As a College we are committed to promoting the welfare, safety and personal development of our students. Consequently, we realise the importance of staying up-to-date with the latest safeguarding advice and guidance issued by the government:
- Keeping Children Safe in Education, September 2016
- Working Together to Safeguard Children, March 2015
- Prevent Duty Guidance, July 2015
- Female Genital Mutilation Risk and Safeguarding, March 2015
Our Safeguarding Briefing Statement is sent to all staff and clearly sets out our approach to dealing with safeguarding issues. We also have posters up around the College to remind staff and students of our designated safeguarding team.
If you have any concerns regarding your child or any other child at the school please contact our designated safeguarding team on 0116 2413984 or contact Children’s Social Care based at 91 Granby Street, Leicester LE1 6FB on 0116 4541004.
To ensure that our students are safe we work closely with:
- Local Safeguarding and Children Board
- Children and Young People’s Services
- Child Protection Unit
- School Health
- Educational Psychology
- Looked After Children Service.
The College ensures that all staff (including temporary, supply, volunteers renew their safeguarding training annually. This means that their knowledge is fresh and up-to-date in what can be a complex and fast moving area of education. The training makes explicit reference to: the types and signs of abuse (now including Radicalisation, FGM and CSE); how to manage a safeguarding disclosure; their statutory responsibility to refer any concerns.
There are a number of local authority policy developments, specifically in the following areas:
- Radicalisation, Extremism and the ‘Prevent Duty’ – Further information click here.
- Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) – Further information click here. The NSPCC has set up a FGM helpline, which is free, anonymous and 24/7. If you’re worried a child is at risk of, or has had, FGM, call the FGM helpline on: 0800 028 3550 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Child Sexual Exploitation – Further information click here or download the leaflets here and here.
- Sexting – SelfieCop can protect from ‘Sexting’ – Click for more information
Operation Encompass is an initiative, run in partnership with The Leicester City Council and Leicestershire Police, to enhance communication between police and schools where a child is at risk from domestic abuse. All Leicester schools have become part of this initiative.
It has been designed to provide early reporting to schools of any domestic abuse incidents that might have an impact on a child that attends our school. All public agencies currently share information where there are safeguarding concerns or risk of harm to children and the Police currently share information on all incidents of domestic abuse in Leicester with Leicester City Council.
To further support the welfare of children this information sharing is being extended. During the school term our Designated Safeguarding Lead will now be informed when any domestic abuse incident has been reported to the police and one of our students was in the household. It will not give any details about the incident.
This has been introduced because domestic abuse in a household can have a big impact on children, even if they do not see what is happening.
This information will be used to ensure the school is able to provide appropriate support to our pupils. the information will remain confidential and only shared on a strictly need-to-know basis, for example with the class teacher. It will not be shared with any students.
If you would like to speak to someone in confidence about domestic abuse, call Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0800 802 00258 or visit https://www.leicester.gov.uk/your-community/emergencies-safety-and-crime/domestic-and-sexual-abuse/
We look to offer the best support possible for our students and believe that this scheme is going to be beneficial and supportive for all those involved. In other areas of the country where it is in place it has been found to be very effective way of supporting children at a most difficult time.
We recognise that all students should be able to attend, learn and make progress in a safe and caring environment free from bullying.
As a college we will:
- Take bullying seriously when it is reported
- Support the victims of bullying and help them to feel safe
- Support those involved in bullying to change their behaviour
- Work with parents/carers of any student who is involved in bullying to support and encourage the student/s in finding solutions
- Exclude pupils who bully and do not try to change their behaviour
As a student I will:
- Not turn a blind eye to victimisation or bullying
- Report all bullying to a member of staff
In June 2014 we were awarded the Anti-Bullying Community Award by the local authority. This prestigious award is given to schools that show excellent and on-going commitment to actively and consistently tacking issues of bullying.