Monday to Friday 10:00 till 16:00)

Visit the website for further information: www.mankind.org.uk

Broken Rainbow

A helpline for anyone in the LGBT community who is experiencing domestic violence and/or abuse.

The helpline (0800 999 5428) is available:

Monday and Thursday 10:00 till 20:00

Tuesday and Wednesday 10:00 till 17:00

The website is also available to victims, families and friends.

Visit the website further information – http://www.brokenrainbow.org.uk/help/advice 

 

Forced Marriage and Honour Based Abuse

Karma Nirvana

Karma Nirvana is a British charity supporting victims of honour-based abuse and forced marriage.

  • Are you being pressured to get married against your will?
  • Do you fear to bring shame or dishonour on your family?
  • Have you been emotionally or physically abused?
  • Are you confused about what they say scripture demands of you?
  • Do you worry about being disowned?

If you are concerned about any of the above, please call us in confidence.

UK Helpline: 0800 5999 247 (Monday – Friday: 9:00am – 5:00pm) 

For further information visit the website: https://www.karmanirvana.org.uk/

NCPCC FGM Helpline

This confidential helpline is available 24/7 to anyone effected or worried about Female Genital Mutilation.

Helpline: 0800 028 3550 

Other Issues

Yoti 

If you are under 18 and an explicit or nude photo has been shared of you online, we can confidentially help you to get it removed.

Follow these simple steps:

  1. ) Download YOTI
  2. ) Take a selfie and then a photo of your ID (passport/driving licence) to verify its you.
  3. ) Give details of the image, and where it could be online (don’t worry if you don’t have all the details).
  4. ) We’ll then review the details and the IWF will work to have it removed.

The IWF (Internet Watch Foundation) use image hashing technology. This mean each image has its very own ID, and using this ID it can identify the image, and have it removed, wherever it is uploaded to the internet.

For further information visit the website: www.yoti.com

If you are 18 and over, contact the website where you have seen the image/video, or report it to the police.

 

 

Wakefield Young People’s Charter

As children and young people in Wakefield, we want all of the adults in our community to help us to be safe and protected.