A safeguarding issue is a serious risk of abuse and can include:
It can also include anything else that can cause significant harm, whether this be online or offline. More information can be found within our Safeguarding Policy.
Reporting a safeguarding issue
We have a team of Designated Safeguarding Officers who you can report any issues or concerns to. Please contact your Tutor, or if you are an Apprentice, your line Manager or Skills Development Coach.
Safeguarding and Prevent Policies and Procedures
To view our Safeguarding and Prevent Policy, please click here.
To view our Safeguarding and Prevent Procedure, please click here.
To view our Safeguarding Glossary, please click here.
Prevent Duty explained
The Prevent Duty is a government initiative aimed at stopping people becoming involved with (radicalised) or supporting violent extremism.
What is Radicalisation?
The government defines radicalisation as a process by which an individual or group comes to adopt an extreme political, social, or religious ideas and aspirations that reject or undermine the status quo or reject and/or undermine contemporary ideas and expressions of freedom of choice.
What is Extremism?
Extremism is defined as “vocal or active opposition to British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs”. We share and promotes these values across our community.
GC Education and Skills follow the governments principles across all our locations, these include:
Justice – Rule of Law
Respect – Mutual Respect
For more information about the Prevent Duty and British values, visit Gov.uk.
Stamp it out
We are committed to ensuring a zero-tolerance approach to bullying across GC Education and Skills. We will take decisive action to protect the interests of our students whenever an incident comes to light. Some of the measures we currently have in place:
If you have any concerns about bullying, including in the workplace, please contact your Tutor or Skills Development Tutor.
The internet is a powerful communication and information platform and we encourage the use of it to enhance your learning in order to progress. However, we also understand that the internet can also be a place where risk can be.
In order to keep you safe you should not:
If you are concerned about safety online, please contact your Tutor or Skills Development Tutor.
Stay Safe Online
It is important that you know how to keep safe online and at the Growth Company we take this seriously – you are all very important to us!
If at any time you feel unsafe, or worried about someone on your course, please be sure to ask for help and support from your tutor or skills development coach who will help you.
Online safety - although not common, sadly, there are negative individuals who utilise the internet, social media, and online gaming to spread their extreme ideas or attempt at getting you involved in organised crime for ‘easy money. This may include selling drugs (this is called county lines; this means that Drug Dealers from Cities use young people to sell, distribute or store drugs/cash locally), they may ask you to sell high price items such as counterfeit trainers and watches. This illegal activity and ‘grooming’ is sometimes hard to even identify with new exciting friends.
Also, we want you to be clear about what to do should someone share hateful literature or other activities that you don’t feel comfortable with.
We all think it won’t happen to us and people that are targets may be lonely, bored, isolated, but this isn’t always the case! These people are professionals, their job is to befriend you and convince you to help them ‘as a friend’. When a person starts to support or becomes involved by sharing these extreme views, this is called radicalisation.
Generally, if something feels wrong or extreme it is important to report these things to one of our team.
Stay safe online by following these 5 SMART rules.
You can contact NSPCC online or call their helpline 0808 800 5000.
Children can call Childline on 0800 1111 if they want to talk through their concerns.
If you’re worried someone is in immediate danger, you should always call 999.
Non-emergency health services
Family issues, advice, parenting etc.
Counselling (young people)
Mental health issues
Victim of crime
Hub of Hope - If you, or someone you care about, is experiencing mental and emotional distress that – right now - feels unbearable and overwhelming, click here.
The Hub of Hope is the UK’s leading mental health support database. It is provided by the national mental health charity, Chasing the Stigma, and brings local, national, peer, community, charity, private and NHS mental health support and services together in one place for the first time - find support locally by clicking here.