Here at London South East Colleges we are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. We expect all staff and volunteers to share this objective and ask the same of our students, their parents/carers, contractors working at our sites and all visitors.
- Students learn in a safe and secure environment
- A rota of trained Safeguarding Officers operates at each campus
- It is important that our students have the confidence to come forward to speak or act if they, or someone else, is at risk of harm
- Our shared responsibility for safeguarding and looking out for each other is a key message at induction and through our tutorial and enrichment programmes.
- We respect people’s privacy and will only share information with permission or where it is necessary to ensure someone’s safety.
- We work closely with local Social Care teams to ensure that looked after children receive the help they need.
- We promote the British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance for those with different faiths and beliefs.
- We work with the Local Authorities and law enforcement agencies to ensure all our students have access to appropriate protection from the risks associated with extremist views.
- We train all staff regularly in safeguarding practice and make students aware of their rights and responsibilities and how to find the help they need.
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We have a Safeguarding Policy which is reviewed annually and a number of related policy statements:
- Criminal Conviction Disclosure
- Drugs and Substance Misuse
- Physical Intervention
- Self-Harm and Suicide Prevention
- Social Media
- Student Search
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I'M CONCERNED ABOUT A STUDENT?...
Keeping young people and vulnerable adults studying here safe is something we take very seriously. We have policies in place to ensure safer recruitment and to deal with any allegations. Please proceed as follows:
- Don’t promise confidentiality
- Tell a member of the Safeguarding Team immediately – just ask Reception who will locate a Safeguarding Officer
- Tell the learner what you’re doing and why
- Don’t investigate
- Make a record of any conversation
GUIDELINES FOR VISITORS...
- Please read the leaflet provided to you by Reception
- Please make sure you wear your visitor/contractor lanyard at all time and keep to the purposes and locations of your visit
- Please make sure you’re escorted by a staff member at all times
- Please act promptly if you see or are approached by a learner in distress
GET IN TOUCH...
The safeguarding team is happy to talk to learners, staff and visitors about safeguarding at the College. Your main contacts are:
- Dith Banbury, Group Head of Safeguarding t: 020 3954 4999
- Caralyn Betts, Safeguarding Manager for Bromley and Orpington t: 020 3954 4999
- Robert Gee, Senior Safeguarding Officer for Bromley and Orpington t: 020 3954 4999
- Sandra Chick, (Interim) Safeguarding Manager for Bexley and Greenwich t: 020 3954 4999
- Brooks Seyoum- Woldeyes (Interim) Senior Safeguarding Officer for Greenwich t: 020 3954 4999
DECLARATION OF CONVICTIONS...
Why do we ask for this information?
The College has a duty of care to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all its users (students, staff and visitors). In order to meet these responsibilities it is necessary to ask all students to declare any unspent convictions to enable the College to assess any potential risks posed by enrolment on a course.
Declaring Criminal Convictions
As part of the enrolment process you will be asked to disclose any unspent criminal convictions so the College can assess what support you will need whilst studying with us. This will be through a simple YES/NO question at enrolment.
Having a criminal record or a pending prosecution is very unlikely to prevent your enrolment at College as only certain offences are considered to be relevant. Those convictions that might be of concern would relate to, violence, abuse or drugs-related offences as these can present a significant risk to others at the College. However, please note that in exceptional circumstances, or if you have failed to disclose any relevant information which the College subsequently becomes aware of and the College believes that it cannot adequately manage the risks faced, then your offer of a place, or enrolment on the course, may be withdrawn.
This declaration will be passed to a Safeguarding Officer, who may need to contact you for further information and, if necessary, complete a risk assessment. Discussion, where appropriate, may be needed with other staff at the College but only on a strictly need-to-know basis.
Spent Convictions are not considered to be relevant and you are not required to reveal them unless you are hoping to join a Child Care, Health and Social Care and some professional and Higher Education courses, that is, any course where a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is required.
The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 enables criminal convictions to be ‘spent’ after a rehabilitation period. Rehabilitation periods vary dependent on the conviction and sentence given. If you are not sure whether your conviction is spent and should be declared, you should get advice from the appropriate agency e.g. Youth Offending Team or Probation Service, NACRO (National Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders) or visit the online calculator www.disclosurecalculator.org.uk or www.unlock.org.uk for up-to-date advice.
Who do i contact for advice?