Safeguarding and Prevent

What is Safeguarding?

Here at Landmarks we are committed to doing everything we can to make sure all of our learners and staff are kept safe and protected from harm. This is what safeguarding is all about. The government provides statutory guidance to colleges on what they need to do to achieve this. We adhere to all guidance and pride ourselves on going above and beyond to make college a safe, happy and thriving environment for all. It is important to us that all college users are treated with respect and dignity and feel safe and listened to.

What is Prevent?

Part of the college’s safeguarding duty also includes protecting vulnerable individuals from the risk of radicalisation and extremism. This is called the ‘Prevent Duty’. Prevent is a government initiative aimed at stopping people becoming involved with, or supporting violent extremism.

The government has defined extremism as: “vocal or active opposition to British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs”. The college shares and promotes these values across our community.

What we do as a college:

  • Have a clear policy and procedures in place. You can view our safeguarding policy
  • Employ a team of trained Designated Safeguarding Leads
  • Make sure all of our staff working for, or on behalf of the College, are suitable to work with young people
  • Actively encourage learners and staff to raise any concerns they have
  • Take all concerns seriously, act upon them, and offer full support both through college and specialist services.
  • In college we have Learner Services who will support learners with a range of concerns
  • Train all of our staff in safeguarding at a level appropriate to their role on an ongoing basis
  • Deliver sessions covering a range of subjects areas around safeguarding

 How do you report a concern?

If you are worried about yourself or someone you know in college please speak to any member of staff. They will ensure you get the help and support you need from a specialist member of staff.

There is also a dedicated phone number 07513052054 and an email address that can be used to report concerns – help@landmarks.ac.uk

There are some examples below of issues that would come under safeguarding. Further information on these issues can be found on the NCPCC website.

  • Physical abuse
  • Emotional abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Neglect
  • Bullying – including online/cyber bullying
  • Children missing education
  • Child sexual exploitation
  • Domestic violence
  • Drugs
  • Faith abuse
  • Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
  • Forced Marriage
  • Gangs and youth violence
  • Mental Health
  • Preventing radicalisation
  • Relationship abuse
  • Sexting
  • Trafficking

Useful Links for Online Safety for Parents and Students

If you are concerned about a learner or young person and online safety please contact a designated person for safeguarding in college, who you can get in touch with through calling 07513052054 or emailing help@landmarks.ac.uk, or if college is closed please use the following links.

Info for parents

There’s lots of information and advice on this site to help you keep your child or young person safe.

http://parentinfo.org/

CEOP Report Abuse Form

You can report directly to CEOP or your local police force

https://www.ceop.police.uk/CEOP-Reporting/

NetAware

Net Aware, produced by O2 and NSPCC, is a guide for parents to 39 of the most popular sites, apps and games that young people use

https://www.net-aware.org.uk/

O2 Guru

O2 have joined forces with the NSPCC to help keep children safe. … Parents can call our free helpline on 0808 800 5002

https://www.o2.co.uk/help/guru 

British Values, Equality & Diversity

We follow governmental principles on British Values throughout college, these are:

Liberty

Individual Liberty

  • The freedom to live as you wish and go where you want.
  • Helping you to making informed choices.
  • Taking responsibility for your choices and exercising them safely.
  • Making sure you know your rights.

Justice

Rule of Law

  • Fairness in the way people are dealt with.
  • Exploring the laws that govern and protect us.
  • Understanding the consequences if these rules are broken.
  • Considering that these may be different from religious laws.

Democracy

Democracy

  • The belief in freedom and equality between people.
  • A broad general knowledge & respect of public institutions and services.
  • Helping you to influence decision-making through the democratic process.
  • Explaining the advantages and disadvantages of democracy.

Respect

Mutual Respect

  • Tolerance of those with different respects and beliefs.
  • Understanding how your behaviour has an effect on your own rights and those of others.
  • Respecting other people’s differences, other cultures and ways of life.
  • Challenging prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour.

Equality and Diversity

At Landmarks, we are proud of the diversity of our community and see it as a strength that inspires innovation and creativity.  

We aim to provide a stimulating and enriching educational experience for all of our learners, which enables them to reach their full potential and develop a range of skills in preparation for adulthood.

We believe that everyone should be treated with dignity and respect. 

We believe all of our learners progress should not be disadvantaged because of any protected characteristic. We monitor progress within our Annual Equalities Report found here.

In keeping with these principles, we are committed to building an inclusive and safe learning and working environment where the values of respect and tolerance are at the heart of College life. 

To help us achieve this, we have adopted a zero-tolerance approach to any form of discrimination, bullying or harassment in our learning or workplace environments.

We are constantly striving to move beyond legal compliance towards best practice in promoting and celebrating equality and diversity. We have a Safeguarding, Prevent and Equalities Committee (SPEC) charged with ensuring college activities support this ambition as demonstrated within our Single Equality Scheme found below.

Legal Duties

Our equality information reports and equality objectives set out how we are meeting our legal duties under the Equality Act 2010. Our Equality Information Reports can be found here.

Contact

SPEC Chair – Jayne Price 

e: jayneprice@landmarks.ac.uk