Safeguarding

Personal safety is essential for effective and successful learning and can only be felt in an environment that promotes wellbeing and security for everyone. Effective safeguarding is more than simply having safer recruitment policies and procedures in place.
It means having a culture of vigilance where all our staff know their responsibilities and act accordingly and all our learners are aware of what they can expect and what to do if they have concerns.

Safeguarding looks at keeping children, young people and vulnerable adults safe from a much wider range of potential harm and delivers a plan of preventative action, not just reaction.

A vulnerable adult is defined as a person who apart from having attained the age of 18 is also receiving any form of health care or receiving a service or participating in an activity which is specifically targeted at people with age-related needs (illness, frailty, disability or mental capacity), disabilities or prescribed physical or mental health conditions or are expectant or nursing mothers living in residential care.

  • sexual abuse or inappropriate relationships
  • grooming
  • physical and emotional abuse or neglect
  • domestic violence
  • inappropriate parenting
  • inappropriate supervision by staff/volunteers i.e. bad practice
  • bullying, cyber-bullying
  • self-harm, risky behaviour
  • exploitation including financial abuse, sexual exploitation, forced marriage
  • victimisation due to race, sexuality, faith, gender or disability

  • strangers e.g. predatory paedophiles
  • family members, friends and acquaintances
  • staff working in the sector including peripatetic staff e.g. assessors and agency staff
  • externally contracted staff e.g. security staff, transport staff
  • other learners
  • anyone (potentially)

  • ensure that you attend regular safeguarding training (provided by the college) so that you are aware of how to recognise the signs and symptoms of abuse
  • be vigilant in the workplace and promote effective safeguarding practices in those around you
  • report any concerns you have to the college’s appropriate designated person

Designated Person (Adults) Denise Pozorski
telephone ext 6016

Designated Person (Adults) Dave Pedley
telephone ext 6043

Designated Person (Children) Joanne Bell
telephone ext 6011

The Northern College is committed to safeguarding and promotes the welfare of all learners and expects all staff to share this commitment.

Adults may think that e-Safety is a concept that only applies to children and teenagers, but anyone who uses the Internet needs to be aware of the potential risks.

Posting personal information on social networking sites such as Facebook leaves a digital footprint which could leave you open to identity theft, cyber stalking, e-bullying and even harm potential employment prospects.

It is important to protect your computer from adware, spyware and viruses that may slow performance or crash your operating system.

To protect your computer from infection:

  • don’t open email attachments from people you don’t know
  • avoid downloading free software online unless you’re certain it’s from a reputable source. Many free programs are merely a device for delivering adware and spyware
  • install virus protection software and a firewall on your home PC and check for updates regularly

The global nature of the Internet has brought new life to illegal activity that used to circulate by mail or telephone. Some of the most common forms of Internet fraud include:

  • postings on online auction sites that feature non-existent or falsely represented merchandise
  • money offers promising large sums of cash in exchange for assistance with bank account transfers
  • phony sweepstakes offers asking for payment to claim a prize that doesn’t really exist

Phishing is a common trick used by identity thieves. This crime involves sending emails or creating websites that appear to be from a legitimate source and asking you to confirm personal information such as bank account numbers, passwords, birthdates or addresses.

For further advice and guidance, please visit: www.getsafeonline.org

Please be aware that, under the terms of the college ICT User Policy, all internet activity is monitored and logged.