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STATEMENT OF RESPONSIBILITY
At UKCE, following the Children Act 2004, we accept overall responsibility for U18 students who have booked courses or accommodation with us, and use our safeguarding policy as our way to do this.
Students can join mixed adult groups from the age of 16. For closed groups, the minimum age is 12 and the maximum age is 17. Regarding adult group leaders, the minimum ratio is 1:20 for 12-17 year old students. Individual students can also attend one to one classes from the age of 12, if their parent or legal guardian remains in the room at all times.
WHAT IS SAFEGUARDING?
Safeguarding is a way to protect children and vulnerable adults from abuse and neglect. We also include the danger of extremism in our PREVENT policy and the happiness of all of our students in the Welfare policy.
WHO DOES IT?
- The Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is Oscar Czerniawski, the Academic Co-ordinator.
- The Designated Safeguarding Staff (DSS). Tara Evans, the Office Administrator, is the primary female member of the DSS, Lara Selwyn Kogan, the Assistant Director of Studies, Nigel Barnett, the Director of Studies and Atam Sharma, the Centre Head, are also trained members of the Designated Safeguarding Staff.
- Teachers and administrative staff are trained to report to notice potential problems and report them to the DSS.
- Group leaders for U18s maintain ratios and go with closed groups between school and accommodation.
- Other adults working with UKCE In the case of host families, the British Council-registered accommodation agency that we use has its own safety checks in place, and the UKCE has its own systems.
- All students – Students should look after each other and feel comfortable to talk about concerns to their teacher, the DSL or a member of the DSS. The student handbook has specific advice for U18s about signing in and authorised absence, travel and the internet. There is also a list of unacceptable behaviour, designed both as rules for students, and a guide for telling concerns to teachers.
- School 24 hour Emergency 0748 779 9283 and 07956 190 552
- School Office 020 7734 6485
- Emergency Services 999 or 112
- NSPCC 0808 800 5000
- ChildLine 0800 1111
- Local Child Safeguarding Board 0207 641 4000
HOW WE DO IT
Parental Consent Forms – Parents can know what to expect and judge if their child can do it
Recruitment of Staff – All our staff are carefully checked in interview and with police records (DBS)
Advice forms – Young students are warned about the dangers of travel and the internet. All students have the Student Handbook to guide them for their life in London.
ID Cards/Lanyards – There are no strangers in the school
Class registers – Teachers know who needs more help.
Closed groups – Students under 16 are kept separate from adult students.
Security Measures – We have CCTV and firewalls on our internet.
Private communication– Our rules forbid private communication between staff and students.
Reporting system – We encourage staff and students to report even small concerns so that no problems are missed. Serious problems will be treated seriously.
Registered accommodation agencies – Accommodation is also provided by agencies that have safeguarding rules.
Contact procedure – We have a system to ensure someone is responsible for students outside of school at all times, by arranging communication between the school, accommodation and group leaders.
Transfer of responsibility – We check when students are late or absent with responsible adults. These are chosen by the parents, if the parents are not in the country.
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