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Writtle University College (WUC) has a moral and statutory duty to ensure that it promotes safeguarding and the welfare of young people and 'at risk' adults receiving education and training through WUC.

Child Protection & Safeguarding Policy & Practice Guidance

Child Protection & Safeguarding Policy

The governing body and all staff are committed to ensuring that the University College:

  • Understands and promotes the principle that everyone who comes in contact with young people and their families has a role to play in safeguarding;
  • Provides a safe environment for young people and adults in which to learn;
  • Identifies young people and adults who are a cause for concern and may benefit from early help, as well as those in immediate danger or at risk of harm;
  • Has appropriate procedures for following up unauthorised absence and for children who go missing from education (including informing the relevant local authority of young people removed from roll who are required to be in education/training);
  • Always acts in the best interests of the young person or adult at risk;
  • Works with other services (as needed) taking appropriate action to see that such young people and adults are kept safe.

Writtle University College will refer concerns that a young person or adult might be at risk of significant harm to the Social Care Team and/or the Police.

All students must know that they can get help and have someone to whom they can turn. WUC has a team of trained Safeguarding Officers sitting beneath the Designated Lead ( Janine Rusbridge , Director of HR, 01245 424200 ext 26033) as detailed below:

Name Job Title Specific Safeguarding Role Telephone Contact Email Contact
Claire Cross Safeguarding & Wellbeing Manager Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DDSL) & Single Point of Contact for Prevent (SPOC) 01245 424254
07855 906245
Sue Gardner Welfare & Disability Officer Main operational contact (unless an allegation against a member of staff is made) 01245 424200
ext 25720
07766 255829
Tracey Coop Senior Warden Main operational contact for residential students; out of hours on campus issues 01245 424200
ext 25529
07760 789556
Vicki Smith HR Advisor Main operational contact if the allegation is against a member of staff 01245 424200
ext 25670