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Safeguarding

If you are worried yourself, or have concerns about a friend, colleague, child or young person from Comberton Village College, please reach out to us safeguarding@combertonvc.org.

The Safeguarding Team at Comberton Village College are:

What do we do at Comberton Village College to safeguard?

Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility.  Everyone who comes into contact with children, their families, and carers has a role to play in safeguarding children. 

To ensure we fulfil this responsibility at Comberton Village College, all professionals are trained to ensure their approach is child-centred; what is always in the best interest of the child.  No single professional can have a full picture of a child’s needs and circumstances. If children and families are to receive the right help at the right time, everyone who comes into contact with them has a role to play in identifying concerns and the sharing of information, on a 'need to know' basis. The Safeguarding Team will ensure the information is collated and dealt with appropriately. 

  • Staff are vigilant – staff are very good at noticing the small changes and listening to the concerns of those in our care. The pastoral teams are well placed in this process however all staff play an active role in this
  • Designated Safeguarding Team – we have a specific team of people working each day to address concerns raised by staff, pupils, parents and external agencies. The safeguarding team works to make sure concerns are addressed and the appropriate support is advised
  • Pupil Voice – we encourage pupils to speak to us or raise their concerns via the ‘Concerned about a child’ button on the website, emailing safeguarding@combertonvc.org or speaking to a member of staff or the Safeguarding team

At Comberton Village College we work hard to make sure that we build positive relationships with the students in our care, and we hope that we can support families in safeguarding our students.

A copy of our Safeguarding Policy can be found here.

Keeping Children Safe in Education document can be found here.

Working Together to Safeguard Children can be found here.

To the left of this page is our new termly Safeguarding Newsletter. Within this newsletter you will find news and information from the Safeguarding Team as well as relevant information which will help to keep our students safe. We hope you find this resource helpful.

How can we help you?

To help us all understand some of the areas of concern for children and young people today, we have included information and resources which you can access using the tabs in the left column. We hope you will find this information helpful.

If you have any concerns about your child or a student at Comberton Village College, please contact us via safeguarding@combertonvc.org  or use the 'Concerned About a Child' button at the top of this page.

During the holidays

Please be aware that during the holidays the safeguarding email inbox will only be checked periodically.

If you become aware of any situation in which you think that a child may be at risk over the holiday period, please make a referral to Cambridgeshire Children’s Social Care by calling 0345 045 5203 (during office hours) or 01733 234 724 (out of hours).  If you think you or the child is in immediate danger and needs urgent help, please call the police on 999.