Keeping students and staff safe...
Here at Leeds City College we are committed to doing everything we can to make sure all of our students and staff are kept safe and protected from harm. This is what safeguarding is all about. The government provides statutory guidance to colleges on what they need to do to achieve this. We adhere to all guidance and pride ourselves on going above and beyond to make college a safe, happy and thriving environment for all. It is important to us that all college users are treated with respect and dignity and feel safe and listened to. In our last OFSTED inspection safeguarding in the college was judged to be ‘effective’ by the inspection team.
Part of the college’s safeguarding duty also includes protecting vulnerable individuals from the risk of radicalisation and extremism. This is called the ‘Prevent Duty’. Prevent is a government initiative aimed at stopping people becoming involved with, or supporting violent extremism.
The government has defined extremism as: “vocal or active opposition to British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs”. The college shares and promotes these values across our community.
Have a clear policy and procedures in place. You can view our safeguarding policy here.
Employ a Head of Safeguarding and a team of specialist Stay Safe Officers
Make sure all of our staff working for, or on behalf of the College, are suitable to work with young people carrying out all the relevant checks
Actively encourage students and staff to raise any concerns they have
Take all concerns seriously, act upon them, and offer full support both through college and specialist services.
In college we have Stay Safe Officers, Counsellors and Welfare staff who all support students with a range of concerns
Train all of our staff in safeguarding at a level appropriate to their role on an ongoing basis
Deliver sessions in tutorial time covering a range of subjects areas around safeguarding
If you are worried about yourself or someone you know in college please speak to any member of staff. They will ensure you get the help and support you need from a specialist member of staff. There is also a ‘Report it’ button on the student intranet and email address that can be used to report concerns - firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are some examples below of issues that would come under safeguarding. Further information on these issues can be found on the NCPCC website.
Bullying – including online/cyber bullying
Children missing education
Child sexual exploitation
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
Gangs and youth violence
If you would like to know more about safeguarding at Leeds City College then please email email@example.com.