Safeguarding

Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults in education and training at the Presidency London College.

Safeguarding young people and vulnerable adults

  • A young person is anyone under 18
  • A vulnerable adult is anyone over 18 who can’t take care of themselves
  • We will look after the rights of all young people and vulnerable adults in all parts of the College
  • All staff in the College will help to make sure young people and vulnerable adults are safe from all types of harm.

Every Learner Matters

We all have a responsibility to make sure young people and vulnerable young adults can:

  • Be healthy
  • Stay safe
  • Enjoy and achieve
  • Make a positive contribution
  • Achieve economic well-being.

The Education Act of 2002 says that Colleges must look after and help to keep young people and vulnerable adults safe from harm.

The Senior Management Team (SMT) of the College must make sure that we:

  • tell all staff about possible abuse of young people and vulnerable adults
  • have Safeguarding Officers who can deal with possible abuse
  • only employ staff who will work to keep young people and vulnerable adults safe from harm.

What is abuse?

Significant Harm is harm to health or development from seeing or hearing other 
people being badly treated.

Physical Abuse is being hit, shaken, being thrown at or burnt, or other types of physical harm.

Emotional Abuse is ongoing ill treatment that will affect the emotional development of the young person or vulnerable adult.

Sexual Abuse is forcing a young person or vulnerable adult to take part in sexual activity.

Neglect is the failure to give basic physical and psychological safety and will affect the health and development of the young person or vulnerable adult.

Bullying is being treated without respect by use of words, gestures and physical and verbal assault.

Physical Punishment is the use of physical strength to control what is happening.

If a young person or vulnerable adult tells us they, or some one they know, is being harmed:

We

  • listen carefully
  • reassure them that they have done nothing wrong
  • tell them that what they are telling us is confidential but that we may have to pass information on
  • tell them to whom we may have to pass information
  • make a note of date, time, place and what was said.

We do not

  • put words into their mouths
  • investigate or interview them but pass the information immediately to the Centre Safeguarding Officer who will interview them.

All information is confidential and is not given to any other college staff.

If the concern involves a member of staff contact Jean Defour (Centre Manager).

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