Student Wellbeing and Safeguarding

A Message from the ESC Wellbeing Teams

Student Wellbeing

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Out of Hours

The college Wellbeing Team are here to support you Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. If you feel you need to contact anyone for support outside of these times, please see the suggested contacts below.

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Student Wellbeing and Safeguarding

From your first day at College you will have a Study Programme Tutor (SPT) and you can talk to them, or another teacher, about any worries or concerns you may have. The College also has a team of Wellbeing Mentors who are available to offer practical support and advice for more challenging issues. They may offer a number of one-to-one meetings with you or signpost you to a specialist service who can help. Discussions with your Wellbeing Mentor are usually confidential unless we need to talk to someone else to help to keep you or others safe.


  • Mental health issues including severe anxiety and depression
  • Personal problems including drug, alcohol and gambling addictions
  • Support for trans or gender questioning students
  • Relationship difficulties including students who are at risk of homelessness
  • Any situation where you feel that you are not safe and need help
  • Overcoming barriers to learning


If you are a Looked After Child (LAC) you will have access to 1:1 support from one of our Safeguarding Managers. Your allocated staff member will act as an advocate for you with any issues you may encounter on your course and will attend meetings with external services around how you are getting on at College.

Wellbeing Drop-In Sessions (Term Time Only)

Drop-In sessions are for advice & information, referrals to an external agency, and signposting to campus group sessions. We run regular drop in sessions at each of our campuses during the term:

Eastbourne campus:

  • Tuesday 10 - 11am in Grove House 318
  • Thursday 1 - 2pm in Grove House 318

Hastings Station Plaza campus:

  • Tuesdays: 10:00am - 11:00am in the Student Support Office
  • Thursdays: 1:00pm - 2:00pm in the Student Support Office

Hastings Ore Valley campus:

  • Tuesdays: 10:00am - 11:00am OV18a
  • Thursdays: 1:00pm - 2:00pm OV18a

Lewes campus:

  • Session every lunchtime between 12-1 pm in Cliffe Building room 134

Designated Team


We have a designated team to protect our students and actively promote safeguarding.

If you are at college and you feel you, or a fellow student, are in immediate risk of danger or harm, please call the Safeguarding Emergency Number for your campus (Mon-Fri 09:00am - 5:00pm Term Time only).

Your Wellbeing Team at College hope that you are happy, healthy and safe whilst you study remotely at home during lockdown. We would like to remind you that there are staff and services at college who are here to support you with your wellbeing including mental health, issues with home life or advice about staying healthy. If you are worried about bullying, please speak to your Study Programme Tutor in the first instance. We will always work to support and protect you.

Your Wellbeing Team are here to help you if you are worried about yourself or a friend. We can provide advice about how to keep yourself safe including online safety and social media, relationships and domestic abuse and other potentially risky behaviours such as exploitation, sofa surfing/homelessness and self-harm.


You may have heard about Prevent, British Values and lots about radicalisation and extremism. This topic was covered in our tutorial sessions as well as part of your induction. Prevent is the Government's agenda and is about safeguarding people and communities from the threat of terrorism.

Your Wellbeing Team thought it might be helpful to let you know a little bit more about these topics, as well as give you some tips on how you can keep yourself safe and how we can support you at College if you are dealing with these issues.

What is radicalisation?

This term refers to the process by which a person comes to support terrorism and forms of extremism leading to terrorism.

What is extremism?

Extremism is vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs. We also include in our definition of extremism calls for the death of members of our armed forces, whether in this country or overseas, and animal rights extremism.

This is not just Islamic extremism it can also include far right extremism such as fascism, racism, being anti-Jewish or agreeing with Nazism, for example.

Where can I find out more?

To find out more, take a look at the following websites. If you are concerned about any of the content speak to your teacher, Study Programme Tutor or Wellbeing Team.

It is important that you are critical of the things you see and read online and report any concerns that you have. If you're worried about a friend, you should speak to our Safeguarding team. We will always support you.

Where can I get help at College?

You don't have to face these things alone. You can talk to a member of staff you trust.

Your Wellbeing Team are also here to help you:

Safeguarding Management Team

Rebecca Conroy
Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)

Tel: 030 300 38889

Helen Ding (Eastbourne)
Tel: 030 300 39516

Lydia Leonard (Hastings)
Tel: 01424 458553

Julia Proven (Lewes)
030 300 39129

Safeguarding Governor
Gill Short

Safeguarding Emergency Numbers

Is someone at risk of harm? Please call or text us.
Monday - Friday, 9 - 5pm:

Eastbourne: 07980 049312
Hastings: 0784 8442081
Lewes: 0782 3668772