Accrington & Rossendale College recognises the importance of ensuring the safety, health, well-being and welfare of all of its learners and is committed to creating an environment which supports this. We want to ensure that we not only protect our learners from harm but prepare them for a safe, healthy and successful future.
The College has a range of policies and procedures that ensure the welfare of our learners is always placed at the centre of all activities.
Safeguarding is a term that covers many things – all concerned with making sure our learners are safe, healthy, protected from harm and enjoy positive wellbeing.
We are committed to a ‘whole college approach’ to Safeguarding and to this end all staff are carefully recruited, trained and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checked. We also ensure that all staff are trained in Safeguarding issues and are kept up to date with changes in both legislation and good practice. In addition to this, we have a team of highly skilled and trained staff whose responsibility it is to listen to, assess and if necessary investigate any problems that students might be facing, both inside and outside of College.
We work closely with partners in Children’s and Social Services and other organisations to support vulnerable learners.
During induction and tutorial sessions, learners are provided with information about keeping themselves safe both in College and outside, as well as how to stay safe on-line. Learners are also provided with lots of guidance about what to do if they do not feel safe and who they can talk to about their concerns.
Lots of people love using Facebook, Twitter and chat rooms. There is nothing wrong with chatting to your friends in this way. However, it’s really important that you keep yourself safe, so we asked our students to give us their safeguarding tips:
- If ever meeting up with somebody who is alien to your or your friends make sure that you meet them in a group of at least 2-3 and in a public, well lit and populated area
- Inform somebody of where you are going and what time you should be back, also the name of who you are meeting
- Don’t accept anyone on social networking sites you don’t know
- Remember never to trust anyone who you have met online, you don’t know what they are capable of doing
- Never tell a stranger on network sites or chat rooms anything personal about yourself, e.g. where you live, date of birth, etc
- Never meet anyone you don’t know, simple as!