Safeguarding our students, staff and visitors is an important issue to us.

Safeguarding means:

  • Promotion of your health and development
  • Ensuring your safety and care
  • Ensuring you are offered the best life chances
  • Protection from abuse and neglect
  • Prevention of bullying and harassment.

The term 'safeguarding' embraces both child and vulnerable adult protection and preventative approaches to keep our students, staff and visitors safe. Safeguarding encompasses students’ health and safety, welfare and well-being.

North Somerset Enterprise and Technology College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We have developed a Safeguarding Policy and Procedure that aims to meet this commitment.

You can find our safeguarding policy here.

Our policy covers:

  • Abuse and neglect
  • Prevention of discrimination
  • Anti-bullying and harassment
  • Addressing attendance issues
  • Supporting health care plans for students with specific medical needs
  • Safety and security.

If you, as a student at NSETC have any concern about your wellbeing, safety or rights, then you should:

  • Talk to your tutor
  • Talk to a School welfare officer
  • Contact one of our designated safeguarding officers - see below.

If you are a parent / carer, or a member of the public, and are concerned about the welfare, safety or rights of a student at NSETC, then you should contact one of the designated safeguarding officers see below.

Fiona Waters, Lead Designated Safeguarding Officer, Weston College Group

Tel: 01934 411464

Mobile: 07788 607480


Darran George, Designated Safeguarding Lead for NSETC

Tel: 07866 816262

Jane Hicks - Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

Tel: 07866 816262

Alice Bushell, First Response Officer

Tel: 07866 816262

James Sully, First Response Officer

Tel: 07866 816262



Another aspect of safeguarding is the PREVENT duty, which requires the Education sector to have "due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism", supporting terrorism or being drawn into non-violent extremism.

There is a duty to ensure that those identified with vulnerabilities are given appropriate advice and support.

The Government has defined extremism as "vocal or active opposition to fundamental British Values", which include:

  • Individual liberty
  • Rule of law
  • Democracy
  • Mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs.

This includes not discriminating against those with protected characteristics (Equality Act 2010), namely:

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Gender reassignment
  • Marriage and civil partnership
  • Pregnancy and maternity
  • Race
  • Religion and belief
  • Sex
  • Sexual orientation.

Under the PREVENT duty, NSETC has a designated Single Point of Contact, who is Fiona Waters, Weston College Group Registrar.

School staff have been briefed on the range of vulnerabilities that would indicate that an individual may need support. Although having one or more of those characteristics will not necessarily drive someone to terrorism, it is a possibility, and staff are being urged to be vigilant and to report any concerns to a safeguarding officer.

NSETC also regularly monitors and reviews internet use of staff and students against safeguarding and PREVENT categories.


NSETC Safeguarding Newsletter - January 2017 (click here to download)