Paignton Sec Info Tech Training Centre Ltd

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What is Safeguarding?


Safeguarding is carried out to prevent exploitation, harm or damage mainly in the context of under 18’s and vulnerable adults. Vulnerable adults includes those who are disabled, or of an ethnic minority, for example.


Every child and vulnerable adult may be at risk of harm or abuse – regardless of their age, gender, religion or ethnicity. Education establishments and training providers undertake Safeguarding activities to help protect individuals from maltreatment, prevent impairment of health or development and enables individuals to have the best outcome possible.




● Almost 1 in 5 children have experienced severe physical, sexual or emotional neglect / abuse in their lives.

● On average, at least one child is killed in the UK every week.

● Over 1/3rd of serious cases involve a child under one year old.

● There were a total of 21,493 sexual offences against children recorded by the police in the UK in 2011/12.

● There were an estimated 649, 000 incidents of violence at work according to the 2012/13 CSEW, comprising 332, 000 assaults and 317, 000 threats.

● For every child placed on the child protection register, another eight are suffering from abuse and neglect and are not getting support.


Why is Safeguarding in place?


● Children, individuals and vulnerable groups are protected against harm, exploitation or damage.

● All parties concerned (individuals, staff, volunteers) will be aware of their responsibilities and actions to take if they have concerns.

● Shows that an organisation is responsible and has pride in its work.


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Why is Safeguarding part of my apprenticeship?


Safeguarding is taught as part of your apprenticeship to help raise awareness of Safeguarding and its value. As part of the apprenticeship framework, it is the responsibility of Paignton Sec to promote Safeguarding issues to both learners and employers.


How does Safeguarding affect me?


Safeguarding helps to protect a child or vulnerable adult’s health, wellbeing and human rights, enabling them to live free from abuse, harm or neglect. Teaching Safeguarding issues and giving advice will help ensure all learners feel safe in their work environment and to enable them to voice any potential concerns. Learning about safeguarding will also enable you to:


● Gain knowledge and take responsibility for your own wellbeing.

● Understand Safeguarding beyond your own experience.

● Recognise when other individuals may be at risk.



If I have a safeguarding issue, who can I go to?


If you have any concerns in regards to Safeguarding issues, you can speak to your training consultant who will be able to advise you. If you would prefer to not discuss the issues with your training consultant, you can speak to Paignton Sec’s Safeguarding representative using the following details:


Name: Janet Robinson

Phone number: 01803 559816



You can also find useful information and support using the following websites:


Devon Safeguarding Board:


Devon and Torbay Safeguarding Board:


Plymouth Safeguarding Board:


Somerset Safeguarding Board:


In your portfolio folder, you can refer to Paignton Sec’s Safeguarding policy and the Safeguarding flowchart if you have a disclosure to make. Please be aware that all of Paignton Sec’s training consultants have had a DBS police check.


British Values


As a training provider, we are required to work with learners to promote and embed fundamental British values into their training schemes. This can be done through developing learners and employers in SMSC.


SMSC stands for Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development.


Spiritual development can occur when encouraging individuals to be reflective on their own beliefs as well as others, which can develop a person’s respect for different faiths, feelings and values. Spiritual development can be shown by a learner’s willingness to reflect on their experiences and their enjoyment in learning about others.


Moral development can be shown by an individual’s ability to recognise the differences between right and wrong which includes the civil and legal boundaries of England. Morality can also be developed by an individual understanding the consequences of behaviour / actions and displaying an appreciation of others viewpoints.


Social development requires individuals to use social skills in different situations (e.g. at work, with friends, with those from different religious, ethnic or socio-economic backgrounds). Social development may also be shown by an individual’s participation in various settings and being able to cooperate well with others.


Cultural development can take place within an individual when they understand and appreciate cultural influences and on themselves as well as other individuals. Understanding and interacting positively with those from a different culture as well as showing a respect for different faiths and cultural diversity will also show cultural development. Tolerance and positive attitudes should be shown towards those with religious, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds.


What are Mainstream British Values?


British values include:



The Rule of Law

Individual Liberty and Respect

The Tolerance of those with Different Faiths and Beliefs

Freedom of Speech




Democracy allows people to be involved in decisions, for example, people aged 18+ can vote about political affairs and can elect representatives. Democracy allows individuals to:


Have their views considered

Value each other’s views and values

Protect their human rights

At Paignton Sec, it is important for our learners to have a voice. We implement this by allowing learners to choose which type of portfolio (paper or online) would benefit them the most as well as allowing learners to decide how they would like to learn certain skills, allowing training consultants to plan each learners training scheme on an individual basis. By conduction regular surveys, we also allow learners to voice their views, which will all be considered by Paignton Sec.


The Rule of Law


The rule of law is the influence and authority that legislation has within a nation. The law is put into place to ensure that accepted standards of living and employment are upheld and every citizen is subject to comply with the law. If a person is to break the law, justice and punishment can be implemented, which is delivered by competent representatives who help to ensure that society is safe and fair.


As a training provider, we aim to promote the rule of law to learners to ensure that all are clear about what the law requires. Laws are applied evenly to citizens and help to protect fundamental rights. One way in which Paignton Sec helps to promote and teach learners about the rule of law is by handing out monthly worksheets about different health and safety, equality and diversity and safeguarding issues and the laws that may affect learners.


Individual Liberty and Respect


The liberty of an individual refers to their ability to freely exercise their social, political or economic rights. To ensure that our learners have a high level of individual liberty, we ensure that the environment that they work within is safe and supportive of the learner. Paignton Sec also gives out worksheets on health and safety, equality and diversity and safeguarding each month to that learners know and understand their rights and personal freedoms.


Mutual respect is when each individual partakes in honesty, trust and meaningful conversation with others. Individuals have different ideas about certain things and mutual respect will result in both parties accepting and respecting the other person’s beliefs.


The Tolerance of those with Different Faiths and Beliefs


It is important that individuals develop a tolerance towards those with different faiths and beliefs. Paignton Sec promotes diversity and ensures that learners are educated on individual differences and respects other cultures and ways of life.


We help to promote these differences by handing out worksheets about different religions, disabilities, gender, health and safety as well as well as other safeguarding issues that need to be raised. These worksheets contain the necessary details to ensure that these issues are addressed and they also include an activity to ensure that learners have engaged with the topic.


Freedom of Speech


Freedom of speech is the right of an individual to voice an opinion or idea without fear of punishment. An advantage of freedom of speech is that people can gain an understanding of their surroundings by exchanging ideas and information with others freely. Freedom of speech also allows people to promote human rights and improve the quality of life for certain individuals.


As well as worksheets which provide learners with different opinions or ideas, Paignton Sec also raises awareness of current affairs and news articles with learners, which can help develop ideas. This will encourage learners to speak about their own ideas freely, without prejudice.