Oldham Sixth Form College fully recognises its responsibilities for safeguarding and esafety. The policy applies to all staff, governors and volunteers working in the College.
- OSFC Safeguarding Policy
- What’s the Problem (A guide for parents of children and young people who have got in trouble online)
There are six main elements to the policies:
- Ensuring we practice safe recruitment in checking the suitability of staff and volunteers to work with students
- Raising awareness of child protection issues and equipping students with the skills needed to keep them safe.
- Developing and then implementing procedures for identifying and reporting cases, or suspected cases, of abuse.
- Supporting students who have been abused in accordance with his/her agreed child protection plan.
- Establishing a safe environment in which students can learn and develop, including the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).
- Establish procedures for reporting and dealing with allegations of abuse against members of staff including appropriate whistle blowing procedures.
The College’s designated Safeguard officer is Emma Hart and you can contact in Room 24a, her extension is 2508 or you can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org . In Emma’s absence please contact Beverly Beaumont or Ruth Vickers via reception.
Parent Zone:Top tips for parents to manage their children’s online activity…….
- No devices in the bedroom – keep their phone/tablet/games consoles and charger downstairs so they aren’t tempted to stay up late playing games.
- Check out new games or websites they are asking about by going to www.commonsensemedia.org this fab website will let you search for games, apps, and films to see what the content is and if it is age appropriate for your child.
- Remind your child that when they meet people online, they can’t be sure who they really are, so it’s not safe to share personal pictures and information with them.
- Remember to report any inappropriate content and or comments direct to the social network, app and/or gaming site it appears on and they will take it down and possibly ban the user from their site.
- Talk to your child about their favourite games, websites and apps to find out more about their online life. They will be more likely to come to you if they are worried about something they see or do online if you show an interest.
- For help setting parental controls on all devices go to www.parentzone.org.uk