Here at Hartlepool College, we take the safety and well-being of our students, staff, partners, and visitors incredibly seriously. That's why we are proud to have hosted our 4th Prevent & Safeguarding Seminar on Friday, April 21st. This event was a resounding success, and we were thrilled to welcome key partners and employers to our campus.
The day began with some networking among the guests, providing a valuable opportunity for attendees to meet and connect with each other. Following this, our Assistant Principal for External Relations, Gary Riches, delivered a warm welcome to all our guests.
Next up, Michael Casey, our Head of Operations, shared his valuable insights on student safety, particularly apprentices, with a focus on employers. His talk was engaging and thought-provoking, and it provided a great foundation for the rest of the day's discussions.
We were honored to have a fantastic lineup of speakers, who delivered informative talks on a range of subjects related to safeguarding and preventing risks to our students. Ronnie Bage, our Education and Welfare Officer, spoke about Prevent and the local threat, and Rachel Parker, the Local Authority Prevent Lead, provided valuable insights into the same subject.
Claire Holvey, a Detective Constable Counter-Terrorism Case Officer, gave a fascinating talk on regional case studies, highlighting the importance of vigilance and awareness in our communities. Finally, Christopher Sybenga, the Regional Education Prevent Co-ordinator from the DfE, shared information about the regional threat and related OFSTED themes.
Christopher Sybenga said, "It's a delight to support Hartlepool College and the education sector with their Prevent Seminar, Hartlepool College again demonstrating their willingness to support the sector in compliance with the duty."
Rachel Parker, the Local Authority Prevent Coordinator (Hartlepool Borough Council), added, "Thank you to Hartlepool College for inviting me to today's event to engage with employers from across the region."
We extend our heartfelt thanks to all the speakers for their informative talks and the valuable contributions they made to the event. We would also like to thank the employers who attended the seminar for their participation and engagement.
We are committed to safeguarding our students and promoting a safe learning environment for all. Keep an eye out for news of our next Prevent Seminar, where we will continue to lead the way in keeping our students, staff, partners, and visitors safe.
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