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Keeping Safe – Guide for Parents & Carers

A Guide for Parents & Carers to Keeping Safe

Here at CRC, safety is our number one priority.  We have dedicated staff who can offer a range of support to young people and vulnerable adults. They are all based in The Hub when on-site and are accessible face to face, by phone, email and online via Teams. This team can also make referrals to external agencies to provide specialist support when required, such as counselling or mental health services.

By providing early help and support to young people and their families we can work together to find the most appropriate solutions to prevent issues escalating and to ensure that our students are safe.

We have put together the information below to help you to keep your child safe. Under useful links we have included our policies which explain how we meet our safeguarding and child protection responsibilities.

Our Designated Safeguarding Leads are:

  • Jeremy Lloyd
  • Jack Jesson
  • Denise Wilkinson

If you have a safeguarding concern about your child or another child or vulnerable adult who attends the College, please contact us on 01223 418200 and ask for the safeguarding team or email 

Meet the Safeguarding Team


How can we help?

Student Advisers
Student Advisors

Our Student Advisors are available to speak to via drop-in appointments or 1:1 scheduled appointments. They can assess you for financial support whilst at college and can offer advice and support on welfare related issues including: mental health issues; sexual health; stress; relationship issues; bullying; housing; benefits; young carer; anger management; and can provide support and advice on other matters.

Safeguarding Officers
Safeguarding Officers

All staff at Cambridge Regional College are trained in Safeguarding. In addition to this we have a dedicated team of experienced Safeguarding Officers who lead on all Child Protection and Safeguarding issues.
The safety and welfare of children, young people and adults – or safeguarding – is everybody’s responsibility.
For further information about potential safeguarding concerns and what to do click here:


E-Safety – More than ever children and young people are online. The internet can provide great opportunities to learn and interact with friends, but it is essential that we teach young people to be ‘virtually street wise’ and to keep safe. There are ways to protect your children with the internet.
Click the button below and click here

Parents’ Ultimate Guide to TikTok (Commonsense Media)

TikTok App Safety – What parents need to know (Internet Matters)

Prevent – Is someone close becoming a stranger?

A new website has been developed by the Home Office so anyone can share their concerns in confidence. It informs people about how to report if you’re worried someone close is expressing extreme views or hatred, which could lead them to harming themselves or others.

Harmful Sexual Behaviour
Harmful Sexual Behaviour

Harmful sexual behaviour (HSB) is a term used to describe sexual actions that are outside what is safe for a young person’s stage of development. It includes actions that can harm either the child or young person themselves, or another person. Find out more here.

Parents can also download the CCO Guide: Talking to your Child About Online Sexual Harassment by clicking here

Gang Related Grooming
Gang Related Grooming

Children and young people involved with gangs and criminal exploitation need help and support. They might be victims of violence or pressured into doing things like stealing or carrying drugs or weapons. They might be abused, exploited and put into dangerous situations. Click on the information below for advice about what to do if a child is being groomed to join or has already joined a gang.

Drugs and Alcohol Abuse
Drugs and Alcohol Abuse

The use of both legal and illegal drugs among teenagers and young adults is widespread. Teenagers are likely to experiment, test boundaries and take risks. Smoking, drinking and trying drugs are some of the most common ways in which many young people do this.

However, substance misuse is also one of the most common risks to a young person’s health and development. All drugs have the potential to cause harm, some can be addictive, and using drugs in combination can increase the risks. Legal drugs such as alcohol and tobacco can be very addictive. Illegal drugs include cannabis, cocaine, ecstasy and heroin.
There are things you can do as a parent to help your child develop a healthy and informed relationship with alcohol and drugs.

Domestic Abuse
Domestic Abuse

Domestic abuse, or domestic violence, is defined across Government as any incident of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are or have been intimate partners or family members, regardless of their gender or sexuality.

Children, who witness, intervene or hear incidents are affected in many ways. What can be guaranteed is that children do hear, they do see and they are aware of abuse in the family. Children and young people will learn how to behave from examples parents set for them. Domestic abuse teaches children negative things about relationships and how to deal with people. At CRC we are committed to work with our students and families to ensure that they are safe. We are an Operation Encompass college. For further information and support please click here

Filtering and monitoring to help keep students safe online

The College is required under the DfE’s statutory guidance, ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ to keep students safe online whilst at College. This includes use of appropriate filters and monitoring systems to limit exposure to potential risks and inappropriate or harmful content while using the College’s IT systems. 

The College monitors search terms used on all devices linked to the College’s WiFi system. The College also uses cloud-based software, Senso, which is installed onto College-owned devices for the purpose of filtering and monitoring.  Senso uses artificial intelligence to check search terms and the content of every website a student attempts to visit,  Senso contains a detections library of trigger words.  Should any of the trigger words be detected the College’s safeguarding team will be notified of your name and the content of your search, and they may follow this up with you.

The College monitors PCs and laptops in classrooms and workshops and allows the teacher to view and access student machines as well as share in real-time, for the purpose of teaching, class management and safeguarding. This includes  PCs and laptops used for exams and controlled assessments, to ensure exam regulations have been followed. 

The College also uses Senso to block potentially inappropriate or harmful websites from access from College devices. Computer usage during lessons must be course related at all times

Useful links

For Safeguarding Policies, visit our Policies Page

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