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Safeguarding in specialist colleges

Colleges and their staff are an important part of the wider safeguarding system for young people. They play a key role in protecting young people from maltreatment, preventing impairment of their health or development, ensuring that they develop and thrive in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care, and taking action to enable all young people to have the best outcomes.

Specialist colleges are now required to follow the the guidance set out in Keeping Children Safe in Education. Colleges should ensure they are using the September 2021 version of this guidance from the start of the autumn term, 2021.

In July 2020, Natspec commissioned a webinar from the safeguarding lead at National Star College which provides an overview of the fundamentals of safeguarding in the specialist college context. The advice in the webinar remains relevant and up to date.

From September 2021, designated safeguarding leads (DSLs) in Natspec colleges can join a new safeguarding network. Check the Natspec events calendar for details of network meetings or contact Beth Mobbs White to be added to a list of DSLs.

Prevent Strategy

All further education and skills providers in England and Wales must have ‘due regard’ to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism. Full details are provided in the Prevent duty guidance for FE providers. ,

Prevent resources and presentations

Natspec has undertaken a range of projects to help ensure that there are resources available to help learners with SEND understand and keep safe from the threats of extremism and radicalisation and to understand British Values more generally. The materials available to download in the box below are derived from two Natspec Prevent conferences held in December 2016 and May 2018. Also listed below are a series of resources created by Natspec member colleges as part of project Natspec undertook for the Education and Training Foundation (ETF) in 2019.

Remote or Blended Learning

The following resources were put together to support colleges in the safe running of remote learning during the pandemic.

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