The Manchester College’s support for learners and safeguarding provision is exemplary, has been recognised and commended nationally, and produces excellent student engagement and outcomes.
The college works with over 50 external agencies to meet the safeguarding needs of students, their children and families on issues including drugs and domestic violence. To date, 23 immediate referrals have been made to Children’s Services. All student experience colleagues have completed WRAP training and bespoke training on radicalisation.
Over the last 12 months, many students have been supported through challenging times to stay in education and achieve. Appropriate mental health referrals to the college counselling team and externally has positively impacted on retention. The cross-college enrichment calendar focuses on British Values and enhances learner understanding of safeguarding.
Home Office funding of £15,000 was secured to run ‘Be Wise’ campaigns. 5000 students have undertaken activities including Prevent, gang workshops, knife crime talks, and Challenge for Change sessions on the consequences of negative actions. Tutorials, leaflets and posters have been designed in-line with legislation on Prevent and radicalisation.
Lord Agnew, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, said: “The college deserves great credit for how it demonstrated the provision of intensive support to safeguard individuals.”