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.

Below is a list of people in College who you can talk to.

SGS Berkeley Green UTC Safeguarding Team (April 2019)

Bristol Safeguarding Poster (April 2019)

Stroud Safeguarding Poster (April 2019)

Safeguarding Children, Young People & Vulnerable Adults Policy & Procedure April 2019

If you are a learner, parent, carer or member of the public and you are concerned about the well-being or safety of an SGS learner during college hours (Monday – Friday 08:30 – 17:00) then you should:

  • If you are a learner talk to your tutor or Education & Wellbeing Mentor in the first instance
  • If you are a parent, carer or member of the public contact one of our designated safeguarding officers – see below for details by campus.

Bristol Campuses (Bristol Zoo Gardens, Filton, WISE, Queens Road)
Pez Perrin (Inclusion Manager and Deputy DSL): 0117 919 2605 / 07903 894527
Moira Foster-Fitzgerald (Chief Group Services Officer and DSL) 01453 761113 / 07730 133532

Stroud Campus
Jo Johnson: (Inclusion Manager and Deputy DSL) 01453 761119/ 07813 993903
Moira Foster-Fitzgerald (Chief Group Services Officer and DSL) 01453 761113 / 07730 133532

Berkeley Campus
Robert Morgan (DSL & Associate Assistant Principal, Pastoral) 07956 681248
Nicola Cretney (Student Services and Support Co-ordinator and Deputy DSL) 01453 761211
Rich Williams (Online Safeguarding Lead)

Out of Hours
If you have an urgent concern after 17:00 on a week-night or over a weekends, please contact the most appropriate emergency service.

Potential EXTERNAL contacts include:

NSPCC Childline: 0800 1111
Samaritans: 116 123
Bristol Social Services Emergency out of hours team: 01454 615165
Gloucestershire Social Services Emergency out of hours team: 01452 426565
South Gloucestershire Social Services Emergency out of hours team: 01454 615165