Melton College: What is Melton College’s safeguarding policy?

What is Melton College’s safeguarding policy?

Melton College has a moral and legal obligation to provide students with the highest possible standard of care.

Melton College is committed to devising and implementing policies so that all staff are aware of their responsibilities to safeguard children from harm and abuse. All staff are required to follow procedures to protect children and report any concerns about their welfare to appropriate authorities.

Our aim is to promote good practice, providing children and young people with appropriate safety/protection whilst in the care of Melton College.

Melton College is committed to the following:

  • The welfare of the child is paramount
  • All children, whatever their age, culture, ability, gender, language, racial origin, religious belief and/or sexual identity should be able to participate in tuition and social activities in safe environment
  • Taking all reasonable steps to protect children from harm, discrimination and degrading treatment and to respect their rights, wishes and feelings
  • All suspicions and allegations of poor practice or abuse will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately
  • All staff will be recruited with regard to their suitability for that responsibility, and will be provided with guidance and/or training in good practice and child protection procedures. •
  • Working in partnership with parents and children is essential for the protection of children.
  • All procedures regarding the welfare of students are reviewed regularly by the Principal and Head of Student Services.

Whilst Melton College recognises its duty of care for all students, it is understood that additional care must be taken to safeguard the well-being of students under the age of 18. This care is reflected in the following additional arrangements for the care of young students. Also see rules for students under 18.

Accommodation

All host families are vetted by the Head of Student Services for their suitability to host young students. Care will be taken to ensure that young students are placed with appropriate host families, and that hosts are fully aware of the requirements regarding the care of students under the age of 18.

Students under the age of 18 are not hosted with other students who are over this age, unless specific authorisation has been received from the parent/guardian (e.g. where the parent/guardian has authorised siblings to stay together).

Tuition/Transfers and Activities

Tuition

Care is to be taken to ensure that young students are classed according to age, and that a young student will not be placed in a class where older students predominate.

Transfers

Specific arrangements are to be made to ensure that young students are met at their arrival airport, and escorted to their host accommodation.

Activities – Attendance and supervision

Activities and excursions will be organised which are appropriate to young students, Unless otherwise specified, all under-18 students will attend weekend excursions and, on wholly junior courses (Winter, Easter and October) evening events. Supervising staff will be made aware of those under-18 students who are attending, and will have been briefed on the appropriate guidelines and any Health & Safety issues which apply.

Signing-in and signing-out

All under-18 students will ‘sign out’ at the end of the day’s tuition, or at the end of the activity as shown below. Sign out will include the student’s signature, confirmation of where they intend to go next (home or into the City), and, in the case of students under 16 intending to go into the City, the names of those students with whom they plan to go.

• End of tuition day – last lesson in College ends at 1530. Sign-out in the Café at 1600

• End of tuition day – last lesson is ‘lesson out’. Sign out with teacher at venue

• Evening activity – Sign-out at the end of the activity

• Weekend activity – Sign-out on return to York

The only exception to this procedure is where the young students are part of a group with designated group leaders.

The students may be given to the care of the group leader, who takes responsibility for the student and their return home. Only once the group leader has confirmed to the College staff that all of their students are accounted for and are now in the care of the group leader, can the College staff depart.