Safeguarding Statement

South Gloucestershire & Stroud College (SGS) is committed to promoting the well-being of all learners and protecting them from harm. We fully recognise that it is the responsibility of all staff to ensure that learners are safe within the college environment and this includes: raising awareness of, and a zero tolerance approach to bullying; ensuring learners are safe on and around college campuses; paying due regard to our responsibilities in relation to health and safety, child protection issues and risks of radicalisation.

Our Values

At SGS, we believe in ensuring students’ time at college is a positive and rewarding experience, where:

  • We respect and value each other
  • We respect and value students, parents and employers
  • We want the best for all our students
  • We change lives
  • At SGS you succeed

At SGS we do our very best to make sure that all our learners feel safe, valued, respected and are listened to. We also make sure that all new and existing learners are made aware of what safeguarding is and how we can support them whilst at college.

SGS College recognises it has a statutory duty and responsibility to actively promote the wellbeing of our learners, particularly those considered as vulnerable young people and adults. The College is an active member of both the South Gloucestershire and Gloucestershire Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs).

The College complies with all statutory legislation and guidance under:

  • The Children’s Act (1989) – Section 47
  • The Education Act (2002)
  • The Children’s Act (2004)
  • Keeping Children Safe in Education (2015)
  • Prevent Duty Guidance (2015)

College staff are Disclosure and Barring Service checked to the required level. They also receive safeguarding training at induction as well as regular refresher training so that they know how to respond to any safeguarding concerns. The College designated Safeguarding Officers have undertaken the appropriate level of safeguarding training and work closely with curriculum, support staff and external agencies to provide the right support for learners when needed.

A list of people in College are available to talk to (see below).

Designated Safeguarding Team, Bristol Poster

If you are a learner and are concerned that someone is at risk of harm or committing harm to others, please talk to your Learning Mentor, Tutor or one of the safeguarding officers (detailed in posters across the college) in the first instance

Alternatively you can contact the following staff at the following campuses:

Bristol Campuses (Filton, WISE, Queens Road)

Penny Chislett (Head of Learner Services and Support and DSL): 01179092398 / 07730 133597
Nick Herbert (Lead Safeguarding Officer): 0117 909 2231 / 07903 894527

Stroud Campus

Penny Chislett (Head of Learner Services and Support and DSL): 01453 761224 / 07730 133597
Nick Herbert: (Lead Safeguarding Officer) 0117 909 2231 / 07903 894527
Jo Johnson: (Deputy Head of Learner Services – Stroud) 01453 761119

Berkeley Campus

Nick Herbert: (Lead Safeguarding Officer)0117 909 2231 / 07903 894527
Jo Johnson: (Deputy Head of Learner Services – Stroud) 01453 761119
Nicola Cretney (Student Services and Support Co-ordinator and Deputy DSL) 01453 761211

Out of Hours If you have an urgent concern after 5pm on a week-night or on weekends, you can contact: Nick Herbert: 07903 894527

Other useful EXTERNAL contacts include:

NSPCC Childline: 0800 1111
Samaritans: 116 123
South Gloucestershire / Bristol Social Services Emergency out of hours team: 01454 615165
Gloucestershire Social Services Emergency out of hours team: 01452 42 6565