HEREWARD COLLEGE HOSTS FIRST COMMUNITY SAFEGUARDING EVENT IN COVENTRYOver 200 Hereward students and their families took part in the first “Our Families Our Future” event on Friday which looked at the ways in which we safeguard our communities.

Hereward is the first college to be involved in the “Our Families, Our Future” initiative which is being rolled out across Coventry in partnership with West Midlands police and community organisations.

The initiative focuses on partnership working with parents and carers to provide a support network for protecting the young people in their care.

Laura Davies, Safeguarding Manager at Hereward College said:

“We are delighted to be an integral part of this initiative which provides the foundations for bringing communities together and providing a safer society for our young people.

“Showcasing the roles the different agencies play in keeping us safe, the event covered issues such as violent extremism, child sexual exploitation and online safety.  We were also treated to a highly interactive display of dog handling by the counter terrorism team.”HEREWARD COLLEGE HOSTS FIRST COMMUNITY SAFEGUARDING EVENT IN COVENTRY2

Balbir Sohal, Chair of Coventry Our Families, Our Future said:

“Keeping our young people safe is so important, we all have a role to play in promoting the welfare of children and protecting them from harm.  Events such as this also highlights how important it is to work in partnership because safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility.”

Learner at Hereward College said: “I loved today, even though Safeguarding is so serious, today was such fun. The dogs were so cool, I want to join the Police one day to Safeguard people.”

A parent attending the event said: “It’s very reassuring to see that Hereward are tackling such complex and concerning issues. Well done Hereward Safeguarding.”

About Association of Colleges West Midlands

AoC West Midlands promotes and supports the interests of 38 general further education, sixth form and specialist colleges throughout the West Midlands region. The West Midlands is a diverse region and our colleges reflect this diversity. From small specialist colleges in rural locations to large inner city establishments, colleges reflect the needs of their local environment. Working closely with employers, learners and the local community, our 38 member colleges offer a broad range of flexible learning opportunities for individuals at all levels. They aim to give local people the skills they need for success and prosperity, tackling barriers to learning and providing opportunities that meet the needs of individuals and employers
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