At Lincoln College we take the Safeguarding of our students and visitors seriously.
Safeguarding is about promoting the welfare of children and adults at risk, protecting them from harm.
- Protecting children from abuse and maltreatment
- Preventing harm to children’s health and development
- Ensuring children grow up with provision of safe and effective care
- Taking action to enable all children and young people have the best outcomes
Child protection is part of the safeguarding process. It focuses on protecting individual children identified as suffering or likely to suffer significant harm.
The principals are the same with adults at risk. Adults at risk are individuals who need care or support and because of this are unable to protect themselves from either the risk of, or the experience of, abuse or neglect.
Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment
Sexual violence and sexual harassment are not acceptable, will never be tolerated and is not an inevitable part of growing up.
Sexual violence relates to sexual offences such as rape, assault by penetration or sexual assault.
Sexual harassment relates to ‘unwanted conduct of a sexual nature’ that can occur online and offline.
Sexual harassment is likely to:
- violate a person’s dignity,
- and/or make them feel intimidated, degraded or humiliated
- and/or create a hostile, offensive or sexualised environment.
Dismissing or tolerating sexual harassment as “just having a laugh”, “banter” or “boys being boys” is not acceptable. Grabbing bottoms, breasts and genitalia, flicking bras and lifting up skirts, sexual remarks about clothes and appearance and sexualised names are all examples of sexual harassment.
Behaviour of this type will not be tolerated at Lincoln College Group and staff and students are encouraged to report their concerns to any member of staff or through the College safeguarding Single Point of Contact on the details shown below.
The Safeguarding Team are available through a Single Point of Contact (SPoC) which is monitored Mon to Fri from 08.30am to 5.00pm. The SPoC is contactable on: 07580 975854 or you can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with concerns or enquiries at any time although this is only monitored during the hours as shown above.
Alternatively, you can approach any member of staff to assist you. Staff are clearly identifiable as wearing a blue lanyard that says Lincoln College STAFF. They can assist you in the first instance or direct you to the best place for support.
You can also visit any of the reception areas in Lincoln, Newark or Gainsborough college’s and ask to speak to someone from Student Services.
There is also an evening Duty Manager on call until 8pm. Please speak to your tutor or Deans Reception (Lincoln) if you need to report a concern after 5.15pm.
Mental Health Support
Mental health issues can impact on all of us at some point in our lives and students at Lincoln College Group are no different. To support individuals that may be experiencing difficulties we have a number of support services available at Lincoln College Group.
- Needs Assessment and Support Team
- Mental Health Coordinators
- Mental Health First Aiders
Support can be accessed by contacting the Single Point of Contact (SPoC) or by dropping in at any of the main receptions at Lincoln, Gainsborough and Newark when staff can offer advice and support or make a referral on your behalf.
Lincoln College also work alongside external agencies such as the NHS Mental Health Support Team and can signpost to a number of external support services.
For additional support external to college please see the list of Useful numbers and websites at the bottom of this page.
Further information can be found in the following documents:
- Safeguarding Policy
- Student Safeguarding Handbook
- Staff Safeguarding Handbook
- Keeping children safe in education (DFE Guide)
- Run Hide Tell information
- Snapchat tips for parents
- Safeguarding Handbook for Employers
- Support & Mental Health Card
- Online Safety Handbook
- Safeguarding Policy COVID 19
The Prevent Duty is about safeguarding our students to keep them both safe and within the law. Education settings have a duty to have regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism. The Prevent Duty is not about preventing students from having political and religious views but about supporting them to act in non-extremist ways.
If you have concerns with regard to any of our students please contact our Safeguarding Team at the Single Point of Contact.
If you’ve seen or heard something that could suggest a terrorist threat to the UK and the college is closed, report it at The Metropolitan Police website www.met.police.uk using their quick and confidential online tool under Tell Us About. They monitor this service 24 hours a day.
The Met hosts this reporting service on behalf of all UK police forces.
Below is the official Counter Terrorism Policing Teams advice as to what to do in the unlikely event of being caught up in a situation where you are fearful for your safety. It only takes 5 minutes to watch but may just save your life. We encourage all of our staff and students to watch.
You can also find out what to do in a weapons or firearms situation while on campus according to the Counter Terrorism Policing Team.
Bullying, Harassment and Hate Crime
Lincoln College has a zero tolerance towards any form of Bullying, Harassment or Hate Crime.
Bullying, harassment and hate crimes, by their nature are corrosive, tormenting and distressing and can have a significant physical and emotional impact on groups and individuals. They can take many forms from name calling or offensive language/gestures to direct physical assault. Bullying, harassment or hate crimes can also occur in an online environment and include both Cyberbullying and Cyberstalking, which entail the malicious use of technology to harass, threaten, maliciously pressure or embarrass an individual online.
If you are concerned that you or someone else is suffering any form of bullying or harassment, be it physical or online, then please make contact with the Safeguarding Team for advice or talk with your course tutor.
Don't suffer in silence.
Lincoln College is also a safe reporting centre for hate crime and we take all reports seriously. We work closely with partnership agencies to raise awareness of hate crime and increase reporting. We encourage our staff and learners to report any incidents to our Safeguarding Team internally or externally to Stop Hate UK.
Useful numbers and websites
Stop Hate Crime - 0800 138 1625
Shelter - 0808 800 4444 Shelter.org.uk
Samaritans - 0845 790 9090
Ofsted - About concerns 0300 123 4666
Childline - 0800 1111 www.childline.org.uk
OK Rehab - specialises in addiction treatment. 0800 326 5559 https://www.okrehab.org/
Lincolnshire Children’s Safeguarding Board - www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/lscb
Lincolnshire Children Services Customer Service Centre (CSC) - 01522 782111.
Lincolnshire Adults Safeguarding Board - www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/lsab
Lincolnshire Adults Social Care - 01522 782155
Lincolnshire Children's Emergency Duty Team / Emergency Social Care Services - Outside of office hours - 01522 782333
Lincolnshire Police - Non–emergency 101 then request Lincolnshire.
Lincolnshire Adult Mental Health Crisis Team - 01522 573648 (24 hrs)
End Domestic Abuse Now (EDAN) - 01522 510041 www.edanlincs.org.uk
Nottinghamshire Children Safeguarding Board - www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/nscb
Nottinghamshire Adult Safeguarding Board - www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/nsab
Nottinghamshire Multi – Agency Safeguarding Hub - 0300 500 80 90 email email@example.com
Nottinghamshire Police - Non emergency 101 then request Nottinghamshire.
Nottinghamshire Womens Aid - 0808 800 0340
Nottinghamshire Crisis and Home Treatment Resolution and Home Treatment Team (24 hrs)
If your call is relating to a service user open to the team or known to adult mental health services. Or you are seeking advice regarding a mental health crisis mental health services then please contact:
- Bassetlaw - 0300 123 1804
- City - 0300 300 0065
- County South - 0300 123 2901
- Mansfield and Ashfield - 0115 956 0860