Safeguarding and PREVENT | Weston College

Safeguarding and PREVENT

Safeguarding our students, staff and visitors is an important issue to us.

Safeguarding our students, staff and visitors is an important issue to us.

Safeguarding means:

  • 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.

The term 'safeguarding' embraces both child and adults at risk, protection and preventative approaches to keep our students, staff and visitors safe. Safeguarding encompasses students’ health and safety, welfare and well-being.

Weston College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk, and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We have developed a Safeguarding Policy and Procedure that aims to meet this commitment.

Our policy covers:

  • Abuse and neglect
  • Prevention of discrimination
  • Anti-bullying and harassment
  • Addressing attendance issues
  • Supporting health care plans for students with specific medical needs
  • Safety and security.

If you, as a student at the College have any concern about your wellbeing, safety or rights, then you should:

  • Talk to your tutor
  • Talk to a College welfare officer
  • Contact one of our teams of Designated Safeguarding Officers and First Response Officers - see below for the leads or refer to posters found in your teaching rooms.

Useful information

​Please click here to read our latest Safeguarding (inc PREVENT) Policy.

For information on the guidance we also use for keeping our students safe, please below:

Keeping Children Safe in Education - click here

Working Together to Safeguard Children - click here

Stop Terrorists & Extremists Online Presence

 

Safeguarding officers

If you are a parent / carer, or a member of the public, and are concerned about the welfare, safety or rights of a student at the College, then you should contact one of the designated safeguarding officers - see below.

Fiona Waters, Lead Designated Safeguarding Officer

Tel: 01934 411464
Mobile: 07788 607480
Email: safeguarding@weston.ac.uk

Lynda Neate, Designated Safeguarding Officer (Knightstone Campus)

Tel: 07866 816246

Marie Beaver, Designated Safeguarding Officer (Knightstone Campus Foundation Learning)

Tel: 07866 816271

Wayne Richards, Designated Safeguarding Officer (Loxton Campus)

Tel: 07866 816245

Iain Forster, Designated Safeguarding Officer (South West Skills Campus)

Tel: 07866 816243

Mark Canniford, Lead Governor for Safeguarding and PREVENT

Find out more here.

Andrea Greer, Leadership Board representative for Safeguarding and PREVENT

Find out more here.

PREVENT

Another aspect of safeguarding is the PREVENT duty, which requires the Further Education sector to have "due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism", supporting terrorism or being drawn into non-violent extremism. The overall duty for England and Wales can be found here.

There is a duty to ensure that those identified with vulnerabilities are given appropriate advice and support.

The Government has defined extremism as "vocal or active opposition to fundamental British Values", which include:

  • Individual liberty
  • Rule of law
  • Democracy
  • Mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs.

This includes not discriminating against those with protected characteristics (Equality Act 2010), namely:

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Gender reassignment
  • Marriage and civil partnership
  • Pregnancy and maternity
  • Race
  • Religion and belief
  • Sex
  • Sexual orientation.

Under the PREVENT duty, Weston College has a designated Single Point of Contact, who is Fiona Waters, the College Registrar.

College staff have been briefed on the range of vulnerabilities that would indicate that an individual may need support. Although having one or more of those characteristics will not necessarily drive someone to become a terrorist, support terrorist activity or non-violent extremism, it is a possibility, and staff are being urged to be vigilant and to refer any concerns to a safeguarding officer.

Weston College also regularly monitors and reviews internet use of staff and students against safeguarding and Prevent categories.

If you have any concerns, either in relation to your own situation, or that of other students, please fill in this form and we will refer you to the designated safeguarding lead.

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