The College is committed to the well-being and development of all students and staff, especially those who are vulnerable. Our aim is to keep all members of our college community safe and protected from harm and wrong doing.
Safeguarding is the responsibility of all students, staff and volunteers at the College and we actively promote appropriate behaviour and respect towards each other at all times. This ethos is embedded in all activities undertaken across the college.
To find out more, see the College’s Safeguarding policies found HERE
This campaign has been created in response to evidence that young people faced a greater risk of sexual abuse, criminal exploitation and domestic abuse due to the impact of coronavirus. Targeting 13-18-year-olds in England who have become victims of these, the campaign aims to increase awareness by directing them through to the Childline website.
Extract taken from official campaign literature
Measures in place to tackle coronavirus (COVID-19) continue to impact people’s day-to-day lives. Whilst it continues to be essential that we all take steps to reduce the spread of infection to save lives and protect the NHS, the government acknowledges that some measures could have detrimental impacts for victims of domestic abuse, and it is critical that victims are able to seek help.
If you are experiencing domestic abuse, you can leave your home to seek support. Domestic abuse is unacceptable in any situation, no matter what stresses people are under.
There is no excuse for domestic abuse.
In April, the Home Office worked with a number of key partners and charities to launch a new national campaign to raise awareness that if you are experiencing domestic abuse you can leave your home, if this is possible, and police and support services remain available.
To continue to support victims of domestic abuse, the government has relaunched the #YouAreNotAlone campaign.
Advertising on social media and paid search signposts to gov.uk/domestic-abuse where victims, perpetrators and members of the public can find out how to get support if they or someone they know may be experiencing domestic abuse. Information includes Easy Read guidance and organisations that can provide support in other languages and to those living with disabilities.
The campaign hashtag #YouAreNotAlone shows solidarity and support for victims of abuse. We hope that supporters and the public will continue to share this message to ensure we are reaching as many people as we can.
Support listed at gov.uk/domestic-abuse includes organisations such as Refuge, who run the National Domestic Abuse Helpline; the Live Fear Free Helpline in Wales; Men’s Advice Line; Women’s Aid; Galop; Hestia; Imkaan; SafeLives and Respect who run the perpetrator phoneline.
Extract taken from official campaign literature
What is safeguarding?
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.
(Working Together to Safeguard Children 2019).
The college works closely with key safeguarding partners across the city and in 6 other neighbouring local authorities to ensure young people are protected effectively.
The college works closely with the Liverpool Safeguarding Children Partnership who provide challenge, training, and advice around safeguarding issues.
Please follow the link to Liverpool safeguarding children’s partnership here
Meet the Safeguarding Team
Aamir Butt – Director of Student Services (Strategic Safeguarding Lead)
Steven Panter – Safeguarding, Mental Health and Well-being Manager (Operational Safeguarding Lead)
Linda Leonard – Safeguarding Officer
NOTE: A newly appointed safeguarding officer will be in post January 2021
We also work closely across college with Senior Progress Leads and 20 Progress leads to ensure all students are supported effectively and any issues and concerns for student safety and welfare are raised in a timely way.
If you have any concerns regarding safeguarding, please email: email@example.com or call: 0151 252 3733 for advice and support.
Safeguarding is constantly evolving so we keep abreast of key issues that may affect College stakeholders, and work with local and national providers to ensure our training and knowledge around these issues is kept up to date, including in the following areas and many more:
- County Lines and exploitation
- Peer on peer abuse
- Female genital mutilation
- Forced Marriage
- Modern slavery
- Extremism and radicalisation
- Equality and Diversity.
The College’s safeguarding team works closely with the student union to capture student voice so that any issues students are worried about are highlighted, and timely support is put in place.
Safeguarding is part of the college curriculum and students are taught – as they are in high school – about keeping themselves and others safe in college and online, and how to report any concerns to us.
Policies and statutory guidelines