All staff have a duty of care with regard to students and their safety and to protect them from
abuse and neglect.
Safeguarding is a term used to denote the duties and responsibilities that those providing a
health, social or education service have to carry out/perform to protect individuals from harm.
As a provider of post-16 educations, TDLC has a responsibility to ensure the safety of young
people and those adults deemed ‘vulnerable’. A vulnerable adult is defined as a person ‘who
is or may be in need of community care services by reason of mental or other disability, age
or illness; and who is or may be unable to take care of him or herself, or unable to protect him
or herself against significant harm or exploitation’.
TDLC is fully committed to creating a ‘safer’ learning environment that promotes wellbeing and security,
for all learners and all staff.Any young person under the age of 18 is considered, in the eyes of the law,
as a child and is protected by the child protection laws and guidance (Working Together to Safeguard
Children 2006). A vulnerable adult is as defined in the previous section. Incidents of abuse
are not common BUT any young person aged up to18 or any vulnerable adult, must be
considered as vulnerable to abuse whether this is in the home, in school or College, in the
work place or in some other place.
Abuse can take many forms but it is categorized under the following themes:
• Physical abuse
• Sexual abuse
• Psychological and Emotional abuse
It is important that young people and vulnerable adults are protected from any form of harm.
As such all complaints, allegations or suspicions must be taken seriously. The following
procedure must be followed whenever an allegation is made that a young person or
vulnerable adult has been abused or when there is a suspicion that they have been abused.
TDLC Safeguarding Policy
TDLC is committed to:
• Providing a safe environment in which young people and vulnerable adults learn.
• Identifying young people and vulnerable adults who are suffering, or at risk of suffering
significant harm and takes appropriate action to see that such young people and vulnerable
adults are kept safe whilst studying with TDLC.
• Having procedures for reporting and dealing with allegations of abuse against members of
staff and volunteers (Complaints procedure).
• Operate safe recruitment procedures.
• Designate a member of staff with sufficient authority to take lead responsibility for
• Remedy any deficiencies in or weaknesses in regard to safeguarding arrangements that are
brought to our attention.
• Ensuring that there are effective arrangements for liaising with employers and training
organizations that receive young people or vulnerable adults from us on apprenticeship
or work placement schemes to ensure that appropriate safeguards are put in place.
• Ensuring that staff receive basic training in safeguarding issues and are aware of TDLC
Everyone at TDLC must be aware that any young person or vulnerable adult may be the
victim of abuse or may be at risk of abuse.