OFSTED officially recognises Safeguarding at Barnsley College as “Effective”, 2017

You can read the report by downloading the Barnsley College Monitoring visit report.

Safeguarding – Working Together to Keep Students Safe

What is Safeguarding

Safeguarding is about doing everything we can to make sure all of our students and staff are kept safe and protected from harm. The government provides statutory guidance to colleges on what they need to do to achieve this. We adhere to all guidance and pride ourselves on going above and beyond to make College a safe, happy and thriving environment for all. It is important to us that all College users are treated with respect and dignity and feel safe and listened to.

Barnsley College have the skills, knowledge and expertise to deal with a range of safeguarding incidents including:

Reporting a Safeguarding concern

If you feel unsafe:

During opening hours:

Monday – Thursday 8.30am – 5.00pm, Friday 8.30am-4.30pm.

Contact our team on 01226 216 142, mobile: 07825 364 354 or 07778 149 036.


Out of hours:

Monday – Thursday after 5pm, Fridays after 4.30pm, weekends and bank holidays.

Concerns about personal safety. Contact the Police 999 or 101.

Concerns regarding health and wellbeing contact your out of hours Doctors or call the Hospital on 111.

Out of hours social services for children and adult: 01226 787789.

CEOP helps any child or young people under the age of 18 who is being pressured, forced or tricked into part in sexual activity of any kind. This can be something that has taken place either online or in ‘the real world’, or both. The CEOP Safety Centre has clear information and advice on what can be reported to CEOP, the reporting process and what will happen if you do decide to make a report. You can visit the CEOP Safety Centre and make a report directly to CEOP by clicking the Click CEOP button.

If you are experiencing online bullying or something else online has worried you please speak to an adult you trust, or you can talk to Childline at any time on 0800 1111 or at

Safeguarding – A whole College approach

  •  The College has representation on both the Children’s and Adult Safeguarding Board and relevant Sub-Groups.
  • We have strong partnerships with the Local Authority, Social Services and Police.
  • The College has representation at the Child Protection Conferences, Core Groups, Child in Need meetings, Team Around the Family meetings, Strategy meetings and Adult Safeguarding meetings, as appropriate, in support of our students.
  • The College works with a range of statutory, voluntary and community organisations to ensure that our students are safeguarding and receive a bespoke package of support tailored to their individual needs.
  • We have an E-Communication Acceptable Use policy and very robust internet filters and monitoring is in place.
  • The College has a Safeguarding Strategy Group who meet twice a year.
  • There are strong procedures in place to ensure those who access our College have a legitimate reason for being there. This includes a zero tolerance approach when students are not displaying their student ID badge.

Safeguarding Policy – UPDATED 16/12/21

Staff engagement in Safeguarding

  • All staff complete e-safeguarding prior to working at College. They also complete face to face mandatory safeguarding training as part of induction (including SMT, Governors, Employers and Sub-contractors).
  • All staff receive FGM training as part of induction.
  • All staff have access to the Safeguarding Information Pack which provides extensive guidance on processes and procedures, legislation and statutory duties. This is regularly updated.
  • All Department Safeguarding Representatives receive Safeguarding Level 2 training.
  • The core safeguarding team are all trained to Level 3.
  • There is a member of the Senior Management Team who is the Designated Lead for Safeguarding.
  • There is a Governor who is responsible for Safeguarding.
  • Three staff have completed and passed the Graded Care Profile Version 2 Training and are deemed proficient and licensed to use the GCP2.
  • Five staff are accredited Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Ambassadors.
  • Three staff are accredited to deliver WRAP training.
  • Staff received regular safeguarding updated through the Safeguarding newsletter and targeted safeguarding training.

Students engagement in Safeguarding

  •  Safeguarding themes are embedded into the student’s tutorial programme.

Barnsley Council Safeguarding Children and Adults Board

More information about Safeguarding for young people can be found on the Barnsley Council Safeguarding Children and Adults webpage.

Barnsley Safeguarding Adults Board – Annual Report 2016-17

The report explains what Safeguarding Adults means, what the Board has done to prevent abuse and harm and to protect adults who have been hurt or abused. It also lists the key priorities for the coming year.


Last updated: 16th December 2021