Oakmere Community College is committed to Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of leaners and all its staff, volunteers and partners to endorse and practice this commitment at all times.”
The staff at the College regard each learner as a unique individual and therefore seek to support learner development in ways which will foster security, confidence and independence. We recognise that high self-esteem, peer support, a safe and secure College environment and clear lines of communication with trusted adults helps all learners and adults particularly those at risk of or suffering from abuse.
Oakmere Community College is committed to the well-being and development of all its learners. The College recognises its contribution and duties towards safeguarding all learners, especially those who are vulnerable.
Safeguarding is a term used to describe the overall safety and well-being of an individual includes:
- Protecting children and young people from maltreatment.
- Preventing the impairment of children and young peoples’ health and wellbeing.
- Ensuring that children and young people are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care.
- Protecting vulnerable adults (PoVA) from maltreatment and exploitation.
The College will:
- Strive to maintain a trusting College ethos, so that learners communicate well with staff.
- Be proactive in ensuring the safety of young people and vulnerable adults.
- Provide clear guidelines and procedures for all staff so that they can respond appropriately to safeguarding concerns.
- Develop and deliver a staff training package which keeps all staff up-to-date with procedures and safeguarding issues and evaluate its effectiveness in meeting this objective.
- Offer support to staff and learners who have any safeguarding concerns (including referral to external agencies where this is deemed appropriate).
- Act promptly and diligently on any safeguarding concerns.
- Liaise with the appropriate key partners and develop collaborative working practices which facilitate and promote the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults both within the College and within the wider community.
- Carefully screen and monitor all College employees and volunteers to ensure they are, and remain suitable to work with the young and vulnerable.