Safe Guarding Policy

York Learning fully recognises its responsibilities for safeguarding vulnerable adults and children. Safeguarding is paramount and it is the duty of all York Learning staff and volunteers working with, or in contact with children or vulnerable adults to recognise signs of abuse, protect them from abuse and be alert to the possibility of abuse.


A vulnerable child is anyone under the age of 18. The term ‘vulnerable adult’ can apply to many of us at different stages of our lives.


Safeguarding vulnerable adults relates to anyone over the age of 18 years who may:

Be in need of community care services by reason of mental or other disability, age or illness.
Be unable to take care of themselves or unable to protect themselves against significant harm or exploitation.
Have physical or sensory impairments.
Be old and frail.
Is receiving any kind of long term health care or on prescribed medication for a long period of time or life.
Be detained in custody or under a probation order.
Be experiencing abuse due to problems with alcohol or drugs.
Be vulnerable due to other circumstances, such as speaking English as a second language, or being financially vulnerable due to being neither in employment or education or training (NEET), or being an asylum seeker.

Abuse can take many forms, such as physical, mental, sexual or financial and includes issues such as bullying.

If you need support or are concerned about the well-being of one of your classmates, please speak to a member of the Safeguarding group:

The designated persons for safeguarding are:

Vulnerable adults
Angela Whitehall
07833402845
angela.whitehall@york.gov.uk

Alistair Gourlay
01904 554294
alistair.gourlay@york.gov.uk

Children
Jill Murphy
01904 554236
jill.murphy@york.gov.uk

Alistair Gourlay
01904 554294
alistair.gourlay@york.gov.uk

Young People
Sarah Robson
01904 551056
sarah.robson@york.gov.uk

Alison Thorne
01904 551056
alison.thorne@york.gov.uk

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