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Wellington College Wins National Award for Safeguarding


The Safeguarding and Child Protection Association (SACPA) has announced Wellington College as the winner of The Safeguarding Initiative Award, at its first-ever Sacpa Safeguarding Awards.

Held for the first time this year, Sacpa launched the competition to celebrate the achievements, hard work, and dedication of individuals and organisations across the world of safeguarding. The winners were unveiled at Sacpa’s Digital Safeguarding Conference on Wednesday 9 February 2022.

Wellington received this award for the work of Delyth Lynch, Deputy Head (Safeguarding). In 2011, Delyth introduced Values Based Interviewing which provides an evidence based framework to safer staff recruitment and ensures individuals who come to work at the College reflect the College’s five core values. At the time no other school had introduced this process.

Since then, the initiative has developed considerably and has contributed to safeguarding thousands of young people and staff at Wellington College and beyond. Staff have spoken about the process on local and national stages and articles have been published in prominent journals such as BSA Boarding Magazine and the NADSL publication, “The Network”.

Delyth Lynch, Wellington College, Deputy Head (Safeguarding): ‘We are delighted that all the hard work and effort the College puts into safeguarding, has been recognised. It has been a real team effort and has made a huge difference to safer recruitment.’

Sacpa Judges: ‘Frankly, an application that blew us away because of the way in which the College has responded to an adverse situation and created a system and legacy for safer recruitment practice. The safeguarding team evidenced that they are using a very tight system rooted in the evidence base. A clear winner.’

The initiative has changed Wellington College and touched thousands of lives and will be an enduring legacy to the College’s commitment to a safeguarding culture as well as cementing Delyth’s reputation as a thought-leader in safeguarding.