Ensuring the safety and well-being of students at West Somerset College is our top priority and, therefore, we have policies and procedures which surround the issue of safeguarding young people.
Safeguarding means that we aim to ensure the well-being of students both emotionally and physically, and will take steps in order to ensure that young people are not at risk, either from themselves or from others. At West Somerset College, we have a team approach to safeguarding and students with concerns should speak to one of the Safeguarding Team:
STEPS THE COLLEGE MIGHT TAKE:
- Meeting with the young person to explore the issue;
- Meeting with the parent/s to explore the issue;
- Liaising and meeting with other agencies or professionals;
- Making a referral to Social Services and liaising with them.
Social Services are first and foremost a preventative agency – they seek to support families to get back on track and make change happen in their lives to ensure that young people are kept safe. It is with this in mind that the college might refer to Social Services: to seek support for the family and young person. Unless the risk is presented by a parent, the school will either consult with them about the referral or inform them that a referral is taking place. Please click here for our child protection / safeguarding policy.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU FEEL THAT A YOUNG PERSON IS AT RISK:
If you are a student at the college:
- Tell a member of staff about it if you’re in college;
- Tell your parent about it if you’re at home;
- Call Childline (0800 1111) or The Samaritans (08457 909090). Childline is free to call from any phone.
If you are a parent:
- You can contact any member of the safeguarding team on 01643 706061. If outside of school, you can contact Somerset Direct on 0300 123 2224 or the police on 101.