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.

The focus is on minimising the risk of harm to young people and vulnerable adults; which includes recognising peer on peer abuse and responding to this with the same commitment as with any other form of abuse. Staff will always act in the best interest of the students when responding to welfare concerns, and will maintain an attitude of “it could happen here” where safeguarding is concerned. The College Corporation is aware of and takes seriously its role in overseeing the College’s arrangements for safeguarding and has a nominated Corporation member with lead responsibility for safeguarding.

The College is an intrinsic part of the local community and, as such, has strong relationships with external agencies with the aim of managing and reducing conflict; helping different groups of people to respect and tolerate difference. We aim to promote Fundamental British Values and to give our students the opportunity to mix and learn with, from, and about those from different backgrounds. The College also ensures that when a student undertakes a period of work placement or work based learning, the environment is safe and any risk is minimised or removed. The policy and procedures apply to all subsidiaries and trading entities of Chesterfield College and the Chesterfield College Group.

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