December Newsletter

Stephen Bloor Newsletter

In response to our current trends, this months newsletter you will find:

  • Links to awareness of forced marriage.
  • Resources and a website around flipping the narrative on autism,dyslexia, dyspraxia and ADHD.
  • Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018 – mandatory on line training../li>
  • This months figures and trends

Christmas – it may not be merry for everyone.

Current Total People Safeguarding Trends – November

Current trends

By location and sector
Study programme reported 11 learner concerns while childcare had 7.Learners in functional skills settings had 12 concerns
Burford House learners resulted in 13 reports, the next highest was at Warrington with 7
Types of concerns
As a result of bringing our concern categories in line with those at Manchester College – there is a much wider variety of choice.
We are able to identify two concerns relating to honour based violence and forced marriage.
We have had three incidents where learners have been expelled from courses as a result of drug use (being found in possession of controlled drugs – both at Manchester).
There have also been three incidents where learners have refused to leave our premises and the police have attended. The manner in which these incidents have been handled – show a professionalism from colleagues who have tried all measures before asking the police to attend in the safety interest of all involved.

Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018. Mandatory – on line training.


Awareness of forced marriage
Awareness of Forced Marriage – Free Online Course (Virtual College)

It is estimated that approximately 8,000 to 10,000 forced marriages of British citizens take place every year often resulting in devastating long term consequences for the victims.

This online course has been developed with the Forced Marriage Unit of the Foreign Office and aims to raise awareness, challenge perceptions and inform you of the correct actions to take should you suspect someone is at risk.

Find the course here:

Flipping the narrative!
Siena Castellon is a sixteen year old nationally recognised autism and neurodiversity advocate, and a winner of the Radio 1 Teen Heroes 2018. Siena is autistic, dyslexic, dyspraxic and has ADHD. When she was thirteen, she created a website to support young people with learning differences and autistic young people. Siena’s website is here:

In the 2017 bullying report by Ditch the Label, 75% of autistic students and 70% of students with learning differences reported being bullied at school. Siena aims to flip the narrative so that instead of perceiving learning differences as something negative, we focus on the many strengths and advantages that come from seeing and perceiving the world differently. To do this she has created a number of posters highlighting famous people who are neuro-diverse.

You can find the posters here:


Merry Christmas - not for everyone!
Getting ready for Christmas – Young Minds

Christmas is not always exciting for everyone for all kinds of reasons. The mental health charity, Young Minds, has a range of resources to help what can be a difficult time of year.

Well-being advent Calendar

What to look out for in your pupils at Christmas time

Young Minds Christmas Cards (which recognise that it may not be Merry for everyone)

Keeping safe over Christmas!
Top tips for keeping safe:

P – Plan
L – Look Confident
A – Avoid Risk
N – Never Assume

When dealing with lone worker situation you will need to consider the following points.
• Have you made sure you can be contacted ?
• Do you know the emergency procedures ?
• Do you know the premises ?
• Do you know the parking arrangements ?
• Does anyone know where you are ?
• Do you contact anyone when you leave ?
• How much do you know about the individual your meeting ?
• How long is your visit ?
• If your plans change do you tell anyone ?
• Do you know who to contact in an emergency ?
• Are you medically fit ?
• Do you know where the first aid kit is ? Can you administer it ?
• Do you feel confident that you can change situation if needed?
(location / time / conflict / persons attending?)

• Do make sure you have petrol
• Do you lock your door when driving in built up areas
• Do park in well lit areas
• Do tell someone where your going / What time / Who with
• Don’t give personal information out
• Don’t stop if someone flashes there lights at you. Wait until your in a well lit area e.g. Petrol Station
• Do wear appropriate clothing?
• Do use all information you have at your disposal?
• Do report any incidents to Total People

November Safeguarding Stats

There were
Learner Concerns

Information or low level
There were
Unresolved Concern

Moderate Level
Were reported to the relevant authorities

High Level

Are you aware of how to report a concern?
This was covered in your induction but if unsure click here

Unresolved concern are concerns that still require monitoring from either Safeguarding or from the reporting person. Please ensure that you update Safeguarding of the outcomes to learner concerns so they can be closed.

Our concern levels are as follows:
Information – At present staff member is monitoring the situation
Low Level – Staff member presenting doesn’t require involvement from the Designated Person
Moderate Level – The concern may require input from the Designated Person
High Level – Staff member requires immediate action from the Designated Person