Safeguarding and Child Protection
The College has a duty to provide a policy and procedures, which offer support and protection from abuse for children and young persons aged up to 18 years old, and those deemed vulnerable such as students with learning difficulties and /or physical disabilities.
It is the responsibility of all staff to be aware of the procedures for reporting suspected cases of abuse, disclosure of abuse or abuse of trust.
The designated officer is Penny Seal, based at Centre for Business, Arts and Technology who can be contacted by leaving a message on the Child Protection and Vulnerable Adults Help line, 020 7697 1717. In her absence one of the child protection officers will deputise. We aim to respond within one hour of receiving a call.
Working in Partnership with Parents and Carers
The Governing Body and staff of the college are committed to creating and maintaining a culture of openness and honesty and strive at all times to work in partnership with parents and carers. We believe that this is in the best interests of students and their families. Only by developing co-operative working relationships within which parents and carers feel respected will we able to work holistically with students.
Parents and carers will be encouraged to access to our safeguarding policy, and a summary of it is included in the literature given to students and families on admission to the college which links to the appropriate page on the college web site. We believe it is important that parents and carers are aware of our statutory duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of students and that we will, where necessary, share concerns about students with Children’s Social Care or appropriate agencies
Wherever possible and appropriate we will aim to discuss concerns about students with their parents or carers and inform them if we intend to make a referral to Children’s Social Care.
There may be instances however, when we judge that it is not appropriate to speak to a parent or carer before contacting Children’s Social Care. This would happen when the DMS or a Deputy DMS in her absence, judges that a student’s well being will be imperilled if the parent or carer is aware that a referral to Children’s Social Care is to be made. We will also bear in mind ‘Fraser competence’ and this will inform judgements and decisions.