Hull College recognises that it has a legal and moral duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of our students. When you start with us we want your time here to be an enjoyable, rewarding, fun, and safe experience. Safeguarding you is very important to us; we want you to feel safe and to be safe. You are our number 1 priority and we take your safety and well-being very seriously.
If for any reason you feel unsafe, because of something that is happening to you in college, or outside college then please speak to your tutor or student coach who will support and advise you. If for any reason your tutor or student coach is unavailable then you can speak to any member of staff or request to see the duty manager at any of our main campus reception desks.
When you enrol with us you will be provided with information that tells you what to do if you are concerned about something or feel unsafe. This includes emergency contact details for a range of local services for when you are not in college, and feel unsafe. There is a Safeguarding Team, who are available to talk to if students have any concerns, are unhappy, or even if they are worried about the welfare of a friend or fellow student. Students can talk to one of the team about such things as bullying, accommodation problems, abuse (in any of its forms), self-harm, drug or alcohol issues, domestic violence, or whatever may be a concern.
Looked after child and care leaver information
Hull College works collaboratively with the Local Authority to ensure appropriate arrangements for monitoring and supporting the progress of looked after children and care leavers in line with their age and development are in place, and as they progress through further and higher education. Our aim is to:
· Assist and support young people to apply to the appropriate course at college.
· To help young people maximise their potential.
· Facilitate staff in the college and social care settings to work effectively with care leavers in line with the Children Act 1989 Guidance and Regulations Volume 3: Planning Transition to Adulthood for Care Leavers (2010)
· This collaboration with the Local Authority covers:
· Careers guidance, applications to college, and support at interviews
· Information sharing
· Practical and financial support to care leavers
· Specific support to care leavers to maintain college places, for example our designated LAC Mentoring Service
· Moving on from college
· How to resolve issues and problems
Working collaboratively with the Local Authority enables early identification through pathway planning and (e)Peps. Prior to enrolment the designated person for LAC meets with the Lac coordinators and social workers to identify any specific support needs and any potential barriers to learning. Information is then appropriately shared with the members of the curriculum area directly involved with supporting that student. We regularly facilitate PEPS and E-Peps and our ultimate aim is to be a single point of access to promote continuity and a consistent support network.
Financial Support to Care Leavers
Young people leaving care are entitled to the equivalent of Income Support Benefit (paid by the Local Authority). He/she will also receive a weekly enhancement. Costs of accommodation until the age of 18 is also paid by Through Care Teams where after housing benefit can be accessed.
For young people who are part way through their course when they reach 18 and where this is part of their Pathway Plan, an application can be made for them to continue to live with their foster carer/host. In some cases, where young people reach the age of 20 they may not be eligible for certain state benefits, but are still actively engaged in education – in such cases, further financial assistance can be offered to meet accommodation and living costs.
Once it is known that the young person has a place on a course then there must be a discussion between the young person, foster carer or social worker and the college as to what exactly is required and how this can be appropriately sourced. Young people who are leaving care face additional challenges when they start a course at a further educational college and they must not have the additional worry or start the course without the proper equipment. Social workers have access to funding to support LAC/Care Leavers with additional tutoring and learning resources, such as the purchase of laptops and other educational resources.
During Opening Hours
Monday – Thursday 8.30-9pm (term time only)
Saturdays 8-4pm (term time only)
If you feel unsafe or threatened, tell your tutor, student coach or another member of staff.
If urgent, ask reception to contact the duty manager
You can also ring the college reception on 01482 329943
Out of Hours Contacts
Monday – Thursday after 9pm, Friday after 4.30pm
Saturdays after 4pm (term time only)
Sundays and Bank Holidays
Concerns about your personal safety
Police call 999 or 101
Concerns about your health and well-being
Out of hours Drs and Hospitals call 111
Out of hours services
For children and adults - Emergency Duty Team on 01482 300 304
The NCA's CEOP Command is here to help children and young people. We are here to help if you are a young person and you or your friend (up to age 18) has been forced or tricked into taking part in sexual activity with anyone online, or in the real world. We also have advice and links to support for other online problems young people might face, such as cyberbullying and hacking.