Safeguarding

Walsall College is passionate about the well-being of our learners and has a legal and moral responsibility to safeguard students from abuse. This can include; physical, neglect, sexual, emotional, financial, forced marriage and genital mutilation. If you have a concern about any of the above, speak to your tutor or someone from the safeguarding team or email safeguardingteam@walsallcollege.ac.uk.

CCTV

A closed Circuit Television (CCTV) system is in operation at Walsall College.

This system, known as the ‘Walsall College CCTV System’, comprises of a number of cameras installed at strategic locations. Cameras are located at both the Wisemore and Green Lane Campuses. As required by the CCTV Code of Practice Revised Issue 2008, signs are placed at the entrance and around College campuses informing you that you are entering a CCTV zone.

The system has been installed with the primary purpose of protecting Walsall College’s premises and to ensure the safety of all Walsall College’s staff, students and visitors consistent with respect for the individuals’ privacy. These purposes will be achieved by monitoring the system to:


  • Reduce fear of crime and provide reassurance
  • Provide a safe environment for people to work, study and visit
  • Detect, deter and prevent crime.

The Code of Practice is policed by the Information Commissioner’s Office: Click here for more information


Walsall College ICO Registration Number: Z5015525

CCTV images, if they show a recognisable person, are covered by the Data Protection Act. The Walsall College Data Protection Policy can be found here, SharePoint page or is available from the Data Protection Team.


If you have any queries please contact the Walsall College Data Controller, Gurpreet Sandhu - gsandhu@walsallcollege.ac.uk

Complaints Procedure

At Walsall College we are committed to providing high quality services for all of our College Community, taking account of users’ views, and using the findings to promote and develop capacity for sustainable improvement. If you need to make a complaint, you can contact the College in the following ways:

By telephone – 01922 657000
By email - feedback@walsallcollege.ac.uk
By textphone/minicom - dial 18001 +01922 657000
In writing - by completing our Contact Us Form and selecting 'Make a Complaint' from the Type of Enquiry dropdown here
The Complaints Policy and Procedure document can be downloaded here and is also available in alternative formats such as large print. Magnification equipment is also available in the Learning Resource Centre (LRC).

Data Protection

At Walsall College we take data protection seriously, and so to help staff understand their responsibilities we issue regular updates on the law and best practice.

The General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and the UK Data Protection Act governs how personal information should be processed by organisations. The College is the data controller, which means the College is responsible for compliance with GDPR and the Act.


Since 25 May 2018, the legislation in the UK is the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), coupled with the UK Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA 2018) that supplements the GDPR in specific ways. These two pieces of legislation replaced the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA 1998). All of the legislation is based around the notions of principles, rights and accountability obligations. The legislation is regulated in the UK by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) as well as the courts.


The College's register entry number is Z5015525.

Under Article 5 of the GDPR, there are six principles:


  1. Processed lawfully, fairly and in a transparent manner in relation to individuals;
  2. Collected for specified, explicit and legitimate purposes and not further processed in a manner that is incompatible with those purposes; further processing for archiving purposes in the public interest, scientific or historical research purposes or statistical purposes shall not be considered to be incompatible with the initial purposes;
  3. adequate, relevant and limited to what is necessary in relation to the purposes for which they are processed;
  4. Accurate and, where necessary, kept up to date; every reasonable step must be taken to ensure that personal data that are inaccurate, having regard to the purposes for which they are processed, are erased or rectified without delay;
  5. Kept in a form which permits identification of data subjects for no longer than is necessary for the purposes for which the personal data are processed; personal data may be stored for longer periods as long as the personal data will be processed solely for archiving purposesin the public interest, scientific or historical research purposes or statistical purposes; subject to implementation of the appropriate technical and organisational measures required by the GDPR in order to safeguard the rights and freedoms of individuals;
  6. Processed in a manner that ensures appropriate security of the personal data, including protection against unauthorised or unlawful processing and against accidental loss, destruction or damage, using appropriate technical or organisational measures.

The College also have to be able to demonstrate compliance with these principles.

An important aspect of complying with GDPR is being open and transparent with individuals about how their personal data will be used.


The College's Data Protection Privacy Notices for Students are provided below. These notices give you information about how and why the College uses your personal data.


Learner Enrolment Privacy Notice
Nursery Privacy Notice
Governance Privacy Notice
Health & Safety Privacy Notice
Marketing Privacy Notice
Nursery Waiting List Privacy Notice
HR Privacy Notice
Bursary Privacy Notice
The Hub Privacy Notice
Safeguarding and Reasonable Adjustment Privacy Notice
Library Privacy Notice

Your Rights:

Under GDPR Individuals have a number of rights in relation to their personal data including;

  • The right to be informer
  • The right of access
  • The right to rectification
  • The right to erasure
  • The right to restrict processing
  • The right to data portability
  • The right to object
  • Rights in relation to automated decision making

If you wish to exercise any of your individual rights, please click here. The ICO's website provides further information on scope of these rights further information please visit Information Commissioner's Office

Data protection legislation imposes certain accountability obligations on all data controllers. Under the GDPR, the main obligations for large data controllers include:

  • Implementing policies, procedures, processes and training to promote 'data protection by design and by default'
  • Where necessary, carrying out systematic Data Protection Impact Assessments (DPIAs) on 'high risk' processing activities
  • Having appropriate contracts in place when sharing personal data - especially when outsourcing functions that involve the processing of personal data and/or transferring the personal data outside the European Economic Area (EEA)
  • Maintaining records of the data processing that is carried out across the organsiation
  • Documenting and reporting personal data breaches both to the ICO and the affected data subjects

One of the most important accountability obligations concerns personal data breaches - that is, personal data held by Walsall College is lost, stolen, inadvertently disclosed to an external party, or accidentally published. If a personal data breach occurs, this should be reported immediately to the data protection officer.

Remedial work can then be done so that the breach can be contained. On occasion, we need to report breaches to relevant external authorities, including the ICO, within a 72 hour timeframe.

If you believe that a data breach has occurred, please contact the Data Protection team by either calling 01922 657014 or emailing us at dataprotection@walsallcollege.ac.uk immediately.

Equality & Diversity

We are building a college community that through its leadership, recruitment, teaching and learning, is free from discrimination and secure and confident in its diversity.

The College is committed to ensuring that every individual who belongs to or accesses our learning community is valued, supported and respected. We welcome and celebrate the unique talent and experience of each individual student and employee.

The General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and the UK Data Protection Act governs how personal information should be processed by organisations. The College is the data controller, which means the College is responsible for compliance with GDPR and the Act.


Since 25 May 2018, the legislation in the UK is the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), coupled with the UK Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA 2018) that supplements the GDPR in specific ways. These two pieces of legislation replaced the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA 1998). All of the legislation is based around the notions of principles, rights and accountability obligations. The legislation is regulated in the UK by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) as well as the courts.


The College's register entry number is Z5015525.

Effective teaching and learning requires a safe environment, free from prejudice and discrimination, where the values and ethos of equality and diversity inform all College activity. Walsall College, therefore, has zero tolerance in relation to discrimination against people who share the following protected characteristics: race, gender, gender reassignment, age, disability, religion or belief, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity.


Our Single Equality Scheme and associated policies outline how we seek to ensure that the College is free from unlawful discrimination, as defined by the Equality Act 2010, and strives constantly to move beyond legal compliance towards excellence and best practice in promoting and celebrating equality and diversity.

Freedom of Information

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 came into force on 1st January 2005. The Act applies to information held by public bodies .The term ‘public bodies’ is defined in the Act and includes all public bodies and Government departments. The Freedom of Information Act 2000 gives rights of public access to all types of recorded information held by the College, this access is known as the ‘right to know’.


The College must legally respond to a request within 20 working days. The Act also sets out exemptions from that right. The Act is policed by the UK Information Commissioner 
Information Commissioner

The full text of the Act is available on the Office of Public Sector Information website
www.opsi.gov.uk

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 the public have the right to access information held by the College. You can access information by sending a letter to: The Data Protection Officer, Walsall College, Wisemore Campus, Littleton Street West, Walsall, WS2 8ES, or by emailing dataprotection@walsallcollege.ac.uk, all requests must be in writing.

Please email requests to Data Controller, Gurpreet Sandhu -
gsandhu@walsallcollege.ac.uk


ICO website: https://ico.org.uk/


ICO Registration Number: Z5015525

Higher Education

Little Professors Nursery

Partners and working with Walsall College

Walsall College is committed to working in partnership with a varied range of market leading organisations.

These strategic partnerships provide our students with opportunities to work in state of the art environments and with market leading technology. This customer focused philosophy makes our students more commercially astute and aware of the very latest industry developments – leaving them an all the more employable individual.

Our partner organisations receive high quality professional training and development from Walsall College while giving back to their industries through the nurture and direction of tomorrow’s leading industry professionals.

If you wish to be considered for any subcontracted opportunities please fill in the Pre-Qualification Form.

For details on supply chain fees and charges 19/20click here

Walsall College is uniquely and proudly vocational. Our greatest passion is unleashing the potential of individuals, communities and businesses; our greatest legacy is the talent of our learners: skilled, professional and enterprising.


In compliance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015, Walsall College offers the following statement regarding its efforts to prevent slavery and human trafficking in its supply chain.


Policies and Training relating to Modern Slavery within the whole organisation. Walsall College is committed to social and environmental responsibility and has zero tolerance for slavery and human trafficking. We hold ourselves and our supply chain accountable and we fully comply with the provisions of the Modern Slavery Act 2015.


We recognise that modern slavery is a complex supply chain issue, and we work in partnership with our Customers, Suppliers, and other organisations to help develop long-term solutions to this issue.

We internally review our supply chain to evaluate human trafficking risks and slavery risks and we conduct supplier audits which review all aspects of the supply chain including safety, human trafficking, child labour and other legal requirements.

PREVENT Strategy

At Walsall College we all have a role to play and we all have a responsibility to act in ways which encourage positive feelings and respect for all. This is a great place to learn. Together we will ensure that Britain continues to be a great place to live.

  • Responds to the ideological challenge of terrorism and extremism and the threat from those who promote it.
  • Aims to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and ensures that those at risk are given appropriate advice and support.
  • Works with a range of sectors, including schools and Colleges where there are risks of extremism and radicalisation.
  • Covers all forms of terrorism, including far right extremism and some aspects of non-violent extremism.

Prevent Strategy

To report any concerns: email: safeguardingteam@walsallcollege.ac.uk or call 01922 657000