The Government defines Safeguarding as:
“The process of protecting children, young adults and vulnerable adults from abuse or neglect, preventing impairment of their health and development, and ensuring they are living in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care that enables them to have the optimum life chances.”
Safeguarding is responding to, and trying to prevent, anything that puts a person’s physical, mental, emotional or social wellbeing at risk.
At Remit, we place a strong emphasis on supporting and protecting all of our learners. All staff at Remit receive training on how to identify and respond to safeguarding issues. This means that if you have any worries or concerns, you can talk to your assessor, learning support coach or even someone at our head office and they will know to do next.
Remit further train a number of key people to act as designated people. Designated people have responsibility for recording safeguarding concerns and involving outside organisations to support a person if necessary.
When you join a Remit programme, your assessor will explain our safeguarding processes further and will ensure you know who you can contact.
A safeguarding issue may include the following:
What is Abuse?
Abuse is behaviour towards a person that either deliberately or unknowingly causes a person harm, or endangers their life or their human or civil rights. It can be passive, e.g. failing to take action to care for someone, or failing to raise the alert about abuse; or active, e.g. hitting, stealing or doing something that causes harm. Abuse can be a one-off or something that is repeated.
• Physical – when parents, carers or other adults deliberately injure a person or do nothing to prevent it. This not only includes physical violence but also giving under-age persons alcohol or drugs.
• Emotional – when parents, carers or other adults continuously fail to show love and affection to a person. This might include sarcasm, threats, criticism, yelling and taunting.
• Neglect – when parents or carers fail to meet a young person’s basic needs for food, warmth, clothing or medical attention.
• Sexual – when an adult uses a person for sexual gratification. This might mean forcing a person to carry out sexual acts, or deliberately showing a young person adult pornographic videos or magazines, and filming or photographing them in a sexual way.
Bullying is the use of aggression with the intention of hurting another person. Bullying results in pain and distress to the victim.
Bullying can be:
• Emotional; being unfriendly, excluding, tormenting (e.g. hiding books, threatening gestures)
• Physical; pushing, kicking, hitting, punching or any use of violence
• Racist; racial taunts, graffiti, gestures
• Sexual; unwanted physical contact or sexually abusive comments
• Homophobic; because of or focusing on the issue of sexuality
• Verbal; name-calling, sarcasm, spreading rumours, teasing
• Cyber; all areas of internet, such as email and internet chat room misuse, mobile threats by text messaging and calls, misuse of associated technology, e.g. camera and video facilities
For more information on cyber bullying and staying safe online, click here.
If you have any concerns about safeguarding issues please email: firstname.lastname@example.org