Student Safety and Wellbeing
At NCW, we fully recognise our moral and statutory responsibilities for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. The aim of our Safeguarding remit is to keep safe our students and promote their welfare, health and well-being by creating an honest, open and caring environment.
There are robust arrangements in place which are reviewed and monitored regularly to keep all students safe.
All staff, Governors and volunteers have a key role in preventing harm and in acting where concerns arise and our Safeguarding policy is underpinned by Worcestershire Children First and the Government’s Keeping Children in Safe guidance
There are three different levels of monitoring and quality assurance for safeguarding at NCW:
Operational group – consisting of the safeguarding team plus other key staff. Meets weekly to look at current and ongoing concerns and to implement any actions required.
Management group –consists of the safeguarding team plus our nominated Governor. Meets every fortnight to review policy and practice and to look at wider safeguarding patterns and trends.
Strategic oversight group – consists of the Principal, DSL, two Governors and two external consultants. Meets termly to review quality improvement, and to provide an independent and critical friend to the work of the safeguarding team.
NCW also works in partnership with our Local Authority – Worcester Children First. Our service level agreement with WCF allows the safeguarding team to access regular training and support groups and WCF carry out an annual audit of safeguarding policy and practice at NCW to ensure best practice is being implemented.
Meet the Safeguarding Team
NCW has a Safeguarding team which can be contacted for advice in the event of concerns about a student.
This team have the responsibility to receive any concerns from staff, students, parents and other professionals and ensure the appropriate response and action is taken to address any issues.
The team is supported by our nominated Safeguarding Governor who is Sue Ayres.