Safeguarding

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This page provides key safeguarding information for students, apprentices and employers who work with the college. Chesterfield College Group is committed to safeguarding our students and apprentices, staff and visitors.

Safeguarding means:

  • Promotion of health and development
  • Ensuring safety and care
  • Ensuring the best life chances
  • Protection from abuse and neglect
  • Prevention of bullying and harassment

Chesterfield College Group is committed to safeguarding our students and apprentices, staff and visitors. The term safeguarding; embraces both child and vulnerable adult protection and preventative approaches to keep our students and apprentices, staff and visitors safe. Safeguarding encompasses students’ health and safety, welfare and well-being. We have developed a Safeguarding Policy and Procedure that aims to meet this commitment and provide key safeguarding information.

If you study with us or your child studies with us and you have any safeguarding concerns you can contact the Chesterfield College Safeguarding team by: Email: ccsafe@chesterfield.ac.uk

Call: 07584384838

If you have any safeguarding concerns when the college is closed and the Safeguarding team are unavailable, you should contact either your Local Authority Out of Hours Social Care number for any concerns relating to a child (under 18), which you can find by putting in the postcode of where you’re reporting from at the following link: www.gov.uk/report-child-abuse-to-local-council

Alternatively, if you feel that a child or any other student is at immediate risk and in need of protection you should contact the police immediately (999 emergency, 101 non-emergency). These organisations will be able to help you and take any necessary action. Please contact the Safeguarding team when the college re-opens in order for a Safeguarding Officer to follow this up on your behalf and offer the appropriate support.

The NSPCC also have a texting service. You can anonymously text 88858 for free and the Helpline will send an automated confirmation response followed by a specific response from a Helpline practitioner within three hours.

There is also a dedicated helpline for people who experienced sexual harassment or abuse in a school or college setting. Please call 0800 136 663 or email help@nspcc.org.uk. Further details and information can be found on the NSPCC website.

Early Help

At Chesterfield College, we are committed to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of students, apprentices and their families and providing key, easy-to-access safeguarding information

The aim of Early Help is to provide the right support and intervention to students, apprentices and their families at an early stage to prevent an increase in need or escalation of problems by offering information, advice and support.

Early Help Assessments are used nationally and are a keep part of working to support families, we will ensure the process is completed in a timely manner in order to prevent further deterioration of problems and issues that the student/apprentice/family are experiencing.

We will work closely with the student/apprentice/family to explore what support is needed and what is working well in their lives and what can be shared between professional services and agencies, with a view to implementing positive interventions and solutions for best outcomes for all.

The EHA is a shared assessment for use across all children’s services in Derby City and Derbyshire. It aims to help the early identification of children and young people’s emerging needs where a child and family would benefit from co-ordinated support from more than one agency (e.g. education, health, housing, and police) help to promote coordinated service provision to meet them.

The assessment is a family based assessment; this means that each child’s needs / strengths can be captured within one assessment. The aim is to help children and their families by:

  • Encouraging and promoting practitioners to understand children and their family within their own, unique context. Recognising the importance of early and outcome focussed planning in interventions.
  • Aiding relationship building in our practice and acknowledging that relationships can be an agent for change.
  • Helping us articulate why we are intervening in children’s lives to children themselves, their families and to other involved practitioners.
  • Promoting sustained improvements to the quality of the lives of children and their families.
  • Engaging the child, young person and/or parents/carers and support them to participate in and take responsibility for their contribution to a collaborative assessment.
  • Listening to the voice of the child /young person, taking into account their wishes and feelings wherever possible, and include considerations of their age, family circumstances and wider community context in which they are living. This should be recorded throughout the assessment process.
  • Supporting the child, young people and parent / carer to adopt a self-determining, solution focused approach.
  • Ensuring accessibility for all concerned, including the efficient use of time and access to the means needed to undertake an assessment (e.g. equipment, interpreter);
  • Being transparent with families so that the purpose of the assessment is clear, the discussion is open and honest and there is no hidden agenda.

As part of the Early Help Assessment process, we sometimes need to utilise the support of our external agency partners and host TAF (Team around the family meetings. This ensures that all professional support services can help move forward with the process ensuring best outcomes for all.

If you require any additional safeguarding information, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Early Help Assessment Form

Early Help Assessment Guidance

TAF Meeting 

 

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