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NWRC staff are committed to providing a safe and supportive environment where students feel safe.

Our students receive effective pastoral and safeguarding care, guidance and support.

We share the belief that safeguarding is everybody’s responsibility and foster this culture across the College. The College has a dedicated safeguarding team that promotes awareness of safeguarding issues and is always available to provide support to students, families and staff.

The College strives to offer the very best education and training and recognises the importance of integrated safeguarding and support services as part of the student experience to enable students to achieve positive outcomes.

In line with statutory safeguarding guidance, the College has a designated safeguarding team. This group of colleagues work closely together to provide effective safeguarding and pastoral support interventions for all students at NWRC.

Safeguarding Team


What is Safeguarding?

Safeguarding is the action taken to promote the welfare of children and vulnerable adults to protect them from harm. At NWRC all staff are committed to providing a safe and supportive environment where students feel safe and receive effective pastoral and safeguarding care, guidance and support.

We share the belief that safeguarding is everybody’s responsibility and foster this culture across the College. The College has a dedicated safeguarding team that promotes awareness of safeguarding issues and is always available to provide support to students, families and staff.

Our staff are committed to providing a safe and supportive environment where students feel safe and receive effective pastoral and safeguarding care, guidance and support. We have a dedicated safeguarding team that promotes awareness of safeguarding issues and is always available to provide support to students, families and staff.

In line with statutory safeguarding guidance, the college has a designated safeguarding team. We offer a listening ear, support and advice with issues such as abuse, bereavement, mental health issues, unplanned pregnancy, homelessness, relationship breakdown, gender change and or any concern a student may have during their time at college.

If you would like to arrange an appointment with our safeguarding team, please call 02871278709.

How can we help?

The College strives to offer the very best education and training and recognises the importance of integrated safeguarding and support services as part of the student experience to enable students to achieve positive outcomes.

The Safeguarding team can offer a listening ear, support and advice with issues such as abuse, bereavement, mental health issue, unplanned pregnancy, homelessness, gambling, relationship breakdown, alcohol or drug addiction, gender change, or any other concern a student may have during their time at college.

Criminal Convictions

NWRC actively promotes equality of opportunity for all and welcomes enrolments from students with criminal convictions. However in order to manage any risk, you must tell us about any unspent convictions you have. You should do this by declaring on the colleges enrolment form. Certain courses require you to consider spent as well as unspent criminal convictions. In such instances, you must disclose all past offenses as it may impact on your career progression. By disclosing criminal convictions you will not automatically be excluded from the application / enrolment process. Students that disclose a criminal history will be required to complete a Basic or an Enhanced Access NI check. This will depend on the nature of the course you have applied for. All students applying for a course that requires work placement in regulated activity will be required to complete an Enhanced Access NI check.

The College is committed to processing Criminal Record Checks in accordance with the Access NI Code of Practise which is available on the Access NI website or alternatively a copy can be requested from Student Services at the College. The College will assess the risk that you may pose and determine whether it can be managed. You will be advised about the outcome of this process as quickly as possible. If you are convicted of a criminal offence after you have applied, you must contact the Safeguarding Team and tell them about this.

Who do I contact?

In line with statutory safeguarding guidance, the College has a designated safeguarding team. This group of colleagues work closely together to provide effective safeguarding and pastoral support interventions for all students at the College.

If College staff or students have any concerns about a student they should contact the Safeguarding Officer:

Shannon Doherty
Tel: 028 7127 8709
Email: shannon.doherty@nwrc.ac.uk

Joseph McCarthy (Deputy Safeguarding Officer)
Tel: 028 7127 6096
Email: joseph.mccarthy@nwrc.ac.uk

Student Counselling


North West Regional College provides a student counselling service which is available to all of our students who may be experiencing personal or college related problems. NWRC works in partnership with Inspire Counselling service to provide a confidential and freephone service to all of our students.

Inspire counselling is a 24 hour service which is a dedicated number for NWRC students. Inspire counselling service gives students the opportunity to deal with emotional issues, and help students find coping strategies by talking with a trained counsellor. Counselling is a safe place, away from your daily life, where you are able to talk and begin to explore issues that are causing you difficulty.

NWRC also works in partnership with Inspire to provide the Inspire Student Support Hub which provides the right help right now, giving students instant access to a range of information, guidance, and screening that is tailored specifically to help care for students individual wellbeing needs.

The Hub will help students create a bespoke wellbeing care-plan, as well as giving guidance on appropriate support and intervention through guided self-assessment.

Freephone 0800 389 5362

https://www.inspirewellbeing.org/students

https://www.inspiresupporthub.org/students/

Work Placement

All students going on work placement into regulated activity will be required to complete an Enhanced Access NI check. The College is committed to processing Criminal Record Checks in accordance with the Access NI Code of Practise which is available on the Access NI website or alternatively a copy can be requested from Student Services at the College.

For more information, please contact our Safeguarding Officer on 028 7127 8709.

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