The Learning Institute, The Learning Institute South-west and ARENA recognise our moral and statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all learners. We endeavour to provide a safe and welcoming environment where children and adults are respected and valued. We are alert to the signs of abuse and neglect and follow our procedures to ensure that children and adults receive effective support, protection and justice. Child protection forms part of the organisation's safeguarding responsibilities. The Child Protection and Safeguarding policy underpins and guides The Learning Institute, The Learning Institute South-west and ARENA procedures and protocols to ensure its learners and staff are safe.
The Learning Institute, The Learning Institute South-west and ARENA are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all staff, volunteers and visitors to share this commitment.
We aim to provide a caring, positive, safe and stimulating environment which strives to make sure that every student feels secure, well cared for, and able to reach their full potential.
The Learning Institute, The Learning Institute South-west and ARENA understand and are committed to the vital contribution that all governors, staff, families and students can make to safeguarding children and vulnerable adults. Every member of staff has a collective recognition of the importance of providing an environment that helps children and vulnerable adults feel safe and respected, and a culture that encourages people to talk openly, and have the confidence they will be listened to.
Safeguarding is the proactive stance, which aims to protect children and vulnerable adults from abuse or harm, and child/vulnerable adults protection is the reactive stance taken to support students whom The Learning Institute, The Learning Institute South-west or ARENA Schools suspects may be in need of protection.
We have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment, including our Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy.
Aim of our safeguarding policy
The aim of the policy is to ensure that The Learning Institute (Southwest) and ARENA Schools has effective measures in place to safeguard your children and vulnerable adults from the potential risk of harm, and that the safety and well-being of the children and vulnerable adults are of the highest priority in all aspects of our work.
Having the policy in place ensures that all members of our community:
- are aware of their responsibilities in relation to Safeguarding and Child and Vulnerable Adult Protection.
- know the procedures that should be followed if they have a cause for concern.
- know where to go to find additional information regarding safeguarding.
- are aware of the key indicators relating to child and vulnerable adult abuse.
- fully support our commitment to Safeguarding and Child and Vulnerable Adult Protection.
Safeguarding is not just about protecting children and vulnerable adults from deliberate harm. It presents TLI (Southwest) and ARENA Schools with a wide range of issues that they need to be prepared for.
Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns.
If a child or vulnerable adult is in imminent danger, then please dial 999 for the police.
Guidance from the government and other external organisations
Designated Safeguarding Officer (The Learning Institute) - Jacky Olver
Phone: 01579 386123 or 01579 383292 (ext. 208)
Designated Safeguarding Officer (ARENA) - Michelle Roberts
Phone: 01579 386120