During this unprecedented time, it is important for young people and families to stay safe online while working and studying from home.
Please find below some useful links about how to stay safe online:
How to stay safe online
BT Parent guide to on-line safety - https://www.bt.com/skillsfortomorrow/parents.html
NSPCC on-line safety - https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/
DfE – Resources about hate and extremism for teachers and parents - https://educateagainsthate.com/
UK Safer Internet Centre - https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/blog/improve-your-privacy-online-advice-parents-and-professionals
Let's talk about it (preventing terrorism) - https://www.ltai.info/
There have been significant changes within our college settings and within the UK in response to the outbreak of COVID-19. This annex sets out some of the adjustments Hull College Group is making in line with the changed arrangements in the college and following advice from Government. The current position is that, following the Government announcement, all Hull College sites are closed and timetables have been postponed, and moved to on–line learning via our Canvas platform.
Despite the changes, the College’s Safeguarding Policy and Guidance is fundamentally the same: the safety and welfare of children, young people, and adults at risk always comes first, staff will continue to respond robustly to safeguarding concerns and referrals will continue to be made in line with our established safeguarding procedure.
The pressures on children, young people, and adults and their families at this time are significant. There will be heightened awareness of family pressures for a variety of reasons including through having to stay within the household, through financial hardship, or health and well-being anxieties. These areas should be considered in terms of setting any work for learners to undertake at home (including recognising the impact of online learning and the ability to access on line resources). Staff may be aware of the mental health and well-being of both learners and their parents or carers, and should refer to our safeguarding reporting procedures via Promonitor about any emerging concerns or worries.
Hull College has undertaken a scoping exercise to identify the most vulnerable learners and individual arrangements have been made with learners who are subject to Child Protection plans, Child in Need plans, Children Looked After (CLA), young carers, SEND and those with an EHCP. Additionally the college had identified learners where there are concerns about their safety and well-being, for example mental health, domestic abuse and violence, and drug and alcohol issues, including where partnership agencies may be already be involved.
For learners subject to a Child Protection Plan and Child In Need Plan, and who have an allocated social worker: contact will be made by Student Support Officers (who are also Designated Safeguarding Officers) a minimum twice weekly with these learners. If families request alternative arrangements, this will be discussed and agreed with the allocated social worker.
For Learners who are Children Looked After (CLA) contact will be made by Student Support Officers (who are also Designated Safeguarding Officers) who will call daily, weekly or twice weekly as agreed with the learner, carer and social worker.
For students with an EHCP and/ or high needs learners: SEND Team Leaders (who are also Designated Safeguarding Officers) will maintain regular contact as agreed with learners and parents/carers. Support can be delivered through individual arrangements based on curriculum activity and needs.
For learners on the edge of social care involvement, prior social care involvement, or identified as potentially at risk with safeguarding concerns regular contact will be made by either Student Support Officers, Youth Workers, SEND Team Leaders (who are all Designated Safeguarding Officers) a minimum once per week for a safety and welfare check, and to ensure the necessary level of support is being offered.
Hull College Group recognises that the health, welfare and social care needs of our learners can change, sometimes quickly, particularly in the current extremely challenging circumstances of Covid 19, social distancing potentially leading to increased social isolation, and remote learning and working for staff. As a college adapting to working remotely we are able to respond to changing needs and assess appropriate signposting and referral to key local health and social care agencies, and working closely with these agencies provide interventions that will continue to support learners and keep them safe.
NB: Contact will be made to learners remotely through telephone calls/text messaging, Promonitor, Canvass or other appropriate methods.
Hull College has a team of trained safeguarding officers who will respond to any safeguarding concerns and provide ongoing support to students, working closely with parents and carers, and partnership agencies.
Interim Designated Safeguarding Lead
David Greenway – David.Greenway@hull-college.ac.uk – Tel: 01482 598738 Mobile: 07538113395
Deputy Designated Safeguarding
Alex Reveley– Alex.Reveley@hull-college.ac.uk – Tel: 01482 598932 (EXT 2925)
For all Safeguarding emergencies, please call 07824482499.
Normal safeguarding procedures apply for referrals to children’s social care in Hull and East Riding which will be via the Early Help and Safeguarding Hubs (EHaSH). This contact and referral will go through the Designated Safeguarding Officer with support from the Designated and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads (contacts above). Emergency out of hours guidance and support for Hull and East Riding are as follows:
Children & Families. EHaSH 01482 448 879 during normal office hours
Adults at Risk via Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub Tel 01482 616092
After 5pm Emergency Duty Team on 01482 300 304 out of normal office hours
Children & Families. Via EHaSH 01482 395500
Adults at Risk Telephone: (01482) 396940
After 5pm, call the Emergency Duty Team on 01377 241273
Should a child, young person, or adult be at risk of immediate significant harm, the college will immediately contact the police on 999 for advice to safeguard and protect a vulnerable learner. This is in line with local safeguarding protocols in Hull and East Riding of Yorkshire
Allegations or concerns about staff working with children and young people
As per the statutory guidance ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children (2018) any concerns about the behaviour or conduct of staff towards learners should be reported immediately to: Nicola Dimond (Vice Principal Human Resources) via email at Nicola.Dimond@hull-college.ac.uk
Young people continue to use the internet more and more to stay connected and in contact with family, friends and college staff. Online safety and risks continue to be an area of concern with young people in particular. Hull College is also using online approaches to deliver education, training and support. Staff will be aware of the signs of cyberbullying, child sexual exploitation, criminal exploitation, and other risks online and apply the same child-centred safeguarding focus and practices whether students are in college or working remotely. The college continues to ensure appropriate filters and monitors are in place supported via our IT Department. It is clear that young people are at greater risk of on line abuse. We remind all staff to maintain the view that ‘it could happen here’ and to immediately report any concern via the Promonitor safeguarding tab. Students accessing remote learning will continue to receive guidance on keeping safe online and know how to raise concerns with their tutor.
We recognise the potential for abuse between children and young people. All staff remain vigilant to the signs of child-on-child abuse., including between young people who are not currently attending our provision, and report any concerns, no matter how small to the Safeguarding Team.
Keeping Children Safe in Education
Keeping Children Safe in Education (September 2023) continues to be the key statutory guidance, schools and college’s must follow.
The link to Keeping Children Safe in Education (Part 1) can be found below and contains relevant information about safeguarding risks all college staff need to be aware of whether in our outside college. Staff are advised to re-familiarise themselves with this guidance and seek guidance from a Designated Safeguarding Officer if they are unclear about anything.
The college recognises that it has a legal and moral duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of our students. When you start with us we want your time here to be an enjoyable, rewarding, fun, and safe experience. Safeguarding you is very important to us; we want you to feel safe and to be safe. You are our number one priority and we take your safety and well-being very seriously.
If for any reason you feel unsafe, because of something that is happening to you in college, or outside college then please speak to your tutor who will support and advise you. If for any reason your tutor is unavailable, you can speak to any member of staff or ask for the Emergency Duty Safeguarding Officer at the main Chesters reception area.
When you enrol with us you will be provided with information that tells you what to do if you are concerned about something or feel unsafe. This includes emergency contact details for a range of local services for when you are not in college, and feel unsafe. There is a Safeguarding Team, who are available to talk to if students have any concerns, are unhappy, or even if they are worried about the welfare of a friend or fellow student. Students can talk to one of the team about such things as bullying, accommodation problems, abuse (in any of its forms), self-harm, drug or alcohol issues, domestic violence, or whatever may be a concern.
Looked after child and care leaver information
Hull College works collaboratively with the Local Authority to ensure appropriate arrangements for monitoring and supporting the progress of looked after children and care leavers in line with their age and development are in place, and as they progress through further and higher education. Our aim is to:
Working collaboratively with the Local Authority enables early identification through pathway planning and (e)Peps. Prior to enrolment the designated person for LAC meets with the Lac coordinators and social workers to identify any specific support needs and any potential barriers to learning. Information is then appropriately shared with the members of the curriculum area directly involved with supporting that student. We regularly facilitate PEPS and CLA and our ultimate aim is to be a single point of access to promote continuity and a consistent support network.
If you feel unsafe or threatened, tell your tutor, student coach or another member of staff.
If for any reason you feel unsafe, because of something that is happening to you in college, or outside college. then please speak to your your tutor or ask for the Emergency Duty Safeguarding Officer at the main Chesters reception area (Monday – Thursday 8.00am-6pm & Friday 8.30am-4.30pm).
You can ring Reception on 01482 329943
Out of Hours Contacts
Concerns about your personal safety
Police call 999 (emergency) or 101 (non-emergency)
Concerns about your health and well-being
Out of hours Drs and Hospitals call 111
Out of hours services (For children and adults)
e-Safety - Safety Guidance for Online Learning
The NCA's CEOP Command is here to help children and young people. We are here to help if you are a young person and you or your friend (up to age 18) has been forced or tricked into taking part in sexual activity with anyone online, or in the real world. We also have advice and links to support for other online problems young people might face, such as cyberbullying and hacking.
Hull College is dedicated to promoting values which support our learners to develop a strong sense of social and moral responsibility.
Learners are prepared for life in modern Britain by developing an understanding of:
How we can influence decision making through democratic processes such as the national electoral system, local elections or our own Students’ Union elections.
The Rule of Law
The rule of law, in its most basic form, is the principle that no one is above the law and that the law applies equally to us all, rulers and ruled alike. We are law abiding citizens and we are all accountable to the laws of our society.
We understand and exercise our human rights in a safe environment. Students are supported and encouraged to make informed choices about their future progression pathways.
Mutual Respect and Acceptance
We promote the importance of mutual respect through our shared ‘Acceptable Standards’ of behaviour and we actively promote diversity and accept that people have different faiths or beliefs.
If you have any safeguarding concerns or worries in the first instance please contact any of the following:
Designated Senior Safeguarding Lead
Ex 2038. Mobile: 07538113395
Deputy Designated Senior Safeguarding Lead
Head of 14-16 College
Elizabeth Hammond -
Safeguarding and Wellbeing Officer
01482 313456. Ex 3456 Mob:07947678663
Sarah Turner – 01482 598931 Ex. 2931
Laura Wilkinson –01482 223646 Ex. 2940
Andrew McCartney. Mobile: 07944242280
Attendance & Intervention Officer
Kate Blamires – Mob: 07947721924 Ex. 2232
SEND Team Leader
Kerry Holden-Anderson - 01482 598736. Ex 2101
Senior College Counsellor
Leanne Parker – Mob: 07538113418 Ex. 1052
SEND Team Leader
Carrie Leah. Mob Mob: 07538113394 Ex. 2107
SEND Team Leader
Tina Lynam. Ex 2173. Mobile: 07538 113441
Head of Institute for Adult Provision
Hull Safeguarding Children’s Partnership website provides information for everyone, including professionals, volunteers, children and young people and their families, to ensure that children are safe.
Click the link below to find information on hate crime and how to report it.
Caring for adults with care &
support needs in our community