Our college Designated Child Protection Officer and a Designated Domestic Abuse Officer is Mrs Laura Jenkins and the deputy (if Mrs Jenkins is away), is Mr Green (Headteacher).
Our Child Protection Link Governor is Ms Louise Wain. If you are concerned about the wellbeing of any of our students please feel free to discuss the matter with us. Alternatively, a consultation service is available on 01392 383054 or 384574. This line is manned by the Children and Young People’s Services (formerly Social Services) and they will be happy to advise you about what to do next.
If your concern is about the way a member of staff is treating a student please do not hesitate to telephone Mrs Jenkins or Mr Green. Safeguarding our young people is very important to us and it is vital that we work together to protect them in every way possible.
The Axe Valley Community College approaches the promotion of fundamental British values in line with the Government’s PREVENT theme of the anti-terrorist strategy CONTEST. These British Values are: democracy; individual liberty; the rule of law; mutual respect; tolerance of those with different faiths and belief. Each is defined below and placed in a school context through the use of examples. It is, without question, everyone’s duty to ensure they do not undermine these fundamental British values as detailed in the current Teacher Standards Part Two: Personal and Professional Conduct.
British values are a set of values introduced to help keep children safe and promote their welfare; specifically to counter extremism.
Democracy can be seen as a state of society characterised by equality of rights and privileges. It can also refer to our nation’s electoral systems. In school we promote the importance of democracy through such things as: the free and fair electoral process for student positions of responsibility, students being encouraged to consider alternative pathways in lessons, Student Voice on key school decisions through processes including online whole school surveying, students also elect peers to represent them.
- Individual Liberty
Individual liberty suggests the free exercise of rights generally seen as outside Government control. In school we promote the importance of individual liberty through such things as: the increasing liberty afforded to students as they move up through the years, Y11 and 6th Form allowed to leave the site at certain times, some KS4 groups taught off-site, the profusion of extra-curricular activities and clubs, including extended studies, students encouraged to voice views in lessons in a formative manner, students offered autonomy over choices regarding academic pathways, elements of choice in the school canteen within healthy boundaries.
- Rule of Law
All people and institutions are subject to and accountable to law that is fairly applied and enforced. In school we promote the importance of the rule of law through such things as: there is a shared classroom code of practice, marking and feedback, as well as homework, policies set clear boundaries which are explained clearly to students, accountability is stressed to all stakeholders including staff [teacher’s Standards], students [Student Code of Conduct],and Governors.
- Mutual Respect
The proper regard for an individual’s dignity, which is reciprocated. In school we promote the importance of mutual respect through such things as: classroom code of practice, school ethos statement, clear guidance on good behaviour in areas such as the Canteen, the publishing and enforcement of a smart dress code for students and staff [uniform], wellbeing promotes mutual respect through the skills developed in sessions/ assemblies and the repetition of related content across the curriculum.
- Tolerance of Those with Different Faiths and Beliefs
A fair, objective, and permissive attitude to those whose faith and beliefs may differ from one’s own. In school we promote the importance of tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs through such things as: acceptance of faith symbolism, Religious Studies taught to all students across KS3 & 4, observance of Christmas services.
What is Child Sexual Exploitation?
The sexual exploitation of children and young people (CSE) under-18 is defined as that which:
‘involves exploitative situations, contexts and relationships where young people (or a third person or persons) receive ‘something’ (e.g. food, accommodation, drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, affection, gifts, money) as a result of them performing, and/or another or others performing on them, sexual activities.
Child sexual exploitation can occur through the use of technology without the child’s immediate recognition; for example being persuaded to post sexual images on the Internet/mobile phones without immediate payment or gain. In all cases, those exploiting the child/young person have power over them by virtue of their age, gender, intellect, physical strength and/or economic or other resources. Violence, coercion and intimidation are common, involvement in exploitative relationships being characterised in the main by the child or young person’s limited availability of choice resulting from their social/economic and/or emotional vulnerability.’ (DfE, 2012)
Child sexual exploitation is a form of abuse which involves children (male and female, of different ethnic origins and of different ages) receiving something in exchange for sexual activity.
Who is at risk?
Child sexual exploitation can happen to any young person from any background. Although the research suggests that the females are more vulnerable to CSE, boys and young men are also victims of this type of abuse.
The characteristics common to all victims of CSE are not those of age, ethnicity or gender, rather their powerlessness and vulnerability. Victims often do not recognise that they are being exploited because they will have been groomed by their abuser(s). As a result, victims do not make informed choices to enter into, or remain involved in, sexually exploitative situations but do so from coercion, enticement, manipulation or fear. Sexual exploitation can happen face to face and it can happen online. It can also occur between young people.
In all its forms, CSE is child abuse and should be treated as a child protection issue.
If you have concerns that a child is at risk of or is suffering Child Sexual Exploitation you should contact: