November Newsletter

Stephen Bloor Newsletter

Welcome to the November Safeguarding Newsletter.

This months topics include safety tips for your learners as party season approaches and some links to resources and current topics, for example sexual harassment, bullying and substance abuse.

We have had an excellent response to our learner survey which had over 300 responses in the 3 weeks that it was open. We hope to publish some results in December’s newsletter.

If you complete a learner concern this month, you will note that some of the form has been changed. It will ask you to record if you have any knowledge of any previous concerns raised regarding the learner you are concerned about. While each report is read and assessed by the Safeguarding Lead, having an idea of previous reports is a double check. We will also be making some amendments to the response to each concern, adding to the circulation all sector managers who have responsibility for the education of that learner.

We hope this will have the impact of keeping all those who need to be informed, up to date, while maintaining the confidentiality for the learner involved.

As always, your thoughts would be welcomed.

October Safeguarding Stats

There were
Learner Concerns

Information or low level
There were
Unresolved Concern

Moderate Level
Were reported to the relevant authorities

High Level

You can watch a short video on how to report a concern. click here

This month has seen much more involvement from the safeguarding team with various issues.

The Childcare team, Functional Skills, and Study Programme have raised most concerns. Higher than normal proportion coming from the Hairdressing sector.

Mental health and anxiety remain our most listed concerns and we will be looking at tips for mental health wellbeing, particularly over the Christmas period in next months newsletter. Don’t forget – we have an ongoing relationship with REMPLOY, which offers expert advice and guidance from qualified staff, aimed at keeping our learners on programme and in work place settings.

– All information and low level reports have an initial 28 day review when staff will be asked to update.
– All those reports graded moderate have some involvement from the team, which could amount to support at Child at risk or in need meetings, to information, advice and guidance. These reports have a 14 day review period.
– All high level reports normally receive a response within an hour (during office hours) and have a review period of 7 days.
– All staff will be asked to update their concern via an email, and those actions and updates are recorded on the report for audit and accountability.

Current Total People Safeguarding Trends – October

Learners Lifestyle -Substance abuse/ addictions.

There have been a number of concerns raised regarding learners who we suspect are taking drugs or have other forms of addictions. Normally this is well establish part of their life when they attend Total People, but on some occasions this could be experimental.

Advice and Guidance
Total People’s safeguarding web page has a link to a local advice finder.

Tap in the post code of the learners home address, together with the type of issue you want help with (Homelessness, drug addiction etc)

You can also add the distance from home you would like to travel for support. Press the button and you have a list of agencies that can offer support.

Don’t forget to record your concern on our reporting form and add any advice you have given.

Mental Health – Anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts.

This is the top of the table of concerns raised about learners.

All referals for support would come via the learners GP, so a visit to them initially is essential. Support can take up to 6 months to be in place, and so, during that time, Total People offer support via REMPLOY.

Advice and Guidance
REMPLOY’s details are:
Tel: 0300 456 8210

Upon receipt of your learner concern report, you will be forward an elcetronic leaflet detailing the support REMPLOY offers. Its aim is to keep learners inn education or the workplace.

All dealings are confidential.

The learner would need to ring and ask for support, but the training adviser can certainly help with that process. This is for the very good reason of self help. REMPLOY recognise that the first stage to getting support is often the first phone call which needs to be made by the one seeking that help.

Sexual Harassment at work.
• What is acceptable behaviour and what is not?
• Do they know what to do if they feel they are being harassed?
• How easy would they find it to report any incidents in their workplace?
• Are they surprised by any of the figures mentioned?
• Is this just a female issue – or do males get harassed?

Advice and guidance
Staff should advise learners who feel they are being harassed in the work environment to report the matter to their employer and these crimes can be reported also to the police.
Further support:

For more additional support visit our safeguarding page

Consent – Explained

Sexual assault on public transport


Keeping Safe
– Go out in a group and come home in a group. Look out for one another.
– Make sure your mobile phone is fully charged, and you have enough credit.
– Stick to well-lit and well used areas.
– Do not take short cuts through dark and remote alleyways, parks or wasteland.
– Walk briskly and with confidence. Walk along the pavement facing oncoming traffic but keep back from the curb. Keep clear of recesses such as doorways.
– Be alert to your surroundings.
– Avoid chatting on your mobile phone or with earphones in.
– If you have concerns about a group of people or a particular situation, keep away.
– Carry your keys in your pocket.
– If you think you are being followed, check by crossing the street. If you are worried go to the nearest place where there are other people and call the police.
– Excess alcohol will blur your judgement and senses and make you more vulnerable. Always your drink in sight and do not accept drinks from people you do not know well.
– Be wary of meeting anyone on your own if you do not know them well.
– Do not visit a cash point alone.
– Never get into an unmarked taxi.
– Let someone know the approximate time you are due to arrive home.
Anti bullying week
Get ready for Anti-Bullying Week 13 – 17th November 2017

The Anti-bullying Alliance co-ordinates a range of organisations in their annual awareness Week. This year’s theme is ‘All Different, All Equal’. There are a wide-range of age-focussed resources and many ideas on their website, which can be found here:

Anti Bullying Week Information

Alcohol awareness
Alcohol Awareness Week 13th to 30th November. Find resources here.

Talk about Alcohol

In addition, you can make use of a resource pack from the alcohol education trust – available from the Safeguarding Team.