The majority of students who study at Liverpool English Centre (LEC) are aged 18 and above although applicants aged between 16-18 are also accepted. All students aged 16-18 are minors and therefore LEC places an additional ‘duty of care’ towards those students and any vulnerable learners enrolled at LEC.
Students under aged 16-18 classed as vulnerable adults are protected regardless of their race, nationality, age, gender, sexual orientation or religious belief.
A ‘duty of care’ applies to all students whether they are on the premises, outside or on a social activity organised by LEC.
Teacher and Staff Responsibilities
All teachers and staff have a responsibility to safeguard all students and vulnerable learners regardless of age. They are vigilant and will report any concerns or allegations to LEC management. All staff are trained in Safeguarding Basic Awareness and the Designated Safeguarding Lead to the level of Advanced Safeguarding Awareness.
Statement of Intent
LEC holds a responsibility to safeguard the welfare of all children, young people and vulnerable adults by protecting them from all forms of abuse including physical, sexual and emotional.
LEC is committed to creating a safe environment in which learners feel safe, comfortable and secure during their studies. All staff show respect and understanding for each individual’s rights, safety & welfare while conducting themselves accordingly.
LEC is a multicultural environment in which an acceptance and tolerance of a wide range of views is encountered. LEC adheres to the UK Government’s Prevent policy and respects each student’s rights to express views and beliefs within the core of British values of democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance towards different faiths and beliefs.
Any prejudice, discrimination or extremist views, including derogatory language, shown by students or members of staff will be dealt with in line with LEC policies on student behaviour and staff conduct.
Outside of LEC
LEC’s ‘duty of care’ extends out of study hours and outside of the school. All students are provided with the ‘Designated Safeguarding Leads’ contact details during induction. LEC acts to ensure that all students are aware of who they can share their concerns, complaints and anxieties with. All information is treated as sensitive with a mature understanding and responsibility, by the people with whom they are sharing the information.
LEC is committed to safer recruitment. All successful applicants are subject to reference and a Disclosure and Barring Service checks. All host family members of any home-stay also undergo a DBS check before they start hosting for LEC.
Abuse of students at LEC is extremely unlikely, however, it is not assumed that it could never occur. Our ‘duty of care’ continually extends to identifying any potential signs of abuse.
Designated Safeguarding Lead
The following members of staff is the Designated Safeguarding Lead
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