Woking College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and requires all staff, volunteers and visitors to share this commitment. We make every effort to provide an environment in which young people and adults feel safe, secure, valued and respected, and feel confident to talk if they are worried, believing they will be effectively listened to.
If a student has a concern about their safety or someone else’s safety, they can speak to any member of staff in the college. This could be their teacher, personal tutor, Head of Year, a member of the safeguarding team, or any other member of staff they feel comfortable speaking to as all staff receive safeguarding training. This member of staff is not able to promise confidentiality but can refer the concern to the safeguarding team if this is required.
If you have a concern about a young person, you can contact the college DSL via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the college reception. If you have a serious concern about a young person out of College hours, please contact the Police on 999.
The full Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy can be found at https://woking.ac.uk/about/governance-and-policies/ under the heading Governance and Policies.
Designated Safeguarding Leads
Helena Clarke – (Director of Support for Learning)
Gina Marshall – (Associate Director: Pastoral)
Deputy Safeguarding Leads
Anne Jackman, Elle McDonald, Sophie Mngoma, Andy Pett, Tess Ledingham
Nominated Trustee with responsibility for Safeguarding
Woking College is a member of the Operation Encompass scheme which is run jointly between local schools and colleges, Surrey Police and Surrey County Council. The scheme aims to safeguard and support children and young people who are involved in or affected by incidents involving domestic abuse. Witnessing domestic abuse is distressing for a young person, who may see the abuse, hear it from another room, see a parent’s injuries or distress afterwards or be physically hurt trying to stop the abuse.
Following an incident, children will often arrive at College upset and unprepared. Operation Encompass aims to ensure that the College’s Safeguarding Lead is aware so they can support young people in the best way possible. The College will not be given specific details of the incident or the parties involved. Please be assured that all information received will be kept confidential.
You can read more about the aims and benefits of Operation Encompass at www.operationencompass.org.