Safeguarding and Prevent

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.

  • Physical abuse
  • Emotional abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Neglect - including self-neglect
  • Bullying, including cyberbullying
  • Child sexual exploitation
  • Domestic violence
  • Drugs
  • Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
  • Financial abuse
  • Forced marriage
  • Modern slavery
  • Mental Health
  • Organisational abuse
  • Psychological abuse
  • Relationship abuse
  • Radicalisation
  • Sexting (Youth Produced Sexual Imagery)
  • Trafficking

Prevent is about safeguarding people from the threat of terrorism. Terrorism covers all forms of extremism, both violent and non-violent and is defined in the national prevent strategy as 'any vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values' and covers international and domestic terrorist threats, including the activities of far right groups and animal rights groups.

Colleges have a vital role to play in protecting students from the risk 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.'

Middlesbrough College work closely with communities and partner agencies to safeguard vulnerable individuals from any background who might be at risk from radicalisation.

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.


Your role as a parent

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.



For further information, view our Safeguarding Students Policy and Procedures.


Alternatively, you can contact the safeguarding team directly:

Telephone: 01642 333775  /  333527
Text: SAFEto 83123

Email: safeguarding@mbro.ac.uk