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Safeguarding

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 17 and 47
  • The Education Act (2002) - Section 175
  • The Children's Act (2004)
  • Department for Education 'Keeping Children Safe in Education
    - Statutory Guidance for schools and colleges' (5 September 2016)
  • 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.


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 then you should:

  • If you are a learner talk to your tutor or learning 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 (Filton, WISE, Queens Road)
Nick Herbert (Lead Safeguarding Officer): 0117 909 2231 / 07903 894527
Penny Chislett (Head of Learner Services and Support and DSL): 01179092398 / 07730 133597

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

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

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