As part of the commitment to Safeguarding and Prevent Duty, City College Nottingham has developed policies and procedures to meet the current Government requirements.
These will be led and implemented by:
- A dedicated person for ensuring safeguarding is focused throughout the whole organisation with responsibility to ensure the policies and procedures are applied correctly.
- A dedicated Safeguarding Designated Person (SDP) level 4 trained person who has been developed with Safe and Equal.
- A dedicated level 4 person trained through (S&E) for facilitating training and development on safeguarding and safer recruitment.
- A dedicated deputy to support the provision and development towards staff and clients alike.
- A dedicated Prevent Officer to lead and impliment change.
- A dedicated person to support pastoral care within the College provision.
What is Safeguarding?
Keeping Children Safe in Education is statutory guidance for schools and colleges who must have regard to it when carrying out their duties to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.
What college staff should know and do
1. Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined for the purposes of this guidance as: protecting children from maltreatment; preventing impairment of children’s health or development; ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.
2. Children includes everyone under the age of 18.
3. Where a child is suffering significant harm, or is likely to do so, action should be taken to protect that child.
Action should also be taken to promote the welfare of a child in need of additional support, even if they are not suffering harm or are at immediate risk.
The role of the college
4. Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families has a role to play in safeguarding children. College staff are particularly important as they are in a position to identify concerns early and provide help for children, to prevent concerns from escalating. Colleges and their staff form part of the wider safeguarding system for children. This is supported by a wider policy. Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015.
The Prevent duty: what it means for colleges
In order for colleges to fulfil the Prevent duty, it is essential that staff are able to identify learners who may be vulnerable to radicalisation, and know what to do when they are identified. Protecting learners from the risk of radicalisation should be seen as part of colleges’ wider safeguarding duties, and is similar in nature to protecting learners from other forms of harm (e.g. drugs, gangs, neglect, sexual exploitation), whether these come from within their family or are the product of outside influences.
Colleges can also build students’ resilience to radicalisation by promoting fundamental British values and enabling them to challenge extremist views.
“Extremism” is vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs. We also include in our definition of extremism calls for the death of members of our armed forces, whether in this country or overseas. Terrorist groups very often draw on extremist ideologies developed by extremist organisations.
The Prevent duty is not intended to stop students debating controversial issues. The College is a safe space in which students, young people and staff can understand the risks associated with terrorism and develop the knowledge and skills to challenge extremist rhetoric.
What are British values?
British values include:
Democracy – This is the belief in freedom and equality between people in which power is held by elected representatives or directly by people themselves.
Individual Liberty – This relates to our rights and responsibilities as citizens; the right to act, believe and express oneself in a manner of one’s own choosing.
Mutual respect and tolerance for others – Such as people who hold different faiths. This is about accepting that other people have different faiths or beliefs which should not be the cause of prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour.
Rule of law – This is ensuring an understanding of the importance of having laws and the consequence of breaking laws, accepting that no one is above the law.
The role of the Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) is to help to prevent unsuitable people from working with children and vulnerable adults. We are obliged to undertake DBS checks on those individuals working or wishing to work in a regulated activity within the college, in order to safeguard learners under our care.
Who is covered?
Every learner under the age of 18 is classed as a Young Person, and as such falls within the safeguarding principles. This includes those who are employed on funded apprenticeships or training schemes, and this means that we share responsibility for the learner during the learning or training. This can be extended to 24 years where the person has specific needs.
A person who is classed as a Vulnerable Adult can be any person who has a learning need or requires a support mechanism with Local Authority collaboration. There is no age limit to the adult.
How is it applied?
City College Nottingham holds direct responsibility to apply the requirements, and each member of staff including Sub Contractors will work with the learner / employer to ensure that they are supported.
As the Act requires some participation with other organisations there may be times when a disclosure will be needed. This is not a Data Protection clause and as such City College’s Designated Person (SDP) will lead on the disclosure.
Our policy is to fully apply the scheme for recruitment and as such we are a Regulated Activity. This means we will:
Carry out all the necessary checks on suitable staff before start of employment. All the Staff at CCN are fully vetted and have been through the Enhanced DBS checks.
Disclose any activity deemed unsuitable to the DBS Vetting and Barring Scheme.
Carryout checks at recruitment / interview stage to establish applicants understanding of safeguarding / Prevent.
What to do if you have a concern
As explained above, if a member of staff in a college has a concern about a particular student they should follow the normal safeguarding procedures, including discussing with the colleges designated safeguarding lead, and where deemed necessary, with children’s social care. In Prevent priority areas, the local authority will have a Prevent lead who can also provide support.
City College Nottingham dedicated staff can be contacted through either email or telephone.
You can also contact your local police force or dial 101 (the non-emergency number). They can talk to you in confidence about your concerns and help you gain access to support and advice.
The Department for Education has dedicated a telephone helpline (020 7340 7264) to enable staff and governors to raise concerns relating to extremism directly. Concerns can also be raised by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that the helpline is not intended for use in emergency situations, such as a child being at immediate risk of harm or a security incident, in which case the normal emergency procedures should be followed.
Meet your Safeguarding and Prevent Team
Sarah Berry: Designated Person
Kevin Rowland: Designated Person/Facilitator
Shakil Ahmed: Deputy Designated Person
Jason Jones: Learner Support Officer
Tazim Fayaz: Prevent Officer
Contact: 01332332 335
Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) is integral to every course we offer, we aim to ensure the service you receive is monitored through learner views, please contact Jason if you wish to discuss learning needs.
Here at City College Nottingham we value your rights and expectations, please feel free to contact any member of the team in confidence.
Out of hours: 01159 101472 answer machine recording.
If you wish to speak to someone in your own language please contact Sarah in the first instance, so support can be arranged.
We hope your learning experience with the College is an enjoyable one, which enables you to fulfil your own potential and achieve your goals, remember we are here to support your learning journey.