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Safeguarding & Safety

QE is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the well-being and safety of students. Laurence Job, the College’s Deputy Principal, is the named member of the Senior Management Team with responsibility for safeguarding issues including the Prevent Agenda, which aims to prevent radicalisation and terrorism. Meirion Baker, Assistant Principal, leads on online safety and Looked After Children, 7 Directors assist with safeguarding. All of these members of staff have been trained to Level 3 Safeguarding. Professor Leni Oglesby OBE is the designated Safeguarding governor.

If you have a safeguarding concern about a QE student, please contact Laurence Job on ljob@qeliz.ac.uk  

For information and contact details about external agencies that can support mental health and emotional wellbeing, please see details at the bottom of the page.

The College’s Safeguarding and Prevent policies and procedures apply to all staff, governors, volunteers and contractors working in the College and are available on request. An annexe to the College’s Safeguarding policy for remote learning is available here.

We aim to:

  • Safeguard and promote the health, safety and welfare of students
  • Promote an aspirational culture that supports, stimulates and develops students
  • Provide a safe, supportive and civilised learning environment that enables students to fulfil their potential
  • Ensure procedures are in place for identifying and reporting cases or suspected cases of abuse
  • Raise awareness of safeguarding issues through staff training
  • Work with students, parents and staff to promote e-safety
  • Ensure that students and staff understand the Prevent Agenda, which aims to prevent radicalisation and terrorism, and which promotes British Values.
  • Ensure that students know there are staff in College to support them if they have concerns
  • Ensure that we practise safe recruitment when checking the suitability of staff, governors and volunteers to work with students
  • Consult with and listen to students so that their views are taken into account

Support for mental well-being from Mind, Darlington:

Support for students and parents in relation to mental and emotional well-being

Samaritans  www.samaritans.org – Phone 116 123 (free helpline 24 hours a day)

or email jo@samaritans.org

Childline  www.childline.org.uk – Phone 0800 1111 (free helpline between 7.30 am to 3.30 am every day)

Kooth   www.kooth.com

Free, safe and anonymous online support for young people.

Young Minds   www.youngminds.org.uk

Text YM to 85258 for free 24/7 support if you are a student and need urgent help

Parents’ helpline – 0808 802 5544 (9.30 am – 4pm, Mon- Fri)

Papyrus  www.papyrus-uk.org

A free suicide prevention helpline every day between 9am to midnight.  Phone 0800 068 4141 or text 07860 039967 or email pat@papyrus-uk.org

Shout www.giveusashout.org

Shout is a confidential 24/7 UK text service for times when people feel they need immediate support. It is free from all major UK networks.

Text “SHOUT” to 85258

Mind www.mind.org.uk

This website has a range of resources and you can contact them directly for support as below:

Tel – 0300 123 3393

Text – 86463

Email – info@mind.org.uk

Recovery college online  www.recoverycollegeonline.co.uk

This website provides a range of online information to people who might be struggling with mental health issues.

NHS suggested apps to support mental health

www.nhs.uk/apps-library/category/mental-health

Internet/online safety

As young people may be having more screen time at the moment, it is important that they keep themselves safe online.

Internet matters www.internetmatters.org provides a range of support for families to enable all family members to stay safe online.