Leicester College is committed to providing a safe environment for all of our learners to enjoy, including young people and vulnerable adults.
We achieve this by:
- Running Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks and other relevant pre-employment checks of all staff
- Ongoing staff training
- Establishing a team of Child Protection specialists
- Developing a clear process for reporting cases of suspected abuse
The College’s policy and procedures for the Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults is available on request.
Bullying and Harassment
Bullying or harassment of any kind is unacceptable at Leicester College. We seek to provide a safe and secure environment in which all learners can work together harmoniously. But if you do experience a problem, then telling someone about it should be the first thing you do.
We offer learners a number of options to seek support, and these are all completely confidential:
- Call the Information Centre on 0116 224 2240
- Tell your personal tutor or any of your teachers
- Speak to a Fair Treatment Adviser (independent staff members who are there to offer you advice and support)
- Talk to a member of the Learner Engagement and Enrichment Team
- See a member of the Student Union Executive, if you would rather talk to another learner.
Learner Risk Assessments
Leicester College has a legal obligation to provide a safe and inclusive environment for all of its learners and staff. This is known as a Duty of Care, and Learner Risk Assessments are an important part of this process.
As part of our Application and Risk Assessment procedures learners must declare if they have an unspent criminal record – including any pending court cases – or if they are bailed or charged with any criminal offence, either at the application stage or during their course. Learners will be written to for formal disclosure and may need to attend a Risk Assessment interview.
Any learner whose course is subject to an enhanced DBS check must declare any convictions, cautions, reprimands or final warnings that are not “protected” as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended in 2013). Since 2013, some spent offences have been considered “protected” once a certain amount of time has elapsed. Offences which are more recent or considered more serious will still appear on these checks. More information about the DBS checks can be found here.
If you are unsure how your previous or current conviction may affect a course, whether a conviction is protected or not, or whether you need to disclose this information, please contact the Risk Assessment Team on 0116 224 2225.
See our Learner Risk Assessment (Criminal convictions) policy here.