Safeguarding is a broad term which means “looking after”, and it can apply to children or vulnerable adults. For our purposes it covers everything from making sure children know their way around the city to checking that all members of staff are suitable to work in a school. Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility, which means that everyone who works with children and vulnerable adults has a duty to protect them and promote their welfare.

We take our safeguarding responsibilities seriously, and make every effort to ensure the children in our care are well looked after. Every member of staff in Enhanced DBS checked and receive safeguarding training. All homestay providers, activity leaders, and transport providers also receive Basic Awareness training and suitability checks and are briefed on their responsibilities.

Safeguarding 16/17 year olds

For those students aged 16 or 17 who are enrolled on our adult courses our safeguarding for juniors will still apply to them.

Parents will need to give their agreement to their children taking part in lessons and activities with adults on our parental consent form. They will need to specify a curfew time which will be indicated to their Homestay provider and for the holder of the emergency phone.

Every junior student will have a wristband with the emergency phone number of the school including the 16 and 17 year olds.

There will be certain activities not available to them such as pub evenings, but with the ‘parents’ agreement they will be allowed to join in most of the activities offered to our adult students. So, although they are able to enrol on our individual adult courses they will still be considered as juniors.

Our Safeguarding Team

Hilary Desvernay

Philip Parker