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Safeguarding as a phrase covers many things, but ultimately it is all about keeping people safe and protecting their wellbeing.   

We take the safeguarding of our learners seriously and an important part of the work that we do at Stockport Continuing Adult Education Service is to provide learners with the support and information they need to deal with situations that put their wellbeing at risk, whether that’s at one of our adult learning centres or in external environments.

To help keep our learners safe, SCES:

  • It has its own Safeguarding policy, which follows the Stockport Council Safeguarding Procedure.

  • Work closely with other departments within the Council and external organisations to support at-risk adults.

  • Ensures that all staff members are carefully recruited and trained and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checked.

  • Makes specialist support staff and tutors available to provide support and signpost to all learners if required.

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Our Safeguarding team
If, for example, you are concerned about issues such as abuse, including physical, emotional, sexual, financial and verbal abuse, bullying or harassment, radicalisation or extremism, our Safeguarding team will support you and liaise with external agencies who can provide further help if needed.

If you feel worried about your safety, don't hesitate to contact our Safeguarding team at

If you’re at risk and in immediate danger, you should always call 999. 

Health & Safety To keep our learning environments safe, healthy and secure, please make sure that you are aware of the processes for: Evacuating the building Reporting accidents, incidents and hazards Smoking/vaping in the building Using IT responsibly Please speak to your tutor or a member of the learning centre team if you have any concerns over health and safety.

Staying Safe Online There are many ways that you can keep yourself safe online. These include: Keeping your personal information private – The internet is full of opportunities to share your personal information, but this can make you vulnerable to things such as identity theft, cyberstalking, and other issues, so please avoid sharing personal information. Choose a strong password – It may be tempting to choose an easy password such as your name, address but the more complex your password – the better! Use a mixture of numbers, letters, special characters and use both upper and lower case. Be alert – If you receive an email that doesn’t quite look right, then don’t click it! Identity thieves often send emails or create websites that appear to be genuine and try to capture personal information such as your bank account number, your date or birth, address and even passwords. Stay protected – Make sure that you install virus protection software and a firewall on to your computer device and check for updates regularly. Watch out for fraudulent sellers – Watch out for things such as online auctions for non-existent or falsely represented goods, foreign money transfers, paying up front for loans or financial services, competitions asking for payment.

Prevent Prevent is a government strategy aimed at reducing the threat of terrorism by stopping people becoming radicalised. Radicalisation can happen when a person becomes exposed to extreme ideologies, which may be founded in social, religious, or political beliefs that seek to undermine society and choice. SCES seeks to protect learners from the messages of extremism, and we are committed to supporting those who are at risk of radicalisation and their friends and family.

Democracy There are four British Values which we all have a responsibility to support and demonstrate and these are as follows: Democracy Rule of Law Individual Liberty Respect and Tolerance of all religions/faiths or none These values emphasise what it is to be a citizen in the modern and diverse Great Britain.

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