The College



What is Safeguarding?

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 a recent survey 98% of our students said they felt safe in college.

What do we do as College? 

  • Have a clear policy and procedures in place

  • 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

How do you report a concern?

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 are some examples below of issues that would come under safeguarding

  • Physical abuse

  • Domestic abuse

  • Sexual abuse

  • Emotional abuse

  • Forced marriage

  • Bullying – including online/cyber bullying

  • Self-harm

  • Faith abuse

  • Radicalisation

  • Drug and alcohol abuse

  • Gangs and youth violence

The statutory guidance from the Department for Education encourages schools and colleges to create a safe recruitment process adopting recruitment procedures that carry out the appropriate checks: 

Teacher Prohibition Order

Teacher Prohibition Orders prevent a person from carrying out teaching work in schools, sixth form colleges, 16 to 19 academies, relevant youth accommodation and children's homes in England. A person who is prohibited from teaching must not be appointed to work as a teacher in such a setting.

As the college provides education courses from age 14 upwards and has academy status, the college will conduct Teacher Prohibition Order checks for all applicants.

The college application form requests a teaching reference number. For those that do not hold a teaching reference number but are eligible to apply for a post, a prohibition check will be carried out using the Teacher Service System lists.

Section 128 direction

A section 128 direction prohibits or restricts a person from taking part in the management of an independent school, including academies and free schools. A prohibited person is unable to participate in any management of an independent school such as:

  • A management position in an independent school, academy or free school.
  • A trustee of an academy or free school trust.
  • A governor or member of a proprietor body for an independent school.
  • A governor on any governing body in an independent school, academy or free school that retains or has been delegated any management responsibilities.

The Department for Education guidance, keeping children safe in education – statutory guidance for schools and colleges states that, “where the person will be engaging in regulated activity, a DBS barred list check will also identify any section 128 discretion.”

It is normal recruitment practice for the college to carry out a DBS barred list check for all employees (including management, trustees, and governors) therefore any section 128 discretion will be identified here within.