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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:

The arrangements for safeguarding are effective

  • Managers have effectively integrated arrangements for safeguarding with college support services. Staff are appropriately trained, highly vigilant and identify and report concerns about learners promptly. Managers’ work well with external agencies and any concerns are resolved swiftly.
  • Learners are well informed of risks such as those associated with use of the internet and social media. Harassment or bullying is not tolerated. Learners report that they feel safe and well supported at college.
  • Managers ensure that the college discharges its ‘Prevent’ duties and that risks have been assessed. Staff training and learner awareness raising is ongoing and managers have good links with local agencies who keep them informed of new developments or concerns.
  • Managers carry out comprehensive recruitment checks on staff and volunteers and keep accurate records. They undertake health and safety assessments and audits systematically and review them regularly”. (Ofsted 2015)

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 Manager 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/ Child in Need 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, Vice Principal (Performance and Delivery) 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 safeguarding@weymouth.ac.uk in confidence:

The Safeguarding Team

Sue Dafter

Student Welfare Manager

Sheena Duncan

Head of School (Foundation Learning)

Brian Oman

Head of School (Engineering)

Beverley Bull

Safeguarding and Welfare Officer

Chris Sheldon

Safeguarding and Welfare Officer

Maria Watters

Bursaries Coordinator

John Rogers

Learning Engagement Co-ordinator

Nola Smith

Youth Health Champion Liaison

Kris Thorne

Head of School (Construction)

For lots of useful information and resources go to The Children’s Society website.

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