At Westminster UTC the health, safety and well-being of every child are our paramount concern. We listen to our students and take seriously what they tell us. Our aim is that our students will enjoy their time at this school and therefore make the best progress possible. We work in partnership with you to ensure your child achieves their full potential and makes a positive contribution.
In relation to children and young people, safeguarding and promoting their welfare is defined in ‘Working together to safeguard children’ (2018) as:
Protecting children from maltreatment
Preventing impairment of children’s health or development
Ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
Taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes
In addition to this schools have a statutory responsibility to protect children from risk of radicalisation as outlined in ‘The Prevent duty’ (2015).
Safeguarding action may be needed to protect children and learners from:
- Physical, sexual or emotional abuse
- Bullying, including online bullying and prejudice-based bullying
- Racist, disability, homophobic or transphobic abuse
- Gender-based violence, or violence against women and girls
- Radicalisation or extremist behaviour
- Child sexual exploitation and trafficking
- The impact of new technologies on sexual behaviour, for example ‘sexting’ and
- Accessing pornography
- Teenage relationship abuse
- Substance misuse
- Issues that may be specific to a local area or population, for example gang
- Activity and youth violence
- Domestic violence
- Female genital mutilation
- Forced marriage
- Fabricated or induced illness
- Poor parenting, particularly in relation to babies and young children
- Any other issues that pose a risk to children, young people and vulnerable adults
- Online abuse
- Child criminal exploitation
- Peer on peer abuse
The procedures that we follow have been laid down by the Local Safeguarding Children Partnership of Royal Kensington & Chelsea, and Westminster City Bi-Borough partnership. The school has adopted a Child Protection Policy in line with this for the safety of all. A copy of our Child Protection Policy can be found here:
Safeguarding Team at Westminster UTC
The Designated Safeguarding Lead is Helen Cleary, Deputy Head of School
The Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads are Miss Thompson (Assistant Head of KS5), Miss Leveridge(Head of KS5), Mr Mealor (Head of School)
The nominated Governor for Safeguarding is Andrew Christie (Chair of Governors)
Reporting a safeguarding concern
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children (those under 18) is everyone’s responsibility. This means that you may have a role to play in identifying concerns, no matter how small including the sharing of relevant information.
Students can report a safeguarding matter to any member of staff at any time. In addition to that, any student, parent or visitor can report a safeguarding concern, anonymously by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Reporting a concern about a member of staff
Anyone can report a concern about a member of our staff and should do so by contacting the Designated Safeguarding Leads on email@example.com.
As a part of our commitment to safeguarding students, we may share relevant information with other professionals in accordance with the statutory guidance ‘Keeping children safe in education' (2021) and ‘the Prevent duty’ (2015)
Details of this guidance can be accessed here:
We are also involved in Operation Encompass in partnership with The Metropolitan Police. Operation Encompass is the reporting to schools, prior to the start of the next school day, when a child or young person has exposed to or involved in, any domestic incident.
Operation Encompass ensures that the Designated Safeguarding Lead is trained to allow them to liaise with the police and to use the information that has been shared,
in confidence, while ensuring that the school is able to make provision for possible difficulties experienced by children, or their families, who have been involved in, or exposed to, a domestic abuse incident.
Report child abuse to your local council:
NSPCC helpline: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/what-...
NSPCC whistleblowing advice line: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keepi...
Here at Westminster UTC we are fortunate to be able to call upon the services from
the neighbourhood police team. Police officers have visited the school and talked to
students during lessons and assemblies. Topics include
- Different aspects of the law
- Drugs, alcohol and tobacco
- Personal online safety
- Good citizenship & Anti-social behaviour
- Crime & consequence