SAFEGUARDING

  

Safeguarding means ensuring the safety and wellbeing of our learners.

At Together Training  this means ensuring our polices and processes promote and protect learner wellbeing and that while you are on programme, we teach you about the types of risk facing modern day British citizens.

This includes cyber risks, mental and physical health information, risks of radicalisation or grooming and much more.

 

Our dedicated safeguarding officers provide:

  • Direct support to learners with a range of issues that have already caused, or could cause, harm

  • Making sure all staff are aware how to support learners and raise concerns

  • Ensuring all staff understand the symptoms of (amongst others) radicalisation / child abuse / neglect / modern slavery, so we can spot risks

  • We work with third parties to protect our learners – offering emergency and long term support

  • Monitoring children & Adults at Risk who are the subject of safeguarding concerns

  • Maintaining accurate and secure child or vulnerable adult protection records

Prevent is part of the government’s counter terrorism strategy.

At Together Training , this means we teach our staff and learners about the 4 British values: Democracy, rule of law, individual liberty and respect and tolerance.

We also work with Prevent partners to identify people at risk of being or causing terror related harm.

• Together Training  recognises that radicalisation is another form of grooming – i.e. a safeguarding issue

• Together Training  holds safeguarding at the heart of its policies processes and values, because of this:

• Together Training embraces Prevent as a way of saving peoples lives

• Your  tutors will speak to you about radicalisation and spotting the signs

Emotional and mental wellbeing is an important component of successful learning.

Understanding how to protect your mental health and promoting emotional wellbeing is part of modern British citizenship.

  • Providing safeguarding officers 

  • Providing emergency support via trained safeguarding officers

  • Providing signposting to local, National and charitable services relevant to learner needs

  • Supporting learners with Wellbeing Resources

Our fully trained Safeguarding Team are available to offer advice and guidance to ensure that anyone at risk is given the right support. If apprentices are finding life during training or at home difficult, they don’t feel safe or they have a concern about someone else, our Safeguarding team is available to help. 

Online Safety

The internet is a huge source of information and means of communication. It’s important to know that not all information or people online are trustworthy. Here’s a helpful guide on how to stay safe online:

Stay Safe - Don’t give out your personal information to people, companies or places you don’t know or trust

Don't meet up - Meeting someone you have only been in touch with online can be dangerous. Always check with someone else that you trust

Accepting files - Accepting emails, files, pictures or messages from people you don’t know can cause problems

Reliable - Check information before you believe it. Is the person or website telling you the truth?

Tell someone - Tell someone if someone or something makes you feel worried or uncomfortable

To help you understand and tackle the risks we all face online, here are our top 5 tips to staying safe online:

1. Check Your Security & Privacy Settings

Look for the ‘privacy and security’ or ‘settings’ on the app, website or device you are using and check or adjust them to increase the security on the personal data you are sharing. By ensuring your device is using the latest version of software and apps can also improve your security.
 

2. Block Unsuitable Content

If you see harmful activity, report it to the site. To prevent unwanted content from appearing, set filters on your home broadband and mobile networks. The UK Safer Internet Centre has advice on how. 
 

3. Protect Against Fraud

Criminals will use every opportunity they can to scam people, including Covid-19. Beware of fraud, scam or phishing emails and text messages relating to COVID-19 and do not give out your personal details in response to emails/text messages you don’t trust or recognise. You can find guidance on how to recognise a fraudulent email from the National Cyber Security Centre, here.
 

4. Check the Facts

Before you like, comment or share something online, use the SHARE checklist published by the Government to make sure you’re not spreading harmful content

  • Source - make sure information comes from a trusted source

  • Headline - always read beyond the headline

  • Analyse - check the facts

  • Retouched - does the image or video look as though it has been doctored?

  • Error - look out for bad grammar and spelling

5. Take a Break 

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed with information at this time and constant news and social media updates can just add to your worries. Therefore if you feel it is affecting you, take a step back and limit the time you spend reading, watching or listening to media regarding the outbreak.

Remember you are allowed to leave your house for one form of exercise a day, so why not use it as a chance to take a break from screens and online media.

Helpful Video.- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDTQOV0TRvA

PREVENT DUTY AND BRITISH VALUES

Context and Scope

Together Training has a legal responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all their apprentices and to ensure that they operate within the law. The Prevent Duty is a government strategy and was introduced to safeguard communities against the threat of extremism, radicalisation and terrorism and for the promotion of British Values. 

Duty of Care:
Section 26 of the Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015 places a duty on educational establishments to have “due regard to the needs to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”. This is not about preventing apprentices from having political and religious views or concerns but supporting them to use or act on their views and concerns in a non-extremist way. 

Definitions with the Prevent Duty and British Values

Ideology: A set of beliefs.

Extremism: Defined by the Government as “vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs".

 

Radicalisation: The process by which a person comes to support terrorism and extremist ideologies.

Terrorism: A violent act against people or property, designed to create fear and advance a political, religious or ideological cause.

British Values: British values are defined as democracy, rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of different religions.

Concerns and Identifying possible warning signs:

Signs of vulnerability may include:

  • Loneliness or isolation

  • Changes to a family situation/family tensions

  • Poverty

  • Political grievances

  • Crime/anti-social behaviour

Possible warning signs may include:

  • Progressive changes in behaviour - such as significantly changing appearance, changing peer/friendship groups

  • Argumentative and unwilling to listen

  • Unwilling to engage with those of different race, religion, gender etc

  • Accessing extremist material, showing sympathy to extremist views or behaviour

 

Reporting Concerns:
If you are worried or concerned about your Apprentice, please contact ours Safeguarding Team immediately on  Safeguarding contact list

Once we have investigated concerns, the Safeguarding Lead would determine the most appropriate course of action and may refer to Channel.

What is Channel?


Channel is a programme that provides support to people who are identified as being vulnerable to being drawn into terrorism or extremism. It is a supportive approach and operates in the pre- criminal space. The programme uses a multi-agency approach to protect vulnerable people by: 

  • Identifying individuals at risk

  • Assessing the nature and extent of the risk

  • Developing the most appropriate support plan for the individuals concerned

 

Channel Duty Guidance. 

 

Together Training  also has a dedicated mental first aider who can offer further support and wellbeing resources throughout your apprenticeship.

Keeping our apprentices safe