Safeguarding, Prevent and Fundamental British Values
We strive to provide a safe and supportive environment for all learners at Yeovil College. In fact, over 99% of students feel that Yeovil College is a safe place to learn. It is really important that you are familiar with the safeguarding guidance and behave in accordance to it. Current students will be supported through a programme of safeguarding tutorials.
Every person who comes into Yeovil College is important to us. We want to ensure your concerns are listened to and that you feel safe, respected and treated well at all times.
If you are worried or unhappy about something that has happened during your time at College, or in your personal life, we would like to help you. Yeovil College staff are available to speak to you during normal College opening hours.
You may also find our contacts list useful.
All policies including safeguarding are in the policies section.
Safeguarding has a dedicated team of officers, if you have any concerns please contact the duty Safeguarding officer between 9am-5pm via 07973898849. If you have any concerns which are out of hours please contact the relevant local authority:
Dorset: 01202 657279
Somerset: 0300 123 2327
Designated Safeguarding Lead – Michelle Joy
Contact via Michelle.Joy@yeovil.ac.uk
As an employer of a learner, we ask for your support in the recognising and
highlighting to Yeovil College any cause for concerns. The following guide will help you.
We have launched a new mental health service called TalkCampus. It’s a free app where you can talk with other students from around the world if you’re struggling and worried about your mental health. Your student email address will give you free access; just download TalkCampus from the app stores. TalkCampus is anonymous, it isn’t run by us and we won’t be able to see if you are using it. You also won’t be able to see where other students are from. TalkCampus is based around peer support; you can use it if you need some help yourself or you can go on there to listen and support others.
The platform is safe and moderated and is designed as a place where you can just be yourself and talk about how you’re really feeling. Student life can be tough and we know sometimes you might not want to talk to us about how you’re feeling. TalkCampus isn’t a replacement for counselling or professional support, however it is a great place to start talking and to make sure that however you’re feeling right now, you’re not alone.
Our support is confidential depending on the issues raised. In some cases we are governed by legislation to report evidence, but we will not judge you. We will listen to you in a supportive and accepting way, making external referrals to professional agencies as appropriate to your needs. You can access other internal support here.
We can support you with lots of issues:
- Emotional support;
- Anger management;
- Coping strategies;
- Time management;
- Relationship issues;
- Referral to other services e.g. counselling services.
At Yeovil College, we are dedicated to promoting values which ensure that our learners develop a strong sense of social and moral responsibility. We prepare our learners 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 our learners are able to contribute effectively to the wider community, using the skills and knowledge they have acquired during their time at Yeovil College. As well as being fully engaged in their learning experience, we want them to become responsible individuals who are able to think critically and question appropriately.
Within their study programmes, and as part of their value-added curriculum, learners will have tutorial sessions to ensure that they are given the opportunity to develop the skills and understanding needed to succeed in the wider community.
At Yeovil College, we promote Fundamental British Values in several ways:
Democracy: Learners develop an understanding of the importance of democracy as a tool for change: class representatives, student governors, student voice, focus groups, MP visits, voter registration days.
Rule of Law: All staff and students are treated fairly. We operate under fair policies and procedures: student code of conduct, disciplinary procedure, appeals process, safeguarding, rules on behavior, expectations and lanyards, Student Handbook.
Individual Liberty: Our community is free to express themselves. We encourage the values of Freedom of Speech without causing offence or distress to others: LGBTQIA+ society, disciplinary policy, bullying policy, PREVENT, Debating Society.
Mutual Respect, Fairness, Tolerance of Different Faiths and Beliefs: We value and encourage diversity and we respect one another. We will not tolerate prejudice, discrimination or harassment: Multi-faith prayer room, LGBTQIA+ society, disciplinary policy, bullying policy, PREVENT, student code of conduct.
Yeovil College is committed to actively recognising and promoting equality and diversity in our college community. We take our responsibility to safeguard the welfare of all our learners very seriously through the management of appropriate policies, procedures and practices.
We wish to provide a working and learning environment that acknowledges the richness of diversity, as well as valuing and managing each individual’s equality of opportunity within the College. We oppose all forms of discrimination or victimisation on any grounds such as age, race, disability, pregnancy or maternity, religion or belief, gender, sexual orientation, gender re-assignment or marital status.
Yeovil College operates a truly inclusive culture, and the principle of FREDIE is at the heart of all that we do; we promote and support Fairness, Respect, Equality, Diversity, Inclusion and Engagement across out community.
Fairness – Being reasonable, right and just.
Respect – Having due regard for feelings, wishes and rights of others.
Equality – Where every person has equal rights and every person has a fair chance.
Diversity – Diverse means different. We are all different so diversity includes us all. The concept of diversity encompasses understanding, acceptance and respect.
Inclusion – Where every person feels respected, valued and that they fit in with the organisational (College) culture.
Engagement – Two-way commitment and communication between an organisation and its employees – the whole college community.
Prevent is the Government’s strategy to stop people becoming involved in violent extremism or supporting terrorism, in all its forms. Prevent works within the noncriminal space, using early engagement to encourage individuals and communities to challenge violent extremist ideologies and behaviours.
Prevent is about safeguarding our learners to keep them both safe and within the law. It is not about preventing learners from having political and religious views and concerns but about supporting them to use those concerns or act on them in non-extremist ways.
RUN, HIDE, TELL
Our safeguarding booklet sets out our values and processes for safeguarding our students and apprentices both in college and in the workplace. You can view our booklet here and watch the induction video below.
Here at Yeovil College we are passionate about supporting our learners to be well-rounded individuals that care for their family, peers, environment and the community around them. To achieve this, we set out a clear standard set of standards that every learner commits to.
Yeovil College Code of Conduct
- Use college facilities and behave in a way which respects the needs and aspirations of others.
- Respect other learners, staff and visitors.
- Follow and comply with the Yeovil College policies and procedures.
- Respect the property of the college, and of its staff, other learners and visitors.
- Support staff and other learners in the maintenance of a clean and tidy college.
- Take an active role in your learning and progression.
- Display your student ID badge and lanyard at all times.
You must wear your ID card at all times.
Spot checks are regularly carried out to ensure all students are visibly wearing their ID badges and lanyard at all times when on campus. All Yeovil College staff are encouraged to challenge anyone not visibly wearing their ID badge/lanyard on campus, these measures are in place for your safety and the safety of our campus.
If you lose your ID badge then you will need a replacement. To obtain this go to the Finance Office to pay £2.00 and then to the Information Desk in Reception to receive your replacement badge.
If you have left your ID badge/lanyard at home and you live locally, you will be asked to retrieve it before being allowed back onto campus, alternatively, if you have forgotten your ID badge/lanyard and you travel to the College by bus or do not live in close proximity, you will have to purchase a temporary ID card/lanyard.
To obtain this go to the Finance Office to pay a £1.00 deposit and then to the Information Desk in Reception to receive your temporary ID badge, please note, this temporary ID badge is only valid of 1 day and will need to be handed back into the Information Desk at the end of the day. Your £1.00 deposit will be returned to you.
Worried about your child’s mental health?
There are many resources available, both locally and nationally:
Somerset Big Tent – Helps you to find wellbeing resources for you in Somerset.
Kooth – Online support.
Young Somerset – A range of support including counselling up to age 25.
Mermaids – For transgender, non-binary and gender diverse support.
Mind, Side by Side – Online community with others who understand what you are going through.
CAMHS Self-Referral – Self-Referral for CAMHS in Somerset, for students aged 16-17.
Dorset CAMHS Self Referral – Self-Referral for CAMHS Dorset, for students aged 16-17.
Papyrus – Prevention of young suicide.
Papyrus Hopeline – Contact if you need support or are worried about someone else.
Somerset Activity & Sports Partnership – Mental Health Support.
Somerset Activity & Sports Partnership – Men’s Mental Health Support.
Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) – Mental Health Support.
2BU – Support service for the LGBTQ+ community in Somerset.
Space Youth Project – Supporting LGBTQ+ Dorset.
REMPLOY – Mental health support for apprentices.
Somerset Children & Young People – Health and wellbeing resources, inlcuding those for parents/carers.
Turning Point – Somerset Drug and Alcohol Service. Self-help and advice.
Reach – Dorset drug & alcohol services.
Somerset and Avon Rape and Sexual Abuse Support (SARSAS) – Supporting people affected by rape or any kind of sexual assault.
Somerset Integrated Domestic Abuse Service – Providing support for all those affected by domestic abuse.