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.
• 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.email@example.com
Jo Holden – Assistant Principal: Achievement and Support – firstname.lastname@example.org
– 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
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.
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 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:
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.
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.