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The Learning Institute

The Learning Institute


**If an adult or child - including any children in the care of adults such as family members - are in imminent danger, an immediate response is needed. Please phone 999 and ask for the Police.**

Safeguarding statement 

The Learning Institute, as the outreach higher education and training arm of Westcountry Schools Trust, has a mandatory responsibility to protect its learners from harm. It recognises its statutory duty to protect any children and this includes children of adults who use Learning Institute services or who are employees or children who attend a setting related to The Learning Institute. We believe that the safety and welfare of children, learners and staff is paramount to the work we do and understand that safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility.

We will ensure that the over-arching principles of safeguarding are promoted throughout our organisation and programmes. This includes but is not limited to recognising signs of abuse of any kind, a clear procedure for reporting concerns and promoting a culture that ensures we provide an environment where children and adults will be taken seriously and are respected and valued.

Policies and procedures

Please read our Adult Safeguarding & Welfare Policy here.

Further information about following procedure to report a concern can be found here.

Additional Westcountry Schools Trust policies, including the Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy and Whistleblowing Policy, can be accessed here.


Government guidance

Department for Education (2021) Keeping children safe in education: statutory guidance for schools and colleges

HM Government (2021) Revised Prevent duty guidance: for England and Wales

HM Government (2021) The Prevent Duty in higher education (HE): training and guidance for practitioners 

What to do if a person(s) is in immediate danger 

An immediate response is needed if an adult or child - including any children in the care of adults such as family members - are in imminent danger:

Phone 999 and ask for the Police

The legal definition of imminent danger is a situation(s) that poses a direct and immediate threat to a person or where a crime is being committed or you think will be committed. Examples include (but are not limited to) physical danger such as domestic abuse, attempting or threatening suicide, female genital mutilation, driving a car under the influence of drink or drugs, wielding a knife, assault, carrying out a terrorist act. Do not take chances: you must report this type of incident to police immediately.

Other concerns and or issues that do not need an immediate response 

These need to be reported through the online portal promptly (within 24 hours during the working week, the next working day after a weekend). This ensures recording is timely. This includes any concerns or issues that you think directly or indirectly relate to another person regarding safeguarding and welfare; child protection; conduct and behaviour; whistleblowing AND any concern or issue relating to your own professional conduct that may fall under the low level concern policy. See the Learning Institute Policies here for a full list of the types of reportable issues and related policies for more information.

Reports will be logged and appropriate steps taken within 48 hours or the next working day after a weekend.

Please start reporting your concern here

Other advice and guidance 

For information specific to a professional programme please refer to the programme leader in the first instance. If you would like to discuss anything related to professional or personal safeguarding or welfare, please contact the Designated Safeguarding Lead or Deputy Safeguarding Officer HERE

Remember you are not and cannot be an expert in all aspects of safeguarding – there are trained individuals within our organisation and other agencies who will decide what necessary guidance/interventions/escalation are needed – you are not expected to do this. Your role is to report your concern.

Learning Institute staff cannot provide a 24 hour response service. This procedure is designed as a responsible approach which responds to our learning community and our safeguarding responsibilities. Your responsibility is to follow the process and raise awareness of any issue however small.

You will not be breaching any protocol for sharing safeguarding or welfare information using the procedure set out whether it relates to an adult or child.

The Learning Institute mostly has adult learners. Although we recognise some adults are additionally vulnerable (such as those leaving looked after care), all adults can move in and out of vulnerability. We have the same responsibilities to adults in regards to safeguarding as we have with children.

Your safeguarding responsibilities as a professional and a citizen are :

  • Report your concerns
  • Actively promote and encourage a culture of vigilance

Safeguarding information - COVID-19

Our safeguarding team have created region specific safeguarding leaflets, which can be accessed via the links below.

Designated Safeguarding Lead (The Learning Institute) - Zoe Nixon
Phone: 07377 801176 or 01726 212866

Designated Safeguarding Officer (The Learning Institute) - Jacky Olver
Phone: 01579 383292 ext 208

Designated Safeguarding Lead (Westcountry Schools Trust) - Richard Woodland
Phone: 01752 891790

Designated Safeguarding Officer (Arena) - Michelle Roberts
Phone: 01579 386120

Safeguarding Governor (The Learning Institute) - Paul Northcott

Chair of Governors (The Learning Institute) - Louise Clements