The College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff, visitors and volunteers to share this commitment. We embrace a ‘whole college approach’ to safeguarding, ensuring that all staff are trained in Safeguarding and Child Protection issues and are kept up to date with changes in legislation and practice. We will take all allegations and suspicions of abuse seriously and will respond to them promptly. We will also make information available on Safeguarding and Child Protection to parents, students and contractors.
Stamford College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
The Safeguarding Team
If you are experiencing any safeguarding issues at college or in your personal life, we can support you. All safeguarding concerns can be reported to:
Julie Addison - Assistant Principal – Student Experience & Support DSL.
Lauren Barker - Head of Wellbeing and Engagement, DDSL.
Britta Bates - Safeguarding Practitioner, DDSL.
Bev Peasgood – SFWL Curriculum Lead and Designated Safeguarding Officer
Contact the Safeguarding Team:
Reports should be made by using the Safeguarding Referral form. The designated Safeguarding Team will then assess the risks to students and refer to the Multi Agency Support Hub (MASH) or CHANNEL (a multi-agency body linked to the police) who will respond where required.
Extremism and radicalisation and safeguarding are covered as part of the College’s tutorial programme, with the aim of educating young people to the risks, so they are aware of how to keep themselves safe.
Help and Support
If you need immediate help or support you should contact the emergency services or suggested services listed below:
- Police – 999
- NHS – 111
- Domestic Abuse line – 0808 2000 247
- NSPCC – 01733 207620
- www.Kooth.com – Offer online support for people with Mental Health concerns
- Samaritans – 0330 094 5717
- Womens Aid 24hr – 08454 103 123
- Visit the Digital Parenting website for advice and information about the latest digital technologies and the challenges children and teenagers might face in their digital world.
· 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
5 Ways to Wellbeing
Stamford College are proud to work in partnership with Mindspace and promote the 5 ways to wellbeing to improve the mental wellbeing of the whole college community.
At Stamford College we promote values which ensure that our students develop a strong sense of social and moral responsibility.
We prepare students for life in modern Britain and aim to embed key values within the curriculum and ethos at Stamford College. Values such as:
- individual liberty
- the law
- mutual respect and tolerance
Our curriculum is broad and balanced, complies with legislation and provides a wide range of subjects which prepare students for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life in modern Britain.
It actively promotes fundamental British values and it extends beyond the classroom with a wide range of tutorials, visits, guest speakers and experiences. It promotes tolerance and respect for people of all faiths (or none), cultures and lifestyles through effective spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of students, including engaging students in extracurricular activity, volunteering in the local community, fundraising, work experience and live project briefs.
Equality and Diversity
The College monitors data in respect of learners and staff on a regular basis and has these five key objectives for improvement over the next four years. Measures are linked to each of the key objectives.
- Advance the course take-up by under-represented genders in identified curriculum areas.
- Strive to eliminate any differential in students’ attainment according to race, gender or disability.
- Address the under-representation of Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) people in the staff and governing body to reflect the population we serve.
- Foster a culture of dignity and respect between different groups of people by raising awareness of diversity in Teaching, Learning and Assessment.
- Enhance the gathering of data on sexual orientation, transgender status, faith and belief (of staff and students) in order to ensure that we meet their needs in College.
Single Equality Scheme
The College has a Single Equality Scheme which includes the annual monitoring statistics, details of the Equality Impact Assessment Process and the Current Equality Rolling Action Plan.
Equality and Diversity Workforce Profile
We not only recognise the importance of, but immensely value the benefits of a diverse workforce and understand that an inclusive culture means we can offer a wide range of ideas, energies, skills, experience and resources to improve teaching and learning for our community and beyond.
The Equality Act 2010 and the Public Sector Equality Duty requires all public authorities to publish equality information on their workforce to demonstrate that they are compliant and transparent in their practices.
All schools, colleges and universities have a legal duty to educate students about extremist behaviour and to report any concerns about students who may be at risk of radicalisation.
This could (but is not limited to) include the following:
· Engaging with fundamentalists or their ideals (ISIL, Al-Qaida, far right groups, etc)
· Extreme political views (white supremacy, anti-Semitism, etc)
· Visits to countries deemed high risk by the UK government
· Accessing websites / social media linked to extremist organisations
· Views or behaviour that are contrary to British Values
Recognising Signs of radicalisation:
The following could describe general teenage behaviour, however, together with other signs may mean a young person is being radicalised:
- out of character changes in dress, behaviour and changes in their friendship group
- losing interest in previous activities and friendships
- secretive behaviour and switching screens when you come near
The following signs are more specific to radicalisation:
- owning mobile phones or devices they cannot account for
- showing sympathy for extremist causes
- advocating extremist messages
- glorifying violence
- accessing extremist literature and imagery
- showing a mistrust of mainstream media reports and belief in conspiracy theories
- appearing angry about governmental policies, especially foreign policy
Members of staff have a legal duty to report any concerns, however minor, to the Safeguarding Team.
Safeguarding for ALL Policy and Addendum
Related Safeguarding information
Visit the Digital Parenting website for advice and information about the latest digital technologies and the challenges children and teenagers might face in their digital world.
Talking to your child about online sexual harassment
The Children’s Commissioner, Dame Rachel de Souza, together with a group of 16 – 21 year olds, have produced a guide for parents to share the harms/issues children can face in the online world and what to do about them and where to get advice and help. The guide is useful for anyone whether they are parents or not.
Criminal Exploitation of Children and Young People
Criminal exploitation of children and young people is an increasing area of concern both locally and nationally. This pocket guide on Child Criminal Exploitation is aimed at children and young people but is equally as informative for parents and carers. Please have a read through and if you have any questions or concerns relating to this get in touch with us on either the safeguarding phone number or email listed on this page.