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.
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
Here at Inspire Education Group (IEG), Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity (EDI) is of utmost importance to us. We want everyone to feel welcome, included, valued and accepted within our College communities, striving continuously towards this in various ways.
IEG is committed to ensuring the promotion of equality of opportunity. Our commitment is to go beyond legislation and to be recognised as a leader of equality, diversity and inclusion. In doing so recognising the contributions of all and celebrating difference, to improve the lives of those in the IEG community.
We do not tolerate any forms of harassment including sexual harassment and violence, discrimination, prejudice or bullying of any kind.
- To create a positive and inclusive environment for all staff and students where everyone feels valued and respected
- To create a climate where all forms of discriminatory and bullying behaviour is effectively challenged
- To focus on positive LGBTQ+ inclusion and visibility
- To go above and beyond to support refugees and those seeking asylum
- To recognise people’s differences and celebrate diversity
- To foster positive community relationships
- To showcase excellence and celebrate a diverse and inclusive workforce
How we will achieve this
Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity Group has been set up to provide a structured strategic and operational forum to advance EDI across IEG. We have 5 special interest workings groups (SIGs) who will report into the EDI Group and have an action plan to raise awareness:
- Asylum Seekers and Refugees
- Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence
IEG will also raise awareness using a range of activities and communications:
- Refresh our Strategic Plan
- Induction programmes for new staff
- Staff meetings
- Staff development//training sessions
- Student tutorial programme
- College website and Intranet
- Schemes of Learning and teaching resources
- Meetings and minutes with Student Council, Governors
- Job advertisements and recruitment documentation
We are working towards the Rainbow Flag Award delivered by carefully selected LGBTQ+ youth organisations, in collaboration with The Kite Trust.
Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity Core Group
The purpose of the EDI Core Group is to provide a structured strategic and operational forum to advance EDI across the Inspire Education Group.
Special Interest Working Groups will report into the EDI Group. These include:
- Asylum Seekers and Refugees
- Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence
College of Sanctuary
Peterborough College are committed to being a safe and welcoming place for people whose lives were in danger in their own country. We are a college that helps its students, staff and wider community to understand what it means to be seeking sanctuary, and to extend a welcome to everyone as equal, valued members of our college community.
We pledge our commitment to the City of Sanctuary vision of welcome, including the endorsement of the City of Sanctuary charter and signing up to organisational pledge of support.
What is City of Sanctuary UK?
City of Sanctuary started with the vision that the UK should be a welcoming place of safety for all and proud to offer sanctuary to people fleeing violence and persecution. From this start in a single location, the idea has spread into a grassroots network of more than 120 local groups in the UK.
Schools & Colleges of Sanctuary is an initiative which aims to:
• Foster positive attitudes within schools, colleges and their communities around people seeking sanctuary
• Support schools and colleges to take positive steps towards being places of safety and inclusion for all
• Recognise and celebrate schools and colleges that are committed to welcoming and supporting people seeking sanctuary
Disability Confident Employer Scheme
As an employer, we are also proud to have gained Disability Confident Employer Scheme status.
Gender Pay Gap Report
The College has produced its Gender Pay Gap Report – which is required under the Equality Act 2010 ( Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2017. View the report here: Gender Pay Gap Report
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 College is fully committed to providing a safe and secure environment for all learners, staff and visitors. The College operates robust policies on health and safety, child protection and safeguarding to ensure that all people that use our buildings and services are kept safe from all forms of harm. The College has appropriate staff to provide support and guidance on all safeguarding issues. Copies of College policies are available on request.
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
Policies and Supporting Publications
- Domestic Violence Support Documen
- Digital Parenting: 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.
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.
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.