Safeguarding and Prevent
We are regularly commended for our behaviour and atmosphere and take great pride in ensuring the safety of our staff and students.
To ensure the College and TTE continues to provide a safe and friendly environment, the College has a barrier system in place at the entry to the main site and security, access control measures at other key entry points, in addition to an already comprehensive and effective CCTV system and physical security staff presence. There are no barriers at TTE but there is a security presence.
All students are able to easily access the College, utilising their College ID cards. We would encourage students to keep their ID visible at all times within the building to allow security staff to easily identify them as a student within the learning zones of the College.
We continue to welcome visitors, employers and community groups into the College under these access arrangements.
Colleges have a vital role to play in protecting students from the risks 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’.
Radicalisation is the process by which individuals come to support terrorism or violent extremism. It is recognised that radicalisation can occur to an individual from any section of society and is not particular to any racial, ethnic or social group. It is also recognised that in many instances the process of radicalisation is essentially one of grooming by others. Middlesbrough College and TTE works closely with communities and partner agencies to safeguard vulnerable individuals from any background who might be at risk of radicalisation.
Your role as a parent/guardian:
A number of possible behavioural changes can suggest that your child is a risk of radicalisation and it is important that you look out for these. As a parent/guardian, you should look out for increased instances of:
- A conviction that their religion, culture or beliefs are under threat and treated unjustly.
- A tendency to look for conspiracy theories and distrust of mainstream media.
- The need for identity and belonging.
- Being secretive about who they’ve been talking to online and what sites they visit.
- Switching screens when you come near the phone, tablet or computer.
- Possessing items – electronic devices or phones – you haven’t given them.
- Becoming emotionally volatile.
Please report anything suspicious to firstname.lastname@example.org or text ‘Safe’ to 60081.