Stay Safe: Creating a safe and welcoming environment for learning
You have the right to feel safe when you are at college and other people should not hurt or abuse you in any way.
What is Safeguarding?
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined as: protecting children from maltreatment preventing impairment of children’s health or development ensuring children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care.
Child protection is a part of safeguarding and promoting welfare. It refers to the activity that is undertaken to protect specific children who are suffering, or are likely to suffer, significant harm.
Effective child protection is essential as part of wider work to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. However, all agencies and individuals should aim to proactively safeguard and promote the welfare of children so that the need for action to protect children from harm is reduced.
Abuse and neglect are forms of cruelty towards an individual. Somebody may abuse or neglect a person by inflicting harm or by failing to act to prevent harm. People can be abused in a family, community setting or college, by those known to them or by a stranger. They may be abused by an adult or adults, or another young person or persons.
Physical abuse is when someone physically hurts you by hitting, squeezing, biting or burning.
Emotional abuse is when someone says awful things to upset or hurt you, by bullying, threatening or intimidating you or showing you a lack of respect or dignity. Witnessing some else being harmed is another example.
Sexual abuse is when someone forces you to take part in sexual activities that you don’t want. The activities may involve touching you, exposing themselves, kissing you against your wish or forcing you to have sex against your will.
Neglect is when someone fails to provide you with enough food, clothing and somewhere to live, leaving you dirty and hungry.
Financial abuse is when someone takes your money by stealing from you or not letting you have a say in how your money or benefits are spent.
Domestic violence, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)/cutting and forced marriage
These are also forms of abuse.
Bullying is when someone intentionally is aggressive towards you or makes you feel uncomfortable, threatened or unsafe. Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumours, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose. Cyber bullying is carried out via phone, text, email or social media.
Discrimination is when someone treats you unfairly because you are different from them, this could be because of your race, religion, sexuality, age, gender or disability.
If you know someone is being abused or if someone is abusing you, tell someone you trust. This could be:
• College safeguarding team
• Member of staff at the college
• Police officer
• Family member/carer
There are many people and services at the college that can help you stay safe and provide you with help and support.
You can contact the Safeguarding Team:
Safeguarding Mobile: 07984 533115
Safeguarding Email: firstname.lastname@example.org