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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 7 Directors assist with safeguarding. All of these members of staff have been trained to Level 3 Safeguarding. Joy Colthup, SENCO, leads on Looked After Children and 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.

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 24 hours a 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

Papyrus (www.papyrus-uk.org) – A free suicide prevention helpline. Phone 0800 068 4141 or email pat@papyrus-uk.org or text 07860 039967.

Shout (www.giveusashout.org) – Shout is a 24/7 UK crisis text service for times when people feel they need immediate support. Text “SHOUT” to 85258.

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.