Updated 30th August 2016
“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 Adults
Protecting somebody from harm is usually called ‘Safeguarding’. A safeguarding issue is defined as a present or imminent risk of any type of abuse or anything else that is likely to cause significant harm.
We believe that all students have the right to live and work in an environment which is free from abuse (physical, sexual, emotional and financial), neglect, bullying, harassment and any other harm.
Abuse may be face‐to‐face but it can also take place via mobile phones, social media and the internet (cyberbullying). We treat all allegations of abuse the same regardless of where it occurs.
The term ‘child’ for the purposes of college includes all 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 or circumstance, little distinction is made between our procedures.
York College endeavours to ensure that all of its students feel safe and do not become victims of abuse or harm from others in any environment. Within college this can include during lessons, social settings (e.g. clubs and societies), work placements or on educational trips and visits. Outside of college this can involve home, work or from certain people.
Please remember that any suspected cases of abuse must be reported so if you have been affected by or witnessed abuse, or feel that you or somebody else is at serious risk, then you must tell someone.
Within college this could be:
• Progress Tutor
• College support staff (for example a Counsellor or Intensive Personal Advisor)
• Safeguarding Officer
• Any other trusted member of staff
Sometimes the person dealing with the report may have to tell others (including parents or external agencies) in order to deal with the concerns you have raised, but we will always try to maintain confidentiality as much as we can.
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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