You will hear the term ‘Safeguarding’ a lot at College, but what does it mean to you? It means that ALL staff at Shrewsbury Colleges Group have a very clear responsibility to keep you safe from harm and improve your life chances. We all take this responsibility very seriously and want you to settle, learn, prosper and thrive.
You have a right to be kept safe from anything that might do you harm. This is the most important right that you have. We believe that young people must be at the heart of our safeguarding work and we will take you seriously. You will always be asked for your views on what you want to happen next.
All College staff have been checked to make sure that they are safe to work with you. They have also been trained in how to keep you safe. The Safeguarding Teams are identified on posters around the campuses. OFSTED found that “students feel very safe at College” and this is as it should be. We will make sure it continues to be this way. If you are an apprentice or studying in the workplace, make sure you know who to go to for help in the workplace and talk to your assessor about any concerns.
What should you do if you are worried about your safety?
In College, talk to a member of the Safeguarding Team, or another trusted member of staff. If you are under 19 and worried about anything, you can call Childline on Freephone 0800 1111. If you feel you are in immediate danger you should contact the police.
It’s important to know who is who on all campuses at all times, therefore EVERYONE is required to visibly wear their lanyard and ID badge, please be expected to be challenged by staff if you aren’t wearing your badge.
We encourage good behaviour and prevent all forms of bullying amongst students. Bullying can take many forms (for instance cyber-bullying) and is motivated by different things.
We have an anti-bullying policy, this can be found on the College websites and you will be involved in lessons, events and projects throughout the year that enforce our ethos of good behaviour where students treat one another with respect. Any concerns about bullying should be taken to your tutor or curriculum leader.