Information for parents

Safeguarding information for parents and carers

Welcome to the Safeguarding area for parents/carers

The following information may be useful if you are the parent or carer of a learner at Barnet and Southgate College, or are studying at the college and are a parent/carer yourself.

The College is committed to maintaining a Safeguarding ethos and creating a culture of openness and honesty. We strive, at all times, to work appropriately with services, outside agencies, parents and carers to help protect and promote the welfare of our learners.

DOWNLOAD OUR HOLIDAY SAFEGUARDING SUPPORT SHEET

Parents and carers are encouraged to access our SAFEGUARDING POLICY to better understand the college’s statutory responsibilities in regard to Safeguarding, Child Protection and the Protection of Vulnerable Adults.

When appropriate we aim to discuss concerns about learners with their parents and carers, but in some instances this may not be appropriate. Decisions around this will be taken by the team of Designated Safeguarding Officers (DSOs).

If you would like to learn more about how you can protect or support your children we recommend that you speak ot 0one of the DSOs listed on our Safeguarding page.

Download our PREVENT leaflet for parents and carers

Children and young people missing from education

Learner absence can be a possible indicator of safeguarding issues or vulnerability, and detrimental to success.

The College wishes to give all learners every opportunity to succeed and has a statutory responsibility to help protect learners from going missing, therefore we are committed to:

  • Identifying unauthorised/unexplained learner absence as soon as possible
  • Identifying and providing support for any underlying issues that result in absence
  • Engaging with the learner or appropriate organisations to ‘find’ them
  • Monitoring and tracking progress, and supporting as appropriate.
  • Referring learners to external services if 10 consecutive college days have been missed.

External Organisations that offer support for yourself or your child

The following external organisations offer advice and support for a range of issues;

Samaritans https://www.samaritans.org/ 116 123

NSPCC https://www.nspcc.org.uk/ 0808 800 5000

Karma Nirvana https://www.karmanirvana.org.uk/ 0800 5999 247

Bullying Support http://www.bullying.co.uk/advice-for-young-people/ 0808 800 2222

Parents Abuse and Reconciliation Service http://www.paars.co.uk/ 0208 363 6262

CEOP https://ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/

Solace Women’s Aid http://solacewomensaid.org/ 0808 802 5565

MIND https://www.mind.org.uk/ 0300 123 3393

Consent Explanation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQbei5JGiT8