Health and Safety

Child Protection and Safeguarding

The college’s Child Protection and Safeguarding policies are based on the government’s ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ statutory guidance document. These policies are available for parents to download.

The college’s Lead Designated Safeguarding Officer is Debbie Finch (dfinch@itchen.ac.uk) who is based in the Student Services office. Her deputies are Steve Perkins (sperkins@itchen.ac.uk) and Bridget Jones (bjones@itchen.ac.uk). In addition every faculty has a dedicated DSL, so it is very easy for a student to seek support. The best way for a student or a parent to raise a concern is to speak with any member of staff, who will immediately pass the issue to the Lead DSL or another DSL. Alternatively, if talking about an issue is problematic for any reason, the email address safeguarding@itchen.ac.uk can be used.

The college uses the CPOMS electronic reporting system which means that safeguarding notes from a student’s previous school or college can be shared securely and effectively so that appropriate support can be offered as soon as the student starts at Itchen.

Drugs

College managers take a strong line on the use or possession of illegal drugs. Normally parents and the police will be involved and the student may be asked to leave college. Drug use in or near the college may result in permanent exclusion from college.

Guidance & Support

Itchen has a long and proud tradition of providing high quality guidance and support for students, prior to and at entry, throughout the student’s programme of study and during progression. All staff have a commitment to provide students with the support that they need to ensure success, whether that be additional learning or study support, ‘next step’ guidance, financial support or some other issue.

Security

The college employs Campus Wardens during the day and evening to ensure the safety of all students and staff, and the security of college resources and premises. All students must wear and display their college ID lanyards at all times when they are in college or on college buses. This helps us to keep students safe by enabling us to identify intruders who should not be on the college campus.

Smoking

We discourage smoking and offer specialist support to students who would like to stop smoking.  For those who do smoke or vape, there is a designated smoking area in the front of the college, near to the bus stops. Smoking and vaping are not permitted anywhere else on site.