At Joseph Chamberlain College, we are committed to the highest standards in protecting and safeguarding the students in our care. To do so, we aim to:
• Create an atmosphere where all students can feel secure, valued and listened to
• Recognise signs and symptoms of abuse
• Respond quickly, appropriately and effectively to cases of suspected abuse
• Encourage self-esteem and self-assertiveness
• Effectively tackle bullying and harassment
All students are allocated to tutor groups, each with a Personal Progress Tutor, to provide all students with at least one member of staff that can get to know them as individuals and take responsibility for: overseeing the academic progress for students in their care, for their general support and for setting high standards and conveying the tone and atmosphere of the College. In addition to tutors, the College has professional counsellors to provide support to students.
Our Senior Designated Safeguarding Lead is Jo Lawrence (Vice Principal).
The Safeguarding Team also includes:
- Kal Kunor, Director of Studies
- Sam Bills, Senior Pastoral Manager
- Lisa Barton, Safeguarding Officer
- Naveed Ahmed, Pastoral Manager
- Lorretta Starling, College Nurse
- Katie Banks, Administration Assistant (Pastoral)
Students are encouraged to report any safeguarding concerns to their tutor, an Assistant Principal or directly to the Principal. We recognise that some students may be the victims of neglect, physical, sexual or emotional abuse, and staff working with students are well placed to identify such abuse.
We do not tolerate bullying, harassment or victimisation of any kind at our College. If any of these do occur, all staff and students should report it, safe in the knowledge that incidents will be dealt with promptly and effectively.
The safety of our students is a priority at Joseph Chamberlain College, and students are encouraged to follow safe practice throughout the College. For example, when working with chemicals, equipment, or out of College on a work placement, students will be given clear instructions by teachers and assessors about how to maintain both their safety, and the safety of those around them.
For more information, see our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy
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