Counsellors reduce violence on campus

4th April 1997 at 01:00
South Birmingham College has reduced disruption after getting rid of its security guards.

Principal Alan Hicks said incidents involving drugs, fights, and other disruption had virtually been eliminated after the college abandoned traditional security guards for non-uniformed youth workers.

Members of the 20-strong student support team sport sweatshirts rather than peaked caps, and mingle with the crowd.

The staff are trained in self-defence and fitness, but are also skilled in negotiation, counselling and youth work.

Now other colleges have expressed interest in the work at South Birmingham.

Mr Hicks said: "We recruited a handful of people in their twenties, fairly large, with street credibility.

"They mingled with the students, identified the real villains and threw them out. And then they tried to turn disruptive people to do something useful like getting involved in sport or societies.

"Now students themselves have commented on how the atmosphere has improved.

"Bad students drive out good, but we have managed to reverse that and the place is running really well."

"We now have a first-class specialist staff who are highly trained in preventative techniques and this is why our scheme has proved so successful in a student population of 20,000."

BR

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number

Comments

The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now