Shrewsbury Colleges Group believes all our staff and students have the right to live and work in an environment, which is free from abuse, bullying (including cyber bullying) and harassment. Safety is a priority for us and we take responsibility to foster a safe and respectful environment, with standards of behaviour we expect all members of the college community to observe.
Health and Safety is an intrinsic part of all our courses and regular risk assessments are carried out on employers’ premises where students undertake work placement. Trips and outdoor activities are carefully planned so any risks are properly identified.
We have procedures and guidance in place, such as our Safeguarding, Prevent and Anti-Bullying policies. Staff and students are trained in the approach to adopt should they have a concern. We have a trained Safeguarding team on duty across each of the Shrewsbury Colleges Group campuses.
There is a process in place, which allows staff and students to make referrals should they feel a student needs support in terms of their emotional health and wellbeing. These referrals can lead to a student accessing counselling in College, support from an outside agency, as well as a range of other interventions.
During the induction period in September, students are given details of what to do if they need to report abuse - including being given names and contact details of our trained and experienced Safeguarding Team. The Reception team holds details of the lead member of staff for each campus on Safeguarding Duty and any student with concerns in College hours can access help from the Reception desk.
What to do out of college hoursIf you have concerns for the safety of a student outside of college hours you will need to access support or advice directly.
If you believe that you or the person you are enquiring about is suffering a genuine life-threatening emergency, you should call 999 or go to your nearest Accident and Emergency department.
If you are concerned that a child (under 18) in Shropshire is in danger of harm contact the Emergency Duty Team on 0345 678 9040. A similar service operates in Telford and Wrekin on 01952 676500. Alternatively you can seek advice or report a concern to the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000.
If a person over 18 is in danger due to mental health related issues the Mental Health Crisis Team can be contacted on 0300 124 0365 (covering the Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin areas).