Safeguarding

Safeguarding at NWRC

At North West Regional College all staff are committed to providing a safe and supportive environment where students feel safe and receive effective pastoral and safeguarding care, guidance and support.

We share the belief that safeguarding is everybody’s responsibility and foster this culture across the College. The College has a dedicated safeguarding team that promotes awareness of safeguarding issues and is always available to provide support to students, families and staff.

The College strives to offer the very best education and training and recognises the importance of integrated safeguarding and support services as part of the student experience to enable students to achieve positive outcomes.

In line with statutory safeguarding guidance, the College has a designated safeguarding team. This group of colleagues work closely together to provide effective safeguarding and pastoral support interventions for all students at the College.

Our Safeguarding policy can be viewed online.

Gillian Moss

Head of Learner Services/ Safeguarding Champion
Email: Gillian.Moss@nwrc.ac.uk
Tel: 02871 276520

Shannon Doherty (2)

Shannon Doherty

Safeguarding Officer
Email: Shannon.Doherty@nwrc.ac.uk
Tel: 028 7127 8709

Joseph McCarthy

Joseph McCarthy

Deputy Safeguarding Officer Joseph: McCarthy
Email: joseph.mccarthy@nwrc.ac.uk
Tel: 02871276096

What is Safeguarding?

Safeguarding is the action taken to promote the welfare of children and vulnerable adults to protect them from harm. At NWRC all staff are committed to providing a safe and supportive environment where students feel safe and receive effective pastoral and safeguarding care, guidance and support.

We share the belief that safeguarding is everybody’s responsibility and foster this culture across the College. The College has a dedicated safeguarding team that promotes awareness of safeguarding issues and is always available to provide support to students, families and staff.

How can we help?

The College strives to offer the very best education and training and recognises the importance of integrated safeguarding and support services as part of the student experience to enable students to achieve positive outcomes.

The Safeguarding team can offer a listening ear, support and advice with issues such as abuse, bereavement, mental health issue, unplanned pregnancy, homelessness, gambling, relationship breakdown, alcohol or drug addiction, gender change, or any other concern a student may have during their time at college.

NWRC Safeguarding Policy

North West Regional College has a Safeguarding Policy in place to protect young people under 18 years and Adults at Risk of Harm or Adults in Need of Protection.

Our dedicated Safeguarding team take the care, welfare and safety of young people under the age of 18 and Adults at Risk of Harm and in Need of Protection who are students / trainees of the college extremely seriously.

Who do I contact?

In line with statutory safeguarding guidance, the College has a designated safeguarding team. This group of colleagues work closely together to provide effective safeguarding and pastoral support interventions for all students at the College.

If College staff or students have any concerns about a student they should contact the Safeguarding Officer:

Shannon Doherty

Tel: 028 7127 8709
Email: shannon.doherty@nwrc.ac.uk

Joseph McCarthy (Deputy Safeguarding Officer)

Tel: 028 7127 6096
Email: joseph.mccarthy@nwrc.ac.uk

Criminal Convictions

NWRC actively promotes equality of opportunity for all and welcomes enrolments from students with criminal convictions. However in order to manage any risk, you must tell us about any unspent convictions you have. You should do this by declaring on the colleges enrolment form. Certain courses require you to consider spent as well as unspent criminal convictions. In such instances, you must disclose all past offenses as it may impact on your career progression. By disclosing criminal convictions you will not automatically be excluded from the application / enrolment process. Students that disclose a criminal history will be required to complete a Basic or an Enhanced Access NI check. This will depend on the nature of the course they have applied for. All students applying for a course that requires work placement in regulated activity will be required to complete an Enhanced Access NI check. The College is committed to processing Criminal Record Checks in accordance with the Access NI Code of Practise which is available on the Access NI website or alternatively a copy can be requested from Student Services at the College. The College will assess the risk that you may pose and determine whether it can be managed. You will be advised about the outcome of this process as quickly as possible. If you are convicted of a criminal offence after you have applied, you must contact the Safeguarding Team and tell them about this.

Work Placement

All students going on work placement into regulated activity will be required to complete an Enhanced Access NI check. The College is committed to processing Criminal Record Checks in accordance with the Access NI Code of Practise which is  available on the Access NI website or alternatively a copy can be requested from Student Services at the College.

For more information, please contact our Safeguarding Officer on 028 7127 8709.

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