Safeguarding

Safeguarding in Adult Learning

We take our duty to safeguard learners and staff and to protect their welfare seriously. If you have a concern about abuse it can be raised with a member of our safeguarding team. 

Adult learning is committed to providing the best and safest learning environments possible to ensure all learners can succeed and staff can feel secure. 

We believe it is everyone's responsibility to:

  • Respect each other's right to feel safe
  • Treat each other fairly and with respect
  • Not to threaten, hurt or abuse others in any way

Designated Safeguarding Officer: Kraig Reeves-Brown 

Email: 

kraig.reeves-brown@cumbria.gov.uk

Deputy Safeguarding Officer: Emma Boyd

Email: 

emma.boyd@cumbria.gov.uk

Safeguarding' relates to the protection of children, young people and vulnerable adults. Safeguarding legislation requires policy, procedure, and preventative measures to be in place to protect young people and vulnerable adults from risk of harm.  

All providers of post-16 learning, and skills have responsibilities to ensure the safety of children, young people and those adults deemed 'vulnerable'. A vulnerable adult is defined as a person 'who is or may need community care services by reason of mental or other disability, age or illness; and who is or may be unable to take care of him or herself, or unable to protect him or herself against significant harm or exploitation' ('No Secrets' Guidance Department of Health, 2000). 

We will also support you and find and contact agencies who can provide further help if needed. You might, for example, be concerned about

  • Physical abuse.
  • FGM (female genital mutilation)
  • Domestic violence or abuse.
  • Sexual abuse.
  • Psychological or emotional abuse.
  • Financial or material abuse.
  • Modern slavery.
  • Discriminatory abuse.
  • Organisational or institutional abuse.

If you feel you are in immediate danger, please call 999.

If you have a concern and do not wish to contact the safeguarding team, please refer to the list of agencies who will be able to help you and other organisations who may be able to help you.

A lot of our learners are not in a physical classroom right now, but safeguarding is still important. We must all be aware of what to do if we are worried about our safety. Visit Get Safe Online for advice about internet security, how to stay safe online and cyberbullying.

Prevent Leaflet (PDF 480KB)

We have a legal responsibility to ensure that our learners are protected from being drawn into radicalisation, violent extremism and terrorism, therefore as a service, we actively promote these values of openness and tolerance and we embed British values in all our courses. British values are not about 'being British'. They are the values that form the basis of our way of life in Britain today:

  • Democracy
  • The rule of law
  • Individual liberty
  • Mutual respect
  • Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs, and for those without faith

Our tutors have undertaking CPD to enable them to communicate and work with their learners to ensure that you understand the ways that extremism can present itself. They will also ensure you know the current emerging threats both locally and within our county, so that you are well informed and able to recognise key signs of potential radicalisation.

Please also refer to the posters in your classrooms and your learner handbook (PDF 649KB) which also has information about these values.

Our learner agreement tells you what we value, what we ask of you and what you should expect from us. It outlines our commitment to equality and promoting British values of democracy, rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance for those with different faiths and beliefs to all our learners as part of their learning experience.

In your class your tutor will make sure that individual views are heard and valued; discussion and debate is encouraged, and opportunities are taken to explain rights and responsibilities. We encourage and support all our tutors to use every opportunity to make sure that all learners respect and reinforce British values whilst creating a safe space for debate and conversations.

Adult Learning actively promotes British values, which is defined by the government as:

  • Democracy
  • The rule of law
  • Individual liberty
  • Mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

This includes challenging learners, staff, volunteers and other service users if they may express opinions that are contrary to these values including extremist views. It is all of our responsibilities to ensure all within our service are safe. 

By actively promoting these values, we aim to:

  • Keep you safe; all members of our staff and our volunteers are required to complete Safeguarding training including training on radicalisation;
  • Promote respect and tolerance, regardless of background;
  • Celebrate difference and promote diversity;
  • Encourage an understanding of the difficulties other cultures face where such values are not respected.

In order to do this we will continue to ensure we:

  • Provide staff development and training throughout the academic year;
  • Ensure learners have a voice that is listened to and valued;
  • Update our web page with recent and relevant information;
  • Encourage learners to become responsible learners, critical thinkers and to actively participate in their own learning and development;
  • Promote British values in everything we do.

Every member of our staff has a responsibility to help ensure your safety and welfare. If you are concerned in any way about the safety or wellbeing of yourself or someone else, please contact one of our designated Safeguarding Officers as soon as possible or speak to your centre manager and / or tutor.

Please see below some of the ways in which we promote British values:

Democracy:

  • Learner and partner satisfaction questionnaires
  • End of course evaluations
  • Learning activities during your course
  • Group discussion in class
  • Learner handbooks

Rule of law:

  • Staff and volunteer ID badges
  • Policies in place: e.g. Safeguarding policy; 
  • Observation of Teaching Learning & Assessment guidelines and policies

Individual liberty:

  • Health and Wellbeing Safeguarding
  • Prevent Duty
  • Information, Advice and Guidance embedded in courses

Mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs:

  • Learner Agreement
  • Annual calendar of events to celebrate difference and diversity

Arrangements are in place to review these policies and procedures regularly. All staff and volunteers must complete regular safeguarding (including Prevent duty) training so that they are aware of their roles and responsibilities.