Hartlepool Sixth Form College

Safeguarding and Prevent

Hartlepool Sixth Form College is committed to Safeguarding children and vulnerable young adults.

Safeguarding

All children and young people deserve the opportunity to achieve their full potential and the right to be safeguarded from harm and exploitation. Hartlepool Sixth Form College is committed to Safeguarding children and vulnerable young adults and follows procedures based on the recommendations of Working Together to Safeguard Children (2015), Keeping Children Safe in Education (2016) and Guidance for Safer Working Practice for Adults who work with Children and Young People and:

The Children’s Hub - Hartlepool Borough Council

The Children’s Hub replaces First Contact and is a partnership between:

  • Hartlepool Borough Council
  • Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council
  • Cleveland Police
  • North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust
  • Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Trust.

Child protection looks at recognising abuse and neglect and acting on it whereas safeguarding looks at keeping children, young people and vulnerable adults safe from a much wider range of potential harm, and looks at preventative action, not just reaction. We work with other local agencies such as Operation Encompass, Children’s Services, Cleveland Police and Hartlepool Safeguarding Board to ensure the welfare of children and young people and to provide support to our students.

The College has procedures in place for:

  • Identifying and reporting cases or suspected cases as, in our day-to-day contact with students, staff are well placed to observe the outward signs of risk and indicators of abuse.
  • Supporting students who may have been abused or are at risk.
  • Dealing with allegations against members of staff.
  • Ensuring the recruitment of persons who are suitable to work with students

We recognise that high self-esteem, confidence, supportive friends and good lines of communication with a trusted adult, helps in the prevention of abuse. The College has an ethos of ensuring that that students feel secure, are encouraged to talk, and are listened to. Students know that there are adults in the college whom they may approach if they are worried or in difficulty; The Be Safe Team are publicised through tutorials, classroom posters and TV screens around college. The tutorial programme includes activities which aim to equip students with the skills they require to stay safe from abuse and to know whom to turn for help. Our policies and procedures encourage good behaviour and respect for others on the part of students and prevent all forms of bullying (including cyber-bullying) amongst students.

If you are concerned about a student please contact our Designated Safeguarding Officers on 01429 294444 or email our Be Safe Team.
Health, Safety and Wellbeing Guidance and Advice

Health, Safety and Wellbeing Guidance and Advice

Operation Encompass

Hartlepool Sixth Form College participates in Operation Encompass which runs in partnership between Hartlepool Borough Council and Cleveland Police. This provides early reporting to the College of any domestic abuse incidents that occur outside of College hours but may have an impact on a student attending College the following day. This information is shared on week days during term time and, when incidents occur on a Friday, Saturday or a Sunday, the police contact the College the following Monday.

The College has a nominated member of College staff who is known as a Key Adult and they liaise with the police. They use information that has been shared with them, in confidence, to ensure that the College is able to make provision for possible difficulties experienced by students, or their families. Information will be shared where it is identified that a child or young person was present, witnessed or was involved in a domestic abuse incident.

HSFC Key Adult: Julie Collings, Vice Principal, Curriculum, Quality and Student Care. Contact via Email or telephone on 01429 294444.

To find out more about Operation Encompass please download a leaflet or visit the Operation Encompass website here.

E Safety

The digital world is integral to the lives of young people of all ages. It provides many opportunities but also many challenges. E safety is not only about internet technologies but electronic communications via mobile phones, games consoles and wireless technology. AS Hartlepool Sixth Form College, students are trained in all aspects of e-safety during their first term in college to ensure they are equipped to deal with challenges faced online including social media, cyberbullying, the risks associated with strangers online and the sharing of private information.

Additional Help and Guidance

The Prevent Duty and Safeguarding

“Prevent is the Government’s strategy to stop people becoming involved in all forms of extremism: violent and non violent, Islamist and extreme right or anyone who uses their ideologies to spread hatred of minorities”. (The Prevent Strategy and the Channel Programme in FE Colleges, Counter Extremism Policy 21/10/15).

As a sixth form college, we have an important role to play in working with other agencies to help prevent radicalisation and stop our students being drawn into terrorism. It is about safeguarding our students to keep them safe and within the law. It is not about stopping students from having political and religious views but about supporting them to express these in none extremist ways. We encourage our students to participate in open debate and to discuss their ideas and opinions in a mutually respectful and safe environment.

Staff and governors have been trained on the Prevent Duty to ensure they are aware of their responsibilities and the Colleges’ procedures. All students participate in a programme of events aimed to collectively discuss and democratically agree the ways in which we can promote our society and values as a college and a local community.

For more information on Prevent or on any aspect of Safeguarding please contact Julie Collings, Assistant Principal Student Care, Guidance and Intervention via email or telephone on 01429 294444.

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HSFC Prevent Strategy PDF
HSFC Prevent Policy PDF