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Feel Safe – Be Safe

Kensington and Chelsea College is committed to safeguarding the welfare of all our learners

We are working with the Student Council to identify the ways to further improve the way we work and ensure that every member of the college community is aware of how they can keep themselves safe and support others.

Staying safe at Kensington and Chelsea College

Kensington and Chelsea College has a legal and moral duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children, young people and vulnerable adults attending the College.

  • Child protection looks at recognising abuse and neglect and acting to stop it.
  • Safeguarding looks at keeping children, young people and adults safe from a wide range of potential harm, and looks at ways of preventing harm as well as well as acting to stop it.
  • Prevent is about supporting students and helping to stop them from becoming involved in extremist/terrorist activities

College objectives:

Every learner at Kensington and Chelsea College has the right to feel safe and to be safe. This not only covers physical safety, but emotional and mental safety too.

We are committed to making sure that all our learners are safe. Learner will have access to a Personal Tutor, Learning Coaches and other staff who are available to listen and help with any issues or concerns they might have. Parent/carers are also encouraged to bring forward any potential concerns to the Safeguarding team.

Where any potential issues may arise where someone does not feel safe, something has happened, or a learner or parent/carer have concerns that something might happen to threaten someone’s safety, we can do something to help.

We promise to:

LISTEN carefully and take your concerns seriously

ACT sensitively and explain what will happen next

GIVE REASSURANCE that we can help

NEVER JUDGE – we are here to help you

RECORD what is said 

REACT – take appropriate action to address the issues raised either internally or via an external agency

Concerns about safeguarding

For any concerns or questions regarding safeguarding at Kensington and Chelsea College please contact our Designated Safeguarding Lead, Lubna Hussain at safeguarding@kcc.ac.uk

Download the Safeguarding Policy

What to do

Tell someone 

  • Talk to any member of staff about what has happened or what you worry might happen.
  • Once you have told us we can help and support you – we are not here to judge, we are here to help.

Writing it up 

  • We will write up what you have told us, or you can write it down in your own words if you prefer
  • The Safeguarding team is specially trained to deal with any issues you may have
  • They will make sure the best support is put in place for you

Actions taken 

  • We will keep you informed of everything we do to help you
  • Safeguarding Team meets regularly and reviews all cases

Prevent

The Prevent strategy is the Government’s response to a rise in terrorist and extremist activity both in other countries, and here in the United Kingdom. It aims to reduce the threat to the UK from terrorism by stopping people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism. 

There are three specific strategic objectives:

  • To respond to the ideas that fuel terrorism and the threat we face from those who promote them
  • To prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure that they are given the right advice and support
  • To work with sectors and institutions where there are risks of radicalisation

The Prevent strategy deals with all forms of terrorism and with non-violent extremism, which can create an atmosphere conducive to terrorism and can popularise views which terrorists then exploit.  It also makes clear that preventing people from becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism requires challenge to extremist ideas where they are used to legitimise terrorism and are shared by terrorist groups. The strategy also means intervening to stop people moving from extremist (albeit legal) groups into terrorist-related activity.

There isn’t a single profile of someone who may be at risk of being drawn into terrorism. People who are vulnerable to becoming involved in terrorism can be any age, from any group, faith, ethnicity or background. As well as religious extremism, the Prevent strategy is also very concerned with political extremism from both the far Left and the far Right, as well as some radical animal rights and environmental activists. The Prevent strategy at Kensington and Chelsea College is about keeping all students, staff and visitors safe from the risks of being drawn into radicalisation/terrorism.

The College has a moral and legal duty to protect students from the risk of radicalisation. Every member of staff at Kensington and Chelsea College has received Prevent training and the Safeguarding Team are always available to help with concerns or issues raised in this area.

Our staff are trained to recognise and deal with the abuse of vulnerable people

The College has policies and procedures on safeguarding young people and vulnerable adults. All members of staff, mentors and volunteers are trained to identify the signs of abuse, support the individual and take action to make sure that the abuse stops.

Safeguarding Policy Procedures

Zero tolerance of bullying or harassment

Bullying and Harassment are not acceptable and although rare, incidents are dealt with swiftly and firmly. Students and staff have worked together to produce leaflets which inform learners what to do if they are bullied or harassed.

Safe use of computers

Digital technology is an essential aid to learning and communication. We ensure that we have systems in place to keep learners safe and we teach students how to manage their own use of computers and mobile phones so that they are aware of dangers.

Getting students involved to promote safety

We involve students in a variety of ways including: The Student Council, learner feedback, tutorials, projects.

Working with others to keep students safe

Staff have good relationships with external agencies including: the health and social services, the police and probation service and charities and projects supporting families. This means that we can work with them to reduce risks to health and safety and react quickly if a learner reports a problem.

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