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Safeguarding and Counselling

Safeguarding Lead and contact point for Social Services:
Phone 01932 797 670
Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Brooklands College holds as one of its highest priorities the health, safety and welfare of all children, young people and vulnerable adults involved in courses or activities which come under the responsibility of the College. The College has a statutory and moral duty to commit to practices that protect children, young people and vulnerable adults from abuse, neglect or significant harm.  This includes safeguarding students from the risk of being drawn into terrorism, in line with the statutory duty in the Counter Terrorism Security Act 2015.

The College’s policy is that safeguarding all its people, both students and staff, will be central to all it does. This covers all matters connected with students and staff having a safe learning and/or working environment, ensuring that they know how to keep themselves safe and that they feel safe. It pays particular regard to the welfare of young people under the age of 18 and to that of vulnerable adults.

Everyone has a responsibility to keep children, young people and vulnerable adults safe. Whether you are a student, member of staff, parent/carer, visitor or even a member of the public, if you have any concerns about a student or a member of staff at the college, please contact the Safeguarding Lead on the phone number or email address above. If you are a student, you can also speak to your tutor or any other member of staff who will pass on your concern to a Safeguarding Officer in your department or to the Safeguarding Lead.

Bullying and Mental Health

  • Bullying and Cyber Bullying
  • Anxiety, Worry and Stress
  • Depression
  • Lack of Confidence or Self-Esteem
  • Anger and Violence
  • Substance Abuse
  • Eating Disorders
  • Family or Relationship Troubles

These are just some of the issues which can interfere with your learning/working and everyday life. You are not alone; you can talk to your tutor or other member of staff who will listen and can refer you to someone who can help. There are also things you can do to help yourself.

Kooth
http://www.kooth.com                                                                 
Kooth offer anonymous online counselling for young people aged 11-19. You can speak to someone straight away and counselling is available everyday (12-10pm / 6-10pm weekends).

College Counselling
We have a qualified college counsellor who can offer face to face counselling to students. To make an appointment or if you have any questions, you can contact the counsellor on 01932 797624 or email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Childline 
http://www.childline.org.uk  or call 0800 1111 (Free)
Chat with a counsellor about anything, either online or on the phone. They can give you help and support with whatever’s worrying you.

Samaritans
Call 116 123 (Free)
Speak to someone anonymously anytime about anything that is bothering you.

Self-Help
There are links to lots of useful websites at the bottom of this page. Self-help resources (books and DVDs) on a variety of difficult issues are available in the Learning Resource Centres at college. 

If you feel that you or someone you know is at risk of harm, harming themselves or others, contact the Safeguarding Lead on 01932 797 670 or Reception.


Counselling FAQs

What is Counselling?
Counselling is a way of talking through anything that may be bothering/worrying you. Counsellors will listen to what you have to say and, through their training and experience, will help you to try and work out what you want/need for yourself.

Why talk to a counsellor?
1.  Although family and friends can be helpful, sometimes you may want to keep what you want to say private. Also, family and friends can worry for you or want to give you advice you may not want to take. Or maybe they are part of the problem.
2.  Counsellors are trained to hear what you have to say. Counsellors will not give you advice, but will try to help you decide things for yourself.
3.  Counselling is confidential.

What about confidentiality?
What is discussed during sessions is kept confidential between you and your counsellor. However, there may be instances, for legal, ethical or safety reasons, where it may not be possible to keep confidentiality. This will be discussed with you where possible. It is very rare for confidentiality to be broken, and the only reasons where it may occur is when there seems to be real/serious danger to either you or others.

What can I talk about?
Anything you like. Counsellors are used to hearing many different things and will not be shocked by what you may say.

How can someone help me when they don’t know what I’m going through?
No one can know exactly how another person is feeling. However, all qualified counsellors have been in counselling themselves, so will have an understanding of how it feels to be sitting where you are. Counsellors have often come to counselling through having difficulties of their own, so even though they may not have been through what you have, they will know what it is like to have problems.


Links:
Surrey Safeguarding
Students Against Depression
Mind
Depression Alliance
Frank
Shelter
Hope UK
Drinkaware
Alcohol Concern
PACE
Stressbusting
Mental Health Foundation
BBC Mental Health
Papyrus

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