Safeguarding Newsletter

Issue 2, Spring Term 2016

STAFF DEVELOPMENT DAY

The Safeguarding and Equality Team helped to organise a successful Staff Development Day in March, with the majority of staff attending mandatory basic safeguarding training as well as a range of external training. Highlights included 'My Brothers and Sisters', a production by Mad 'Ed Theatre exploring the themes of radicalisation, sexual exploitation and identity.


Feedback from staff was overwhelmingly positive and we have had some great suggestions on ways we can continue to work together to promote safeguarding and equality for our learners.


Many staff were keen for an opportunity to respond to questions that we didn't have time to cover in the basic safeguarding training, so we are currently contacting Curriculum Managers to arrange to come into departmental meetings to do this.


As always, if you have any specific questions or concerns or need guidance on any safeguarding or equality issue, please don't hesitate to contact the S&E team.

PREVENT AND POLICY UPDATE

PREVENT: The College has been busy ensuring that we are all aware of the new Prevent duties for ‘Specific Authorities’, which includes Education. Many staff have received training to understand the new reporting processes (through the S&E team), but for those who haven’t yet completed training, please get in touch to organise a date and time for a separate session: safeguarding@barnetsouthgate.ac.uk.


POLICY UPDATE: There are a range of new policies and key updates which are available to view and download in the Safeguarding area of the Hub. All staff should familiarise themselves with the following:


Safeguarding Policy

Freedom of Expression Policy

Place of Quiet Policy and Respectful Use Policy

Online Safety and Social Media Policy

Lettings and External Hire Policy

Children Missing From Education Guidance

External Speakers Policy


The S&E Team will be contacting Curriculum Managers this term to arrange a time to come to team meetings and run through these key updates with you.

NEWS FOR SUBCONTRACTORS

The Safeguarding and Equality Team can provide training, advice and guidance to your staff on all safeguarding and equality matters.


Please don't hesitate to contact us with any issues, concerns or training requirements, and we will be happy to assist you.


Tel: 020 3764 4077

Email: safeguarding@barnetsouthgate.ac.uk

Self Harm and Suicide Prevention

The Safeguarding Team welcomed the charity Young Minds to Southgate campus recently for two training sessions for staff on Self Harm Awareness and Suicide Prevention. Feedback from staff who participated was overwhelmingly positive:


'Excellent. I feel strongly that it would be a highly valuable course for all college staff.'

'Really informative...well delivered...and useful for all staff working with young people'

'Very interesting...all staff would benefit from it'


The Young Minds website has further information aimed at increasing your knowledge and confidence in promoting better mental health and identifying learners who are having difficulties.


If you have concerns about a learner, please make a referral to a Safeguarding Officer or call the S&E Team for advice.

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Making a Safeguarding Referral

If you have a Safeguarding concern, you'll need to fill out a referral form (located on the Hub) and email it to safeguarding@barnetsouthgate.ac.uk. We ask for a referral form so that the Designated Safeguarding Officer dealing with the referral has:


  • A clear idea of your concern

  • Specific details of who is involved, what has happened, when and where etc

  • A record of all safeguarding concerns regarding the learner, which may help to build a picture of what is going on in a learner’s life


You can also call the Safeguarding line on 020 3764 4077 (Mon-Fri, 9am-5.30pm) and speak to a member of the team. We encourage staff to call or drop-in to see the Safeguarding and Equality Team to discuss any concerns, but we will always need your referral form, too.

The Safeguarding and Equality Team

Safeguarding telephone line: 020 3764 4077

Safeguarding email: safeguarding@barnetsouthgate.ac.uk

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