Hereward College hosts first community safeguarding event in Coventry

Over 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.”

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.”

Participants at the event included CRASAC (Coventry Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre), the Coventry Prevent Team, the police dog unit, Grapevine, Valley House, Wasps, BILP, O2, UN, Refuge, and Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA).

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