Huddersfield New College recognises its’ statutory responsibility to safeguard the welfare of its’ students and to ensure that relevant and effective safeguarding policies and procedures are in place and are actively promoted within College to do so.
Where concerns are raised about an individual student’s safety, welfare and/or well-being, the College will do its’ utmost to help and support the individual student with these concerns, but there may be instances where the concerns are such that they need to be forwarded to the local Children’s Services Department and appropriate external agencies for their consideration, help and support.
A range of personnel are available in College to help and support students with their safety, welfare and/or well-being concerns. These include:
- Progress Tutors
- Senior Progress Tutors
- Student Well-Being Manager
- Student Well-Being Champions
- High Needs Manager
- Director of Safeguarding
- Assistant Principal (Safeguarding, Specialist Support and Student Well-being)
- Assistant Principal (Pastoral Care, Careers, Guidance and Progression)
- Associate Assistant Principal Additional Learning and Specialist Support
If these concerns are of a safeguarding nature, students are advised, in the first instance, to talk to:
• their Progress Tutor
• any member of the Safeguarding Team
(Posters of the Safeguarding Team are displayed prominently around College, and the team is also shown below)
For mental or physical health support please visit the student well-being section of the website. We have also compiled a list of useful organisations offering additional support, or who can be accessed during College holidays or out of hours. Click here to access this.
Other types of safeguarding concerns are addressed below.
The purpose of Prevent is to safeguard and support vulnerable people to stop them from becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.
Prevent is one of the four core elements of the Government’s CONTEST strategy for countering terrorism, it is built around four strands, each with a number of objectives.
Pursue – to stop terrorist attacks in this country and against our interests overseas. This means to:
• Detect and investigate threats at the earliest possible stage
• Disrupt terrorist activity before it can endanger the public
• And, wherever possible, prosecute those responsible
Protect – to strengthen our protection against a terrorist attack in the UK or against our interests overseas and so reduce our vulnerability.
Prepare – to mitigate the impact of a terrorist attack where that attack cannot be stopped. This includes work to bring a terrorist attack to an end and to increase our resilience so we can recover from its aftermath.
Prevent – to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.
Huddersfield New College is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all its students. As a college we recognise that safeguarding against radicalisation is as important as safeguarding against any other vulnerability.
As part of our commitment to safeguarding and child protection we fully support the government’s Prevent Strategy.
Staff have undertaken WRAP (Workshop Raising Awareness of Prevent) and ACT (Action Counters Terrorism) Training alongside statutory safeguarding training as well as receiving regular updates and briefings around prevent.
What we do if there is a concern
If we have a concern about a particular student/family, we will follow the colleges normal safeguarding procedures, including discussing with the Designated Safeguarding Lead(s), the local prevent officer and where deemed necessary, with children’s social care.
Should you have any concerns about a student and/or their family please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 01484 652341 and ask for the Designated Safeguarding Lead or Director of Safeguarding.
Please see below link for further information around prevent in Kirklees including how to make a referral if you are worried about someone.
If concerns are outside of college hours or during the holidays, please ensure a referral is done via the Prevent Hub in Kirklees.
Reporting online material promoting terrorism and/or extremism
Report illegal or harmful information, pictures or videos you’ve found on the internet.
You can report things like:
• articles, images, speeches or videos that promote terrorism or encourage violence
• websites made by terrorist or extremist organisations
• videos of terrorist attacks
Report online material promoting terrorism or extremism – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
The College’s Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy is reviewed and updated annually, as relevant, by the College’s Senior Leadership Team, and reviewed and approved by the College’s Corporation. Click here to access this policy.