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Employers’ Guide to Safeguarding

Gloucestershire Engineering Training is committed to making sure that all our learners are protected. We follow the statutory guidance in “Keeping children safe in education” including changes to safeguarding requirements from September 2016. (The term ‘children’ includes all learners under the age of 18.) If you wish to view this document please visit www.gov.uk.

The following important information will ensure that you have an understanding of what safeguarding is and what to do if you suspect abuse. More importantly, we hope it will enable you to be confident in your own understanding of the subject and your responsibilities as an employer.

Safeguarding is protecting individuals from all forms of neglect and abuse, preventing harm to individuals’ health or development and ensuring that their working environment fully complies with statutory Health and Safety legislation.

If an apprentice wishes to talk to you about a matter which you think may be abuse-related (see the list below)

DO

 Take it seriously

 Report the disclosure immediately to your Designated Safeguarding Officer if you have one or speak to Jessica Jones at GET who will be able to advise- j.jones@get-trained.org or 01452 423461

 Keep a record of what the apprentice says

DON’T

 Dismiss the allegation of abuse

 Promise confidentiality

 Ask leading questions

 Investigate the allegations yourself

If you are concerned that an apprentice may be at risk but s/he has not chosen to speak to you, please contact Jessica Jones at GET as a matter of urgency.

Areas of abuse include:

 Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)

 Bullying including cyberbullying

 Domestic violence

 Drugs

 Fabricated or induced illness

 Faith abuse

 Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

 Gangs and youth violence

 Gender-based violence/violence against women and girls (VAWG)

 Mental health

 Private fostering

 Radicalisation

 Sexting

 Teenage relationship abuse

 Forced marriage

If at any stage during an apprentices programme you become concerned about a learners safety or well-being please raise this immediately with one of our designated persons (please see diagram on the left) who will look into these concerns further.