We are dedicated to supporting the wellbeing and personal development of all learners here at USP College.
During your time studying with us, you will have access to a variety of friendly and professional wellbeing support services that will help you get the most out of your college experience.
All staff are trained to ensure that you feel safe and secure whilst with us and we have a specialist team that can assist with:
- Specialist Support
If you would like any more information about any of the topics raised below or have a concern for the safety of yourself or someone else, please contact the Safeguarding Team using the details at the bottom of this page.
If you're struggling with your college or personal life, don't worry. Our Wellbeing Advisors are here to ensure you get the help you need. We offer a discrete, one-to-one service that gives you the opportunity to work with someone that can help you through the difficulties you're facing. Where appropriate, we can also secure the help you need outside of college. Our team is based in Student Services and we offer a drop-in service that encourages all students to visit us, should they feel the need to.
Our Wellbeing Advisors offer a range of support, including:
One-to-one mentoring and guidance
Financial help and advice
Arranging support from both internal and external agencies
Referrals to our college counsellors
Acting as an advocate between you and your curriculum area
Supporting you with the transition from school to college
Group workshops - mindfulness, mental health, resilience, improving positivity
Counselling is a supportive service that provides individuals with guidance and help to understand, accept and overcome emotional issues, problems and concerns.
A Counsellor is not there to tell you what to do. But instead, they will encourage you to talk about what's bothering you in order to help you gain a better understanding of your feelings and thought processes, and find your own solutions to problems.
Some students may experience emotional and personal issues that need to be shared with a qualified counsellor. Here we offer a counselling service that is professional, varied and accessible.
Counsellors can help with a wide range of difficulties which include:
Difficulties at home
Difficult emotions - eg. low self-esteem
Sexual and cultural identity
Negative past experiences
This list is not inclusive and our College Counsellors are here to talk about any issues that are having a negative impact on your life.
Both our counselling and wellbeing services are confidential. This means we will only pass on information if you are happy for us to do so. In some situations, confidentiality may be broken if we feel that you or someone is at risk of serious harm, although we would always try and discuss this with your first.
We work closely with external agencies so we can offer you easy access to a range of specialist support. Where possible we encourage services to work with you at the College, this gives you the option of being support in a place that is familiar and feels safe.
The safeguarding of young people and vulnerable adults is our top priority, we are committed to ensuring a safe, positive and secure environment for students and expect all our staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
Throughout your time at college, you will receive information, advice and support to allow you to stay safe both inside and outside of college.
We have a dedicated Safeguarding Team, who are always available to assist with difficult or potentially harmful problems that students may face at college or at home.
To ensure the safety of our students:
- We require everyone to wear lanyards with photo-card IDs in order to gain entry to the campus, this includes, students, staff and visitors.
- Every student has access to our specialist Safeguarding Team who are on hand to support with any issues, including wellbeing and counselling experts.
- Every member of staff received regular safeguarding training and raise concerns or report issues relating to safeguarding and welfare.
- We are committed to creating a culture where British Values are promoted and practised in all aspects of college life, in line with the government's counter-terrorism strategy - PREVENT.
- All staff are DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) checked; without this approval, staff will not be allowed access to the College without supervision.
- The College provides a safe and friendly learning environment compliant with UK Health & Safety legislation.
- CCTV is installed at various point around each campus.
The Government set out its definition of British Values in the 2011 PREVENT Strategy. We understand our responsibility in promoting and encouraging a culture and ethos that upholds these values and are committed to creating an environment that is inclusive, mutually respectful and free from discrimination.
British Values have been identified as:
The Rule of Law
Mutual Respect & Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs
These values underpin everything we do as they are embedded and promoted within our curriculum and through other experiences that learners receive through the college year. It is our aim to prepare you for life in modern Britain, and that you leave us with a strong sense of community as well as social and moral responsibility.
Promoting British Values
We demonstrate to learner the importance of democracy through Learner Voice, Student Champions, Student Union, Enrichment Activities, Learner Voice Surveys, Tutorials, Student Conferences and Principal's Question Time.
The Rule of Law
Everyone is expected to adhere to our Values & Behaviours. There are policies in place to ensure that our college community is kept safe and compliant, these include College Code of Conduct, Bullying and Harassment Policy, Student Positive Behaviour Policy. College rules regarding ID cards apply to both staff and students.
We encourage the values of Freedom of Speech without causing offence of distress to others.
Mutual Respect and Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs
We value diversity and respect each other. We will not tolerate prejudice, discrimination or harassment against anyone.
The PREVENT Duty
What is PREVENT?
PREVENT is part of a Government strategy which aims to stop people from becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism. From 1 July 2015, Colleges have a statutory duty under the 'Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015' to have 'due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism.
Preventing terrorism also means challenging extremist views and intervening to stop people from moving from extremist ideas into terrorism.
Extremism is seen as vocal or active opposition to fundamental British Values, including Democracy, The Rule of Law, Individual Liberty and Mutual Respect and Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs.
Having due regard requires educational establishments to:
- Actively promote fundamental British Values.
- Demonstrate awareness and understand of risk to learners in their school/college and their geographical area. Local Safeguarding Children's Boards (LSCBs) will have carried out risk assessments, taking account of local issues/tensions, local police intelligence and the political context at home and abroad.
- Equip staff to identify 'vulnerable' learners and how to challenge extremist ideas.
- Act when concerning behaviours are observed - this means using the processes set out in the safeguarding policies.
- Have robust safeguarding policies in place - this does not require schools.college to create distinct policies on implementing the Prevent duty.
- Assist and advise families who raise concerns and point them to the right support.
- Provide a safe space for debate and help learners to understand how they can influence and participate in decision-making both at school/college level and in a wider arena.
- Provide secure access online - schools/colleges need to have appropriate filters and monitoring systems so that no learner can access harmful content vis the school.college's IT systems.
- Work in partnership with the Local Safeguarding Children's Board and relevant community organisations.
We play an important part in allowing young people a safe space to explore their concerns and ideas and to challenge prejudicial, discriminatory or extremist views.
Students being drawn into extremism is a safeguarding issue which can also be a 'child protection' issue. All concerns of this nature will be immediately reported to the Designated Safeguarding Lead who may report the concerns to the police PREVENT team.