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Safeguarding & Prevent

The policy covers abuse and neglect, prevention of bullying, harassment and discrimination, dealing with attendance issues and meeting the needs of sick students and security.

If you, as a student here, have any concern about your wellbeing, safety or rights, then you should:

  • Talk to your tutor
  • Talk to staff based in Learner Services

We treat all our students with the respect they deserve. And we expect our students to show the maturity and responsibility of adults when they are at North Shropshire College. You can download our Safeguarding Policy and our Early Help Offer documents here.

Prevent

Prevent is one of four strands of the Government’s counter terrorism strategy – CONTEST.  The UK currently faces a range of terrorist threats.  Terrorist groups who pose a threat to the UK seek to radicalise and recruit people to their cause.  Therefore early intervention is at the heart of Prevent, which aims to divert people away from being drawn into terrorist activity.

Prevent happens before any criminal activity takes place by recognising, supporting and protecting people who might be susceptible to radicalisation.

The national Prevent Duty confers mandatory duties and responsibilities on a range of public organisations, including Further Education Colleges. For further information about our Prevent Policy, you can download it here:

Are you e-safe? - 3 Cs of e-Safety

Contact

Contact can be made via the Internet easily and it can mean that people have access to groups they would not normally have access to.

  • How you appear on the web may affect your future employment.
  • Did you know that you can get or lose jobs because of postings on Twitter or Facebook?
  • If you feel unsure about the contact that has been made via the Internet please report the person either to the police, a parent, a tutor, or someone who can help you. If the contact is made via a social networking site such as Facebook, Ask.fm, Tumblr or LinkedIn, you can report the user via the website.
  • Do not publish personal details or financial details online.
  • Regularly change your usernames and password. Don’t share them with anyone. A mix of letters and numbers in a password adds security; such a password may look like the following; Just4aDay1 or IdRolloutofBed2
  • Set your profiles to private (usually under settings). You won’t then be found on Google. Do not put your name, address and date of birth on any of these sites, as this makes identity theft easier. Consider if your friends are really friends, people you know who won’t use anything you post to your disadvantage.
  • Chat rooms. Beware of giving information that criminals might use e.g. address and or when you will be away on holiday.

Content

These are risks such as online gambling, inappropriate advertising and financial scams.

  • Beware of “Phishing” and or financial scams. If you think you are at risk, please report it to the Anti–Phishing Working Group
  • Your bank/government/tax office would never contact you via email to ask for information.
  • Censor yourself online. Consider what a future employer might think of your postings. As an employer would you consider interviewing someone with the email address ‘fluffypinkbunny@hotmail.com’.
  • Google your name with speech marks to see your digital footprint e.g. “Sarah Matthews”. Review the first page of hits. Remember your digital identity is also what other people have written about you. If you have a common name, it is unlikely the person you see won’t be you. If someone else has written negatively about you, you may want to contact them to ask them to remove their posting.

Conduct

This covers activities carried out by someone, which is deliberately meant to upset someone.

  • This could be via a social networking site, a website or mobile phone.
  • Beware of cyberbullies, if you feel you are being bullied please talk to a tutor or someone you can trust.
  • If you believe upsetting information about someone/some thing (including the college or tutors within the College) are being published or inappropriate activities are occurring please report them to a tutor, staff member or a parent.