Safeguarding

Truro and Penwith College recognises that it has a duty to ensure arrangements are in place for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people and we carry out this duty through our teaching and learning, pastoral care and extended College activities.

Section 175 of the Education Act 2002 gives maintained schools and colleges a statutory duty to promote and safeguard the welfare of children, and to have due regard to the DCFS policy 'Safeguarding Children and Safer Recruitment in Education' and the Children Act 1989 and 2004 Guidance.

All members of the College community (including volunteers and governors) will at all times establish and maintain a safe and stimulating environment where young people feel secure, are encouraged to talk to adults they can trust and are listened to. Through training, all staff (teaching and non-teaching) will be able to recognise the signs of abuse and understand their responsibilities when young people may be at risk of harm. Training of all staff (except the designed person) will be updated every three years. The College recognises the importance of attendance at all meetings called when there is a concern regarding the safeguarding of a student. 

Talk to Us

Who can I speak to?

Steve Phillips - Safeguarding Officer based at Truro Campus in Student Services.

Laura Kaley - Student Services Assistant

Designated Member of Staff

The designated senior member of staff for all matters relating to Child Protection and Safeguarding in this college is Cheryl Mewton, Director of Studies. The DSL has a team of trained Safeguarding specialists who can offer help and support.

Our designated member of staff is fully trained and receives updated training every two years. The DSL has a team of Safeguarding specialists who can offer help and support.

Staff Recruitment

In line with the guidance 'Safer Recruitment', our Personnel Team has completed Safer Recruitment training. All staff, including volunteers, who have access to young people in the College, have been carefully selected and screened and all have had an enhanced Criminal Records Bureau check prior to commencing work. Details of all appointments and checks are held in a central record. Staff will be inducted into the College and training will be given with regard to child protection.

Operation Encompass

The College has been given the opportunity to take part in a project that will run jointly between schools/colleges and Devon and Cornwall Police.

Operation Encompass is the reporting to schools and colleges, prior to the start of the next college day, when a child or young person has been exposed to, or involved in, any domestic incident.

Operation Encompass will ensure that a member or the college staff, known as a Key Adult, is trained to allow them to liaise with the police and to use the information that has been shared, in confidence, while ensuring that the college is able to make provisions for possible difficulties experienced by young people, or their families, who have been involved in, or exposed to, a domestic abuse incident.

We are keen to offer the best support possible to all our students and we believe this will be extremely beneficial for all those involved. 

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