At Halesowen College we're passionate about safeguarding our students.
We believe that we have a moral as well as a statutory duty to ensure that we safeguard and promote the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk of harm in our care.
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone's responsibility and everyone who comes into contact with children and their families and carers has a role to play in safeguarding children. In order to fulfill this responsibility, all our professionals are trained to make sure that their approach is child-centered.
Put into practice, this means that our staff will consider, at all times, what is in the best interests of the child.
We commit to:
- Provide a safe environment for children, young people and adults at risk of harm to learn in
- Identify those who are suffering or are likely to suffer significant harm or who are at risk of radicalisation
- Take appropriate action to see that students are kept safe at College and also that disclosures of potential abuse occurring at home or elsewhere are reported appropriately
- Report allegations of modern slavery and/or human trafficking in accordance with the Anti-Modern Day Slavery Statement and Policy
- Have a system for identifying concerns in relation to abuse of adults at risk of harm and effective methods of responding to disclosures
- Refer concerns that a child, young person or adult at risk of significant harm or might be at risk of significant harm to the appropriate referral agencies
- Work effectively with others as required by 'Working Together to Safeguard Children'
- Listen to the voice of a child and always act in the interest of the child
- Appoint a Designated Senior Person for child protection
- Ensure appropriate safeguarding responses for children who go missing from College
- Have safeguarding policies and procedures that are consistent with the local Safeguarding Children Board requirements, reviewed annually and made available to parents