Safeguarding guide for employers

As an employer, you're expected to take responsibility for an apprentice’s welfare in the workplace. You must seek appropriate advice when you feel an apprentice may be at risk. 

We take our responsibility to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our apprentices seriously. We are committed to providing a safe, respectful and welcoming environment. We take a proactive approach to minimise risks to apprentices both in the workplace and at the University.

We work together with our employer partners who help us deliver apprenticeship programmes. We all have a duty to comply with UK legislation and statutory responsibilities. 

This guide gives you information on the support services we offer to employers working with apprentices.

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Safeguarding is everyone's responsibility

If you have a concern, pass it on. Contact our Safeguarding Leads.

Supporting employers

Our Safeguarding Team are here to help if you need safeguarding, mental health or wellbeing support or advice. In an emergency or when suspecting a serious harm, please contact the appropriate authorities in the first instance.

  1. Have you noticed a change in behaviour, perspective or opinion that may cause concern? Have they stopped engaging with their studies, or have they become withdrawn or isolated? Are they experiencing bullying or harassment? Or perhaps someone has told you something that could constitute abuse, harm or vulnerability to radicalisation?

    Consider the following:

    • Has someone shared information with you that is of concern? Does something not ‘feel right’?
    • What have you noticed? Consider whether someone is at risk of harm or abuse.
    • Who was involved?
    • Does the incident relate to local, national or international events or news stories?
    • Why do you feel the individual is vulnerable?
    • Are there any other vulnerabilities or concerns that make the individual at risk of radicalisation?
  2. Seek clarity and consider the following:

    • Was it a one-off comment, behaviour change or incident that was out of context for the individual? Has the individual concerned been spoken with? If so, what explanation do they offer and has further information come to light? If not, what are the reasons for this?
    • Do you know if there have been similar concerns before?
    • Is the concern Prevent duty related?
    • Does the individual need extra support or are they already in receipt of support?

    If there is immediate concern, call 999. Then report to one of our safeguarding leads by calling +44 (0) 1772 893020.

    For out of hours concerns, the security team are available 24 hours a day on +44 (0) 1772 892068.

    For students, apprentices and staff, the Safezone App is available to download to access support and assistance.

  3. Report any genuine concerns as soon as possible. You should never investigate yourself.

    Have you carried out the appropriate checks? Share your concerns by passing the information to our Operational/Principal Safeguarding Leads.

    Share your concerns in full, including:

    • What was said or observed.
    • When it was noticed.
    • Who said it.
    • A description of the concerning behaviour, incident or comment.

    Also share if there have been any similar or historical concerns you are aware of.

    The Operational/Principal Safeguarding Leads will determine next steps. They will organise external referrals, as appropriate.

    For safeguarding queries, support or advice, you can email our Operational/Principal Safeguarding and Prevent Leads. Or, please call +44 (0) 1772 893020.