Cambridge Dream acknowledges our duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of children (under-18s) and we are committed to ensuring our safeguarding practice complies with statutory responsibilities, government guidance and best practice.

Cambridge Dream’s Safeguarding and Welfare Co-ordinator (Keith Welsh) has responsibility for the company’s safeguarding and welfare policy and for ensuring that our procedures in this area are widely promoted and are adhered to by everyone involved in Cambridge Dream.

The company’s safeguarding and welfare policy recognises that the welfare and interests of children are paramount in all circumstances. It aims to ensure that regardless of age, gender, religion or beliefs, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation or socio-economic background, all children who attend our programmes:

  • Are protected from harm and abuse whilst in our care.
  • Have a positive and enjoyable experience in a safe and child-centred environment.

There are very well qualified and experienced staff who demonstrate obvious care for participants and give safeguarding a very high priority. Effective pastoral support from all staff, including managers, tutors, student-mentors and group leaders, ensures all participants feel safe and supported on an individual level.

Inspector (BAC report 2019)

How are your Staff checked?

All Cambridge Dream staff are carefully checked both by us and the responsible UK authorities (the Disclosure and Barring Service – DBS) to ensure they are suitable for working with children. Cambridge Dream recognises that in all matters concerning child protection, the welfare of the child is of paramount consideration. There are Health and Safety Policies and Safeguarding Policies operated by both the College and Cambridge Dream. All Cambridge Dream staff receive specific training in safeguarding children.

What happens if a Child feels ill or has an Accident?

Our Senior Managers live in the college close to the participants and are available via an emergency telephone number at any time of day or night. For any minor injuries, there are first aid facilities and trained staff available at all times in the college. There is a Doctors’ clinic nearby and Cambridge has a world-class teaching hospital, Addenbrooke’s.

If you need to see a doctor, we will make a medical appointment and accompany you to the Doctor’s clinic or the hospital, help you obtain any prescription medication you require, and notify your parents. Leaders (teachers) from the participating schools can provide extra advice and help if required.

What happens if a Participant misses Home?

If a participant is homesick or is unhappy for any reason, they should speak to their leader or to Keith Welsh who will do his best to allay any concerns. Keith is the person within Cambridge Dream responsible for providing appropriate pastoral care to all under-18s and for ensuring the safeguarding and welfare of all our learners.

What happens if a Participant needs Medication?

Please note that Cambridge Dream staff are not allowed to administer any type of medication to learners, whether brought from home or purchased in the UK. Group leaders may assist students, if this has been previously agreed with parents.