Section 175 of the Education Act 2002 requires local education authorities and the governing bodies of Further Education Colleges to make arrangements to ensure that their functions are carried out with a view to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. In many areas of the law, including the Children Act, young people of 16 and 17 are classed as children. As such, the term “child” is used to include anyone under the age of 18 or vulnerable adults up to age 25. The College will support any of its students at risk of abuse irrespective of their age. The aim of the College’s Safeguarding Policy is to raise the awareness among teaching and support staff, its governors and volunteers of the need for child protection, and of their responsibilities in identifying and reporting possible cases of abuse.
The College addresses this aim through the following means:
- By providing a systematic means of monitoring children thought to be at risk;
- By emphasising the need for good levels of communication between all staff;
- By developing a structured internal procedure to be followed by all members of the College staff in cases of suspected abuse;
- By promoting understanding and building relationships with other agencies in order to work together more effectively;
- By supporting each individual child’s development in ways which will foster security, confidence and independence; and,
- By including child protection and safeguarding issues within the pastoral curriculum.
The Designated Senior Lead is Sonia Ross and the Director of Safeguarding is Colin Knightley