Fullhurst Community College aims to safeguard and promote the welfare, safety and health of every registered student by fostering an honest, open, caring and supportive climate. The students’ welfare is of paramount importance. This means we will always work to:
- protect children and young people at our college from maltreatment.
- prevent impairment of our children’s and young people’s health or development.
- ensure that children and young people at our college grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care.
- undertake that role so as to enable children and young people at our college to have the best outcomes.
What is involved in safeguarding?
There are four main elements to our Safeguarding Children in Education - Child Protection Policy which you can also read in full.
- Prevention (e.g. positive college atmosphere, teaching and pastoral support to students, preventing unsuitable people working with children)
- Protection (by following agreed procedures, including visitor information, and ensuring staff are trained and supported to respond appropriately and sensitively to child protection concerns)
- Support (to students, parents and college staff)
- Working with parents (build and maintain transparent, positive working relationships with parents to ensure appropriate communications and actions are undertaken)
Who are the main safeguarding contacts at the college?
Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mr Apollo Rai (Deputy Principal)
Child Protection Officer
Miss Mary McKenzie
Angela Schalkwyk and Emma Lunn
Named Safeguarding Governor & Chair of Governors
Mr Rick Moore
Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO)
Guidance during school closure:
Here is some information that may be helpful if you have any concerns in relation to safeguarding during school closures.
Identify an adult who you can trust and talk to them.
Here are a list of agencies you can contact if you need someone to talk to about how you are feeling.
- The Samaritans can be contacted around the clock, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. To contact the Samaritans from anywhere in the UK call free, from any phone on 116 123.
- Childline - 0800 1111
- Young Minds - https://youngminds.org.uk/
- MindEd https://mindedforfamilies.org.uk/#/
- MIND https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/for-children-and-young-people/
If more urgent support is required and you feel unsafe or at risk of hurting yourself please make contact with:
1. Your GP
2. Local Accident & Emergency Department
3. Call 111 or 999
If you need support for your family you can contact Early Help. They can offer or direct you to support for families who are struggling with issues such as anxiety, anger, domestic abuse, housing, behaviour in the home. Call 0116 4541004, Option 1, Option 1, Option 2.
If you are concerned about a child’s welfare, you can contact the police on 101 or 999 or, you can contact Children’s Social Care on 0116 454 1001 – Option 1, Option 1, Option 3
You can also email email@example.com. Your email will be sent to the relevant staff member. This email address will not be checked daily during the holidays therefore; if your concerns are immediate please contact the police or social care using the details above.
Advice for parents / carers
If you have any concerns about a student at Fullhurst Community College, please contact Mr Rai on 0116 282 4326 or via firstname.lastname@example.org.
A reminder to students
If you have any concerns, about yourself or a fellow student, it is important to talk to someone. Remember, you can talk to ANY member of staff. You may want to speak to a member of your pastoral team, a member of the safeguarding team or Mr Rai. If you feel unable to speak to someone in college, you may wish to contact Childline 0800 1111
Keeping Children Safe in Education
Read the most recent version of Keeping Children Safe in Education - September 2022
Protecting children and young people from extremism
The government has launched the ‘Educate Against Hate’ website to give parents, teachers and school leaders practical advice on protecting children from extremism. The website includes resources to assist teachers to build students' critical thinking skills and resilience to extremist ideologies. If you are concerned that a child might be at risk of extremism, or if you have any other concern about extremism in a school please contact a member of the safeguarding team on 0116 2824326. Alternatively, you can email email@example.com or call 020 7340 7264.
As you may be aware Operation Encompass is a protocol whereby schools will formally be notified by Social Care of any reported incident of domestic violence at an address at which children are present or normally reside. In Leicester, the protocol been established in partnership between Leicester City Council and Leicestershire Police and is supported by the Leicester Safeguarding Children Board.
By informing schools of any such incident, relevant support can be implemented for students where necessary.