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1 SAFEGUARDING POLICY Audience All stakeholders staff, students, governors, parents and visitors Status / review cycle Statutory / 3 yearly Current review June 2015 Next review June 2018 Review committee Policy Committee of the Corporation Staff lead Vice Principal - Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) Governor lead Link Governor, Safeguarding 1. Introduction Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families has a role to play in safeguarding. School and college staff are particularly important as they are in a position to identify concerns early and provide help for children, to prevent concerns from escalating. Schools and colleges and their staff form part of the wider safeguarding system for children. Schools and colleges should work with social care, the police, health services and other services to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm. Policy statement Safeguarding is the College s primary responsibility and all stakeholders are responsible for doing their utmost to keep students safe. The College is fully committed to meeting its obligations under the legislative framework and maintaining a culture of vigilance at all times. Definitions A child or young person means any person under the age of 18 (i.e. those who have not yet reached their 18th birthday). A vulnerable adult means any person who is or may be in need of community care services by reason of mental or other disability, age or illness; and who is or may be unable to take care of him or herself, or unable to protect him or herself against significant harm or exploitation because of mental or other disability, age or illness. Staff means all employees, full-time and fractional, working for the College. Staffing and responsibilities The Safeguarding Team comprises seven staff members in total: 1. The Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is the Vice Principal 2. The Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DDSL) is the Student Welfare Manager 3. Director of Student Support 4. Learning Support Manager 5. Learning Support Assistant (Mental Health) 6. College Nurse 7. College Nurse In addition, the Link Governor for Safeguarding liaises with the DDSL on specific aspects, including the response to new legislation and the Joint Review of the SAR. Finally, both College Counsellors are fully trained in Child Protection. 1

2 Monitoring and review There is an annual Safeguarding SAR, written by the DDSL. Whenever possible, the member of the Corporation with responsibility for safeguarding attends the SAR review The Link Governor reports to the Corporation through a standing agenda item The Counselling Co-ordinator reports to the DDSL annually and relevant sections of this report become part of the Safeguarding SAR There is a Safeguarding Team of trained staff who meet at least termly on a formal basis. Each member of the group has responsibility for a list of students known to be at risk. These students are monitored and intervention takes place as appropriate The Governors are actively involved in SafeguardingThey review cases where appropriate and have annual oversight of the Safeguarding, Student Support, and Student Services SARs This policy itself is reviewed at regular intervals as required by changes in government policy, and also according to the review schedule agreed by the Corporation Record keeping An accurate record should be made whenever there is a concern about a child or vulnerable adult in terms of risk of harm or safeguarding. The record should include: Appropriate personal details of the child or vulnerable adult The nature of the concern The source(s) of information about the concern Any advice given Whether confidentiality has been discussed with the child or vulnerable adult Names of staff with whom discussed Details of action taken or any referral to an external agency Date and signature of the person making the record Confidentiality Confidentiality will be upheld unless the needs of the child and their safety are judged to be at risk. Further guidance on managing confidentiality can be found in the publication Information Sharing. 2. Aim and objectives Overarching aim The College aims to create and maintain a safe environment for all students, staff, volunteers, and visitors. The College is committed to working with all other agencies. We recognise our responsibility towards our students and other children in our care at college. This policy includes the relevant guidance of the Surrey Safeguarding Children s Board. 2

3 Key objectives To promote an environment that is safe, where staff and students treat each other with mutual respect and develop good relationships built on trust To provide a systematic means of supporting young people and vulnerable adults known or thought to be at risk of harm To work co-operatively with external agencies such as local authority services and the Police, referring any young person when requested by the young person, or when it is deemed necessary by the College To give all staff regular awareness training in matters of safeguarding and child protection To ensure that all staff are inducted into the College Safeguarding Policy and Procedures and, in particular, how to respond to a student who discloses abuse or it appears may be being abused To ensure that the Esher College Corporation is fully aware of its child protection responsibilities and that a nominated governor has oversight of safeguarding and child protection issues To raise student awareness of these matters and make them aware of sources of help through the pastoral curriculum and the activities that support it, including how to disclose a concern To monitor and review the Safeguarding Policy as part of a planned review cycle To fully implement the Recruitment and Selection of Staff Procedures to ensure that all staff are subject to the relevant checks on appointment To develop structured Safeguarding Procedures which will be followed by all members of the College staff in cases of suspected abuse To ensure that relevant information about a young person or vulnerable adult at risk of harm is disseminated to appropriate staff within the College on a need to know basis 3. Child protection Statutory responsibilities The Children Act 1989 places a duty on local authorities to take steps to protect children in appropriate circumstances and gives certain powers to the Police so they are able to protect children from abuse. Although Colleges have been separated from local authorities since the Act came into force, the DfEE Circular 10/95 point 63 states: FE and 6th form colleges have a statutory duty to assist social services departments on child protection issues. In addition, the Criminal Justice and Court Services Act 2000 deals with disclosure and lists those convictions which bar offenders from working with children in regulated positions. Under the Children Act 2004, colleges are required to work closely with a range of agencies involved with children s services. The College recognises that following the independent review of the vetting and barring scheme in 2011, the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 has introduced further changes including a new Disclosure and Barring Service. Guidance The updated guidance from the DfE Keeping children safe in education maintains a statutory responsibility to keep children safe and to refer concerns to the appropriate authorities. Staff need to be regularly updated about College procedures. Staff need to be vetted on recruitment. There must be a designated safeguarding lead. The four categories of abuse are unchanged: physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse and neglect. A list of specific safeguarding issues, including reference to Prevent, is included. 3

4 The College will seek at all times to keep up-to-date with developments as well as with further guidance from, for example, the Local Children s Safeguarding Board (LCSB). Categories of abuse Child abuse can involve any one or more of: Physical Abuse - this is when the young person is hit, squeezed or bitten or any other injuries are inflicted Emotional Abuse this is when young people are not given love and affection, or they are rejected by or threatened by their parents or carers Sexual Abuse - this is when the young person is forced to take part in sexual activities by an adult or other young person. This may include showing them pornographic material Neglect - this is when the young person does not get the things that they require in order to live a normal, happy life, such as food and clothing. Young people who are being neglected may show signs of being unhappy or of being out of control Specific safeguarding issues The published guidance from the DfE Keeping children safe in education places emphasis on specific safeguarding issues : bullying including cyberbullying children missing education child missing from home or care child sexual exploitation (CSE) domestic violence drugs fabricated or induced illness faith abuse female genital mutilation (FGM) and Annex A forced marriage- and Annex A gangs and youth violence gender-based violence/violence against women and girls (VAWG) hate mental health missing children and adults strategy private fostering preventing radicalisation and Annex A relationship abuse sexting trafficking Within the Keeping Children Safe in Education (September 2016) update further empahasis was placed upon; the role of all staff, early intervention, peer-on-peer abuse and online safety. Further guidance on each of these issues is available on the DfE website and guidance annex. 4

5 Student disclosure If a student makes a disclosure, then these steps must be followed: 1. Never promise confidentiality 2. Listen and reassure 3. Do not probe or make accusations 4. Make notes and record the disclosure 5. Refer the disclosure Full guidance on how to handle and refer a disclosure are contained in the Safeguarding Procedures, including the Safeguarding Disclosure Form. Allegations against staff - Sexual or emotional Any form of sexual relationship between staff and students is expressly forbidden, and the way in which allegations of this nature are dealt with is set out in the Safeguarding Procedures. If a student makes an allegation of sexual abuse against a member of staff then College Disciplinary Procedures are followed. The Principal will also inform the police and the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) of the allegation and co-operate fully with them in any enquiries they may wish to follow. Allegations against staff - Physical In terms of physical abuse, all staff are informed that they must use physical intervention only as a last resort, when a student is endangering him/herself or other students, and at all times minimal force must be used. If a student makes an allegation of physical abuse against a member of staff the normal College Disciplinary Procedures will be followed. The Principal will decide whether the member of staff should be suspended on full pay whilst these procedures are undertaken. Whistleblowing The vast majority of people who work with children are well motivated and would never harm a child or young person. However, Esher College promotes a culture that ensures all staff and volunteers are willing and comfortable to voice their concerns if need be. Students cannot be expected to raise concerns in an environment where staff fail to do so. All staff should be aware of their duty to raise concerns, where they exist, about the attitude or actions of colleagues. Full details can be found in the separate Confidential Reporting Policy. Reporting to the LADO The College will routinely report to the LADO in any case involving concerns of malpractice, abuse or poor professional practice by: a local authority or a College employee or a volunteer or a paid or unpaid carer, relative or friend or an employee of a private care agency, or an employee of another organisation providing care to the vulnerable adult 5

6 Visits and work experience The College expects that any students on work placements that involve working with children or vulnerable adults will be supervised at all times when carrying out the placement. This expectation is made clear to all institutions accepting Esher College students on placements. Likewise all students on work placements are expected not to be working with anybody that is unsupervised. Vetting of staff Esher College follows the Government guidelines on safer recruitment included in the most recent guidance Keeping children safe in education. These regulations require the College to undertake a range of specified checks on our staff, and to ensure that relevant supply staff have been properly checked. In addition the College follows SFCA guidance on personnel matters. Vetting of visitors and contractors The College adopts best practice in dealing with risks to students from adults not employed by the college. Details of this are contained in the Safeguarding Procedures. Maintaining professional boundaries A relationship of trust exists where a teacher, member of staff or volunteer is in a position of power or influence over a student by virtue of the work or nature of the activity being undertaken. Those in a position of trust must carry the responsibility of ensuring that they do not abuse their position or put themselves in a position where allegations of abuse of trust, whether justified or unfounded, could be made. 4. Looked After Children A designated member of staff the will act as key contact and advisor throughout the duration of the student s courses. Where appropriate the designated member of staff will meet on a regular basis with the learner. More specific guidance regarding Looked After Children can be found in Safeguarding Procedures Bullying, restraint and health & safety Bullying The overwhelming majority of students report that they feel safe whilst at College. A variety of activities aim to reinforce this culture of mutual respect. However, there are policies in place to inform action if students report that they do not feel safe. Robust action is taken if there are allegations of bullying and/or harassment, whether in person or remotely by the internet or telephone. More details on this can be found in the Policy for Addressing Bullying and Harassment (Students), and the Student Code of Conduct. Restraint The College does not anticipate needing to use restraint on students, but a policy is regularly updated in case of an extreme need. More details can be found in the Policy on Using Force to Restrain Students and Search for Weapons. 6

7 Health and safety This specific form of safeguarding overlaps with the Health and Safety Policy. For clarity, pure health and safety risks that are not related to what is generally understood to be safeguarding (e.g. emotional issues, abuse, bullying etc) are addressed through the College Health and Safety Policy, and not in this document. 6. Fitness to Study Esher College is an educational institution for full time students. It has included in its mission statement the commitment to tailoring its education to individual needs and promoting inclusivity and tolerance. This philosophy underpins how we constantly strive to make reasonable adjustment and provide best endeavour for any student. In doing so we fully comply with the Equality Act 2010 and the Children and Families Act It is important, however, to be clear about what is reasonable in an educational setting and the limits to the individual support that can be provided within a sixth form college. Our staff provide outstanding care for all students, but there will be times when a student s physical or mental health are so affected that they are no longer able, despite support both internal to the College and externally, to maintain a reasonable academic progress. The procedures for managing a student s fitness to study are contained within the Safeguarding Procedures. 7. Prevent Statutory responsibility All colleges have a duty under the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 to have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism. Guidance The newly issued Prevent Duty Guidance: for England and Wales from HM Government outlines how to interpret the legal duty on colleges. Key aims Under the legal duty, Esher College will aim to comply with the following expectations: Assess risk of radicalisation in their area or institution Develop an action plan to reduce this risk Train staff to recognise radicalisation and extremism Work in partnership with other partners Establish referral mechanisms and refer people to Channel Maintain records and reports to show compliance Further detail on how each expectation will be complied with is provided in the separate Safeguarding Procedures. 7

8 8. Raising awareness Staff training Esher College will ensure that: The Designated Safeguarding Lead and their Deputy will receive training in inter-agency procedures which gives them the knowledge and skills needed to fulfil their responsibilities and will undertake refresher training at 2 yearly intervals. The College extends core modules only to its entire safeguarding team All new members of staff and governors will be made aware of the College s Safeguarding Policy and Safeguarding Procedures during their induction into the College and undertake suitable refresher training at 3 yearly intervals All existing staff and governors will undertake suitable refresher training at 3 yearly intervals Student education The College is committed to ensuring that all students are kept safe. Among the procedures and methods used to meet this commitment (and not otherwise detailed in this policy) are the following: Young people are informed about key risks to their safety and how to deal with them. The PDP/Tutorial Programme includes activities which ensure students think about their personal safety. Young people are provided with a safe environment. The Health and Safety Policy is enforced and discussed with all students before they start their programmes. Behaviour policies are used effectively to ensure a safe environment. 9. Other documentation associated with this policy Safeguarding Procedures Annual Safeguarding SAR Recruitment and Selection of Staff Procedures Health and Safety leaflet given out to all contract workers Health and Safety Policy Policy on Using Force to Restrain Students and Search for Weapons Policy for Addressing Bullying and Harassment (Students) The Student Code of Conduct Confidential Reporting Policy Disciplinary Procedures Single Central Record Introduction 2016 Safeguarding Guidelines for Contractors 2016 DEH 09/11/16 Last approved by the Policy Committee of the Corporation June

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