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Bradford College

Safeguarding Support

Safeguarding is about doing everything we can to make sure our students and staff are kept safe and are able to achieve their aspirations.

We adhere to the statutory government Guidance contained in Keeping Children Safe in Education. We pride ourselves on going above and beyond to make College a safe, happy environment for all. All College users are treated with respect and dignity and feel safe and listened to.

We have clear policies and procedures in place for safeguarding. See below:

  • Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults
  • Safeguarding Policy and Procedures – Changes to Safeguarding during Covid19 Pandemic
  • Anti Bullying and Harassment Policy
  • PREVENT Strategy
  • UNITED Values and Behaviours Strategy

Guidance for students

You can contact the safeguarding team on 01274 08899907872 052703 or a member of duty staff via Teams. Alternatively, you can email [email protected].

Staff from the Safeguarding and Wellbeing Team can be found on the Second Floor, David Hockney Building (DHB) Safeguarding and Wellbeing Duty desk and at the Student Services Office at Trinity Green. The team is available from Monday to Thursday 8.30am to 5pm and Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm. 

All staff at college are here to help and will ensure you are put in touch with the appropriate support or sources of help. 

Useful Organisations & Resources

Preventative Education and Safeguarding Curriculum

Preventative Education: KCSIE reminds us of the crucial part education settings play in preventative education within the context of a whole-school or college approach that creates a culture that does not tolerate any form of prejudice or discrimination, including sexism and misogyny/misandry. The expectation is that schools/colleges’ values and standards in this area will be underpinned by their behaviour policy, pastoral support system, as well as a planned programme of evidence-based RSHE. The guidance spells out key areas to be included in the latter.

The Safeguarding and Wellbeing Team deliver a series of preventative workshops by Safeguarding Officers who have undergone training or have experience working with young people who are victims or perpetrators.

These workshops are normally delivered through the tutorial programme with a resource put together by the Safeguarding team. A bespoke session can be put together if a curriculum area has an emerging safeguarding theme for example, county lines, or young people talking about knife Crime, Consent and Healthy Relationships. At times workshops also reflect what is happening to young people in the local and wider area of Bradford.

The team have a Safeguarding Officer, who is one of two youth workers within the team who has specific responsibility for providing outreach support to ensure safeguarding is embedded across college. They work with young people at grassroot level in a variety of settings ranging from community centres, youth centres, places of worship as well as delivering detached youth work within the community and at three different hospitals across West Yorkshire.

The College provide a unique model of preventative work, with a holistic view of keeping our students safe in college utilizing staff knowledge and experience. It also provides an opportunity for both curriculum and support staff to ask for advice and information from the Safeguarding team.

Below is an overview of some of the workshops delivered by at times the team does reach out to other providers who we work together with as a team to keep our student safe in the college and outside in the community.

Bespoke Workshops

Hate Crime Awareness Workshop/Bradford Hidden Stories
Hate Crime is a troubling manifestation that is evident in various aspects of society. This workshop will explore what Hate Crime looks like in the UK, how it affects young people, what the direct causes of it are, and how young people and communities can work together to overcome this.

County Lines Workshop
Interactive Workshop for students which explores what County Lines is and how young people can be groomed and exploited into criminal activities and where to go for advice and support. The workshops are led by skilled facilitators with expertise in working with youth and engaging with communities.

Kooth Awareness Session
The Safeguarding and Wellbeing Team have teamed up with Kooth who provide online support for young people around Wellbeing and Mental Health. This workshop will be going through some of the functions on Kooth and how you can self-care.

Islamophobia Awareness Exhibition
The Islamophobia Awareness exhibition is a resource designed to raise public awareness about Islamophobia and its impact on British Muslims. The exhibition showcases the enormous contributions by British Muslims to the UK in the fields of medicine, business, sport, finance and economy.

Preventing Youth Homelessness
The aim of this session is to raise awareness about youth homelessness and the work of Bradford Night stop so that young people in the Bradford District are aware that sleeping ‘rough’ is very dangerous, extremely bad for your health and is something which they should never consider doing.

Knife Crime Awareness Workshop
Interactive workshop to raise awareness among young people about the hazards of carrying knives or other bladed articles. The workshops are led by skilled facilitators with expertise in working with youth and engaging with communities. The aim of the workshop is to equip young people with the information and abilities they need to make wise decisions and steer clear of knife crime.

Consent Workshops Unblurred Lines
The Safeguarding and Wellbeing team are running a series of workshops around Consent. Topics will cover; consent, sexual violence, rape myths and victim blaming.

Prevent and Odd Arts Drama Workshop
Here and Now includes a hard-hitting play that ends with many complex societal problems relating to hateful extremism, specifically focussing on the far right and International terrorism. Workshop participants use the play to try out solutions and early intervention techniques.

Nitro Oxide Workshop
Workshop looking in Nitrous oxide, which is known as laughing gas, or balloons, has become increasingly popular and is second only to cannabis for levels of use by young people. However, many users are unaware that it can potentially lead to spinal injury and nerve damage.

Mental Health Awareness – Black Dog-A workshop looking in to depression
At its worst, depression can be a frightening, debilitating condition. Millions of people around the world live with depression. Many of these individuals and their families are afraid to talk about their struggles, and don’t know where to turn for help. However, depression is largely preventable and treatable. Recognizing depression and seeking help is the first and most critical towards recovery.

In collaboration with WHO to mark World Mental Health Day, writer and illustrator Matthew Johnstone tells the story of overcoming the “black dog of depression”