Safeguarding: A learner’s perspective

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Safeguarding: A learner’s perspective

Traineeships offer a vocational pathway into a career and include a work experience placement, but did you know they also offer the chance to develop other life skills?

Functional skills sessions, also delivered as part of the traineeship programme, introduce learners to English, maths and employability skills in a non-academic environment.

Below you can read a piece of work focusing on safeguarding from one of our learners, Matt, completed as part of his functional skills sessions. 

A pair of hands protecting some wooden figures


By Matt, December 2021.

Safeguarding to me is to be responsible and give help to those in our society that need looking out for. Unfortunately, there are some nasty people out there and the appropriate services such as mental health workers or the police can only act on something they know about. This means that if we see something we should report it. The only context I can see that you should be careful about reporting something is if that person’s safety is at risk, even then it should be reported but appropriately and delicately.

Different types of abuse

Abuse can come from many different avenues all being potentially quite debilitating. Here are some examples: 

  • Mental abuse. A person can be subject to mental torture and manipulation which can worsen an existing mental condition or create one.
  • Sexual abuse. Unfortunately, it does exist where people are subject to all kinds of obscene sexual acts.
  • Physical abuse. Vulnerable people are potentially susceptible to being abused physically.

Places where abuse can happen

There are a lot of places where abuse can happen, the most common being at home which tends to unfortunately involves a relative or someone you thought was a friend.

Another place where abuse can happen is the workplace where a colleague or boss can potentially sexually harass or bully the vulnerable person.

Reporting safeguarding

As mentioned, the appropriate services can only render help if made aware of situations. So, if seeing abuse, neglect or bullying taking place it should always be reported but if someone’s safety is at risk it should be dealt with more delicately.

Types of people who need safeguarding

The people that might need safeguarding can stem from all walks of life, it essentially boils down to if they are at risk from potential abuse. Some examples of people that have this risk include:

  • Someone with a mental disability. People with mental disabilities can be subject to all kinds of abuse, predominantly mental abuse. Putting it bluntly it’s possible that these people aren’t of a fully strong mind and would have a lot of anxiety and apprehension when speaking up about their offender.
  • Someone with a physical disability. In a similar fashion to someone with a mental disability where they are locked in to receiving potential abuse by not being of complete sound mind; A person with a physical disability is going to have physical trouble in trying to escape abuse. A person with a physical disability will also be more likely to be on the lower hand when it comes to physical confrontations leaving them significantly more susceptible to physical abuse.
  • Someone living alone. A lot of us might forget but someone who is living alone is quite susceptible to abuse and physical confrontations as they have very few (if any) people looking out for them and making sure they get home at night.
  • Children. Arguably one of the most important demographics of people to look out for is children as if no one is looking out for a child they can have a horrible and bitter childhood and end up growing into a nasty adult person because of this.


Safeguarding is a quintessential part of society where people that need looking out for are looked after. This is reinforced by the base principle of ‘How would you feel if you were in their shoes’. I can count on the answer being that you would want to be looked out for because there are some bad people who commit horrendous acts and ultimately that the potential risk of those scenes taking place needs to be quelled.

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