Safeguarding Children Policy
Wyke Sixth Form College recognises that it has a statutory obligation to ensure that students who attend the College are protected from abuse as defined by The Children’s Act 1989. The College will also comply with the requirements of the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 created in response to the recommendations following the Bichard enquiry. To achieve this, the College will seek to provide a safe learning environment and, where any complaints of abuse, or suspicions of abuse, are made, operate a procedure to ensure these are dealt with fairly, sensitively and respectfully and quickly.
This policy applies to all Corporation members, all staff and volunteers and to all students under 18 years, who participate in College activities, not only on the College site but also when participating in any College activity away from the college site (e.g. field work, visits etc.) It will be made available to students and parents on request.
This policy applies to all college staff regardless of age, race, disability, religion or belief, gender, sexual orientation, marital or civil partnership status, gender reassignment, pregnancy or maternity, or any other status. All individuals will be treated in a fair and equitable manner recognising any special needs where adjustments can be made. No individual will suffer any form of discrimination, victimisation, harassment or bullying as a result of this policy.
- The Children’s Act defines anyone under the age of 18 as a child. Therefore, students aged 14-16 who attend the College, as well as Wyke students between the ages of 16 and 18, will come under the scope of this policy and its attendant operating procedure.
- According to the Children’s Act abuse is defined as one or more of the following; –
- Physical abuse or injury (including bullying)
- Sexual abuse
- Emotional abuse (including bullying)
- The Senior Tutor as Safeguarding Designated Person will ensure commitment to this Policy and effective, speedy, confidential and sensitive operation of the attendant procedure.
- The Safeguarding Designated Person will take lead responsibility for dealing with child protection issues, providing advice and support to staff and liaising with appropriate partner agencies on child protection issues.
- A nominated member of the Corporation will be responsible for liaising with appropriate partner agencies in the event of suspected or alleged incidences of child abuse from the Principal or other senior post holders.
- Where education and/or training is provided for pupils under 16 years of age who are on the roll of secondary schools, the Safeguarding Designated Person will liaise with the schools concerned and ensure that appropriate arrangements are in place to safeguard the children.
- The College will ensure that all staff are aware of the procedure to ensure that any reported or suspected allegations of abuse are recorded and dealt with effectively and, if necessary, reported to the appropriate authority.
- All new members of Corporation, other than student members and staff members who have been DBS checked as a requirement of their employment, must agree to Enhanced DBS Checks.
- All staff employed by the College will have received appropriate pre-employment checks, including with the Disclosure and Barring Service as appropriate, to confirm their suitability for the post.
- Appropriate checks will be carried out on all volunteers who work with children, including the Disclosure and Barring Service where they appropriate.
- If a member of staff either suspects abuse to a student under 18 years, or has had abuse disclosed to them by a student, then the member of staff must take the complaint, allegation or suspicion seriously, seeking guidance as soon as possible from the Safeguarding Designated Person. If in any way concerned, staff should refer to Department of Health Guidelines “What to do if you are worried a child is being abused.” Copies of this document will be available to all staff.
- Promises of confidentiality should NOT be given to any person disclosing information as the matter may develop in such a way that these cannot be honoured.
- A written record of the nature of the allegation or suspicion must be completed in the presence of the complainant or as soon as possible after the allegation is made. Preferably on the same working day. College records of allegations should be kept for at least 6 years from the students 18th birthday. This period should apply whether or not any action is taken in respect of the allegation.
- All College staff/students will use the College computer system in an appropriate manner and will not access inappropriate sites.
- The Safeguarding Designated Person will undertake, in addition to basic training in child protection, training in inter-agency working provided by, or to standards agreed by, the Local Safeguarding Children Boards and will undertake refresher training every two years to keep knowledge and skills up to date.
- Appropriate training and staff development will be provided for the Principal and all other staff who work with children, not only on implementation of the Safeguarding procedures but also to provide guidance on carrying out isolated and individual work with students, appropriate boundaries and dealing with compromising and difficult situations involving students. Refresher training will be undertaken at three yearly intervals to keep knowledge and skills up to date.
- Corporation members will receive training to enable them to discharge their responsibilities for Child Protection effectively.
- Corporation will undertake an annual review of its Safeguarding Children policies and procedures.
- Corporation will undertake an annual review of how it is fulfilling its duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children under section 175 of the Education Act 2002.
- An annual report to Corporation will be made on the number of recorded instances of alleged/suspected abuse in order to make an assessment of and, if necessary, take action on, any implications arising out of the report. Staff should be aware that College policies provide a channel for individuals to raise genuine or legitimate concerns about any issues linked to Child Protection. Any deficiencies or weaknesses in child protection arrangements that are brought to Corporation’s attention will be remedied without delay.
Approved by Corporation December 2016
Minor revisions can found on the College Corporation page.