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Safeguarding

Safeguarding

The Safeguarding and Wellbeing Service at Nescot consists of Designated Safeguarding Leads, Student Wellbeing Mentors, Counsellors, a Mental Health Practitioner and Personal Development Coaches.

While we do our best to ensure every learner is enrolled on the right course to meet their needs and goals, we know that for many reasons life can sometimes become complicated and difficult.

We offer a range of support in order to help you achieve your full personal and academic potential. Our services are here to help, guide and support your Nescot experience.

As a student at Nescot College, you will have access to wide-ranging expert support, from specialised help with student finance to mentoring and professional counselling for personal, social or family problems. All these services are available to you free of charge and are easily accessed on campus through your tutor.

We are here for you if you are upset, confused or struggling with a problem and feel it would be beneficial to discuss any issues with someone outside of your circle of friends and family.


 0208 394 3025

safeguarding@nescot.ac.uk

 Wellbeing Centre N20


What is Safeguarding?

This 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 Safeguarding Policy and a procedure in place. All staff must ensure that they are aware of these procedures. Students, parents and carers are welcome to read the policies or contact us if you have any further questions, email: safeguarding@nescot.ac.uk

Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a young person's welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about our learners are discussed with them and their parents/carers first unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the young person's welfare.

Safeguarding includes a wide range of issues such as:

  • Abuse – physical, sexual, emotional and neglect
  • Criminal exploitation/county lines
  • Domestic abuse
  • Drug and alcohol misuse
  • Sexual exploitation
  • Female genital mutilation
  • Forced marriage
  • Homelessness/missing from home
  • Honour-based violence
  • Mental health
  • Online safety
  • Peer-on-peer abuse
  • Radicalisation and extremism
  • Self-harm
  • Youth produced sexual imagery


Safeguarding Statement

Nescot College recognise our moral and statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk of harm in our care. We endeavour to provide a safe and welcoming environment where students are respected and valued. We are alert to the signs of abuse and neglect and the Safeguarding Policy and Procedures incorporate a wide range of risks we need to safeguard against. This includes the prevention of radicalisation which is listed as a specific safeguarding issue and is addressed in the Government PREVENT strategy.

The Safeguarding Team

Designated Safeguarding Lead

Cliff Shaw – Deputy Principal


Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads

Adele Stewart – Head of Student Wellbeing

Rob Greening – Director of Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare

Janice Davis – Director of Learning Support

Maria Vetrone – Deputy Principal Finance & Resources

Karen Rowland-Doyle – Health, Safety and Security Manager

Donna Patterson – Director of Human Resources (for allegations against staff)

Learners in Care, Young Carers and Social Services

Student Wellbeing Service

This service provides additional support to Young Carers, Looked-After young people and Care Leavers. We will work with Children’s Schools and Families Teams to ensure that you are supported to participate and be successful in education. This year we have helped students to:

  • make their application and get enrolled
  • buy college equipment
  • go on trips
  • fund travel expenses
  • careers advice and university applications
  • get an apprenticeship

We have also helped students with practical things like:

  • Accommodation arrangements
  • Financial help in emergencies
  • Making use of other services
  • Support with making decisions

We understand that there are a lot of pressures on you, and our team are here to help you get the most from your time at college – if something is getting in the way of you being able to come to college and get on with your studies and your life, we will try to help you sort it out.

Social Worker or Key Worker?

We work closely with Local Authorities and other external agencies to support vulnerable groups of students. We provide:

  • a central point of contact for information
  • input at PEP meetings, LAC reviews and case conferences
  • progress reports

Getting access to this help couldn't be simpler. Please contact:

The Safeguarding and Wellbeing Team, by emailing safeguarding@nescot.ac.uk or calling 0208 394 3025.

Student Finance, by calling Sharon Greenwood on 020 8394 3033 or Jacqui Kavanagh on 020 8394 3186, or emailing studentfinance@nescot.ac.uk.

We only share information with our students’ permission.

Security

While we take safety and security on the campus very seriously indeed we do not believe in using intimidating security devices at the college. 

Our security staff maintain a highly-visible, friendly presence around the campus and work on a sociable, first-name basis with the students. Security are here primarily to protect everyone at Nescot and to ensure there is a swift resolution to any situation where students and staff feel there is a threat to their person or property.

The work of the security team means we are a friendly campus, where students can come and go without obtrusive security checks. A single entrance to the campus ensures that students can enjoy Nescot's extensive grounds in a safe, secure environment.