North Lindsey College takes its safeguarding responsibilities very seriously
We were judged Outstanding for Safeguarding in our most recent Ofsted inspection (October 2010).
Safeguarding is crucial in the development and well-being of young people and adults alike. North Lindsey College ensures all of our students, whatever their background or circumstances, have the support they need to:
- Be healthy
- Stay safe
- Enjoy and achieve
- Make a positive contribution
- Achieve economic well-being
- Arrangements for safeguarding are outstanding and are prioritised throughout the college
- The college is meticulous in meeting all legislative requirements
- All staff are trained to level one and understand how to recognise abuse and make appropriate referrals
- The college has very effective links with the Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) and other partners to ensure swift and appropriate action is taken when necessary
- Students feel extremely safe at the college
- Safeguarding is promoted extremely well and it has a high priority in the college
The Safeguarding Officer is trained appropriately and works well with the most vulnerable students and support staff. Careful records are kept of the most 'at risk' students and the actions taken to support them. Staff recruitment and selection practice is very sound and detailed records kept and all staff and subcontractors undergo the required checks. All safeguarding matters are regularly reported to the senior managers and the corporation. This has led to year-on-year improvements in safeguarding arrangements across the college.
Students feel extremely safe at the college. All settings across the college adopt safe working practices. Students benefit from extremely thorough risk-assessments when they undertake work placements and educational visits, and are encouraged to complete their own risk-assessments. The college offers a welcoming and secure environment. Students understand and use internet safety measures and the college effectively reinforces these through tutorials.
The college is outstanding at enabling students to make informed choices about their own health and well-being. It has developed and implemented a detailed and comprehensive healthy college strategy. NHS North Lincolnshire and other stakeholders recognised the detailed action plan as deserving award. A clinic is regularly available to students providing extensive sexual health advice and support.
Procedures to safeguard students are well established and are good. Staff support vulnerable students effectively. All students are encouraged to be safe during theory and practical lessons. Staff have a good understanding of safeguarding issues and are fully aware of their obligations. They manage the use of the available resources well and have outstanding arrangements to access a variety of external resources.
Students across all programmes feel safe in college and are clear about what to do if they identify bullying or harassment. Students appreciate their individual comments book where they can record complaints and offer ideas for improvement. Tutors respond to each of these in writing and learners have identified improvements resulting from this system.
All staff have been trained in safeguarding. Students understand how to access help and support. The college has made adjustments to ensure it also fully meets the needs of a transgender student.
Safeguarding is outstanding. The college promotes it extremely well and it has a high priority. Health and safety assessment and monitoring in the workplace are strong. The team uses referral systems effectively. Safeguarding is a key area of induction and this emphasis continues throughout the year. Advanced level students complete the Local Safeguarding Children Board online level one
All Staff, Governors, Contractors and (visitors who will be in contact with students) are enhanced CRB checked.
Who do I speak to?
If you have any concerns or want more information please contact:
- Janice Keilthy - Deputy Principal
- Kit Sargent - Designated Safeguarding Senior Member of Staff
- Scott Wilson - HR Manager, 01724 294602
- Rachel Benstead - Safeguarding Officer, 01724 294641
- Nicki Mell - Health & Safety Manager, 01724 294100
- Geoff Popple - Governor - via the Clerk, 01724 294008
Mondays - Youth Worker Only in Room A62 from 12 to 1.30pm
Thursdays - Nurse in Room A56 (First Aid Room) and Youth Worker in Room A62. Both are from 12 to 1.30pm
Want to check what the College Safeguarding Committee are doing to maintain and progress the outstanding provision please see the most up to date Quality Improvement Plan (PDF, 121KB).