Policy Statement on Safeguarding - Protection of Children and Adults
The following statement was agreed by the Governors on: 24 May 2022
- Ripon College Cuddesdon is committed to the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults and ensuring their well-being.
- We recognise that we all have a responsibility to help prevent the physical, sexual, psychological, financial and discriminatory abuse and neglect of adults at risk of harm and abuse and to report any such abuse that we discover or suspect.
- We recognise the personal dignity and rights of adults and will ensure all our policies and procedures will reflect this.
- We believe all adults should enjoy and have access to every aspect of the life of Ripon College Cuddesdon.
- We undertake to exercise proper care in the appointment and selection of those who will work with children and vulnerable adults.
- We believe every child should be valued, safe and happy. We want to make sure that children we have contact with know this and are empowered to tell us if they are experiencing harm.
We are committed to:
- Following the Church of England statutory and specialist guidelines in relation to safeguarding children and adults and will ensure that as a College all staff will work within the agreed procedure of our safeguarding policy.
- Implementing, as far as is practicable and reasonable, the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Acts 1995 and 2005, Equality Act 2010 and all other relevant legislation.
- Supporting, resourcing and training those who undertake this work.
- Ensuring that we keep up to date with national and local developments relating to safeguarding.
- Ensuring that everyone agrees to abide by these recommendations and the guidelines established by the College.
- Supporting all in the College affected by abuse.
- Children’s Social Services has lead responsibility for investigating all allegations or suspicions of abuse where there are concerns about a child. Adult Social Care has lead responsibility for investigating all allegations or suspicions of abuse where there are concerns about an adult with care and support needs.
- Where an allegation suggests that a criminal offence may have been committed then the police should be contacted as a matter of urgency.
- Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility.
We will review this statement and our policy annually.
Safeguarding Lead: Revd Sarah Brush
Deputy Safeguarding Lead: Rt Revd Humphrey Southern
Safeguarding Governor: Judith Knight
If you have any concerns for a child or adult then speak to one of the following who have been approved as safeguarding co-ordinators for the College.
Cuddesdon based pathways: Revd Sarah Brush, Room 1, Liddon Telephone: 01865 877407
Gloucester and Hereford: Revd Roger Latham Telephone: 07961 213217
CMS Pioneer Pathway: Helen Brook Telephone: 01865 787496
Portsmouth Pathway: Revd Richard Wyld Telephone: 07971 876699
Deputy for all pathways: Rt Revd Humphrey Southern, Room 2, College House Telephone: 01865 877401 or 874902 (home)
A copy of the College’s policy can be obtained from the Principal and is available within each of the College’s centres.
Signed by the Chair of Governors and the Principal
Signed: Rt Revd Anne Hollinghurst Rt Revd Humphrey Southern
Chair of Governors Principal
Date: 24 May 2022