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Safeguarding at Castle Donington College

Under the Education Act 2002 (Section 157), schools must make arrangements to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

Parent/carers should know that the law (Children Act 2006) requires all College staff to pass on information, which gives rise to a concern about a child’s welfare, including risk from neglect, physical, emotional or sexual abuse. 

We will seek to discuss any concerns with the parent/carer and if necessary, and where possible, seek their consent in making a referral to Social Care if communication will not place the child at increased risk of significant harm. 

We will seek advice from Social Care when we have reasonable cause to suspect a child may be suffering or likely to suffer significant harm. Occasionally, referrals are made which are later shown to be unfounded. Parents/carers will appreciate that our Designated Safeguarding Lead will carry out his responsibilities ‘in accordance with the law and acting in the best interests of all children.’

Keeping the young people of the College safe is central to our work. We work hard to ensure that all students are taught and understand how to keep themselves safe both at school and beyond.

Safeguarding and child protection training is delivered to all staff on an annual basis. In addition, there is refresher training throughout the year and each member of staff receives regular updates. All staff have completed PREVENT training in response to the government’s Extremism agenda. Staff are fully aware on how to identify students who may be receptive or at risk of radicalisation or extremism.

National Keeping Children Safe in Education documentation can be found below

We are all responsible for safeguarding children. If you have any concerns about a child please report it immediately to a member of our Safeguarding Team.