Horizon Community College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. Horizon has a committed team of staff who are trained as Designated Safeguarding leads or ‘DSL’.
Parents and Carers can feel confident that robust procedures are in place to ensure that all staff are suitable to work with children here at Horizon.
It is important to us that parents, carers and students perceive Horizon as a safe space and encourage children to talk freely about any concerns or worries which may affect educational progress.
Children will be taken seriously if they seek help from a member of staff. Students may be referred for additional bespoke support from external agencies and will always endeavour to work in partnership with parents to inform them of additional support required or accessed for their child. However, staff cannot guarantee to consult parents first, or to keep children’s concerns confidential, if a referral must be made to agencies in order to safeguard the child’s welfare.
Keeping Children Safe in Education is statutory guidance that schools and colleges in England must have regard to when carrying out their duties to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.