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Safeguarding is a term used to implement the health, well-being and human rights of individuals, which allow people - especially children, young people and vulnerable adults - to live free from abuse, harm and neglect, whether at college, work or home. The importance of safeguarding cannot be over emphasised - if you think a situation isn’t right, it probably isn’t - REPORT IT!
As an employer or colleague you spend a lot of time with your apprentice throughout the working day. Have you noticed your apprentice has been acting differently recently? Has their behaviour changed?
The following signs could mean safeguarding needs introduced:
• Language used that they wouldn’t normally, i.e. swearing or using derogatory terms
• Change in punctuality, are they late more often?
• Lack of motivation
• Poor hygiene / appearance
• Physical signs of abuse - bruising, scratches, self inflicted or not
• Lack of confidence / self esteem
• Inappropriate response to subjects
• Change in attitude - answering back, being cocky
If you have concerns about your apprentice then you need to speak to the safeguarding officer within your company.
If you don't have a safeguarding officer then you can speak to our Safeguarding Team at BESA Academy.
Contact Daniele Palacios on 07970 377791 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have a number of signposting resources on mental health here.
We also have a downloadable Safeguarding Poster, which you can print off and include your Safeguarding Officer's details on.DOWNLOAD SAFEGUARDING AN APPRENTICE POSTER HERE
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