Safeguarding and Prevent
At Blackburn College everybody is committed to providing a safe and supportive environment where students feel safe and receive effective pastoral and safeguarding care, guidance and support.
Part of the college’s safeguarding duty 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.
We share the belief that safeguarding is everybody’s responsibility and foster this culture across the college. All staff are responsible for safeguarding students. There are, however, key staff within the college with specific responsibility and skills to provide interventions and ensure the safeguarding policy and process are followed.
What we do as a college:
- Have clear policy and procedures in place
- Employ a Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) and Prevent Lead
- Make sure all of our staff working for, or on behalf of the College, are suitable to work with young people carrying out all the relevant checks
- Actively encourage students 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 a Safeguarding Practitioner and an Intervention Worker
- Train all of our staff in safeguarding and Prevent at a level appropriate to their role on an ongoing basis
- Deliver sessions in tutorials covering a range of subject areas around safeguarding
In line with statutory safeguarding guidance, the College has a Designated Safeguarding Team (detailed below). This group of colleagues work closely together to provide effective safeguarding interventions for all students at the College.
Meet the Safeguarding Team
If you need to contact a member of the Safeguarding Team please call 01254 292424 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Assistant Principal - Student Support and Engagement
Andrew is a member of the College Leadership Team and has senior management responsibility for the safeguarding and pastoral service across the college. His role is to ensure that students are safeguarded and receive appropriate interventions and support. Andrew also has responsibility for personal development, behaviour and welfare which is integral to the college’s ‘early help’ `approach to prevention and holistic safeguarding practice. Andrew is the College Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) and is the Single Point of Contact (SPoC) Lead for Prevent. Andrew is a member of the Local Safeguarding Children and Adults Boards (LSCB/LSAB) and is also the FE/HE representative on the Lancashire Channel Panel.
Francesca is the College’s dedicated Safeguarding Practitioner and works across College to assess and coordinate safeguarding support and interventions for students in need and at risk. Francesca ensures external multi-agency support is accessed and attends safeguarding partnership meetings. Francesca also contributes towards the College’s early help and prevention offer and is a visible proactive practitioner around the college campus.
Safeguarding Intervention Worker
Jayne works very closely with Andrew and Francesca to support students from across the college, providing assessments of needs and identifying safeguarding interventions. Jayne is an active part of the local multi-agency support network and contributes to the delivery of safeguarding plans providing practical and emotional support to students to safeguard and promote their welfare.
Safeguarding and Pastoral Support Officer
Sajeda is responsible for initial contact with students, providing advice, guidance and referrals to the team. Sajeda coordinates student transitions, multi-agency meetings and supports Francesca and Jayne with safeguarding alerts and risk assessments.
Head of Student Support