We take our duty to protect young people and adults at risk very seriously, therefore we see Safeguarding as everyone’s responsibility.
We have a set of policies to safeguard students, who may be in need of protection, and to enable the College to meet its duties under the Children Act 1989, and Section 175 of the Education Act 2002. These are listed below. Our policies reflect Keeping children safe in education 2021 (gov.uk - PDF)
Staff are appropriately recruited and trained, and we will take immediate action should there be any serious welfare or safeguarding concerns.
If you have any concerns
If you have any concerns over a child protection issue or welfare concern, please contact the College’s Welfare and Safeguarding team on 01284 636 501 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We will handle all concerns in a sensitive manner.
Our designated safeguarding leads are:
Senior Designated Safeguarding Lead
Designated Safeguarding Lead
Designated Safeguarding Lead
Designated Safeguarding Lead
Call free on 0800 1111
Samaritans: (Suicide prevention charity)
Customer first (Social Care for out of hours safeguarding concerns)
0808 800 4005
111 - NHS Non-emergency advice line
101 – Police Non-emergency Line
Papyrus Hopeline UK (Suicide prevention charity for young people)
0800 068 4141
Emotional Wellbeing Hub
0345 600 2090 (Monday - Friday 8am-7.30pm)
The source (information and advice for young people in Suffolk)
Kooth (online counselling service)
Domestic abuse helpline
0808 2000 247
Our Trustee Safeguarding Link is Karen Points
If you have any concerns over a child protection issue, please contact the College’s Senior Designated Safeguarding person on 01284 636 501 We will handle all concerns in a sensitive manner.
Please find information on internet safety and how to keep children safe online: http://www.internetmatters.org/
What is County Lines?
"County lines is the supply of class A drugs (primarily crack cocaine and heroin) from an urban hub into smaller towns or county locations. This is facilitated by a group who may not necessarily be affiliated as a gang, but who have developed networks across geographical boundaries to access and exploit existing drugs markets in these areas."
County Lines, Violence, Exploitation and Drug Supply, National Crime Agency, 2017
The Line is the telephone number used to order the drugs.
The children used in County Lines to move and sell the drugs are being Criminally Exploited by others.
Signs of exploitation are:
- Presenting with physical injuries and or refusal to seek/receive medical treatment
- In possession of large amounts of unexplained money
- Expressing aggressive or intimidating views towards other groups of young people (some of whom may have been friends in the past)
- Multiple mobile phones/frequent change of phone number
- Frequently missing or missing for periods of time
- New clothes/trainers
- Travelling around a lot – train tickets/seen in taxis regularly/being seen in cars (often hire cars), possibly with unknown adults, on a regular basis
- Associating with peers who are involved/suspected to be involved in gang related activity
- Refuses/scared to enter certain areas
- Drug related or violent offending involving weapons
- Sibling involvement
The Slang Dictionary
This slang dictionary seeks to support parents, carers and professionals to better understand the language young people may be using and support them to safeguard young people.
If you have concerns
- Call 999 - if there is immediate danger to someone, crime is in progress, you need police help immediately, someone is using violence or threatening violence, serious damage is or could be caused to property, a potential criminal has been disturbed or stopped
- Call 101 - to report a crime that has already happened, seek crime prevention advice or make the police aware of any policing issues in your area.
- Online reporting form on police website to include reporting non-urgent crimes including making the police aware of any policing issues in your area. www.suffolk.police.uk/contact-us/report-something
- Customer First - for emergency safeguarding concerns, call 03456 066 167.
- Suffolk Constabulary - A – Z of crime prevention advice | Gangs, Information and Advice - for parents, young people, further help (links to other agencies) and leaving a gang.
- Crime Stoppers 0800 555 111 anonymous 24/7 phone number, that people can call to pass on information about crime; alternatively people can send information anonymously via the Giving Information Form. You don't have to give your name or any of your personal details. Calls are not traced, IP addresses are not tracked crimestoppers-uk.org
- fearless.org - www.fearless.org/en - use our secure online form to give us any information about crime 100% anonymously. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week - 365 days a year.
- Missing People SafeCall service - Missing People is the only charity in the UK which is dedicated to bringing missing children and adults back together with their families - www.missingpeople.org.uk | SafeCall Phone: 020 8392 5710 | SafeCall Email: SafeCall@missingpeople.org.uk | 24/7 Helpline: 116 000 | 24/7 Helpline Email: email@example.com
- Suffolk Safeguarding Children Board - Gang's criminal exploitation and county lines
- The Children’s Society - if you're a parent worried about your child being criminally exploited, you can read our guidance.
- NSPCC - email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0808 800 5000
- Family Lives - confidential helpline: 0808 800 2222
- The Parent Hub on Suffolk County Council's website, is a source of parenting advice and support for parents and carers to help with their child's development. For more information please visit www.suffolk.gov.uk