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Safeguarding and internet safety

The Co-operative College believes that the welfare of young people and vulnerable adults is of primary concern.

All young people and vulnerable adults, whatever their age, culture, disability, gender, language, racial origin, socio-economic status, religious belief and/or sexual identity, have the right to safeguarding from abuse.

What is abuse?

Abuse is when an individual violates your human and civil rights, to make you come out of your comfort zone. Abuse can mean you feel unsafe and prevented from speaking out.

Who can be at risk?

Children, young people and adults who receive care or have any physical or mental impairments.

What forms can abuse take?

Physical abuse can include:

Hitting.

Kicking.

Punching.

Mental abuse can include:

Name calling.

Being wrongly accused.

Ignorance.

Sexual abuse can include:

Touching of your genital parts.

Being forced into touching others’ genitals.

Neglect can include:

Not having sufficient food or clothing.

Being put in danger.

Discriminatory abuse can include:

Skin colour degrading.

Downgrading the disabled.

Sexual status abuse.

Who might be causing the abuse?

You could be abused by anyone:

Family members.

Colleagues/Managers.

Neighbours.

Friends.

Strangers.

Where might this happen?

Abuse can happen anywhere:

At home.

At School/College.

Within a sports club.

At work.

What should you do?

The first step when you feel you are a victim of abuse, is to tell someone who you can trust. There are many people who you could tell:

A doctor.

A teacher or tutor.

A friend.

The police.

Family.

Social services.

What happens next?

If you tell a member of the Co-operative College staff about abuse:

They will listen to you.

They will help you stay safe.

They will find out more.

They will give you help and support.

Co-operative College Senior Safeguarding officer

07813604121

It is everyone’s responsibility to report any concerns about abuse to the safeguarding officer, and the responsibility of the social services department and the police to conduct, where appropriate, a joint investigation. All incidents of alleged poor practice, misconduct and abuse will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately.

Where can I find out more?

Important contact details

Co-operative College Senior Safeguarding officer.................07813 604121

Metropolitan Police ............................................................. 0300 123 1212

Social services.................................................................www.direct.gov.uk

Sexual Health Line ................................................................ 0800 567 123

National Drugs Helpline......................................................... 0800 766 600

Age Concern....................................................................... 0208 765 7200

The Lesbian & Gay Foundation .......................................... 0845 3 30 30 30

Childline ....................................................................................0800 1111

Mind Mental health information line ................................... 0845 766 0163

The Co-operative College, Holyoake House

Hanover Street, Manchester M60 0AS

Tel: 0161 246 2993 Fax: 0161 246 2946

Internet safety

Remember, stay safe on the internet and don’t give out any personal information about yourself on the internet, especially contact information.

If you would like more information about how to stay safe online these websites are good starting points:

CBBC Stay Safe

KidSmart

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