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Safety

Britain is generally a safe country. However, for all people there are some important ways to make yourself safer and avoid dangerous situations. This is particularly important if you are new to this country.

SAFETY: Key things to Remember

  • Tell your host family where you are going and when you expect to come back home.
  • Always try to go out with people you know and trust.
  • Use well-lit, busy roads and avoid short cuts through dark, quiet areas.
  • Stay alert — don’t use headphones when out walking.
  • Never take money or gifts from people you don’t know.
  • Don’t carry a lot of money or valuables and never leave them unattended.
  • Don’t carry your passport unless absolutely necessary.
  • Walk with friends wherever possible and don’t walk around alone late at night.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you’re worried about anything.
  • Never tell anyone you don’t know or trust any of your personal details.
  • Late at night, take a taxi home. Use only licensed taxis displaying official local plates.
  • Only share taxis with people you know.
  • Always have the number of a friend, your host family or the school to call in an emergency
  • Remember, in Britain cars and buses travel on the left.

Crossing the Road
In Britain, cars drive on the left. They do not stop for pedestrians, so you must look for a safe place to cross, and always check the road is clear before crossing. Never have both headphones in your ears when you cross the road. If available, use the special black and white crossing areas, called pedestrian crossings, as cars must stop for you there.

Walking Home at Night
You are in a relatively safe area of the UK, but students should never walk alone at night. Always tell the college, friends or the host when you will be home. You must always be careful when walking at night, never walk in parks and only walk in well-lit and busy areas. If you feel you are being followed, cross the road and go to a busy place. Always have your phone and your keys ready to use. Never have both headphones in your ears if you are walking alone.

Using an ATM
Never use a mobile phone or iPod when using the ATM. Never allow anyone to see your 4-digit PIN (Personal Identification Number). Never let anyone else use your card. Always put your money safely away before you leave the ATM and never walk away counting your money. Never have both headphones in your ears while you are using an ATM machine. Look behind you if you feel unsure of your safety.

Your Wallet or Bag
Never put your wallet in a back pocket. If you are wearing a rucksack on your back, make sure it is zipped up. If you are carrying a bag with a long strap, wear it across your body, not on one shoulder.

Using Taxis
Always reserve a taxi with a company you know. Ask at the Reception of your college for a good taxi company. When you reserve a taxi, many taxi companies will send a text to your mobile phone to confirm the taxi number and the driver name. It is illegal to stop a taxi on the street, except for ‘black cabs’. Every taxi driver should show an ID badge and have a ‘meter’ to show the cost of the ride. Never get into an unknown taxi.

Using Bicycles
Bicycles are a very useful and cheap way to travel. It is strongly recommended that you use a safety hat (a ‘helmet’), and use lights at night. Always lock your bicycle with a strong bicycle lock. Please see Reception for more information of where you can store your bicycle.

Crossing Railway tracks
There are bridges or special crossings called ‘level crossings’ if you need to cross railway tracks. When a train is close, lights will switch on at the level crossing and you will see lights and hear alarms. It is very important to never, ever cross these tracks when the gates are down and the lights or alarms are on.

College trips and activities
We want our college trips to be as fun and safe as possible. Before every trip, we look at possible risks and dangers, and think about our students’ safety. It is very important that you listen to the advice of our Activity Leaders on every trip and act in a safe way.

  • Tell the Activity Leader about any illness or medical problems, such as asthma, that you have.
  • Make sure you have a working mobile phone with you.
  • Never leave the group without the agreement of an Activity Leader.
  • Remember that students under 16 may not be allowed to leave the group.
  • If you plan to leave the group, go with at least one other person and give your mobile phone number to the Activity Leader.
  • Make sure you have the Activity Leaders’ phone number, a phone number of a friend on the trip with you and the phone number for the college.
  • Be responsible for your own money and things.
  • Be clear about meeting times and meeting places.

The college has a policy on college trips and activities. Full details of Kings policies and procedures are available to view at: www.kingseducation.com/about-us/policies-and-procedures.html

Safety of under 18s

In the UK anyone under the age of 18 is considered to be a child. Though we understand that most young people don’t feel like children when they get to their later teenage years, we have to make sure they are well protected and looked after by the college community. 

At Kings we have students who are under 16, under 18 and over 18 years old. Therefore we have special rules and procedures in place to help our under 18s stay safe — please see our Under 18s Guide. We also ask our students who are over 18 to make sure they respect and protect our younger students by letting the college know if they have any concerns about an under 18 year old and by helping them to follow the college rules (see Your Conduct) and UK law (see Living in the UK: UK Law).

Safety inside college

Fires and the fire alarm
This section contains information which is very important for your safety. If you don’t understand, please ask a member of college staff.

The fire alarm
If you hear a long, continuous bell, you MUST leave the building immediately. It is an emergency. Do not stop to take your coat or bag or to find friends. There are Fire Evacuation Plans in every classroom and around the college; these will show you where the fire exits are. Leave quickly and quietly from one of the fire exits. Go to the designated assembly area. If you are in a lesson, stay with your teacher. If you are not in a lesson, find the Welfare Officer, or any other member of office staff so they can record that you are here.

You will see fire alarms around the college buildings and the student accommodation. If there is a fire, push the glass in the red alarm box immediately. This will start the fire alarm bell. Exit the building and tell a member of staff. If you have a phone, call 999 or 112. Ask for the Fire Service.

Emergency services
The Police, Ambulance, Fire Service and Coast Guard can be contacted on 999 or 112. Please remember that this number should be used in an emergency only.

First aid
If you or anyone else is seriously hurt, it is important that you call 999 immediately and ask for the Ambulance Service. For less serious injuries, we have people in the college who are trained to deal with emergencies. These people are called ‘First Aiders’.

Minor accidents and injuries
If someone around you is hurt, a trained person called a ‘First Aider’ will help the injured person. Please tell a member of staff, or tell the First Aider yourself. The names of the First Aiders for the college are written on green and white signs around the college. If you are hurt, it is important that the First Aider knows if you have any allergies or illnesses.

Full details of Kings policies and procedures are available to view at: www.kingseducation.com/about-us/policies-and-procedures.html

Protecting You
All students have a right to feel safe in the college and not in any danger from students, visitors or staff. We feel it is very important to protect, or ‘safeguard’ our students. Please see our Safeguarding and Child Protection document.

College Staff
Every member of Kings staff who works with students is police-checked to be sure that they are no danger of any kind to children or young adults.

Every person who works for Kings is trained on how to work safely with children and young people, and to help a young person who feels they may be in danger, neglected or abused.

If you want to talk to someone about a problem like this, any member of staff can help, but the best person to talk to is the Welfare Officer. The Welfare Officer is in charge of Child Protection, and has been trained to help students.

Full details of Kings policies and procedures relating to child protection and safeguarding are available to view at: www.kingseducation.com/about-us/policies-and-procedures.html

Telling Someone
We will always try to keep conversations with students confidential, but sometimes it is not possible. If what you tell us is very serious, or a crime, or you or other people are still in danger, we must tell other people about it, so it stops. If we do need to speak to someone else about it, we will tell you this. Like the Welfare Officer, the Principal has been specially trained to help with problems like these.

College Security
We want to keep the college, the people and the things in it safe. You have an important part in this. Please remember the following rules:

  • Always close and lock windows when you leave classrooms.
  • Never leave bags, phones, laptops and coats or any personal things.
  • Never use fire exits, fire alarms or extinguishers unless there is a fire.
  • Never block fire exits.
  • Never smoke inside the college building.
  • Always close outside doors being you.
  • If you do not know someone, do not let them in the college.
  • Tell people you do not know or recognise to first go to Reception.

Between 6.00pm and 8.00am, the college is completely closed. Please make sure you do not plan to be at college during those times.

Signing in and Out
If you are a GCSE student or 16 or under:

  • Never leave the college without telling a staff member or signing out.
  • Always sign in when you return to the college area.
  • Always sign out when you leave the college area.

The college has a policy on security and intruders in the college.

Full details of Kings policies and procedures are available to view at: www.kingseducation.com/about-us/policies-and-procedures.html

Visitors to the College
It is very important that the college is a safe place for everyone. All visitors to the college should get visitor’s identification from reception. If you are not sure who someone is, always ask them or go to Reception and tell a member of staff, as this person may be an intruder in the college.

If you would like to bring a visitor to the college, always take the visitor to Reception first to get visitor’s identification.

The college has a policy on visitors and workers in the college.

Full details of Kings policies and procedures are available to view at: www.kingseducation.com/about-us/policies-and-procedures.html

Bullying

Bullying is an abuse of power and is wrong. It can be done by and happen to people of any age. In the UK, there are laws to stop it. At Kings we know that bullying can cause pain and hurt. We ask that you tell someone immediately if you see bullying or feel that you are being bullied in any way. Kings will treat all types of bullying very seriously and for this reason it is a college rule. We will deal with any example of bullying strictly when it occurs.

Students have a right to feel safe and respected at all times. For this reason, the job of the college Welfare Officer is to stop bullying in college and help students who feel bullied. If you feel you are being bullied, or see bullying, please tell a member of staff.

So everyone understands how serious bullying is, we have an Anti-Bullying Policy.

Full details of Kings policies and procedures are available to view at: www.kingseducation.com/about-us/policies-and-procedures.html

Want to talk?
It’s important that everybody in the college feels comfortable and safe. Staff and students must act at all times with respect for each other. If you feel bullied, or are bullying someone else, talk to our Welfare Officer. We will do our best to keep the conversation confidential.

Online
Many agencies help young people who are worried about bullying. Please visit any of the following websites for help or advice.

www.kidscape.org.uk 
www.childline.co.uk 
www.nationalbullyinghelpline.co.uk/kids.html

By phone
You can call Childline for free to talk to someone about bullying on 0800 1111. It is confidential.

Cyber-bullying

Cyber-Bullying is becoming more common. This is bullying using phone text, email or social media such as Twitter or Facebook. This can be just as hurtful and destructive as physical and verbal bullying.

If you are cyber-bullying someone: stop. It is against British Law, and the Police have the technology to find out who sent the messages.

If you think you are being cyber-bullied, do not delete the texts or messages as they are important evidence. Do not reply to them. If they are upsetting you, block them. It is important to talk to someone and show the messages to the Welfare Officer or a member of staff so this person or people can be stopped.

Trolling is another serious issue online. Trolling is when people say things online just to cause hurt, anger, hate or cruelty. Don’t do this. It is breaking UK Law. If you are a victim of trolling, do not reply to any of the messages. Tell the Welfare Officer immediately. As with Cyber-bullying, the Police can find the person who sent them.

E-safety

The internet, gaming, emails, social networks and texting can be a lot of fun. Sadly, there are dangers for you. It’s important to understand the risks and effects and always be safe and respect others when using technology.

Your ‘Digital Footprint’
When you post a photo or a comment online, it is no longer yours. It belongs to the website. It is permanent, and cannot now ever be fully removed or deleted. Please remember that once something is online, it is almost impossible to delete, and it will change your ‘online reputation’. Now, when you apply for a university course or a job, most universities and companies will think about your ‘online reputation’, and search for any information about you that has been put online. Always think about what personal information you are putting online about you and other people, whether it might be damaging, and remember that this will probably be permanent.

Geo-Location Apps
Geo-location apps such as Foursquare and phone technologies such as Bluetooth tell people exactly where you are all the time. Often this information is shown when you post online. This has some serious safety risks. Please think about whether you are giving this information without knowing, who might see it and whether you need to do this.

Sharing Information
When you join social networking sites such as Facebook or Twitter, you are often sharing more information than you realise. Never accept friends on Facebook or any other social networking site who you don’t know and change your Account Settings so only people you know can view your ‘information’. Make sure your ‘Geo-location’ is turned off.

Photos and ‘Tagging’
Many services now use ‘face recognition’ to tag photographs. This means that whenever anyone posts a photo of you online, your name can be linked to the photo without you knowing or giving permission.

Personal Safety

Unfortunately, some users online are a danger to young people and will give false information about themselves on social networking and gaming sites as a way of contacting young people. Never give personal details such as your name, age, address or your mobile phone number in messages online unless you can be sure you know and trust the person. Never agree to meet a person you have met online.

Paying Online
If making a debit or credit card payment, check for basic site security by looking for ‘https’ in the address and the ‘lock’ icon at the bottom of the screen.

Plagiarism and Copyright Law
Remember that photos and images online are normally owned by someone and you are breaking Copyright Law to use them. Plagiarism (using someone else’s words or information on the internet as your own) is a very serious academic crime, and against Kings rules. Universities and colleges have technology to easily find out if you are doing this.

Reporting
If you feel that someone has broken the rules of a website, many websites such as Facebook have a ‘Report Abuse’ button. Using it stops it happening.

Kings has a policy on E-Safety our students. Full details of Kings policies and procedures are available to view at: www.kingseducation.com/about-us/policies-and-procedures.html