Safeguarding in Scotland’s colleges
The protection of vulnerable groups – keeping them happy, healthy and safe from harm – is a collective responsibility in all ‘duty of care’ settings. In a college, all staff have a responsibility to ensure that they follow safeguarding policy and procedure.
There may be a time when a child, young person, or vulnerable adult approaches a person in college to discuss their life outside the college or circumstances impacting on their development. The best safeguard in a college is staff reacting and responding in an appropriate and proportionate manner in line with policy and procedure.
College Development Network has supported colleges in developing policy and procedure in four main ways:
- awareness raising sessions for all staff – roles and responsibilities
- staff with additional responsibility for safeguarding sessions – roles and responsibilities
- creation of a handbook for staff with additional responsibility
- awareness raising online programme for all staff.
Other Useful Resources
- Do we have safer children in a digital world? - A review of progress since the 2008 Byron Review
- National Guidance for Health Professionals
- National Guidance for Child Protection in Scotland 2010
- JISC e-Safety Toolkit
Please contact Garry Cameron if you require further advice, direction and guidance.
Tel: 01786 892115
E-mail Garry Cameron