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Safe­guard­ing

Keep­ing our stu­dents and staff safe is a top pri­or­i­ty of our college.

Meet the Team

In order to ensure that safe­guard­ing refer­rals are dealt with effi­cient­ly and effec­tive­ly, Not­ting­ham Col­lege has a range of spe­cial­ly trained col­leagues who can pick up and respond to any concerns. 

First Response Offi­cers (FROs) are our first point of con­tact for any safe­guard­ing cas­es raised regard­ing learn­ers. FROs have received addi­tion­al train­ing to be able to man­age low lev­el safe­guard­ing cas­es, and esca­late con­cerns through our inter­nal process­es and required. 

Des­ig­nat­ed Safe­guard­ing Offi­cers (DSOs) have received a high­er lev­el of train­ing, and ensure that we are able to man­age all of the safe­guard­ing cas­es. DSOs will man­age cas­es regard­ing child pro­tec­tion or oth­er social care relat­ed issues. DSOs also pro­vide sup­port and guid­ance to First Response Offi­cers and oth­er col­leagues across the col­lege regard­ing appro­pri­ate actions required.

You can meet the Safe­guard­ing Team here.

At Not­ting­ham Col­lege, we take pride in ensur­ing the col­lege is a safe and sup­port­ive atmos­phere for stu­dents to thrive. 

Not­ting­ham Col­lege is com­mit­ted to ensur­ing that stu­dents have access to a range of sup­port from tutors, achieve­ment coach­es, addi­tion­al learn­ing sup­port and secu­ri­ty when it comes to safe­guard­ing students. 

Where we feel that stu­dents may need addi­tion­al sup­port in order con­tin­ue or man­age their stud­ies, Not­ting­ham Col­lege works with a wide range of exter­nal organ­i­sa­tions who we reg­u­lar­ly refer to for support. 

If you have any safe­guard­ing con­cerns about a stu­dent at the col­lege and you think they may need addi­tion­al sup­port, please con­tact the col­lege on: 0115 9100 100 and you will be direct­ed to the most appro­pri­ate per­son. If there are con­cerns around a stu­dent out­side of col­lege hours, then please con­tact the Police on 101 for non-emer­gency inci­dents or 999 for any seri­ous concerns.

What does ‘Safeguarding’ mean?

  • Safe­guard­ing looks at keep­ing chil­dren, young peo­ple and adults safe from a wide range poten­tial harm, and puts in pro­ce­dures into place to pre­vent, as well as act­ing to stop harm.
  • Child pro­tec­tion looks at recog­nis­ing abuse and neglect and act­ing to stop it. Spe­cial mea­sures are put in place to pro­tect and sup­port any stu­dents we are con­cerned are at risk of sig­nif­i­cant harm.
  • Pre­vent is about sup­port­ing stu­dents and help­ing them to stop them from becom­ing involved in extremist/​terrorist activities.

Information for professionals

In your role, it may be that you are work­ing with stu­dents that are leav­ing school, re-access­ing edu­ca­tion or are cur­rent­ly study­ing with us. If you have any safe­guard­ing con­cerns or queries that you need to share with the col­lege, please get in touch by call­ing either 0115 9100 100 and you will be direct­ed to a mem­ber of the safe­guard­ing team. Alter­na­tive­ly, you can con­tact the safe­guard­ing team via email on safeguarding@​nottinghamcollege.​ac.​uk. Please state to our call cen­tre col­leagues or in email about whether the enquiry is urgent.

For fur­ther details, please see our safe­guard­ing pol­i­cy in full here. If you are work­ing with a stu­dent who is involved in any social care meet­ings, looked after reviews or any oth­er safe­guard­ing meet­ings, do con­tact the col­lege and we will arrange for a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the col­lege to attend. 

Safeguarding Files

In accor­dance to Keep­ing Chil­dren Safe in Edu­ca­tion (2018) schools are required to share rel­e­vant safe­guard­ing infor­ma­tion or files with the edu­ca­tion pro­vi­sion that stu­dent moves to. If schools or alter­na­tive edu­ca­tion pro­vi­sions are aware that their stu­dents are pro­gress­ing onto cours­es with Not­ting­ham Col­lege, please get in touch with the safe­guard­ing team at safeguarding@​nottinghamcollege.​ac.​uk and a mem­ber of the team will get in touch. 

Professionals visiting Nottingham College

Guid­ance from Not­ting­ham City Coun­cil has out­lined clear guid­ance to pro­fes­sion­als around con­trol­ling access to school premises. 

To sum­marise:

  • Any pro­fes­sion­al wish­ing to under­take work in col­lege with our stu­dents must be expect­ed to make a for­mal appoint­ment and the safe­guard­ing team will take the steps to ensure a risk assess­ment is car­ried out and logged appropriately.
  • The named pro­fes­sion­al must be the per­son who under­takes any inter­ven­tion · Pro­fes­sion­als must show their organ­i­sa­tion ID on arrival
  • Pro­fes­sion­als must sign in on recep­tion, and where pos­si­ble be accom­pa­nied by a mem­ber of staff at all times

Support we can offer

​Transitional support

You may be working with students who currently receive a wide range of support in school around their emotional wellbeing, looked after child support, support around behaviour or wide safeguarding issues. Starting college can be an anxious time for many students, but if you believe that there are any support requirements that the college can put into place before students join us in September, do not hesitate to get in touch.

Looked after children and Care Leavers

There is a wide range of support available at the college, and particular support is in place for any learners who are either Looked After or Care Leavers. Looked After Learners and Care Leavers are able to access specific support from their Achievement Coaches to ensure that they are able to reach their highest potential while studying with us. This can range from one to one support, wellbeing check ins, referrals to external services and ongoing liaison with social workers or personal advisors.

All Looked After Learners will also have Personal Education Plan (PEP) meetings, which will be attended by their Achievement Coaches and the Faculty Area Manager for their curriculum. These meetings are in place to ensure that learners are on track with their course, attending well, and any barriers to learning are resolved and support is put into place.

For more information about the financial support offered to Looked After Learners, please contact our Student Finance Team.

Learners with a Criminal Conviction

For safeguarding purposes, if a learner has any current or pending convictions then the safeguarding team must be made aware at the application stage or during the learner’s time with us if an incident was to occur during. A thorough risk assessment will then be conducted in a sensitive and confidential manner, to ensure the safety and support needs of both the learner and others linked to the programme are able to be met, and for the learner to achieve their potential in a safe and supportive environment. Nottingham College prides itself on following the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1984 and ensures that every learner is given a fair and equal opportunity. We have expertly trained, friendly and professional behaviour specialists who work with our learners and we have other support in place such as achievement coaches.

Mental health and support to study

Nottingham College offers a wide range of support for students who suffer with mental health issues. If you are working with a student whose mental health is having a detrimental effect on their ability to study, or you are the parent or carer of a student who needs support with their mental health, please get in contact with the college, and we may be able to begin our Support to Study Procedures in order to best support the student. This can even be completed before a student enrols at the college, so support can be organised before they start in September.

Every student has an Achievement Coach allocated to them to give pastoral support when needed. Achievement Coaches work with tutors, Faculty Area Managers and the Wellbeing Co-ordinator for student wellness to create a support plan for those students who need support with their mental health. Additional support available includes liaising directly with external mental health services such as CAMHS, Community Psychiatric Nurses and social workers as well as referring to additional external support, making reasonable adjustments for exams, workload, deadlines and timetabling to give the student the best change possible of achieving their potential.

In addition to this, we also have a number of Youth Mental Health First Aid trained staff who work across all our campuses. They are specifically trained in recognising signs of distress in our students, listening to concerns around mental health, signposting to support services, managing a mental health crisis and reporting concerns to our safeguarding team for additional support. These members of staff are recognisable by their Mental Health First Aid badges on their lanyard and are always happy to help.

Online Safety

Nottingham college takes online safety very seriously and we have a range of tools and systems in place to ensure our students stay safe whilst they use the internet. Whether a student is using a device whilst on campus or using a loaned College device/laptop at home, we have integrated a secure monitoring system on all of these. This system is called eSafe, which is vital service which alerts schools and colleges to the earliest warning signs of risks to safety, welfare and wellbeing and enables early interventions – supporting education leaders with their statutory duties, as defined by the Department for Education. eSafe not only monitors words and phrases for risk markers in all languages but is the only digital monitoring service that can also detect evidence of safeguarding risks in static and moving images that aren't tagged with descriptive copy. This is particularly important in the current pandemic, as isolated imagery is often the only place where signs of the trending safeguarding risks (such as webcam grooming and child sexual exploitation) will be found.

Where an alert is sent to the Safeguarding team, it is dealt with appropriately depending on the severity of the content, which may include a discussion with their tutor/achievement coach or in some instances contact is made with the students’ parents, social worker or the Police.

Please note that if any of our students are abusing any of our college devices or not following the IT policy correctly, we reserve the right to suspend their use of the devices or confiscate any that were on loan.

Bullying, Harassment & Abuse

Nottingham College has a zero tolerance policy when it comes to bullying, harassment and abuse. Where an incident is reported to a member of staff, we will always ensure the relevant support is provided, a thorough investigation is conducted and the matter is dealt with appropriately.

Where our students do not feel confident in speaking up to a member of staff in person, they are able to report their concerns to a confidential email address called Report-It. This service is not anonymous, but is staffed by a trained team who will treat their report with complete confidentially. We will offer them support and advice, and explain how their concern will be managed. We have posters to promote this service on the inside of all our toilet door cubicles and there is also a copy on our internal StudentNet page.

Together we can tackle and overcome bullying and harassment and keep ourselves and our College community safe from harm.

Meet the Safeguarding Team

We have a dedicated Safeguarding team that supports students in many different ways.

Prevent

Find out how Prevent is safeguarding people and communities from the threat of terrorism both here in the UK and overseas.

British Values

Nottingham College is positively committed to creating an inclusive environment which is free from discrimination and where there is mutual respect and equality for all.