Safeguarding and Prevent

Safeguarding and Prevent Policy

We prioritise the safety of our staff, students and visitors above everything.

We do this by:

  1. Preventing: creating a positive environment, raising awareness of safeguarding priorities within teaching activities and pastoral support to children, young people and vulnerable adults and maintaining an attitude of ‘it could happen here’.
  2. Protecting: ensuring policies and procedures are in place to minimise the risks to children, young people and vulnerable adults, including well-trained staff who are supported to respond appropriately and sensitively to safeguarding concerns.
  3. Supporting: children and vulnerable adults and staff who may have been abused or radicalised.

We have a dedicated and experienced safeguarding team who are on hand throughout the working day to provide advice, guidance and support to staff and students. If you concerned about yourself, a friend, peer or other person you can contact the team in an emergency on 07825 175729. 

The team can also be contacted by email.

We want all of our students to feel safe in College, and work to protect anyone who may be vulnerable or at risk of harm.

We are committed to safeguarding and providing a safe environment for all to enjoy, including young people and those that are vulnerable.

We achieve this in many ways, including:

  • obtaining Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks and other relevant pre-employment checks on all staff and volunteers
  • obtaining DBS checks on students who will be working with children or vulnerable adults as part of their course
  • organising student risk assessments where appropriate: these may be carried out if learners have an unspent criminal record, or pending court cases
  • ongoing staff training
  • operating a College wide Safeguarding Team that are easily contactable
  • developing a clear process for reporting cases of suspected abuse
  • taking bullying and harassment extremely seriously – if you have any concerns or this affects you speak to any member of staff.

Every year we review our policies and procedures to ensure that they are up to date with current legislation and guidance


Prevent Risk Assessment & Action Plan

The Counter-Terrorism and Security Act was passed by the UK government in 2015. Prevent is the name of a national anti-terrorism strategy. It is a legal requirement for schools, universities and colleges to help prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and extremism. As part of this responsibility, we monitor external speakers and events; train staff and educate students about extremism; carry out risk assessments; provide welfare and chaplaincy services to students; and we implement a clear IT policy to keep you safe. We work closely with Prevent leads in the Department for Education, local authority and police and may discuss individual cases if we feel this is necessary to protect the individual or the local community. If you are concerned that one of our students might be drawn into extremism, you can pass on your concern by:

  • telling a trusted member of staff in College
  • contact our safeguarding team on 07825 175729 or by email 
  • ringing the non-emergency police number 101
  • in an emergency, ringing 999.

Every year the college completes a PREVENT risk assessment in line with national and local information and priorities.

Information for Employers

If you are an employer or a business who is hosting a student for work experience, work placement or an apprenticeship, it is important to read the following information:

Safeguarding information for work placement and apprenticeship

Outside of college opening times

Outside of college opening there are a lot of agencies and organisations that provide help and support. Take a look.