Safeguarding

Child Protection and Safeguarding

Schools and colleges and their staff are an important part of the wider safeguarding system for children.  This system is described in the statutory guidance Working Together to Safeguard Children.  Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility.  It is important to consider, at all times, what is in the best interests of the child.

Safeguarding legislation and government guidance states that safeguarding means:

  • Protecting children from maltreatment
  • Preventing the impairment of children’s mental and physical health or development
  • Ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care, and
  • Taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes

At Hailsham all through college we are committed to safeguard and promote the welfare and safety of all students and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  Any concerns are passed through the members of staff who are trained as Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSL).

The all through college’s safeguarding team is led by Mrs Carol Maxwell (Assistant Principal and Designated Safeguarding Lead) who is supported by Miss Julie Russell (Deputy Safeguarding Lead).

At Hailsham all through college, we take our safeguarding responsibilities extremely seriously here and have a large number of staff who are DSL trained, this includes House Leaders and Pastoral Support Assistants.  All college staff are trained annually in safeguarding.

The college will, in most circumstances, endeavour to discuss all concerns with parents about their children.  However, there may be exceptional circumstances when the college will discuss concerns with Social Care and/or the Police without parental knowledge (in accordance with Child Protection procedures, which focus solely on the best interests of the child).  The college will, of course, always aim to maintain a positive relationship with all parents/carers.

Please see link to the college’s Child Protection and Safeguarding policy.

Please note the term “child” is referred to someone under 18 years old.  As an all through college we recognise that some students attending sixth form are over 18 and as such are also vulnerable to abuse.  Therefore, the college’s Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy may be applied (with appropriate adaptations) to allegations of abuse and the protection of vulnerable adults.  Where appropriate, the college will also refer to the Sussex Safeguarding Adults Policy & Procedures

Hailsham Community College safeguarding team can be contacted at: safeguarding@hccat.net

There will be a member of the Safeguarding Team monitoring this email address continually throughout term time and during school holidays.

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