Keeping children and young people safe is everyone’s responsibility.
Long Road Sixth Form College fully recognises the responsibility it has under section 175 of the Education Act 2002 that members of staff and students have an important role to play in safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people and vulnerable adults and preventing abuse.
It is our policy to work with the local Safeguarding Children Board, the police and social care while always placing the welfare of the student or vulnerable adult at the centre of any actions taken.
Child Protection is for all young people up to the age of 18. The definition of a vulnerable adult is defined in ‘No Secrets’ (the Government’s Guidance on Adult Abuse) as: ‘a person aged 18 years or over, who is in receipt of or may be in need of community care services by reason of ‘mental or other disability, age or illness and who is or may be unable to take care of him or herself, or unable to protect him or herself against significant harm or exploitation’.
The law requires all college staff to pass on information which gives rise to a concern about a student’s welfare, including risk from neglect, physical, emotional or sexual abuse.
Through their day-to-day contact with students and direct work with families, staff at the college have a crucial role to play in noticing indicators of possible abuse or neglect and referring them to the appropriate agency, normally the appropriate Child and Family Team (Social Care) via the college designated staff.
The Safeguarding policy below sets out how the college’s governing body discharges its statutory responsibilities relating to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of students at the college.