Safeguarding

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Talk to us if you or anyone you know is affected by:

  • Self-harming
  • Feeling Suicidal
  • Homelessness
  • Abuse
  • Forced Marriage
  • Domestic Violence
  • Extremist Behaviour
  • Drugs and Alcohol Abuse
  • Child Sexual Exploitation
  • Any Bullying
  • Sexual abuse
  • Sexual harassment
  • Peer on Peer abuse

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Dearne Valley College is a college within the RNN Group.

The RNN Group places the safety and wellbeing of students and staff at the forefront of all its operations and acknowledges the range of activities that contribute to creating and maintaining an environment that promotes effective safeguarding practice.

The Safeguarding for All Policy provides for a coherent framework of practice to be in place and for all policies relating to this framework to address this priority.

The Safeguarding for All Policy is reviewed each year and when/or changes in law, policy, guidance or best practice occur in order to ensure that it remains a key driver in the development of strategy on safeguarding.

The Policy applies to all as Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility. Key RNN Group policies that contribute to the overarching Safeguarding for All Policy are available on request.

The RNN Group recognise its duties, statutory and otherwise to ensure that the organisation functions with a view to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children receiving education and training at all Group sites.

Each policy addresses the organisation strategy relating to key college activities and safeguarding provision is made within all activities.

For information on other statutory notices please click the following link statutory notices

The safeguarding policy has been written in line with ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education 2021’, Local Authority advice and the requirements of the Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCB) policies and procedures. The College contributes to multi-agency working in line with statutory guidance Working Together to Safeguard Children (2021); this means working with social care, the police, health services and other services to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm.

The College contributes to multi-agency plans to provide additional support to those children subject to child protection plans.

This will mean that we will allow access to children’s social care should they need to conduct a section 17 or a section 47 assessment (see chapter 1 of Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018 for more information on these assessments).

Rotherham: http://www.rscp.org.uk/
Nottinghamshire: https://www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/..
Doncaster: http://www.dscb.co.uk/
Barnsley: https://www.barnsley.gov.uk/..
Derbyshire: https://www.derbyshirescb.org.uk/home.aspx
Sheffield: https://www.safeguardingsheffieldchildren.org/sscb

Information for parents

We work with all our students to raise awareness of potential harms that could be encountered in everyday life. To help you understand some of these, here you will find some links that will provide information and guidance on a range of topics both local and national.

In 2021 NSPCC launched a dedicated helpline for children and young people who have experienced sexual harassment or abuse at school in, and for worried adults and professionals that need support and guidance. Young people and adults can contact the NSPCC helpline, Report Abuse in Education on 0800 136 663 or email help@nspcc.org.uk. For more information visit https://www.nspcc.org.uk/about-us/news-opinion/2021/sexual-abuse-victims-schools-helpline/

Relationship Matters

When two people share responsibility for a child, no matter whether they are still together or separated, the relationship between them has a direct impact on the mental health of their children. https://relationshipmatters.org.uk/

Mental health: https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/for-parents/
Bullying: https://www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk/tools-information/advice-parents
Child Criminal Exploitation (CCE): https://www.childrenssociety.org.uk/what-we-do/our-work/child-criminal-exploitation-and-county-lines
Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE): http://knowaboutcse.co.uk/parents/
Beat Eating disorders: https://www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk
Online Safety: https://www.rotherhampower.co.uk/
Online Radicalisation: /app/uploads/2020/04/Parent-Guardian-Online-Radicalisation-Information-and-Support.pdf
Online Blackmail: https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/articles/online-blackmail/
Child Exploitation Awareness: Stop Child Exploitation website

The Safeguarding Team

  • Jason Austin
    Designated Safeguarding Lead
  • Laura Reid
    Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
  • Angela Bates
    Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
  • Tanya Gerstmar
    Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
James Davenport
Katie Mitchell
Sue Gyte
Govan Mears
Ashley Vaines

Contact the College Safeguarding Officers

Call: 01709 513333
Email: safeguarding@rnngroup.ac.uk
Visit: Student Services

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