Student Welfare

Student welfare

Student Welfare is of great importance when you choose to study at Southern Regional College. For this reason we have put in place a number of procedures and facilities to ensure your needs are met at all times.

Student Identification Cards

Southern Regional College is committed to protecting the health, safety and welfare of its students when on College sites. In support of this the College operates a number of security measures to ensure that persons who access College buildings have a proper reason to be present. All students have a responsibility to follow procedures in place to help create a safe and secure environment for staff and students.

As a means of identifying students on campus and in facilities, students (all full time and substantial part time) will be issued with and required to wear a photo identification badge and lanyard at all times while on campus or other property operated by Southern Regional College.

Students will be required to:
• Present themselves to have their photo taken for their photo identification badge when requested;
• Ensure they collect their photo identification badge when notified to do so by Learning Resources staff;
• Wear their identity badge visibly at all times when on campus in the holder and lanyard provided by the College and when representing the College externally including on industrial visits etc. (the only exception is while students are engaged in practical activity where entanglement or other risks have been identified);
• Report lost or stolen photo identification badges immediately to their Learning Resource Centre and arrange to have a replacement issued at a cost of £5.
• Please note you will not be permitted to sit examinations, obtain information on student services or vote in the Student Union elections without wearing your student identification card and lanyard.
• Return their photo identification badge and lanyard to the Learning Resource Centre if they leave their course early.

Safeguarding

What is Safeguarding?

Safeguarding is about helping students to keep themselves safe and to prevent harm happening to them. Safeguarding is also about responding to concerns about alleged and suspected harm and putting in place plans to help and protect those who cannot protect themselves. Everyone has the right to live their lives free from violence and abuse.

If you are worried about something that is happening to you or to someone you know, please talk to us. If we are concerned about your safety, we may need to share this information with others, but we will always tell you first. At Southern Regional College, all members of staff are trained in the protection of children, young people, adults at risk and adults in need of protection, safe from harm to ensure that they are fully aware of their responsibilities in this area. The Student Safeguarding Officers, have undergone additional training for these roles.

Student Safeguarding Officers

Every day a student at risk will experience some kind of harm, abuse, ill treatment or neglect. Safeguarding is about helping students to keep themselves safe and to prevent harm happening in the first place.

Safeguarding is also about responding to concerns about alleged and suspected harm and putting in place plans to help and protect those who cannot protect themselves.

Everyone has the right to live their lives free from violence and abuse.

If you are worried about something that is happening to you or to someyou you know, please talk to us. At the Southern Regional College we have a dedicated team of trained staff across all campuses who can support you. These staff are called Safeguarding Officerspdficon small 


Criminal Convictions

Southern Regional College actively promotes equality of opportunity for all and welcomes enrolments from students with criminal convictions. To help the College reduce the risk of harm or injury to students and staff caused by the criminal behaviour of other students we must be made aware of any unspent criminal convictions.

Students must declare all unspent criminal convictions using the Criminal Convictions Disclosure Form available from College website, any campus reception or by telephoning 0300 123 1223. Certain courses require us to consider spent and unspent criminal convictions therefore in certain circumstances you must also disclose spent convictions using the Enhanced Criminal Convictions Disclosure Form available from College website, any campus reception or by telephoning 0300 123 1223.

If you disclose criminal convictions you will not be automatically excluded from the application process. The criminal disclosure process is a risk management process. This is a separate and confidential process in keeping with the data protection principles. You will be advised about the outcome of this process separately and as quickly as possible. You need not discuss this with the course team at interview. If you require advice and guidance with this process please contact Campus Services Manager by e-mailing: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Tel 028 3025 9677. If you require independent advice and guidance on conviction disclosure please contact NIACRO on 028 9032 0157.

Please complete the relevant Disclosure Form as accurately as possible declaring all criminal convictions and place the form inside an envelope marked “Confidential” for the personal attention of Raymond Mallon, Campus Services Manager, Southern Regional College, West Campus, Patrick Street, Newry, Co Down, BT35 8DN.

Young Carers / Young Adult Carers

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SRC believes that young carers and young adult carers have the right to participate in learning and to have access to the information, support and guidance they need to have fair access to their learning and College life. Some students provide care for a family member with a chronic illness, a disability, a mental health condition (including substance misuse) connected with a need for care. The person receiving care is often a parent but can be a sibling, grandparent, partner, own child or other relative. 

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Students can, in the first instance, talk to their Personal Tutor, but should they feel that they are uncomfortable doing that, for any reason, the College's designated Carer Champions listed below will be happy to be advocates for, and work with them to positively influence their College experience:

Carers Leads (all campuses)
Donna Hughes: email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 077 6716 7124
Lorraine McKeown: email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 078 4197 0692

Newry & Greenbank
Donna Hughes: email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 077 6716 7124
Lorna Carnegie: email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 077 1198 1733

Armagh
Michelle O’Callaghan: email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 075 8777 0223

Banbridge & Lurgan
Emma Kavanagh: email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 077 6716 7127
Lorraine McKeown: email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 078 4197 0692

Portadown
Cate McCourt: email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 077 6716 7121

Action for Children is a charity that provides practical and emotional support for young carers. Read more about the support they offer:

  • Young Carers Service (Download PDF here).
  • Young Adult Carers (aged 18-25 years) Service NI (Download PDF here).