Guidance for College staff, professionals and parents
If you wish to contact the College's Safeguarding and Wellbeing Team because you have a concern for a student's safety or wellbeing, here is our guide to what to do.
Safeguarding and wellbeing
By Safeguarding we mean: the student is at risk of harm, abuse or neglect.
By wellbeing (beyond pastoral support) we mean that the student isn't able to maintain healthy lifestyle choices on a personal and or social level. For example: isn't able to look after themselves or isn't coping. The student may also be experiencing low mood, be experiencing worrying thoughts and emotions, or be feeling overwhelmed, stressed and anxious.
A student may also disclose a diagnosis which they have not shared before and they feel they would benefit from additional support.
To refer to the wellbeing, Mental Health or Safeguarding team please use the Cause for Concern Form. Please take care to use student numbers and initials only, to ensure data protection. Email the form to [email protected]
Concerns for adults (over 18s)
If your concern is for an adult (over 18) then you need to obtain their consent to share their information with us BEFORE completing the Cause For Concern Referral Form. If they do not consent, you can encourage them to call the Safeguarding Team directly on 01274 088999 or email [email protected]. If you feel that they will not contact safeguarding themselves and you are still concerned about their safety and or wellbeing, then please complete a Cause for Concern Referral Form and indicate on the form that you have not been able to obtain consent.
Call 01274 088999 if you're concerned a student is being harmed, abused or neglected. You may be asked to give some indication of how urgent your concern may be. It is ok to say you need to speak to someone immediately.
Email [email protected]. Remember, you should not include sensitive information about students in an email.
If you have a safeguarding concern out of office hours, you can call 101, or Bradford Social Care Emergency Duty team on 01274 431010. Bradford College Security are on site until 9.30pm Monday to Friday and can contacted on 01274 088090. If you have a life-threatening emergency, call 999.
What we do as a College
- Have a clear policy and procedures in place.
- Employ a Safeguarding Lead Practitioner and a team of specialist Safeguarding Officers who are professionally trained.
- Provide a Person-centred and Rights-based service.
- Make sure all of our staff working for, or on behalf of the College, are suitable to work with young people and adults carrying out all the relevant checks.
- Actively encourage students and staff to raise any concerns they have.
- Take all concerns seriously, act upon them, and offer full support both through college internal and external specialist services.
- Provide Early Help and Preventative services for students.
- In College we provide a Safeguarding and Wellbeing team, a Mental Health team and access to a Counselling Service.
- Train all of our staff in safeguarding at a level appropriate to their role on an ongoing basis.
- Deliver sessions in tutorial time covering a range of subject's areas around safeguarding.
- All students and staff have access to a comprehensive a Stay Safe Online platform, offering information about staying safe both on campus and in their communities.
We also provide dedicated support to students who share that they:
- Are a Looked After Child
- Are a young Carer
- Are estranged from their parent/s.
Find out more about safeguarding
The following issues that would come under safeguarding. More information on these issues can be found on the NSPCC website.
- Physical abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Sexual abuse
- Bullying – including online/cyber bullying
- Children missing education
- Child sexual exploitation
- Domestic violence
- Faith abuse
- Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
- Forced Marriage
- Gangs and youth violence
- Mental Health
- Preventing radicalisation
- Relationship abuse
- Sexual violence and Sexual harassment between young people
- So called "honour based violence"
- Child criminal exploitation: county lines
- Peer on peer abuse
Find out more about wellbeing
Be okay with ‘ok' - find out more about help with wellbeing.
Useful links for parents and students
If you are concerned about a student or young person and online safety please contact [email protected]
If College is closed, please use the following links:
There's lots of information and advice to help you keep your child or young person safe at http://parentinfo.org/
- You can report directly to CEOP or your local police force at https://www.ceop.police.uk/CEOP-Reporting/
- Net Aware, produced by O2 and NSPCC, is a guide for parents to 39 of the most popular sites, apps and games that young people use - see https://www.net-aware.org.uk/
- O2 Guru - O2 have joined forces with the NSPCC to help keep children safe. Parents can call the free helpline on 0808 800 5002 or go to https://www.o2.co.uk/help/guru