INDUCTION WORKBOOK                        SAFEGUARDING STUDENTS                                         2010              ...
SAFEGUARDING STUDENTS: INDUCTION TRAINING (A GUIDE FOR STAFF)Staff Guidelines 2010 - 2011Safeguarding Students – a Guide f...
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  1. 1. INDUCTION WORKBOOK SAFEGUARDING STUDENTS 2010 SQSWelcome to the staff team at Bridgwater College. Your work here will contribute to what weaim to be an outstanding experience for our students and customers. This awareness raisingstaff development activity is designed to support you within your role.NAME: ……………………………………………………………………DATE: …………………………………………………………………… 1
  2. 2. SAFEGUARDING STUDENTS: INDUCTION TRAINING (A GUIDE FOR STAFF)Staff Guidelines 2010 - 2011Safeguarding Students – a Guide for StaffBridgwater College is committed to safeguarding young people and vulnerable adults, and toprotecting staff from potential allegations of abuse.An estimated 150 to 200 children die or are seriously injured in England and Wales everyyear following incidents of abuse or neglect. Thousands more suffer long term emotional andpsychological problems because of ill treatment by their own parents or those looking afterthem. It is estimated that ten percent of the population will have experienced some form ofabuse. This has implications for those who work with large numbers of young people.We have a duty to support the physical and psychological wellbeing of young people andvulnerable adults by safeguarding them from all forms of abuse.The categories of abuse are: physical, emotional, sexual abuse and neglect. Increasinglyyoung people are at risk from emotional and sexual abuse via digital technology. The Collegehas both a Safeguarding Policy and an E-Safety Policy aiming to safeguard them from theserisks.To help support students, Bridgwater College Staff will adhere to the principles and practicesof Safeguarding. By law, this includes all those under 18 and vulnerable adults; it also relatesto those over 18 who report abuse as a child.As a member of staff you have a duty to: Recognise Respond Record Reportany concerns you may have, or disclosures of abuse that are made to you.Recognise - What are some of the symptoms of abuse?Abuse can take many forms. You are not expected to be an expert in this field. However, youwill develop knowledge of the students you teach or have contact with and may ‘pick up’changes in behaviour that may cause you concern.The young person / vulnerable adult may: • Have bruises and injuries that they have difficulty explaining • May be scared, tearful and may display unusual behaviour • May self harm or place themselves in risky situations • Show a dramatic change in characterRespond - If a student discloses (tells you about abuse):Take them seriously; it will have taken a lot of courage to disclose this. Reassure them thatthey have done the right thing in telling you. Do not promise to keep what they tell you asecret, but you can say that the information will only be shared as far as necessary to getfurther help and to keep them safe. You can use the form Safeguarding Students 1 (SS1),described below to help guide you through any conversations with students.It is important to try not to lead the student, and to let them disclose in their own way. Thankthe student for telling you and follow the procedures in this leaflet. A student may tell youabout events that happened many years ago. It is important that you treat these disclosureswith equal care. 2
  3. 3. RecordMake sure that you make a written record of what happened and how you dealt with it. Aform, Safeguarding Students 1 (SS1), is available on the College Extranet to help you do this.Records should be made as soon as possible and every effort should be made to recordprecisely what was said, along with the context. It is a good practice to have another memberof staff with you to act as a witness to the discussion.Reporting issuesYou should record and pass on your concerns to your Senior Tutor, or the Nominated Personfor safeguarding. Mark Nettle (Head of Student Services) is the Nominated Person for theCollege appointed to liaise with the relevant agencies on Safeguarding issues.The student’s needs are paramount, and where staff have a concern about a young person orvulnerable adult they must share their concerns appropriately and promptly. Safeguardinginformation is very sensitive so should only be shared with Senior Tutors or Mark Nettle.This straightforward procedure is aimed at supporting both students and staff. It ensures thatconcerns are dealt with effectively and in confidence. Once you have reported your concerns,you will be informed if you need to take any further action. Mark Nettle and the Senior Tutor team are shown here: From left to right: Jane Morris (Senior Tutor Access, Science & Humanities), Louise Seymour (Senior Tutor Business & Professional Studies), Sukey Elstob (Senior Tutor Land-based Studies), Mark Nettle, Head of Student Services, Leri Ayre (Senior Tutor Entry Studies), Bryn Youds (Senior Tutor Arts & Technology).Protecting yourself from allegations of abuseAlthough there are many different situations that create a potential risk of allegations, somebasic rules will help to protect you, and most are centred around maintaining a professional,rather than personal, relationship with young people. So, for example, make sure you do not: • Arrange to be alone with a young person somewhere out of the way or concealed from others. • Exchange personal details e.g. mobile or home number, e-mail, address • Become ‘friends’ on Facebook or other social networking sites • Lend personal money, or give a young person a lift in your car. 3