Keeping you safe
because we care.

If you or someone you know
is in immediate danger or risk
please call 999 for help.

What is safeguarding?

Safeguarding is making sure that you are safe.

The College follows strict protocols to protect you from all types of harm, abuse or neglect whilst you are a student.
This includes the responsibility of employers to safeguard students within their place of work.


Student Safeguarding Policy

If you would like to see the full policy, please email


Our responsibility for Safeguarding includes Prevent, part of a Government initiative to develop a robust counter-terrorism programme – CONTEST.

The PREVENT duty requires that we also protect you from being drawn into supporting terrorism or non-violent extremism. This is extended to employers when working with apprentices.
It also includes an awareness of terrorism threats, including those contextual to our industry like Animal Activism

Animal Rights Activism Case Study

And the concept of British Values: a culture built upon freedom and equality, where everyone is aware of their rights and responsibilities. The British Values are democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance.

British Values in the Veterinary Practice

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Your welfare is taken seriously and it is always unacceptable to experience abuse of any kind. There are different ways in which your welfare can be at risk: physical, emotional or psychological abuse, neglect, sexual abuse or exploitation, cyber and financial bullying among others.

Don't suffer in silence. If you have a concern regarding your wellbeing or safety, let us help you. You can report it to your tutor or dedicated safeguarding team at college.

What is considered abuse? Recognising Bullying


CCOAS provide a qualified Mental Health First Aider to help and support any student, staff member or clinical coach.

If you are struggling to cope, are anxious or need someone to talk to please contact Donna Green on


Any serious concerns that you may have about the College or the conduct of our staff can be reported under the Whistleblowing Policy. If the incident is not a potential safeguarding matter, it will be dealt with under our complaints policy and disciplinary procedures.

For further information...

Whistleblowing Policy Complaints Policy and Procedure

Who to contact at CCOAS

You can report a concern about yourself or another student to your course tutor or another member of staff in your centre. Or you can contact:

Sol Indurain

Designated Safeguarding Lead

Karen Lee

Deputy Safeguarding Lead

Senior Designated Safeguarding Lead
How do I report a concern anonymously

Who Else Can Help?

There are many external bodies and organisations that can help you in total confidence.

Vetlife, for example, offers 24/7 independent, confidential and free help for everyone in the veterinary community, including veterinary nurses, students and non-clinical staff.

Other organisations offering help...

Information, Support & Guidance

If you have any concerns regarding
safeguarding, please contact our
administration team on
01473 555050 or via email on