We are committed to the protection and safety of our students.

We want you to feel that you can come to us with your concerns, whether about yourself or a fellow student.

This College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults, and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

This means that we have a Safeguarding policy and a procedure in place. All staff must ensure that they are aware of these procedures. Safeguarding policies are available on the website, and students, parents and carers are welcome to contact us if they have any further questions or concerns.

Safeguarding Policies

Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a young person’s welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about our learners are discussed with him/her and his/her parents/carers first unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the young person’s welfare.

We want you to enjoy your time at SUAC, and have a range of services to assist you when required:

  • Personal Tutors
  • College Counsellor
  • College Nurse
  • Learning Coaches
  • Safeguarding Team

If you need to speak to someone outside of college hours, the following organisations are available for you to contact:

Samaritans 116 123
For anyone going through emotional distress

Childline 0800 11 11
A counselling service for children and young people

Frank 0300 123 66 00 or text 82111
Information and advice on drugs and alcohol

Hopeline 0800 068 41 41
Support for anyone concerned that a young person they know might be at risk of suicide

If you are worried that a friend is demonstrating extreme behaviour, is at risk of being radicalised or is vulnerable, please contact the Safeguarding Team for advice.

1Educate Against Hate gives parents, teachers and school/college leaders practical advice on protecting children and young people from extremism and radicalisation.

2Prevent tragedies was created because of the increasing concern about the worrying numbers of young people who are putting themselves at risk by travelling to Syria and other conflict zones and to help the numbers of families that have been torn apart by fear when their loved ones travel. The website has contributions from women from communities, charities, public sector organisations and Government departments. We aim to work together to help keep our loved ones safe, to try and address the numerous issues and sign up to the resolution to Prevent Tragedies.

3Open Your Eyes aims to expose the truth about ISIS. The website provides visitors with the opportunity to listen to people telling their personal stories of how ISIS has affected their lives. The organisation is working with young people, activists, bloggers and filmmakers to raise their voices against ISIS.