HTP APPRENTICE HUB:
Safeguarding

Our commitment to your welfare

At HTP Apprenticeship College, your safety and wellbeing are our top priorities.

We’re dedicated to creating a caring, positive, and secure environment where you can develop socially, physically, and morally. This commitment helps you grow in a way that builds confidence, independence, and a sense of security.

Your overall welfare

How we safeguard your welfare:
  • Collaboration with external agencies: We work closely with organisations like the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board to ensure strong support systems are in place, especially for young people and vulnerable adults who may be at risk.
  • Commitment to the Prevent strategy: HTP Apprenticeship College supports the Government’s Prevent Strategy (you can find more information at www.gov.uk). This strategy is aimed at preventing people from becoming involved in terrorism or supporting violent extremism. All our staff are trained to recognise and protect apprentices who might be susceptible to radicalisation or extremism.
  • Your welfare is our priority: If you ever feel uneasy or concerned, either about yourself or another apprentice, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Contact your Apprenticeship Coach via phone, email, or text. They will take your concerns to our Designated Safeguarding Persons, who are specially trained to help.
  • Access to our policies: For more detailed information, our Preventing Extremism Policy, Radicalisation Policy and Safeguarding Policy are available at www.htp.ac.uk/policies. If you would like your own copy or have any questions, just ask your Apprenticeship Coach and they’ll make sure you get the information you need.

E-safety

Staying safe online

In today’s digital age, technology plays a vital role in enhancing learning and communication. However, it’s important to be aware of the potential risks that come with its use. At HTP Apprenticeship College, we’re committed to ensuring that you have a safe and positive experience online.

Here’s What You Need to Know:
  • Understanding and managing online risks: We provide robust security measures and offer training and guidance to help you recognise and manage any online risks confidently and independently.
  • Following the IT Policy: As an apprentice, it’s important for you to familiarise yourself with, and adhere to, the HTP Apprenticeship College IT Policy. Please make sure to review this policy.
  • Your role in online safety: We encourage you to be proactive in maintaining your digital safety. If you ever encounter any concerns or issues with our online support or resources, don’t hesitate to report these immediately.
How to Report Concerns:

If you come across anything online that concerns you, contact your Apprenticeship Coach right away. They are equipped to act to prevent, as far as possible, any harm or further harm occurring.

Remember, your digital wellbeing is as important as your physical safety. By staying informed and vigilant, you can make the most of technology’s benefits while minimising its risks during your Apprenticeship.

If you would like further information on e-safety please contact Peter Johnson, one of our Designated Safeguarding Managers, on 01983 533926 or email [email protected]. You can also directly contact our Designated Safeguarding Lead, Nicki Neville – [email protected] 07795 262724

Cyberbullying

As an apprentice, it’s important to recognise that both offline and online interactions should always be conducted with courtesy and respect. The digital world is a powerful arena for communication, but it’s crucial to remember that what you post online can be misinterpreted or taken out of context. So, always ‘think before you post’. Cyberbullying can take many forms, including sending inappropriate texts or emails, or creating hate groups on social media platforms.

What you should do if you encounter cyberbullying:

  • Report Immediately: If you ever face any form of cyberbullying or harassment, it’s essential that you report it straight away.
  • How to Report: Contact your Apprenticeship Coach without delay. They are there to support you and take appropriate actions.
  • Taking Action: We take every report of cyberbullying seriously. Once reported, HTP Apprenticeship College will address the issue internally. If the behaviour is potentially illegal, it will be reported to the police.

 

Remember, your online wellbeing is just as important as your physical safety. Your training environment should be a safe space, both in the physical world and online. By being aware and taking action against cyberbullying, you help maintain a positive and respectful learning environment for everyone.