What is Safeguarding?
Safeguarding in the further education system proceeds from a deep commitment to place the student at the centre of our concerns, and to build around the student those policies, practices and procedures they need to succeed.
Gloucestershire College is committed to the Safeguarding of students and safer recruitment of staff. The drive for inclusive learning has succeeded in bringing into the system students with a wide range of needs, including many who can now be deemed 'vulnerable'.
Gloucestershire College promotes the welfare and safeguarding of our young people and vulnerable adults. The College expects all students, staff and visitors to share this commitment and to refer any concerns in a timely manner via the safeguarding inbox.
Designated Senior Safeguarding Lead
Deputy Senior Safeguarding Lead
What are we Safeguarding from?
Learners need to be in a safe environment when they are at college, in contact with members of staff, other learners and/or visitors. Safeguarding actions may need to be taken to protect learners from concerns such as:
- radicalisation and/or extremist behaviour
- peer on peer abuse
- sexual violence
- physical, sexual and/or emotional abuse
- bullying, including on-line bullying and prejudice-based bullying
- hate crime, including racist, disability and homophobic or trans-phobic abuse
- gender-based violence and/or violence against women and girls
- substance abuse
- technological abuse e.g. sexting
- child sexual exploitation and/or trafficking
- teenage relationship abuse and/or coercive control
- domestic violence
- female genital mutilation
- forced marriage
How can we Safeguard effectively?
There are various ways that we can Safeguard students within the College effectively:
- Policies and Procedures
- Safer Recruitment
- Training for All Staff
- Awareness Raising
- A Culture of Vigilance
- Health and Safety