Safeguarding

Safeguarding our learners

Keeping young people and vulnerable adults studying here is something we take very seriously. We have policies in place to ensure safer recruitment and to deal with any allegations.

What should I do if I'm concerned about a learner?

  • Don't promise confidentiality
  • Tell a member of the safeguarding team immediately - just ask reception who will locate a Safeguarding officer
  • Tell a learner what you're doing and why
  • Don't investigate
  • Make a record of any conversation

Guidelines for visitors: help us keep our learners safe

  • Please read the leaflet provided to you by reception
  • Please make sure you wear your visitor/contractor lanyard at all times and keep to the purposes and locations of your visit
  • Please make sure you're escorted by a staff member at all times
  • Please be mindful of your own behaviour in relation to learners
  • Please act promptly if you see or are approached by a learner in distress 

Get in touch

The Safeguarding Team is happy to talk to learners, staff and visitors. Ask in the Student Hub, talk to us directly or in an emergency, ask reception to locate on of us.

Your main contacts are:

  • Robert Gee (Head of Safeguarding and Designated Lead officer) - 020 8295 7013
  • Liz Watson (Safeguarding Manager for Bromley and Orpington Campuses and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead) - 020 8295 7000 ext 1580
  • Steve Carney (Safeguarding Manager for the Greenwich and Bexley Campuses and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead) - 020 8488 4893 (Greenwich) and 01322 404 027 (Bexley) 

Our Safeguarding Commitment

Here at London South East Colleges we are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. We expect all staff and volunteers to share this objective and ask the same of our students, their parents/carers, contractors working at our sites and all visitors.

Our commitments… 

  • Students learn in a safe and secure environment
  • A rota of trained Safeguarding Officers operates at each campus
  • It is important that our students have the confidence to come forward to speak or act if they, or someone else, is at risk of harm
  • Our shared responsibility for safeguarding and looking out for each other is a key message at induction and through our tutorial and enrichment programmes.
  • We respect people’s privacy and will only share information with permission or where it is necessary to ensure someone’s safety.
  • We work closely with local Social Care teams to ensure that looked after children receive the help they need.
  • We promote the British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance for those with different faiths and beliefs.
  • We work with the Local Authorities and law enforcement agencies to ensure all our students have access to appropriate protection from the risks associated with extremist views.
  • We train all staff regularly in safeguarding practice and make students aware of their rights and responsibilities and how to find the help they need.

Read more here:

  • SAFEGUARDING POLICY...

    We have a Safeguarding Policy which is reviewed annually and a number of related policy statements:

    • Anti-Bullying
    • Criminal Conviction Disclosure
    • Drugs and Substance Misuse
    • Physical Intervention
    • Self-Harm and Suicide Prevention
    • Social Media
    • Student Search

    To view our safeguarding policy click here. Other policies are available on request from the College.

  • WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I’M CONCERNED ABOUT A LEARNER?..

    Keeping young people and vulnerable adults studying here safe is something we take very seriously. We have policies in place to ensure safer recruitment and to deal with any allegations. Please proceed as follows:

    • Don’t promise confidentiality
    • Tell a member of the Safeguarding Team immediately – just ask Reception who will locate a Safeguarding Officer
    • Tell the learner what you’re doing and why
    • Don’t investigate
    • Make a record of any conversation
  • GUIDELINES FOR VISITORS...
    • Please read the leaflet provided to you by Reception
    • Please make sure you wear your visitor/contractor lanyard at all time and keep to the purposes and locations of your visit
    • Please make sure you’re escorted by a staff member at all times
    • Please act promptly if you see or are approached by a learner in distress
  • GET IN TOUCH...

    The Safeguarding Team is happy to talk to learners, staff and visitors. Your main contacts are:

    • Robert Gee, Head of Safeguarding t:020 8295 7013
    • Liz Watson, Safeguarding Manager for Bromley and Orpington t:020 8295 7000 ext1580
    • Steve Carney, Safeguarding Manager for Greenwich and Bexley t:020 8488 4893 / 01322 404027

    If you wish to raise a non-urgent safeguarding concern in connection to any London South East Colleges site, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. In an emergency, ask Reception to locate one of us

  • DECLARATION OF CONVICTIONS

    Why do we ask for this information?

    The College has a duty of care to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all its users (students, staff and visitors). In order to meet these responsibilities it is necessary to ask all students to declare any unspent convictions to enable the College to assess any potential risks posed by enrolment on a course.

    Declaring Criminal Convictions

    As part of the enrolment process you will be asked to disclose any unspent criminal convictions so the College can assess what support you will need whilst studying with us. This will be through a simple YES/NO question at enrolment.

    Having a criminal record or a pending prosecution is very unlikely to prevent your enrolment at College as only certain offences are considered to be relevant. Those convictions that might be of concern would relate to, violence, abuse or drugs-related offences as these can present a significant risk to others at the College. However, please note that in exceptional circumstances, or if you have failed to disclose any relevant information which the College subsequently becomes aware of and the College believes that it cannot adequately manage the risks faced, then your offer of a place, or enrolment on the course, may be withdrawn.

    This declaration will be passed to a Safeguarding Officer, who may need to contact you for further information and, if necessary, complete a risk assessment. Discussion, where appropriate, may be needed with other staff at the College but only on a strictly need-to-know basis.

    Spent Convictions

    Spent Convictions are not considered to be relevant and you are not required to reveal them unless you are hoping to join a Child Care, Health and Social Care and some professional and Higher Education courses, that is, any course where a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is required.

    The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 enables criminal convictions to be ‘spent’ after a rehabilitation period. Rehabilitation periods vary dependent on the conviction and sentence given. If you are not sure whether your conviction is spent and should be declared, you should get advice from the appropriate agency e.g. Youth Offending Team or Probation Service, NACRO (National Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders) or visit the online calculator www.disclosurecalculator.org.uk or www.unlock.org.uk for up-to-date advice.

    Who do i contact for advice>

    If you have any questions about this process, or need to discuss a conviction with us before you apply/enrol, you could email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or ring the campus you will be studying at and ask to speak to the Safeguarding Manager.


'Prevent'

Prevent is the Government’s strategy to help stop young people from being drawn into serious crime which may support or involve terrorism.

What does radicalisation mean?
This means encouraging people to take part in violent or extreme actions or joining groups that promote these.

For example, someone who believes in animal rights can legitimately campaign against cruelty to animals by democratic actions like petitions, letters, taking part in peaceful demonstrations, etc. However, he/she could be radicalised by a more extreme group into actions like sending threatening letters to scientists conducting animal research, attacking buildings, etc.

What groups does it affect?
This is NOT just about radical Islam. The prevent agenda includes:

  • Far right groups like the so called English Defence League, Britain First, Pediga UK
  • Radical religious groups e.g. Christian anti abortionists, Sikh extremists, Jewish Defence League etc
  • Extreme animal rights/environmental groups that advocate violence like the Animal Liberation Front
  • Extreme nationalists and separatists e.g. the ‘real’ IRA

How can you protect yourself and friends against radicalisation?
If you have any worries, discuss them with your family, your tutor or a safeguarding officer. If you believe strongly in a cause, research any groups or charities before you support them.

What does the College do to protect you?
Making racist, sexist, homophobic, extremist, sectarian or any other forms of hate comments are not tolerated by the College and disciplinary action is taken against anyone making them. (By sectarian we mean intolerance against groups within the same faith e.g. Protestant vs Catholic Christians, Shia vs Sunni Muslims.)

We promote tolerance, diversity and respect for fundamental British values. Staff are trained in Prevent and equality and diversity.

We have a team of safeguarding officers who are here to protect you from harm and this includes the dangers of radicalisation. Should a concern arise we will take advice from the local police Prevent Co-ordinator.

We have a process for ensuring that speakers and visitors will not seek to promote extremist views.

Who should you tell?
If you are concerned that someone you know, whether they are a College student or not, is being radicalised, then please ask to speak to a safeguarding officer, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Safe Travel

Be safe on your way to college

Follow these guidelines and be safe when travelling to and from College:

 

  • TRAVELLING ON BUSES,TUBES OR TRAINS...
    • Plan your journey in advance - know where you are going and which stop you need.
    • Always try to wait for your bus or train in a well lit place if it is dark.
    • Travel downstairs on buses, particularly if you are alone.
    • Keep things like mobile phones, purses and wallets out of sight.
    • Take a little extra money in case you get stranded.
    • Check where the help points and passenger alarms are and use them if you feel threatened.
    • If you feel concerned about your safety on the bus, sit close to the driver. If you are on the tube/train, move to a carriage where there are other people.
    • If somebody sits next to you who makes you feel uneasy, stand up and move to another seat.
    • Check the times of the last buses and trains so you don’t get stranded late at night.
    • Always act sensibly and treat others as you would like to be treated - your free travel can be withdrawn by TFL if they believe that you have behaved in an anti-social or criminal way this includes:
      • Smoking
      • Using offensive or threatening language or bullying others
      • Playing music out loud
      • Damaging your Oyster photocard or letting other people use it
      • Not touching in with your Oyster photocard at the start of every journey
      • Committing any type of crime
  • WHEN WALKING...
    • Think about the route and where you could go if you felt threatened. The best idea is to head for a public place where you know there will be other people.
    • Try to avoid short cuts, use well lit areas wherever possible.
    • Keep your mind on your surroundings. Look confident and walk purposefully to your destination.
    • Never accept a lift with a stranger or someone you don’t know very well even if you are cold, tired or it’s late.
  • TRAVELLING ON YOUR BIKE...

    The Met have a Cycle Task Force dedicated to tackling cycle theft and improve cycle security across London. The aim is to create an environment where all cyclists and potential cyclists feel safe and secure to enjoy cycling by investigating theft and handling of stolen bikes, and disrupting the market and trade in stolen and second hand bikes and parts. There are a number of easy steps that you can take to help keep your bike safe: 

    • Park your bike where it can be seen – people will also see if someone is trying to steal it. Use designated cycle parking areas.
    • Make sure the locks you use catch the bike frame as well as both wheels and the post, or a thief may steal the bike and leave the wheels behind! Also, make sure the post can’t be easily cut through, or the bike lifted off it.
    • Try not to leave your bike in the same place every day.
    • Locks can be picked, so face the lock to the ground (but not resting on it) so it can’t easily be turned upwards for picking. Make it impossible for a thief to smash the lock open: if you use a ‘D’ lock, try to fill the ‘D’ part of it with as much of the bike as possible. Never leave the lock lying on the pavement, where it can be sledge hammered easily.
  • TAKING A TAXI...

    Travelling by taxi can sometimes be a good alternative to public transport but there are a number of safety tips you should bear in mind: 

    • Always use a licensed taxi (a black cab) or a licensed minicab.
    • Book your minicab journey by phone or in a minicab office.
    • Never approach or accept a journey from a driver off the street. Only taxis (black cabs) are allowed to pick up customers off the street.
    • When your booked minicab arrives, make sure the minicab driver can confirm your name and your destination. Check this before you get in the vehicle.
    • Check the driver’s photo ID.
    • Always sit in the back and if possible carry a mobile phone.
    • When you’re on the way, phone a friend if you’re worried. If you’re seriously concerned or you feel threatened by the driver, phone 999 immediately.

British Values

The government set out their definition of British Values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy. In 2014, the Department of Education published guidance on promoting British Values in schools to ensure young people leave school and college prepared for life in Modern Britain. The five definitions of British values are as follows:

  • Democracy
  • The rule of Law
  • Individual liberty
  • Mutual Respect
  • Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs

These new regulations sit alongside the requirements of the Equalities Act, which also applies to all educational institutions.

  • OUR VALUES...

    At London South East Colleges, we are dedicated to promoting values which ensure that our students develop a strong sense of social and moral responsibility. We prepare our students for life in Modern Britain by developing an understanding of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.

    It is our aim that all College students are able to contribute effectively to the wider community, using the skills and knowledge they have acquired during their time at the College. As well as being fully engaged in their learning experience, we want our students to become responsible and well-rounded individuals.

    Our College Strategic Plan confirms a mission and vision to place “the college at the heart of the community” through the following values:

    • Responsive and respectful
    • Ambitious and aspiring
    • Innovative and inspiring
    • Successful and supportive
    • Enterprising and engaging

    We are dedicated to promoting values which ensure that our students develop a strong sense of social and moral responsibility.

    It is our aim that all College students are able to contribute effectively to the wider community, using the skills and knowledge they have acquired during their time at the College. As well as being fully engaged in their learning experience, we want our students to become responsible and well-rounded individuals.

  • OUR STUDENTS WILL BE...
    • Ready
    • Responsible and
    • Respectful

    To ensure that our students develop the skills, knowledge and behavior required, as School Leaders and Governors, we are responsible for providing a curriculum which:

    • Is broad and balanced, complies with statutory requirements and provides a wide range of subjects which prepare students for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life in Modern Britain.
    • Actively promotes the fundamental British Values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance.
    • Promotes tolerance of and respect for people of all faiths, no faith and of different cultures through the effective spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils.
    • Is supported by a well-rounded programme of assemblies which offer clear guidance on what is right and wrong, with opportunities for students to reflect.
  • BRITISH VALUES MEET OUR VALUES...

    As well as a comprehensive tutorial support programme, College students benefit from a wide range of extra-curricular activities such as debating groups (e.g. Open Mind Society, Faith and no-faith group) and special interest societies (e.g. LGBT+, All Girls group). The following outlines how British Values are promoted at London South East Colleges:

    Democracy
    Class Reps, Student Council, Surveys, Principal Question Time, MP Visits, Voter Registration days and Democracy workshops

    The rule of Law
    Discipline process, ID Badges, IT User Policy, Behaviour Policies and the Code of Conduct.

    Individual liberty
    Karma Nirvana, Inspiring Women, Social Media, Anti-Bullying workshops, LGBT+ and Armistice day

    Mutual Respect
    Career and Employability workshops, Health and Wellbeing, Safeguarding, PREVENT, Karma Nirvana, Money management and Black History Month

    Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs
    Interfaith events, Multi-faith, Prayer Room, Cultural Celebrations, PREVENT and the Open Mind Society


Looked After Children

Before you join us, please tell us about your circumstances.

we promise to handle anything you share with us with discretion; but the more we know, the better we can target the right help to meet your needs at the start of your course. Keep us up to date with information about your Foster Carer(s), Social or Key Worker and any other support networks (eg Housing Officer or Mentor) involved in providing care for you (including their contact details), or alternatively, ask them to contact us by emailing: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. By all working together we can make it easier for you to be successful in your studies!

Help while you study

Personal Tutor/Progress Coach

All students on full-time courses are allocated to a Personal Tutor or Progress Coach. This is the most important person at the College, because their role is to look after you and make sure that nothing stops you from succeeding.

Financial support

You can ask your Personal Tutor/Progress Coach about how to apply for financial support (e.g. for Bursaries, transport costs, course related expenses or childcare) or speak to staff in the Student Hub (Student Services) at each campus.

Guaranteed bursaries - Who can apply?

The Guaranteed Bursary is a fund to help students with the costs of studying and is available to students aged 16-18 on the 31 August of the year enrolled, if you are in one of the groups listed below:

  • In care (LAC)
  • Leaving care (YCL)
  • In receipt of income support (in your own name)
  • In receipt of both Employment and Support Allowance & Disability Living Allowance
  • In receipt of Universal Credit

Learning support

If you think you might need some extra help, don’t delay in telling us as you could be missing out on the support you are entitled to - the sooner you tell us, the sooner we can help!

Student Experience Team

The team operate from the Common Rooms at each campus and coordinate a range of activities and events to provide opportunities to make friends, as well as develop personal qualities that future employers value (e.g. Social, Employability, Enterprise and Digital Skills).

Careers advice, Higher Education and your next steps

Our IAG (Information Advice & Guidance) team can provide information about applying to University, explain how apprenticeships work and assist with things like making a job application, deciding which course to move on to, or putting a CV together. The IAG team can also signpost those universities who are as committed as we are to supporting LAC/YCL learners (e.g. by offering bursaries, year-round accommodation and meeting your support needs.)

Your safety and well-being

Safeguarding

Every member of College staff is Safeguarding trained but we also have a specialist team to answer your questions and offer advice about anything that worries you. Nothing is too big or too small; please ask any member of staff to put you in touch with a Safeguarding Officer or email an enquiry to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. an address only accessed by our Safeguarding managers.

Student Hub

The Student Hub is a one-stop service aiming to answer most queries without the need to refer you to another College location. Student Hub staff are available at each campus (ask at Reception if you are unsure where to find them).

Student wellbeing

The College has a dedicated student wellbeing team based in the Common Room at each Campus who will advise with any difficulties you may be facing whether they are personal or college related. Pop in for a chat or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Alternatively, the student intranet/VLE (Moodle) allows all students access to a broad range of information, advice and support including health (emotional, sexual or physical), relationships, safeguarding (including Prevent), personal safety, and e-Safety.

Counselling

The College offers a confidential counselling service at advertised times during the week. If you need to talk to someone, but you don’t think your Personal Tutor/Progress Coach is the right person, make an appointment with a member of our Counselling team.

Further Information

A leaflet providing further information about the support available to Looked After Children, Young Care Leavers and their advisors is available from the College on request.

 

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