Keeping you safe at College
Shrewsbury College believes that 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 fundamental to our community and we take responsibility to foster a safe and respectful environment, with standards of behaviour that we expect all staff and learners to observe. The disciplinary process aims to enforce these standards and there is also a complaints procedure if students are not happy with any aspect of their course.
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 that any risks are properly identified and students’ safety ensured.
The College is proud of our occupational health and safety performance, being only one of six Colleges in the UK to hold the RoSPA Gold Award for Occupational Safety and Health for many years.
We have policies and guidance in place, such as our Safeguarding Policy and our Anti-Bullying Policy. Staff and students are trained in procedures to adopt should they have a concern which they feel they need advice about and our trained safeguarding team will advise on steps that will be taken with our learners safety at the heart of any action.
We listen closely to our Student Council and Student Reps and make sure that any concerns that are being reported are acted on. The College is here to facilitate opportunities for our students to grow through challenging academic and vocational learning, work placements, trips, visits, enrichment activities and celebrations - and we want everyone to feel that they can participate in all of the amazing things that the college has to offer whilst being free from harm.
During the very first day at College students will be given details of what to do if they need to report abuse - this will include being given names and contact details of our trained and experienced Safeguarding Officers. We have a dedicated email address firstname.lastname@example.org and our Safeguarding and Welfare Lead, Jill Ashford can be contacted on 01743 342651.
Throughout the year, during Tutorials and Enrichment, you will be engaged in projects to promote Safeguarding at the College. We want you to be involved, not only to feel safe yourselves, but to pass that message on to any of your friends who are reluctant to talk to us about their concerns.
We will also give you lessons in Internet Safety and engage you in our Digital Life Programme which gives you lots of information about keeping yourself safe online, including:
- Creating a positive online presence
- Reputation, digital footprint and employability
- Plagiarism and copyright
- Effective use of social media
- Privacy, online risks and keeping safe