Colleges have a duty, under the Children Act 2004, to safeguard and promote the well-being of children and young people. It also has a duty, under the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006, to promote and safeguard the welfare of vulnerable adults. The Education Act 2002 requires governing bodies of further education colleges to ensure that their functions are carried out with a view to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. The Children Act 2004 requires agencies to work co-operatively to protect the welfare of children. Colleges also have a duty under Section 26 (1) of the Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015 to have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism, which includes not just violent extremism but also non-violent extremism (Prevent Duty).

Oldham College holds the safety, health, well-being and welfare of students as paramount. We believe that all young people and vulnerable adults have a right to protection from abuse, whatever their age, ethnicity, religion, disability, sexual identity or gender. We are committed to a whole College approach to Safeguarding and to this end we will ensure that all staff are trained in Safeguarding and Child Protection issues and are kept up to date with changes in legislation and practice. We will take all allegations and suspicions of abuse seriously and will respond to them promptly. We will also make information available on Safeguarding and Child Protection to parents and students.

The college provides a complete welfare and support service to students. This includes support for housing, financial support, medical and counselling support and career progression support. This can all impact on a students’ health, well-being and safety. If you have any safeguarding concerns please contact the college and ask to speak with a Student Mentor who also act as the college’s Safeguarding Officers

If you have any safeguarding issues or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact the Safeguarding team.