Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy
The purpose of this policy is to ensure that all staff are aware of the safeguarding responsibilities for all learners and to identify the importance of creating a whole organisation approach towards safer recruitment, child protection and safeguarding. This should be underpinned by an ethos of well-being, safety and security, which applies to all learners and all staff.
Part of identifying vulnerable learners, is ensuring that staff understand the difference between a safeguarding concern and a child in immediate danger or at significant risk of harm.
“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; and taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.” Keeping children safe in education: Statutory guidance for schools and colleges, July 2015
Child Protection refers to the procedures we use for children at risk of significant harm or who have been harmed. NEW Keeping children safe in education 2016 Andrew Hall
Furness College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the wellbeing of all learners and expects all staff, volunteers and stakeholders to endorse and practise this at all times. The scope of this policy applies to all learners, staff, visitors and stakeholders and applies to all learners under the age of 18, learners who are CLA (Children Looked After) or Care Leavers and Vulnerable Adults. Vulnerable adults are defined as people over the age of 18 who have mental ill health, a learning difficulty or difference or a physical disability or impairment. Furness College also commit within the scope of this policy that, any learner experiencing difficulties that may result in impairment or has an impact on their health, wellbeing, safety or development, will be provided with the same identification, assessment, support and intervention regardless of age or circumstance.
Through our robust policies and procedures, alongside regular training and updating, both colleges will ensure that all staff are well informed and equipped to identify areas of concern and respond accordingly and sensitively to safeguarding and child protection issues. We aim to honour our commitment to Safeguarding and Child Protection by:
Staff being trained to:
- Recognise signs and symptoms in relation to child protection
- Recognise signs and symptoms in relation to safeguarding
- Understand how and when to implement early intervention triggers
- Understand in college roles and responsibilities and how best to access student support.
- Understand that peer on peer abuse can take many forms and that whatever form it takes must be treated as abuse and never be tolerated or passed off as ‘banter’ or ‘part of growing up’. It should be referred in the same way as all other Safeguarding concerns
Through providing appropriate identification, assessment, referral and support to both learners and staff members
- Place the learner at the heart of the Furness College strategy
- Set high expectations in terms of the conduct and behaviour expected of all College community
- Be clear that Safeguarding and protecting our learners is the responsibility of all within the College environment
- Create an environment of safety, value and respectability, where individuals are encouraged to talk and staff members know how to actively listen
- Endeavour to embed these values within every aspect of college activity
- Ensure that all new staff receive a full safeguarding induction with appropriate staff members
- Ensure all staff have relevant training, are aware and understand the issues relating to safeguarding and protecting children, young people and vulnerable adults
- Ensure that all staff are trained to identify the relevant procedure to be followed when a concern is identified in relation to safeguarding and child protection
- Ensure that all learners are aware that there are staff members who they can approach with any concerns or difficulties
- Embed safety, respect and tolerance for those with different faiths and beliefs as part of our overarching approach to our learners’ personal, social, moral and spiritual development
- Ensure that all third parties including subcontractors and work placement providers share the Furness College commitment to safeguarding and child protection and can demonstrate this through the implementation of policies and procedures
- Adopt a rigorous and consistent approach to bullying, harassment and discrimination, raising awareness, through tutorials and pastoral care, within the student population of bullying in all its forms (cyber, physical, verbal, sexual). Abuse will not be tolerated in any form. Abuse is defined as:
“… a violation of an individual’s human and civil rights by any other person or persons.”
- Ensure that all staff and learners are aware of the threat of radicalisation, through training and instruction, in all its forms and that they are given the tools to challenge extremist opinion
- Ensure that all staff and learners are aware of the dangers of sexting and Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) through training and awareness raising activities Ensure that incidents of sexual harassment or sexual violence are recognised, challenged and dealt with appropriately (DfE Dec 2017)
- Provide regular training, guidance and support, through supervision and pastoral groups for all staff in line with best practice and statutory guidance (Working Together/KCS)
Due regard will be paid to statutory provisions that have a bearing on this area, the most important of which are:
1.1 Keeping children safe in education: Statutory guidance for schools and colleges 2015 – updated 2016 (DfE)
1.2 Prevent Duty Guidance 2015 (HM Gov)
1.3 Working together to safeguard children 2015 (HM Gov)
1.4 What to do if you are worried a child is being abused 2015 (HM Gov)
1.5 Preventing and tackling bullying: Advice for headteachers, staff and governing bodies. (DfE 2014)
1.6 The statutory and non-statutory guidance given in Working Together to Safeguard Children 2013 (HM Gov).
1.7 Cumbria Multi-Agency threshold guidance: Cumbria Children’s Trust Board 2013
1.8 Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) 2012
1.9 Sexual Violence and sexual harassment between children in schools and colleges (DFE Dec 2017)