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A safe and healthy environment is the basic minimum standard of any workplace. We go beyond that standard to promote a good example of a community that thrives on the quality of its environment and in its ability to care for its staff and students.

We operate a set of policies to safeguard students who may be in need of protection and to enable the College to meet its duties under the Children Act 1989, and Section 175 of the Education Act 2002. Read more about Keeping children safe in education 2021 (gov.uk - PDF)

Details of each of our policies may be found by following the links below:

Mental Health Resources

Supporting your child - self-harm

Spiking - top tips to stay safe

What does spiking mean?

To spike a drink means to put alcohol or drugs into someone's drink without their knowledge or permission. The aim may be to incapacitate someone enough to rob or sexually assault them, although sometimes it is just intended as a joke – a bad joke as it is very dangerous.

There is also some concern at the possibility that people are being ‘spiked’ by needles/syringes containing drugs. Although this is much less likely than drink spiking, many of the same tips for staying safe can protect you here too. Spiking is a criminal offence and venues should take steps to ensure they are safe places to be, but you still need to protect yourself, particularly if you feel unsafe.

Tips to stay safe

  • Plan your night out, including your journey there and back.

  • Make sure the venue you are going to is licensed – venues are required to take steps to ensure the safety of their customers

  • When going to a pub, club or party avoid going alone. Friends can look out for one another.

  • Stay aware of what’s going on around you and keep away from situations you don’t feel comfortable with.

  • Think very carefully about whether you should leave a pub, club or party with someone you’ve just met.

  • Make sure your mobile phone has plenty of charge in it before you leave home and keep your mobile safe.

Useful contacts

Childline
Childline.org.uk
Call free on 0800 1111

NSPCC
www.nspcc.org.uk

Samaritans: (Suicide prevention charity)
https://www.samaritans.org/

Customer first (Social Care for out of hours safeguarding concerns)
0808 800 4005

111 - NHS Non-emergency advice line
101 – Police Non-emergency Line

Papyrus Hopeline UK (Suicide prevention charity for young people)
0800 068 4141
 
Mind
www.mind.org.uk
 
Emotional Wellbeing Hub
0345 600 2090 (Monday - Friday 8am-7.30pm)

The source (information and advice for young people in Suffolk)
thesource.me.uk
 
Kooth (online counselling service)
www.kooth.com
 
Domestic abuse helpline
0808 2000 247
www.nationalahelpline.org.uk