Safeguarding website error
Application forms for school work in Torbay include a section on safeguarding.
SCHOOL NAME is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and applicants must be willing to undergo the checks appropriate to the post applied for. By signing this application form you are confirming your agreement/commitment.
For further information visit www.swcpp.org.uk
This section directs the applicant to http://swcpp.org.uk/. For a long time now, this website has produced errors. I tried to add https:// in front and ended up with the 2nd error below. So basically I can't get to the website. Not even knowing what SWCPP stands for, I can't even use duckduckgo to look it up.
I am NOT IMPRESSED in any shape way or form. I can't contact the above website via e-mail either as both webmaster@ and info@ both get messaged returned. So can't even let them know about this.
The website does appear to be up, as it is possible to ping it.
PING swcpp.org.uk (184.108.40.206) 56(84) bytes of data.
64 bytes from 220.127.116.11 (18.104.22.168): icmp_seq=1 ttl=51 time=37.7 ms
64 bytes from 22.214.171.124 (126.96.36.199): icmp_seq=2 ttl=51 time=37.7 ms
64 bytes from 188.8.131.52 (184.108.40.206): icmp_seq=3 ttl=51 time=37.7 ms
^C64 bytes from 220.127.116.11 (18.104.22.168): icmp_seq=4 ttl=51 time=37.5 ms
You would think schools, who CLAIM to take safeguarding seriously, would at least check links on application forms (and elsewhere) work properly and review their application forms from time to time. I think this would be called due diligence. This would help identify problems early on. Even more so if those links are to a place that explain what background checks are.
Attempts to try and inform schools that the link does not work, have just fallen on deaf ears sadly.
If anyone does have concerns they can contact http://torbaysafeguarding.org.uk/professionals/hub/ who should be able to help, or of course contact the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) of the school.
I am making this post here to highlight the issue, hopefully someone will take notice. I have zero hope of this however.
At least 3 schools (including a primary school) in Torbay have been mentioned on https://www.everyonesinvited.uk/ too.
If anyone is able to contact the website, please can you let them know, it is broken and let schools know if this link is on application forms let the school know.
Contrast this experience to the recent problem with this blog (502 error), contacted the site owner and it got fixed pretty quickly.
Of course, this blog is just a personal site. Somehow a website that is to do with keeping children and young people safe is far more important to keep working or at least it could redirect to a working alternative website. .