A Safe Environment for Learners

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Safeguarding is an important element of all aspects of Weymouth College’s activities and the safety of our students is of paramount importance to us. We are committed to providing an environment that values young people and vulnerable adults. We work as part of the Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs) and Local Safeguarding Adult Board in Dorset to ensure that our policies and procedures follow local best practice. Please read our Child Protection and Adults at Risk Policy for more information.

Ofsted has recognised Weymouth College’s efforts to deliver high quality safeguarding practice: “Very thorough safeguarding arrangements for students are rigorously implemented. The College exceeds legal and government requirements. The proactive role of governors, managers and all staff is evident.” (Ofsted 2013)

We are proud of our record in safeguarding and take our responsibility very seriously to safeguard the welfare of all young people and vulnerable adults attending or visiting the college. The steps we have taken to ensure continuing high standards include:

  • The College ensures that safe recruitment practices are followed when employing all staff;
  • A safeguarding culture is actively promoted within the College; incidents of bullying, intimidation, harassment and abuse will be taken seriously and acted upon;
  • The College has a senior member of staff who leads on safeguarding supported by a dedicated Safeguarding Coordinator and a team of trained safeguarding officers;
  • Resources are targeted at young children who are ‘Looked After’ by local authorities, those subject to Child Protection Plans and adults who have significant vulnerabilities;
  • All Governors and staff receive regular training on safeguarding;
  • Visitors, volunteers, employers and partners of the College are made aware of the safeguarding procedures and their responsibilities towards our students. In particular we have a strict lanyard wearing policy that ensures anybody on site is easily identified;
  • All students receive an induction and information on safeguarding and know what to do if they have any concerns;
  • Immediate access to a Safeguarding Officer is available to all students and staff. Any concerns can be reported by telephone (07850 929540).

The Safeguarding Team

The Designated Senior Person with responsibility for Safeguarding at the College is Julia Rogerson, Director of Curriculum Improvement and Students, and she can be contacted on Julia_Rogerson@weymouth.ac.uk

If you have any concerns or are presented with an issue that might relate to Child / At Risk Adult Protection, please contact Julia or another member of the College’s trained Safeguarding team, in confidence:

Sue Dafter
Safeguarding & Welfare Coordinator
sue_dafter@weymouth.ac.uk

 Sheena Duncan
Head of School (Foundation Learning)
sheena_duncan@weymouth.ac.uk

Brian Oman
Head of School (Engineering)

brian_oman@weymouth.ac.uk

Beverley Bull
Safeguarding and Welfare Officer
beverley_bull@weymouth.ac.uk

Chris Sheldon
Safeguarding and Welfare Officer
chris_sheldon@weymouth.ac.uk

Maria Watters
Student Finance Administrator
maria_watters@weymouth.ac.uk

John Rogers
Learning Engagement Co-ordinator
john_rogers@weymouth.ac.uk