South Gloucestershire & Stroud College (SGS) is committed to promoting the well-being of all learners and protecting them from harm. We fully recognise that it is the responsibility of all staff to ensure that learners are safe within the college environment and this includes: raising awareness of, and a zero tolerance approach to bullying; ensuring learners are safe on and around college campuses; paying due regard to our responsibilities in relation to health and safety, child protection issues and risks of radicalisation.
At SGS, we believe in ensuring students' time at college is a positive and rewarding experience, where:
- We respect and value each other
- We respect and value students, parents and employers
- We want the best for all our students
- We change lives
- At SGS you succeed
At SGS we do our very best to make sure that all our learners feel safe, valued, respected and are listened to. We also make sure that all new and existing learners are made aware of what safeguarding is and how we can support them whilst at college.
SGS College recognises it has a statutory duty and responsibility to actively promote the wellbeing of our learners, particularly those considered as vulnerable young people and adults. The College is an active member of both the South Gloucestershire and Gloucestershire Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs).
The College complies with all statutory legislation and guidance under:
- The Children's Act (1989) – Section 47
- The Education Act (2002)
- The Children's Act (2004)
- Keeping Children Safe in Education (2015)
- Prevent Duty Guidance (2015)
College staff are Disclosure and Barring Service checked to the required level. They also receive safeguarding training at induction as well as regular refresher training so that they know how to respond to any safeguarding concerns. The College designated Safeguarding Officers have undertaken the appropriate level of safeguarding training and work closely with curriculum, support staff and external agencies to provide the right support for learners when needed.