BHASVIC recognises that all members of the College community have the right to be safe and protected, both within the College and whilst engaged in College-related activities. The welfare and wellbeing of students is of paramount importance, in and out of College.

The College ensures that relevant and effective safeguarding practices exist and are actively promoted through the College and that it is understood by all that safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility. This applies both online and in the physical environment. BHASVIC involves students in shaping these safeguarding practices and in promoting safety and wellbeing to everyone in the College community.

BHASVIC Policies

What can I do if I am concerned about my or someone else's safety?

You can speak to any member of staff in the College. This could be your teacher, Personal Tutor, Guidance Manager, a member of the Safeguarding Team, or any other member of staff you feel able to talk to. All of our staff receive Safeguarding training.

The member of staff is not able to promise confidentiality, but will be able to refer you to the right person or Department, if there is a need to do so.

If the problem is something that you would prefer to speak to someone closer to your own age about, please speak to Oliver Philpot the Welfare, Equality and Diversity Officer in the Student Union. You can find lots of useful advice on the Student Welfare page on the VLE.

Emergency safeguarding information outside College hours: and

Outside of College hours if you are concerned about a child's welfare, please contact the relevant agency in your area.

Brighton and Hove

Brighton and Hove Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub

01273 290400 or


East Sussex

Single Point of Advice (SPoA) Mon-Thurs 8.30am-5pm and Fri 8.30am-4.30pm.

Phone: 01323 464222

Email: 0-

Out of Hours Social Care Service - Children's services: 01273 335905/6


West Sussex

Anyone who has concerns about the welfare of a child can contact a single countywide phone number, known as the 'MASH'. Monday to Friday between 9am-5pm: 01403 229900

At all other times, including nights, weekends and bank holidays, contact the 'out of hours' emergency team: 03302226664


BHASVIC Safeguarding Team

Alison Cousens
Director of Student Services
Designated Safeguarding Lead
Lead responsibility for Child Protection
Designated senior member of staff with lead responsibility for both safeguarding and child protection in the College.
Jutta Knapp
Assistant Principal (Director of Resources)
Health and Safety
Child Protection
Matt Bannister
Guidance Manager
Safeguarding Operational Lead
Jo Usher
Student Services Manager
Designated Officer
Christine Nagle
Human Resources Manager
Safer Recruitment and ISA
Caroline Abbott
PA to Director of Student Services
Guidance Coordinator
Aoife Tobin
Welfare Coordinator

Oliver Philpott

Welfare, Equality and Diversity Officer Equality

Student Union




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