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Safeguarding and Emotional Health & Wellbeing at SCG - Coronavirus Update

During the period when the majority of students are not in College it is very important to us that we are still able to support you to stay safe and access our Emotional Health and Wellbeing support.

Support from College

During College hours we will continue to operate our safeguarding rota. If you feel that you need advice and support to feel safe or you are concerned about another student email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will put you in touch with a member of the Safeguarding Team.

If you need to access the Emotional Health and Wellbeing Team email Holly Hands at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by using the live facility on the college website (this will be staffed daily in term time from 9.00am until 3.00pm).

This is done by clicking on the orange tab at the bottom of this webpage.

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You can leave a message or communicate live via text with the team. This can be followed up with a phone conversation if needed.

Other Agencies

There are other ways to access support, either remotely or face to face.

BEAM - The Children’s Society is offering Emotional Health and Wellbeing support over the telephone in the current circumstances. Students should contact them on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to make a request for support. Thought they do monitor regularly and will aim to get in touch as soon as possible, please be aware that this is not an emergency or crisis service. More about the BEAM offer is available here.

Kooth.com - Kooth provides online mental health and wellbeing support to young people via any internet-accessible device. Kooth provides an opportunity to interact in a supportive way with other young people as well as receive support from a qualified counsellor. There is no threshold for young people to access support through Kooth so they are there to support everyone.

Papyrus-uk.org - HOPELINEUK is a confidential support and advice service for Children and Young People under the age of 35 who are experiencing thoughts of suicide and anyone concerned that a young person could be thinking about suicide. If you are worried about yourself or another person call 0800 0684141 Mon-Fri 9:00 am to 10:00 pm, Weekends 2:00 pm to 10:00 pm. There is also excellent advice available on their website.

Samaritans – Available 24 hours a day on 116 123 The Samaritans offer a listening service. They can support in any issue, no matter how small it may seem.

CALM - The Campaign Against Living Miserably is available on thecalmzone.net. You can call 0800 58 58 58 from 5pm-midnight to speak to you if you are down or have hit a wall for any reason and need to talk or find information and support. The website also has lots of support information.

Childline - You can access a counsellor online at childline.org.uk or on the phone on 0800 1111 between 9am-midnight. They offer free confidential advice, whatever the worry.

Action for Happiness - Available at www.actionforhappiness.org. They offer a range of resources and strategies to equip people to feel happier

Outside of College hours


Many of the online services and helplines above operate out of College hours.

However, if you or someone else is suffering a genuine life-threatening emergency, you should call 999 or go to your nearest Accident and Emergency department immediately.

If you are concerned that a child (under 18) in Shropshire is in danger of harm and need the help of local safeguarding services in Shropshire contact the Emergency Duty Team on 0345 678 9040. A similar service operates in Telford and Wrekin on 01952 676500.

Coronavirus

A number of organisations have some excellent resources on mental health considerations relating to the Covid-19 virus outbreak. These self-help resources can be used to help you develop strategies to cope with the challenges that we are all facing at this time.

Mind

The Mental Health Foundation

Young Minds

 

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 cyberbullying) 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 a 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 hours

If 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).