Key Safety Information
‘Staying safe’ and ‘asking for help when you need it’ are key parts of our CORE curriculum.
Our co-operative values include self-help and self-responsibility and we encourage our students to develop these skills as they become adults.
All the big topics that you may worry about like bullying, sexual health, radicalisation, online safety etc are covered sensitively and professionally during our two-year CORE curriculum. We don’t just talk about these things once, we do it regularly and in particular we remind students about key safety messages as we approach the holidays. Most importantly, we regularly talk about where to get help – at college and out of hours. Students have access to an extensive list of helplines and sources of information through their student website.
FILTERING AND MONITORING
When students use college equipment, their internet use is monitored to ensure student safety. Online safety concerns are automatically flagged to the safeguarding team.
The following links provide information about being safe online:
- UK Safer Internet Centre – Be careful who you trust online.
- NSPCC – Keeping children safe online.
- CEOP Thinkuknow – Advice for parents and carers, children and young people and those that work with them.
- Safer Internet Day – It’s held every year in February.
- ChildLine – Lots of online and mobile safety tips for children and young people.
- CEOP – Support for young people, parents and carers while online; and on topics such as: cyberbullying, hacking and harmful content.
- Childnet – Guidance and handy tips to help young people navigate and enjoy the online world.
MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT
All of our staff in our student services team are trained in mental health first aid. We also have the services of a counsellor employed by 42nd Street (a Greater Manchester young people’s mental health charity).
Students can self-refer if they need mental health support by going to the Beehive Drop in between 12.50pm and 1.30pm or by completing a form. Priority to see the counsellor will be based on student need.