Safeguarding and Prevent Contacts
- The St Mellitus College Designated Officer for Safeguarding and Prevent is: Dean of St Mellitus.
- The St Mellitus College Deputy Designated Officer for Safeguarding and Prevent is: Rob Merchant
- The Governing Body Safeguarding and Prevent Representatives are: John Ball and Rev. Kate Wharton
At St Mellitus College, we are committed to:
- The care, nurture of, and respectful pastoral ministry with, all children, young people and all adults;
- The safeguarding and protection of all children, young people and all adults;
- The establishing of safe, caring communities which provide a loving environment where victims of abuse can report or disclose abuse and where they can find support and best practice that contributes to the prevention of abuse.
St Mellitus College is committed to the safeguarding, care and nurture of everyone within our community.
As a Theological Training Institution of the Church of England, St Mellitus College will*:
- Promote a safer environment and culture
- Safely recruit and support all those with any responsibility related to children and vulnerable adults within the Church
- Respond promptly to every safeguarding concern or allegation
- Care pastorally for victims/survivors of abuse and other affected persons
- Care pastorally for those who are the subject of concerns or allegations of abuse and other affected persons
- Respond to those that may pose a present risk to others
These policy commitments are based on our four foundations:
- Human rights and the law
- Good safeguarding practice
- Learning from the past
In particular, St Mellitus College aims to:
- Reduce the risk of significant harm to vulnerable people (children and adults) from abuse or other types of exploitation, whilst listening to and supporting individuals
- Ensure safeguarding is everybody’s business, with this institution playing its part in preventing, detecting and reporting neglect and abuse
- Ensure arrangements are in place locally to protect those least able to protect themselves.
The Prevent duty was introduced as part of the UK Government’s Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015. The Act created a statutory duty that specifies public authorities to ‘have due regard to the need to prevent people being drawn into terrorism’. Prevent is one of four strands of the government’s counter-terrorism strategy, and aims to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.
Universities, including Alternative Providers, became subject to the Prevent duty on 18th September 2015 and required to assess how they meet their statutory responsibilities. As a Higher Education Alternative Provider, St Mellitus College has located its Prevent Duty under its ongoing Safeguarding responsibilities in a risk-aware approach to have due regard to our Prevent responsibilities.
Current students of the college can locate the college’s Safeguarding and Prevent Policy within our Moodle site. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the designated Safeguarding and Prevent Officers listed above.
* St Mellitus College has adopted and adheres to the Statement of Safeguarding Principles of the Church of England (accessed 17/01/18)