Safeguarding at the Isle of Wight College

All children and adults with care and support needs (CASN) have the right to be protected from harm

All staff have a key role to play in the prevention of harm and a responsibility to act on any suspicion, concern or disclosure that may indicate that a child or adult with CASN is at risk form harm.

The college work closely with outside agencies to provide robust and timely support and intervention for any child or adult with CASN that has been OR may be at risk of harm.

Whilst we will always work openly with parents as far as possible, we reserve the right to contact children's social care or the police, without notifying parents, if this is believed to be in the child's best interests. The college recognise the importance of keeping the child at the centre of any decisions, keeping the child informed and where possible acting in accordance with their wishes. Whilst working with adults with CASN the college work closely with adult social care and will, as far as is reasonably possible, keep the adult informed and act in accordance with their wishes and desired outcome from any safeguarding referral

We will share information with students regularly and freely about organisations and charities that they can talk to outside of college both locally and nationally.

We will deliver training to our students that covers areas of safeguarding, some areas of safeguarding may cause some alarm or concern, we will endeavour to alleviate concerns or worries but recognise the importance of awareness and knowledge as a tool to safeguard our students. We will deliver this training through a series of on line tutorials, along with face to face tutorials that will be delivered by our Student Mentors.

The college have a Safeguarding policy which applies to all staff, governors and volunteers working in the College.

The College will:

  • Establish a safe working environment in which students can learn and develop and where they feel secure and are listened to
  • Ensure that students know there are staff in the College who they can approach if they are worried

The Isle of Wight College safeguarding policy draws upon a number of relevant government and local policy and procedures and is developed in line with the Isle of Wight Safeguarding Children Partnership (iowscp.org.uk).

View our Safeguarding policy

Safeguarding Contacts

David Hodgkins

Acting Assistant Principal

Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)

david.hodgkins@iwcollege.ac.uk 01983 550731

Michelle Campbell

Head of Safeguarding and Student Advocacy

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DDSL)

michelle.campbell@iwcollege.ac.uk 01983 550754 (2394)

Jane France

Curriculum Manager for Pathways

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead for Adults with Care & Support Needs (DDSL)

jane.france@iwcollege.ac.uk 01983 550809 (2447)

Susan Churches

Head of Student Support and Bursary

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

susan.churches@iwcollege.ac.uk 01983 550709 (2349)

If the matter is urgent and you are not able to contact one of the above leads please call the college switchboard 01983 526 631 during normal college opening hours and someone will assist in putting you in contact with the right person.

Alternatively, if your concern is urgent and relates to safeguarding, please contact the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH). Details of contact numbers for support services for both children and vulnerable adults (both in office hours and out of office hours) can be found at: Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub | Children and Families | Hampshire County Council (hants.gov.uk)

If there is an emergency and you believe a child or vulnerable adult is in immediate danger, you must call 999 without delay.