The Chesterfield College Group has a statutory and moral duty to ensure that it safeguards and promotes the welfare of all College users, with particular reference to children, young people and vulnerable adults, receiving education and training via the College Group. This document represents the Chesterfield College Group’s commitment to Child Protection responsibilities, which is underpinned by the Department for Education statutory guidance ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ (September 2016).

The framework for working with agencies to promote the safety and wellbeing of young people within College is also reflective of the legislative framework ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’ (2015). This policy also demonstrates the College Groups’ commitment to online safety, which forms an intrinsic part of modern day living but can present risks if people are not supported to recognise and develop ‘keep safe strategies’ This also includes recognition of the legal implications of Sexting and youth produced sexual imagery. Risks associated with online activity are deeply rooted within the College mandatory Safeguarding training, with possible risk indicators identified as reportable Safeguarding concerns. Staff are also given guidance on how to conduct themselves professionally online both on behalf of themselves and on behalf of the organisation via the Communications Policy.

This policy and its associated procedures apply to all staff, students and other College users; including volunteers, external contractors, remote students, apprentices and employers where students have work placements. JD/ Safeguarding Policy and Procedures Version 7/ LEG01/ Feb 18 Page 4 of 14 Throughout the policy, reference is made to College users. This term is used to refer to all students but with particular reference to safeguarding duties in respect of young people under the age of 18 years, and vulnerable adults. The College provides a safe, non-threatening, inclusive environment in which all College users can operate and learn where they are treated with respect and dignity, feel safe, are listened to, and where account is taken of their wishes and feelings and positive well-being is promoted. This will produce students and staff who are confident, healthy, safe, emotionally resilient and personally fulfilled.

View the full Safeguarding Policy 2018-19