Safeguarding our students, staff and visitors is an important issue to us.
- Promotion of your health and development
- Ensuring your safety and care
- Ensuring you are offered the best life chances
- Protection from abuse and neglect
- Prevention of bullying and harassment.
The term 'safeguarding' embraces both child and vulnerable adult protection and preventative approaches to keep our students, staff and visitors safe. Safeguarding encompasses students’ health and safety, welfare and well-being.
Weston College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We have developed a Safeguarding Policy and Procedure that aims to meet this commitment.
Our policy covers:
- Abuse and neglect
- Prevention of discrimination
- Anti-bullying and harassment
- Addressing attendance issues
- Supporting health care plans for students with specific medical needs
- Safety and security.
If you, as a student at the College have any concern about your wellbeing, safety or rights, then you should:
- Talk to your tutor
- Talk to a College welfare officer
- Contact one of our designated safeguarding officers - see below.
If you are a parent / carer, or a member of the public, and are concerned about the welfare, safety or rights of a student at the College, then you should contact one of the designated safeguarding officers - see below.
Fiona Waters, Lead Designated Safeguarding Officer
Marie Beaver, Designated Safeguarding Officer (Knightstone Campus)
Chelsea Bartlett, Designated Safeguarding Officer (Knightstone Campus Foundation Learning)
Wayne Richards, Designated Safeguarding Officer (University Campus)
Steve Caldwell, Designated Safeguarding Officer (South West Skills Campus)
Dan Robinson, Designated Safeguarding Officer (NSETC)
Mark Canniford, Lead Governor for Safeguarding and PREVENT
Another aspect of safeguarding is the PREVENT duty, which requires the Further Education sector to have "due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism", supporting terrorism or being drawn into non-violent extremism.
There is a duty to ensure that those identified with vulnerabilities are given appropriate advice and support.
The Government has defined extremism as "vocal or active opposition to fundamental British Values", which include:
- Individual liberty
- Rule of law
- Mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs.
This includes not discriminating against those with protected characteristics (Equality Act 2010), namely:
- Gender reassignment
- Marriage and civil partnership
- Pregnancy and maternity
- Religion and belief
- Sexual orientation.
Under the PREVENT duty, Weston College has a designated Single Point of Contact, who is Fiona Waters, the College Registrar.
College staff have been briefed on the range of vulnerabilities that would indicate that an individual may need support. Although having one or more of those characteristics will not necessarily drive someone to terrorism, it is a possibility, and staff are being urged to be vigilant and to report any concerns to a safeguarding officer.
Weston College also regularly monitors and reviews internet use of staff and students against safeguarding and Prevent categories.