a safe and stimulating environment in which our learners can thrive
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.
Truro and Penwith College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults, and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This means that we have a child protection and safeguarding policy and appropriate procedures in place.
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 is updated regularly.
Where the sharing of personal information with appropriate agencies is necessary for the vital interests of a student or other person (for safeguarding or life preserving measures), we will do this in accordance with our duties under the General Data Protection Regulation or other current legislation.
We will ensure that our concerns about our children, young people and vulnerable adults are discussed with his/her/their parents/carers first (as appropriate); unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child’s, young person’s or vulnerable adult’s welfare.
The College recognises the importance of attendance at all meetings called when there is a concern regarding the safeguarding of a student.
In addition, Truro and Penwith College has a designated Governor for Safeguarding; Linda Batchelor.
The dedicated, professional teams across Truro and Penwith College are always on-hand to assist with any safeguarding concerns that arise.
Lisa Briscoe, Director of Student experience
who can i speak to?
The Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) and Senior Mental Health Lead (Strategic Lead) for all matters relating to Child Protection and Safeguarding is Lisa Briscoe, Director of Student Experience. Our DSL is fully trained, receives updated training every two years and has a team of safeguarding specialists who offer help and support. Safeguarding specialists can be found within the Student Services team at each campus.
Visit Student Services at Truro College in the Mylor building - 01872 305711, email email@example.com and at Penwith College in the Lamorna building - 01736 809407, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Safeguarding specialists also include:
- Gary Kos - Safeguarding Officer, based in Student Services
- Joanna Reeves - Assistant Safeguarding Officer
- Cerri Skilton - Assistant Safeguarding Officer
- Keely Nash - Compliance & Training and Assistant Safeguarding Officer
- Caroline Keech - Student Services team leader
- Chris Scrivens - Vulnerable Adults Lead
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- Jodie Davey - Learning & Support Advisor with resposibility for safeguarding
National Services - Here for you
The College's Student Services Team has put together a helpful list of national services that are available to support students and their families:
Parents & Carers
Truro and Penwith College believes in working closely with parents and there is an open door policy so that parents can feel able to visit at any time to discuss concerns. Email is used extensively by parents to contact members of staff directly. Truro and Penwith College is fully signed up to the Safeguarding of Children and Young People and the Safeguarding Policy is in place.
In line with the guidance 'Safer Recruitment', our Personnel and HR 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. Social media checks are also conducted on shortlisted staff as part of the recruitment process. 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 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 of 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.
learning difficulties and disabilities
The College welcomes applications from students with learning difficulties and disabilities. Students access a wide range of externally accredited and College certificated courses developed to meet individual needs. Learning support and specialist equipment is provided as required.
The College has effective filtering and monitoring in place for internet connectivity. The use of WatchGuard, Intrusion Prevention Service (IPS), Web blocker and Geo Location Restriction, to name a few, are all permanently active. The College have a unified threat management (UTM) firewall system, a dedicated computer services team and marketing team who can access, monitor and review IT security and social media sites. All concerns for internet usage or inappropriate material are reported to Safeguarding team members and the Safeguarding and Prevent Lead. The College will be utilising Smoothwall and Senso assisted monitoring services on college devices. You can also find more guides and resources on the UK Safer Internet Centre website.
investor in diversity
Truro and Penwith College has a commitment to meet the duties contained in the Equality Act 2010. The College endeavours to promote an inclusive working and learning environment, which supports the individuals within its community irrespective of their background.
The College aims to promote equality of opportunity and removal of barriers for all individuals to educational achievement, personal progression and participation by providing full and equal access to all students who can benefit from its provision and by encouraging and enabling all members of the College to build and contribute to a society which values cultural and social diversity.
The College was re-accredited with the Investors in Diversity Quality Mark in March 2021 and ranked within the top 25 of the 600+ organisations involved nationally with the scheme.
We will not tolerate unfair or unlawful discrimination and aim to provide a learning and working environment which values individuals equally and does not disadvantage individuals by discriminating on any grounds including age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion and belief, sex (gender), and sexual orientation.