Safeguarding issues and other causes for concern
The College has a Safeguarding Policy and Procedure which outlines the College's approach to ensuring the safeguaring of all members of the College community.
Academic and professional support staff will come across a range of issues that may give them cause for concern about a student. If you have concerns about a student’s wellbeing and would either like to refer it to the safeguarding team or simply want a confidential conversation about the best way to deal with a situation, please contact one of the Safeguarding Officers in the first instance: Eleanor Mongey and Simon Deville can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org. For staff safeguarding issues please contact the Director of HR at email@example.com.
Safeguarding Officers organise fortnightly Complex Case meetings that co-ordinate support, working alongside colleagues across the college, and identify the appropriate college policy to address any given situation.
The team aim to provide clear guidelines and procedures for identifying risks, reporting concerns and ensuring that appropriate action is taken where there are concerns that children, young people or adults in vulnerable situations are or are in danger of:
- Abuse (abuse can be physical, emotional, psychological, sexual, domestic, financial, exploitative or neglect/abandonment)
- Harassment or stalking behaviour
- Behaviours which cause harm to themselves or to others
- Forced (as opposed to arranged) marriage.
- Suicidal thoughts or thoughts of harm to others.
- Deteriorating Mental Health
- Risk of students withdrawing from their studies.
- Any other concerns relating to a student’s wellbeing.
The safeguarding team can also support staff in managing student behaviour that impacts negatively on other students, such as disruptive behaviour in the classroom.
Cases discussed are confidential, and our staff are happy to discuss any safeguarding issue or cause for concern in confidence with any student or member of staff, however we may breach confidentiality in circumstances where we believe that a student poses a threat to themselves or others, or where illegal activities are involved.