Updated 2nd February 2017
“The safeguarding of young people and vulnerable adults is fully embraced by all York College staff and underpins the College's values”
Staying Safe at York College
We want all students at York College to feel safe and not to feel threatened by their environment or other people in it. To keep you free from harm, we carry out all that is necessary within these key areas:
Child Protection and Safeguarding AdultsThe process of taking action to protect children and vulnerable adults from harm is usually called ‘safeguarding’, or ‘child protection’ when dealing with under 18s.
A safeguarding issue is a serious risk of abuse or of any other event that is likely to cause significant harm.
Where these matters do present themselves York College has a duty to take steps to protect the individual, and will do so professionally using specially trained staff both inside and outside college. This duty covers young people up to the age of 18 as well as adults who may be vulnerable because of their situation.
Therefore to keep everyone safe from harm, regardless of age, little distinction is made between our procedures.
We believe that all students and staff have the right to study and work in an environment which is free from abuse (physical, sexual, emotional and financial), neglect or any other harm.
Safeguarding risks usually take place in ‘real life’ but they can also happen on mobile phones, social media and the Internet, however we treat all allegations seriously regardless of where they occur. It also covers things such as extremism, forced marriage and female genital mutilation.
York College endeavours to ensure that during their time with us all students are safe from abuse or being harmed in any way. Within college this can include during lessons, social settings (e.g. clubs and societies), work placements or on educational trips & visits. Outside of college this can involve disclosures made to us regarding issues happening at home, work or from certain people.
Sometimes the person dealing with the report may have to speak to others (including parents or external agencies like the police or social services) in order to deal with the concerns but we will always try to maintain confidentiality as much as we can, especially when dealing with adult students.
Please remember that any suspected safeguarding issue must be reported, so if you or somebody else is at risk of being harmed then you must tell someone.
Within college this could be:
• Progress Tutor
• Student support staff (for example a Counsellor or Intensive Personal Advisor)
• Safeguarding Officer
• Any other trusted member of staff
• Staff only: consult safeguarding flowchart visible in all staff workrooms.
We take all aspects of your safety very seriously, and this includes you staying safe when you use the internet. There are some basic things to remember:
- If you publish a picture or video online, anyone can change it or share it. Once it's posted or shared, you can't get it back.
- Be aware that people can often lie online; they are not always who they say they are. Unless you already know them offline, they are effectively strangers; don't meet up with them without an adult you trust.
- It's easier to get on with people online, so be careful how much you share.
- It's best not to give out your personal details to online friends. That might include your messenger ID, email address, mobile number and any pictures of you, your family or friends.
- It's never too late to tell someone if something makes you feel uncomfortable, or you do something silly. Better to be embarrassed than unsafe!
- Don't open files that are from people you don't know; it could be a virus, something that gets access to all your information or something inappropriate.
- SPAM/Junk email & texts: don't believe it, reply to it or use it.
There are people both in the College and out of College who can help, if you have any concerns. Report online abuse or contact a member of staff.
Don't be embarrassed, be safe.
The following sites provide excellent advice that's worth reading.
|Get Safe Online|
Equality and Diversity
Follow this link to the York College Equality and Diversity
Health and Safety
Follow this link for more information on Health and Safety.
Helpful links for support, information and advice
Children and young people:
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