“Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined as: protecting children from maltreatment; preventing the impairment of children’s mental and physical health or development; ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes”
Safeguarding @ RIC
Rochester Independent College is committed to ensuring the welfare and safety of all students. We believe that students have the right to learn in an environment that is safe, caring, inclusive and supportive. This includes being protected from all types of abuse, in both the physical and virtual environments: Online Safety is an important aspect of safeguarding our students. All adults in the college receive appropriate training to recognise when students need additional support and are confident in applying our safeguarding procedures. These support mechanisms and procedures are holistic and cater for boarding students also. The students are given the opportunity to learn about how to be safe through their curriculum and daily interactions with the adults and their peers. Their voice is heard through formal and informal methods and their welfare will always be the most important influence in shaping our college.
Kayleigh Simpson Director of Safeguarding. Email: [email protected]
Phone: 01634 828115, Evenings and weekends (including during holiday time) 07495 742288
Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) team Phone: 01634 331065
Medway Safeguarding Children Partnership Phone: 01634 336 329
Medway Council Social Care Phone: 01634 334 466
Social Care Out of Hours’ service Phone: 08457 626 777
The nominated governor with responsibility for Safeguarding is Tim Fish. He can be contacted at Dukes Education Group Limited, 14-16 Waterloo Place, London, SW1Y 4AR as well as by telephone on 020 3696 5300.
If you are worried about online abuse or the way someone has been communicating online click the button below and let CEOP know.
“The aim of the College is to create an environment in which everyone feels safe and secure and students are listened to at all times... Fostering an open culture, building relationships with individuals and encouraging tolerance and respect of others is paramount to effective safeguarding at RIC... Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility, working collectively to ensure that the college operates with the best interests of the child at heart.” RIC Safeguarding policy 2021
"@rochesterindcol Had a wonderful evening speaking with parents and staff on Online Safety and Social Media /Gaming issues to prevent online exploitation, online safety is about behaving appropriately, awareness and education. Great school passionate about safeguarding."
Support For Our Students
Whisper provides everyone in the school community a safe place to talk, report or highlight issues and concerns. When you don’t know where to go or who to turn to, Whisper can provide a light in the dark.
Whisper allows students to report any issues or concerns they may be having, anonymously, through SMS messaging or via email.
If you need to report anything, please follow the link https://swgfl.org.uk/whisper/RIC1
Alternatively, you can send a message to 07860 021 323 starting your message with RIC1 to report via SMS
The school will respond as soon as we can.
For more information on Whisper, please use the following links from SWGfL (South West Grid for Learning – a charity who specialise in online safety and developed Whisper)
RIC Student Assistance Programme
Student Assistance Programme Leaflet
Keeping Children Safe In Education 2022 - Full
Keeping Children Safe In Education 2022 - Part 1
Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018
Protecting Children From Radicalisation: The Prevent Duty 2015
Sexual Violence And Sexual Harassment Between Children In Schools and Colleges 2021
Sharing Nudes and Semi-Nudes: Advice for Education Settings 2021
Teaching Online Safety In Schools 2019
Information Sharing: Advice for Education Settings 2018
Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy
Child Missing in Education Policy
The full suite of RIC's Policies is available here: https://rochester-college.org/...
Talking to your children about online sexual harassment