Definition of Safeguarding Adults

The Care Act 2014 states

 ‘Safeguarding means protecting an adult’s right to live in safety and free from abuse and neglect. It is about people and organisations working together to prevent and stop both the risks and the experience of abuse and neglect, while at the same time making sure that the adults wellbeing is promoted including where appropriate, having regard to their views, wishes, feelings and beliefs in deciding on any action’

The Care Act 2014 places procedures for safeguarding adults on a statutory footing and defines what an adult at risk is. It emphasises the need for multi-agency working with a focus on outcomes for the adult at risk. The Act also highlights the importance of everyone’s responsibility to protect adults at risk of abuse.

The role of the College in the safeguarding of students

Everyone who comes into contact with young people and families has a role to play in safeguarding. College staff have a particularly important role to play because they have daily contact with young people and know them very well. All college staff have a responsibility to ensure student safety and identify those who may be in need of support or are likely to suffer harm. All staff and Board members should be aware of the college safeguarding system. It is the responsibility of the Board members to update and monitor policy on an annual basis, and to receive termly safeguarding reports from Nickyie Thomas who is the Designated Safeguarding Lead.

Great Oaks College Curriculum

Safeguarding is central to the well-being of the individual and is therefore seen to be an intrinsic part of all aspects of the curriculum. Because of our students individual and limited understanding an individual approach is used

You can find a copy of our safeguarding policy on the policies page

The Safeguarding Team

At Great Oaks College the Designated Lead (DSL) is the Head Teacher Nickyie Thomas. In her absence the Assistant Head Teacher Rich Murr takes the role.
On rare occasions that both the head and assistant head teacher are absent then the Head of Oaklands, Anne Clinton will take on the role. All staff are made aware of the College system and this is a regular item on the agenda for staff meetings.

The Designated Safeguarding Lead will:

• Ensure all staff are made aware of the policy and any related documents
• Ensure that staff are supported when reporting concerns
• All appropriate staff are fully trained and updated.
• Ensure staff know how to identify and respond to risks to young adults from extreme or radical views.
• Generate safeguarding reports as required.