Middlesbrough College is committed to the safeguarding and welfare of all of our students.
In order to support those enrolled at the college, we have a dedicated Safeguarding Team of trained professionals who can offer advice and guidance.
If students have any concerns over their own safety and welfare, or the safety and welfare of another student, they should discuss this with their Personal Tutor, a Safeguarding and Welfare Officer or a member of the Safeguarding Team.
All staff on campus have had safeguarding training and are alert to the possibility of risks and any safeguarding issues. If they recognise a concern, are told about a concern by a third party or if a student makes a disclosure to them, they have the duty and the responsibility to make their concerns known to one of the designated Safeguarding Team.
Students are also able to use the College's 'SMS texting' facility (Text 'Safe' to 83123), which sends an email to a member of the Safeguarding Team with the student's mobile number to call back. The College also has a designated safeguarding email address
The College is part of the Operation Encompass Partnership. This initiative has been designated to provide early reporting of any domestic abuse incidents that occur outside of normal College hours and that might have an impact on a student's attendance.
A number of possible behavioural changes can suggest that your child is at risk to radicalisation and it is important that you look out for these.
As a parent 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
If you have any concerns, please contact the Safeguarding Team at the College.
Alternatively, you can contact the safeguarding team directly:
Telephone: 01642 333775 / 333527
Text: ‘SAFE’ to 83123