Safeguarding at Freeman College
There is a strong culture of safeguarding at Freeman College, it is at the heart of all that we do and the responsibility of each member of the Freeman community.
All staff are trained in Safeguarding and receive regular updates in line with the college’s Young Person and Adult at Risk Safeguarding Policy. This policy is updated each year and all staff members receive annual training to ensure their knowledge about safeguarding remains current. All staff receive regular updates and briefings throughout the year to ensure their knowledge of specific safeguarding concerns is up to date.
Any issues or concerns about safeguarding issues relating to students and staff at Freeman College are reported to the College’s Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)
The DSL / DSP (England / Wales) leads a safeguarding team of specially trained staff and their details can be found on the colleges Safeguarding poster.
Staff members and anyone with a connection to the college can report any suspicions, however small, of abuse, neglect or concern to the DSL / DSP or to any member of the Safeguarding Team. They can also make a report directly to the Local Safeguarding Partnership.
The suitability of staff members to work with children and adults at risk is checked by the DBS before they start work. This applies also to volunteers and visitors who are at the school for extended periods of time.
All new staff are required to complete face to face safeguarding training delivered by the safeguarding team or the Trust Head of Safeguarding.
Our senior staff at Freeman College have been trained in Safer Recruitment. This includes members of Senior Leadership Team, the relevant governors and trustees, and members of the human resources department.
In addition to this training, all staff members are required to read and abide by the Ruskin Mill Trust Code of Conduct, the most up to date version of Keeping Children Safe in Education, and the college Safeguarding and behaviour policies.
Staff are available Monday to Thursday from 8.45am to 5.15pm and Fridays from 8.45am to 4.45pm: Telephone: 0114 252 5940
If anyone has a concern about the safety or welfare of a child or young person, they have a duty to report this concern. You are able to do this via the safeguarding team or if you are unable you can make a report with the Local Safeguarding Partnership:
If you have concerns about online safety, you should report this to the safeguarding team. However, anyone can report their concerns to CEOP, the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre by visiting the CEOP website.