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Safeguarding

Blackpool Sixth is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all learners, staff and visitors. All staff are carefully selected using recruitment and selection procedures designed to emphasise our commitment to safeguarding. All posts, including volunteers, are subject to enhanced DBS clearance. As part of this page, you will find information on:

  • Mental health and counselling
  • E-safety and how to stay safe online
  • Staying safe from exploitation
  • Staying safe when out and about

What does safeguarding involve?

  • Protecting young people from harm, abuse or neglect
  • Preventing impairment of health or development
  • Ensuring young people stay safe when at college or out and about
  • Promoting healthy life choices
  • Protecting young people from all forms of bullying and harassment

Are you worried about yourself or another person being affected by;

  • Bullying
  • Harassment
  • Abuse at home or college
  • Anxiety or depression
  • Self- harm
  • Discrimination
  • Homelessness
  • Extremism or radicalisation
  • Forced marriage
  • Female genital mutilation

If you answered “YES” to any of the above… please speak with any member of staff at college such as a pastoral mentor, a subject tutor or a member of the support teams.

You may wish to contact the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL), Gail Yeadon or the Deputy DSL Stuart Ormson. Alternatively, you may prefer to email safeguarding.alert@blackpoolsixth.ac.uk and a member of the safeguarding team will respond as soon as possible.

If you have an immediate concern about the safety of a young person, you are advised to contact Blackpool Social Care Team on 01253 477299 (daytime) or 01253 477600 (out of hours).

  • To view our Safeguarding Policy, please click here.
  • To view the Anti-bullying Policy, please click here.

Early help and keeping students safe

Blackpool Sixth has a robust health and safety policy to ensure that all students are kept safe while on college premises and when taking part in official activities outside college. Each activity is risk assessed and there is a team of qualified first aiders on site.

Everyone at college is committed to being in an environment which is free from bullying and harassment. We communicate the college’s zero-tolerance stance on intimidation, bullying and harassment during induction and through tutorials on an ongoing basis.

The Pastoral and Welfare team offer information, advice and guidance on a range of pastoral and welfare issues. The team have developed established links with a range of external support agencies including sexual health services, substance misuse, housing and mental health. The Welfare Officer and two Pastoral Leads are trained in child protection and are able to make appropriate referrals to designated staff to ensure the safety and well being of all our students.

In addition, every student has a dedicated Pastoral Mentor to help monitor attendance and progress, support with personal/welfare and help with career planning. The Pastoral Mentors are available for any issues that arise throughout the year with an accessible open door policy for all. Pastoral Mentors also deliver weekly group tutorials, including sessions to help students make safe and healthy lifestyle choices.

Keeping safe out and about

The chance of your being robbed or attached is thankfully pretty small, however, you should know what to do if you find yourself in a threatening situation.

  • Whenever it’s possible, try and walk with someone else or a group of friends.
  • Always keep alert and aware of what’s going on around you. It’s not a good idea to listen to music through your headphones.
  • Make sure you keep any valuables such as mobile phones and iPads tucked safely away in your bag.
  • Make sure you stay on roads that are well lit and that are relatively busy.
  • Don’t take a shortcut through the park or down an alleyway – don’t take an unnecessary risk just to cut your journey time by a few minutes.
  • If you do think you’re being followed, cross the road or go into a shop. If you’re scared that the person who was following you is waiting outside, tell the person working in the shop.
  • Always ask for help if you need it.
  • If you are see anything of concern, don’t keep it to yourself. Tell the Police, your parents, or a member of staff at college.

Mental health and counselling

At Blackpool Sixth, we recognise that people of all ages, including young adults, are affected by stress, anxiety, thoughts of self-harm and/or suicide. Suicide represents an ongoing major public health issue, and is a devastating event for families and communities. If you would like to read more on mental health support that we offer, please click here.

We have a team of staff from across college who are trained in Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), which has been shown to reduce suicidal feelings by applying effective and timely intervention.

The counsellors at Blackpool Sixth are Fiona Swift and Amanda Southam-Morgan. They are always ready to listen to your problems, and you can talk to them about anything that is on your mind. The counsellors will listen carefully to how you are feeling and together you can try to understand what is happening in your life more clearly. This understanding can help you to make decisions or changes.

The counselling service is strictly confidential. If you’re not sure if counselling is for you, then you are welcome to talk it over with the counsellor anyway. If it turns out that another service would be more appropriate, it is likely that you will be able to point you in the right direction.

If you are experiencing thoughts of self-harm and/or suicide, or know of someone else who is, you can contact the Samaritans on 08457 90 90 90 or visit their website here.

Students or staff experiencing difficulties can alternatively contact a college counsellor to make an appointment on counselling.alert@blackpoolsixth.ac.uk.

E-safety and how to stay safe online

At Blackpool Sixth, we recognise the importance of the internet and of mobile technologies, and the world of opportunities that these open up for our students in their everyday learning and life in general. Through the use of the internet and mobile technology it is possible for young people to access almost unlimited information.

However, alongside the benefits there are risks and whilst many young people are competent in using these technologies, their knowledge and understanding of the risks can often be low.

Blackpool Sixth is committed in educating our students and staff to ensure their safety whilst enabling them to make the most of the learning opportunities from using such technologies. This is done through regular educating and training of students and staff. E-safety workshops are also delivered to parents/carers throughout the academic year. If you have any e-safety queries or concerns, please contact either of these members of staff.

To access a collection of articles, tips, expert advice and resources designed to help you as a parent/carer keep up with what your son/daughter could be doing online, please click here.

Staying safe from exploitation

Sexual exploitation children or young people often involves exploitive situations, contexts and relationships where they receive ‘something’ (e.g. affection, attention, food, gifts, accommodation, drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, money) as a result of a sexual act or activities.

Children and young people do not often understand they are being exploited. It is up to us all to recognise the signs and to act to protect. We must be able to recognise potential risks and do something about it.

  • To visit Lancashire Constabulary’s child sexual exploitation page, please click here.
  • To visit the NSPCC website info on sexual exploitation, please click here.