Kensington and Chelsea College is committed to safeguarding the welfare of all our learners, staff and visitors. We take the safety of our College community very seriously and are proud that our learners feel safe in the College.
We have 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 acting to stop it.
- ‘Prevent’ is a national initiative of awareness and support, helping to stop people from becoming involved in extremist or terrorist activities.
We also work with the Student Council to identify ways to 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.
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.
Every learner at Kensington and Chelsea College has the right to feel and be safe. This not only covers your physical safety, but your emotional and mental safety too.
You will have access to a Personal Tutor, Learning Coaches and other staff who are available to listen and help with any issues or concerns you have. Parents or carers are also encouraged to bring forward any potential concerns to the Safeguarding team.
Where you don’t feel safe, or have concerns that something might happen to threaten someone else’s safety, we’re here to help.
What you can do
Talk to any member of staff about what has happened or what you worry might happen. Once you have told us, relevant information is passed in confidence to the Safeguarding Team. We then 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.
We will keep you informed of everything we do to help you. The Safeguarding Team meets regularly and reviews all cases.
- 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
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 challenging 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.
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.
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.
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.