Safeguarding & Child Protection

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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’

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.
As from September 2015 all New College students will be required to wear a student lanyard this will further support safeguarding across the college

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.