tpm’s governors and leaders prioritise safeguarding. They are critically aware of their responsibilities on safeguarding young people and provide effective safeguarding arrangements and guidance for staff, learners, employers and stakeholders. These are achieved thorough good links with the local children’s safeguarding board and other organisations that focus on ensuring learners’ safety.
tpm has clear and effective policy and procedures in place. There are seven main elements to our safeguarding policy:
- Ensuring we practice safe recruitment in checking the suitability, Identity and validity of staff to work with young and or vulnerable people.
- Providing effective training to raise awareness on all safeguarding and digital-safety issues to equip staff and young people with the skills needed to keep them safe.
- Developing and then implementing effective safeguarding procedures for identifying and reporting cases, or suspected cases, of abuse or neglect, and in line with the Government’s Prevent Strategy, extremism and or radicalisation.
- Supporting learners who disclose abuse/neglect or are suspected by a staff member or employer/placement manager of being abused, in accordance with our policies and procedures.
- Supporting learners who disclose concerns or potential risk to their safety or well-being in connection with ‘exposure to or experience of extremism or radicalisation’ or are suspected by a staff member or employer/placement manager of being at risk in this manner, in accordance with our policies and procedures.
- Establishing and maintaining safe environment/s in which learners and young people can work, learn and develop.
- Developing safe digital citizens who follow ‘Online Safety Guidelines’ ensuring the safe use of ICT networks and the internet.
Safeguarding and digital safety
We ensure that personal and digital safety principles are communicated and prioritised. We operate a ‘highly managed’ rather than ‘lock-down’ approach to digital-safety. We put a strong emphasis on making sure learners understand and practice responsible use of the internet and information communication technology (ICT).
Safeguarding at tpm far exceeds minimum requirements
tpm‘s safeguarding arrangements and procedures exceed minimum requirements, providing stringent recruitment checks and enhanced DBS Certification, staff training and annual refreshers, Digital Citizenship, CEOP and extremism and radicalisation awareness for all learners underpin comprehensive security arrangements.
When should a learner contact a tpm safeguarding lead?
There may be many personal reasons that as a tpm learner, you would contact a safeguarding lead. Here are a few examples:
- If you are experiencing domestic, physical, psychological, emotional, sexual, forced marriage, family-honour or FGM abuse
- If you are or have been physically constrained or had restrictions placed on your freedom of movement (enslavement)
- If you have been sent invitations to join groups with extreme views, opinions and or ideals
- If you have been recruited to buy, store or sell drugs by organised gangs
- If you are experiencing bullying or harassment in person or online
- If you are experiencing sexting or upskirting
A general rule, if your instinct tells you something doesn’t ‘feel right’, it probably isnt!