Totton College is part of Nacro, a social justice charity.
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Ofsted inspected Totton College in May 2017. Their report positively highlighted our safeguarding practices. They described that our ‘arrangements for safeguarding are effective.’
Our ‘Leaders, managers and staff at all levels place learners’ safety as a high priority and recognise that most learners are extremely vulnerable, requiring extra vigilance to ensure their safety and well-being. Suitably trained managers and staff respond rapidly and appropriately to any concerns learners raise. Learners are knowledgeable about all aspects of keeping themselves safe, including the risks associated with social media and working online.’ ‘Safeguarding and incidents of bullying are managed well, recorded appropriately and referred to relevant external agencies where necessary.’
In relation to our contribution to the Government’s Prevent strategy and how we implement this in our duty to safeguard young people, Ofsted found that ‘Senior leaders have met their obligations under the ‘Prevent’ duty effectively. Managers have developed good working relationships with relevant agencies and use these well to protect learners from those who promote extreme ideological views.’
They identified that ‘Managers and staff have ensured that apprentices and learners have an effective understanding of British values and the potential risks associated with those who may hold extreme views.’
Extremism, radicalisation and safety
With regard to our learners understanding of extremism, radicalisation and safety they found that ‘All learners have a practical understanding of how to stay safe from radicalisation and what to do if they are concerned about the risk of extremism’. ‘Learners and apprentices feel safe and know what actions to take to keep themselves safe’.
Also that ‘They are very clear about to whom they should take any concerns they may have should they feel vulnerable or threatened.’ They also found that ‘Managers and staff have a very good overview of the wide-ranging personal and social challenges to their well-being that most learners experience. Managers coordinate the work of external agencies and other staff very effectively to provide rapid and sustained help to learners.
Investors in People
Nacro’s operational services have been IIP accredited since 2000 and received IIP Silver accreditation in 2017. The award is a testament to Nacro’s:
- clear strategy and commitment to continue investing in training and employee engagement activities
- hard working managers across the organisation who ensure effective communication, engagement, performance management and development for teams and individuals
- culture of working together towards our vision and mission, living the organisational values and uniting with a shared purpose of improving the lives of our learners and service users
- ability to respond to change, especially following the merger between Nacro and Totton College which saw the college becoming an important part of Nacro, with colleagues working together with the same high standards and approach across the board.