“Safeguarding” is the duties and responsibilities that those providing a health, social or education service have to carry out to protect individuals from harm.
We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of learners, volunteers and staff. You have the right to feel safe where you learn.
In order to support you while you are enrolled with us, we have a dedicated Safeguarding Team of trained staff who can offer advice and support.
If you have any concerns about your own safety and welfare, or concerns about others, please discuss this with your tutor, a member of staff or contact the Safeguarding Team or complete the online form on this page.
Safeguarding means protecting children and adults at risk from harm, abuse and neglect. These risks include
• Physical, sexual or emotional abuse
• Bullying, including online bullying and prejudice-based bullying
• Racist, disability, homophobic or transphobic abuse
• Gender-based violence, or violence against women and girls
• Radicalisation or extremist behaviour
• Child sexual exploitation and trafficking
• The impact of new technologies on sexual behaviour, for example ‘sexting’ and accessing pornography
• Teenage relationship abuse
• Substance misuse
• Issues that may be specific to a local area or population, for example gang activity and youth violence
• Domestic violence
• Female genital mutilation
• Forced marriage
• Fabricated or induced illness
• Poor parenting, particularly in relation to babies and young children
• Any other issues that pose a risk to children, young people and vulnerable adults
Prevent is about safeguarding people from the threat of terrorism.
Terrorism covers all forms of extremism, both violent and non-violent and is defined in the national prevent strategy as 'any vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values' and covers international and domestic terrorist threats, including the activities of far right groups and animal rights groups.
We have a vital role to play in protecting you from the risk of extremism and radicalisation. This is underpinned by the Counter Terrorism & Security Act 2015 which states that Colleges must have 'due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism.'
We work closely with communities and partner agencies to safeguard vulnerable individuals from any background who might be at risk from radicalisation
There are a range of support services available to support you to be safe.
Links need to be added to the following sites:
• Middlesbrough Safeguarding board
• Child exploitaion and online protection
• SARC Teesside provide a 24/7 service for anyone who has experienced rape, sexual assault or other sexual abuse
• Domestic Violence
• Report terrorism
MCL recognises the benefits and opportunities which new technologies offer to teaching and learning. However, the internet also has potential risks and dangers. If you would like to learn more about keeping safe online, speak to one of our Safeguarding Team.
If you are concerned about your safety, you can talk to your tutor or one of the safeguarding officers:
Emma Cowley Phone: 07980 771280
Claire Kemp Phone: 01642 811404
Karen Mackintosh Phone: 01642 354183
Jan Earl Phone: 01642 576520