Landau Forte College Derby is committed to safeguarding and promoting the wellbeing children and young people, and we expect everyone who works in our College to share this commitment.
Staff and volunteers have a duty to report concerns about a child, either because the child may be in need of additional support or if it is thought that a child may have been abused or is at risk of abuse.
There are four categories of abuse:
Domestic violence is also a child protection issue and sits under the abusive category.
If staff need to express concerns about a child, we understand that this can cause distress or anger for the child’s parents. It is important that parents and staff try to discuss these matters as calmly and sensibly as possible.
In some cases the College is obliged to refer to Children’s Social Care for children to have their needs assessed or if an investigation into possible child abuse is required. In many cases there will already have been discussions between staff and the students’ parents, and the situation and concerns will not be a surprise to the parents. However, parents may not be told that the school has referred their child to Children’s Social Care if it is thought that this might put the child at risk.
If you think your child may have been abused you can contact Derby City Children’s Social Care directly on 01332 641172 / 956606 (out of hours). Alternatively, you can contact the College’s Designated Safeguarding Lead. If you think your child has been hurt, arrange to visit your doctor or go to A&E. Comfort and reassure your child.
- Designated Safeguarding Lead
Jane Hornby, firstname.lastname@example.org, 01332 204040
- Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Alison Brannick, email@example.com, 01332 204040
- Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Laura Percival, firstname.lastname@example.org, 01332 204040
- Designated Lead for Looked after Children
Jane Hornby, email@example.com, 01332 204040
- Nominated Governor
Richard Morton contacted via the PA to the Principal, 01332 204040
Safeguarding information out of hours and during the College holidays
To pass on safeguarding information out of hours and during the College holidays, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 07538 962561 or 07825068303.
In urgent cases please take the following action:
- If a young person is in immediate risk of harm or there is an imminent threat of harm to others, please call 999.
- For any other concerns relating to the safety or wellbeing of a young person please contact Derby City Council Social Care on 01332 641172.
- Derby City Council Social Care have an out of hours’ telephone number which operates from 5pm until 9am on weekdays and on weekends and Bank Holidays, their number is 01332 956606.
Stopping Domestic Abuse Together (SDAT)
SDAT is a Derbyshire Police initiative working with Children’s Services.
As part of SDAT Derbyshire Police will notify the College’s Designated Safeguarding Lead of every incident of domestic abuse where a child is known to be living in the household.
Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility and this is to help schools with responses to domestic abuse by helping them support children and their families exposed to or involved in domestic abuse. This may mean talking to students about their experiences, raising awareness through classroom discussion and schools activities, and helping victims and families by providing to them signposting information.
Landau Forte College is committed to protecting children and young people and working with partners to stop domestic abuse.
The College’s Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy can be found here:
All Safeguarding practice is underpinned by two key documents, which can be found here:
Keeping young people safe
At Landau Forte Charitable Trust, we are committed to keeping all of our young people safe in each of our academies. Tutors and parents are all too aware that young people can be vulnerable to influences, arguments and behaviour that are wrong. It is our job, working together, which will help us to protect our young people from such occurrences.
At Landau Forte Charitable Trust we do not want to stifle enquiry or speculation but we want to create a culture where this can be done in a safe manner.
Enabling young people to explore the issue of diversity in a safe and secure environment is extremely important and is something which we are very proud to provide.
We have well established safeguarding policies and procedures in place and we actively promote the welfare of our staff, students and visitors on-site and in the wider community.
Below you can find more information on how we safeguard young people in some key areas. Should you require any additional information about our safeguarding policies or procedures please contact us.
Our integration of Online Safety awareness across the curriculum enables us to discuss the sometimes difficult topics in a mature way that engages young people in all year groups. We are committed to ensuring the safety of our students in their use of modern technologies, including not only the PC, but also mobile phones and gaming.
We have gathered together some useful links and resources with advice for protecting you and your child online. These, along with our Online Safety Policy, can be found below.
- Parent’s guide to Houseparty
- Parent’s guide to TikTok
- Parent’s guide to YouTube moderation
- Keeping children happy and safe online during COVID-19
- Setting up parental controls for...
Lots of support on all aspects to do with parents keeping their children safe online.
- Common Sense Media
Independent parental advice on the benefits and dangers of apps, games, movies etc.
- Parent Info
Lots of support/advice on all social media apps and games.
Advice from the National Crime Agency on how to stay safe online. It includes sections for parents and students and advice on reporting.
- Net Aware
NSPCC site giving guidance and advice on all social media apps and games.
- UK Safer Internet Centre
Consortium of charities to raise awareness and offer advice to parents and students.
Includes advice on how to report abuse.
Age-appropriate videos and activities to help teach children be safer online.
Landau Forte Charitable Trust and its academies fully encourages the use and access of the following website for parents, staff and school leaders, http://www.educateagainsthate.com/
This important site brings together the best advice, support and resources available for parents, teachers and school leaders who want to learn how to protect young people from extremism and radicalisation. This site provides helpful guidance and support to the information on this academy’s website about how tackle radicalisation and extremism and how to tackle signs of both. What is so important about this resource is that it does not just offer information for teachers and schools - but parents as well. While schools may be able to spot the signs of radicalisation, the truth is much of it takes place beyond the school gates, in families or friendship groups, in communities and increasingly online. That means parents must be equipped to help protect their children from extremism. They need to understand the threat that extremist organisations pose, how radicalisation happens, what the warning signs look like and who to turn to for support if they are ever worried. The information and advice available on Educate Against Hate will be an invaluable resource in helping them to do that and all are encouraged parents to visit the site and familiarise themselves with the information it provides.
Our academies also play a key role in spotting the signs of radicalisation - just as they do when young people experience other threats or difficulties, such as CSE [child sexual exploitation], eating disorders, mental health problems or drugs. Our academies can pick up those behavioural changes which may signal that a student is being radicalised before their peers or even their parents have spotted them. That is why it is so important that academies see protecting children from radicalisation as part of their safeguarding duties. The vast majority of staff in schools do this already and want to play their part. This website, Educate Against Hate is set to become a tool that helps schools do that.
This website provides up-to-date, practical advice that will help heads and governors understand the procedures their school should have in place to robustly tackle the threat, and will help teachers facing these issues in the classroom to understand radicalisation, its warning signs, and crucially where they can get further support.
We have well established safeguarding policies and procedures in place and we actively promote the welfare of everyone on our site. We recognise that safeguarding against radicalisation and extremism is no different from safeguarding against any other vulnerability.
All of our staff are expected to uphold and promote the fundamental principles of British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect, and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.
If any parent/carer has a concern about radicalisation and extremism, the College can be contacted on 01332 204040, contact can be made with Derbyshire Constabulary by calling 101, or alternatively the national anti-terrorism hotline is available on 0800 789 321.
Our Safeguarding Policy is available for your reference below:
You can engage with the Derby Police and Prevent Tragedies teams via Twitter. Their accounts are:
Families Against Stress & Trauma
The Families Matter website has lots of advice and information for parents/carers regarding helping children turn away from extremism. Click here to visit their site.
JAN Trust is a multi-award winning non-profit organisation. They support and provide services to marginalised and hard to reach communities, enabling them to become an integral part of society. Click here to visit their site.
Open Your Eyes
Open Your Eyes works with young people, activists, bloggers and filmmakers to raise the voice against ISIS. Their site features videos from people telling their personal stories of how ISIS has affected their lives. Click here to visit their site.
London Grid for Learning has worked with leading extremism experts specialising in ISIS and the far right to provide information, insights and advice to help schools navigate this difficult area. Click here to visit their site.
The DfE have recently reinforced the need to
“create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.”
The government set out its definition of British Values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values have been reiterated by the Prime Minister this year. You can read our Promoting British Values statement here.
This College is a place where every person has the right to be themselves and to be included in a safe and happy environment. Everyone at our College is equal and should be treated with respect. We fully support our LGBT community and any issues regarding bullying or homophoic language will be dealt with appropriately.
We aim to:
- Train all staff on how to tackle LGBT bullying
- Record all incidents of homophobic bullying
- Celebrate diversity
- Include LGBT issues across the curriculum
- Actively promote an inclusive environment
We are a member of the Stonewall Champion School Programme and follow their framework in order to maintain this status. Students and families may find support and information on the following websites.
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) comprises all procedures involving the partial or total removal of the external female genitalia or any other injury to the female genital organs for nonmedical reasons. FGM is considered a grave violation of the rights of girls and women.
If you have concerns about the safety or well being of a young person, please contact Derby City Council on the numbers below:
- Children's Social Care (9am - 5pm)
- Careline (all other times)
If there is an imminent threat of harm to others call 999.
If you would like to discuss a matter with Landau Forte College Derby, then please contact Mrs Jane Hornby via email (email@example.com) or by calling the College on 01332 204040.
Further details about how we deal with safeguarding issues, incliding FGM, is available in our Safeguarding Policy below:
Below is a link to help, advice and support for any young person who thinks they may be subject to a forced marriage. A forced marriage is defined as when one or both people do not consent to the marriage and pressure or abuse is used.
Please always dial 999 if you think you are at imminent threat of harm.