Our Safeguarding Team provides a key contact for support for all our students and employer partners.

The welfare of our students underpins everything that we do at Damar.

If you have a safeguarding concern please email our Safeguarding Team or call us on 0161 480 8171.

If there is an immediate risk of harm, then please call the appropriate emergency service on 999.

We recognise that student welfare is everyone’s responsibility and expect that all colleagues behave in accordance with our policies and procedures.

Prevent, equality and diversity, radicalisation, online safety and health and safety are just some of the important welfare areas that are linked to safeguarding.

All concerns are taken seriously and we strive to ensure that our students feel safe and supported regarding any report of abuse, sexual violence and/or sexual harassment. We will never discriminate against someone because of a protected characteristic or any other attribute.

We promote the welfare of all our students, placing specific emphasis on children (our under 18s) and vulnerable adults during their learning journey and we recognise our responsibility to promote the right of every individual to:

  • Be healthy (both physically and mentally)
  • Stay safe
  • Enjoy and achieve
  • Make a positive contribution
  • Achieve economic well being

And its importance is embedded in all our training programmes.

Our staff are trained to understand and recognise the indicators that may suggest a risk of abuse, neglect or harm, which we recognise can take many forms, and our robust procedure for managing concerns means that suitable support is provided and referrals to external agencies (where required) are made, appropriately and quickly.

You can view our full policy for Safeguarding and Promoting Student Welfare on our policy page.

In December 2021, the mayor of Greater Manchester launched the “Is This OK?” campaign, aimed at tackling gender-based harassment.

Andy Burnham said men and boys need to “take responsibility” and challenge behaviours. As part of the launch, he tweeted a video of a woman being sexually harassed.

The video tells the story of a young woman being sexually harassed throughout the day, while jogging, on social media, at a coffee shop and on a night out.

UN Women UK found 71% of women of all ages in the UK had experienced some form of sexual harassment in a public space. This number rises to 86% among 18 to 24-year-olds and more than 95% of all women did not report their experiences of sexual harassment.

The video is the first in a series of public engagement activities on the issue and the campaign’s development will be informed by the Greater Manchester Gender-Based Violence Board, Mr Burnham said.

Are you worried about something, or someone you know?

Refuge – Gender-based violence services – Refuge Charity – Domestic Violence Help

If you have a safeguarding concern, please email our Safeguarding Team  or call us on 0161 480 8171. If there is an immediate risk of harm, then please call the appropriate emergency service on 999.

Towards the back end of 2021, Inflation hit a 10 year high with the prices for items such as groceries and petrol soaring. As a result of the provisions put in place over the period of the pandemic, we are soon going to see a 1.25% increase in the amount of National Insurance we pay and by April 2022 a significant rise in energy costs is expected. Increases are also expected in respect of train fares, mortgage interest rates and roaming charges. All of these factors are building together to cause a cost-of-living crisis.

Why is everything more expensive?

As a result of the pandemic, factories across the world faced lockdowns and worker absences and as such supply chains were hit with delays to shipping leading to increases in the cost of raw materials. Food prices have also risen as a result of wage increases due to a recent shortage of HGV drivers.

You may not have noticed the increase in cost of living from month to month but in the long term, these increases impact how far your money can go and as things become increasingly more and more expensive, the impact will become clearer.

What can you do to avoid the pinch?

There are number of ways to keep check of your finances. Simply checking bank statements regularly will help you keep a check on spending. Using comparison sites and reviewing any subscriptions that you have but may no longer use will also be useful. Setting a budget is also a great way to keep a check on your finances and The UK Government-backed MoneyHelper service has useful budgeting guides which could help you plan and stick to a household budget here.

During the period of the pandemic, Buy Now Pay Later firms such as Klarna, Clearpay and Laybuy experienced significant growth, particularly among the under 30s and those with tight finances and going forward, with the majority of consumers likely to feel the pinch, those buy now pay later options could look more appealing.

Although, if used correctly, buy now pay later can be a cheap way to borrow it is important to remember that it is still debt. If something goes wrong, you could face charges and even marks on your credit file. These consequences are not always made clear and so use of Buy now Pay later options should always be carefully considered.

Martin Lewis, Founder of MoneySavingExpert suggests, before using such options, you should think about how you would answer the following questions:

  • Would you buy the item at all if buy now pay later was not an option?
  • Are you sure you can meet the repayments?
  • Is buy now pay later the best form of borrowing for you?

If you answer no to any of the questions, it is suggested you should not use the buy now pay later option.

If you find you are struggling with the increased cost of living, there is support out there:-

On Saturday 15th January 2022, 44 year old Malik Faisal Akram interrupted a morning service at Beth Israel Synagogue in Dallas, Texas. Akram, who was originally from Blackburn in Lancashire, held four hostages including the rabbi. Following a ten hour standoff, all four hostages were released unharmed, however, Akram was shot and killed by police.

Reports suggest that Malik Faisal Akram was known to British police and it is unclear when he flew to the US – having arrived in December – and how he obtained a visa.

It is now reported that two teenagers were arrested in Manchester on Sunday evening by officers from Counter Terrorism Policing North West as part of an investigation into the attack.

An important question raised by these events is the issue of radicalisation and how this happens. A report by the Department of Education from August 2017 outlined the growing concern of radicalisation of children and young people.

Radicalisation can be seen as a two-stage process. The first stage encompasses an attitudinal journey, where a vulnerable individual begins to hold extremist views – vulnerabilities being influenced by background factors (e.g. criminality, troubled family background), experiences and influences (e.g. friends and family), and unmet psychological needs (e.g. for belonging and status). The second stage focuses on behaviours, where extremist views turn into violent actions influenced by social, emotional or experiential factors. Within both stages there are opportunities to proactively and reactively support individuals and families to protect them from the risks of radicalisation.

Radicalisation is recognised as a safeguarding issue by the Department of Education and assessments must be made as to the risk young people are placed at.

Common signs that may indicate someone is being exploited include those listed below.

This not an exhaustive list and warning signs will show differently in each person. It’s important to explore all concerns over someone’s behaviour and personal circumstances and consider whether they could be signs of exploitation.

Appearance and behaviour

  • Becoming isolated from family and friends
  • Becoming more secretive, especially around internet use
  • Centring day-to-day behaviour and activities around an ideology, group or cause
  • Changing appearance and clothing to associate with a group or cause
  • Developing a fixation on a particular subject.
  • Associating with different friends, including friends met online

Thoughts and communication

  • Becoming more argumentative and domineering when expressing viewpoints
  • Being quick to criticise alternative views and opinions, and being closed to new ideas
  • Expressing intolerance or hatred of other people or communities
  • Expressing justification for offending on behalf of a group, cause or ideology
  • Expressing mistrust of mainstream media, belief in conspiracy theories, anger about government policies
  • Expressing sympathy for extremist causes, glorifying violence, or promoting violent extremist messages
  • Expressing thoughts about harming, or using violence towards, others
  • Talking as if from a script
  • Using hate terms to exclude others or incite violence.

Other signs

  • Accessing extremist websites and social media sites
  • Attending meetings held by extremist groups or hosting extremist speakers
  • Possessing materials or symbols associated with an extremist cause
  • Possessing firearms or other weapons, or showing an interest in obtaining them.

What is PREVENT?

Prevent was set up in 2006 by the Labour government as part of the wider counter-terrorism strategy called CONTEST. Prevent’s aim is to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.

The Prevent strategy has three objectives:

  • Challenging the ideology that supports terrorism and those who promote it,
  • Protecting vulnerable people,
  • Supporting sectors and institutions where there are risks of radicalisation.

Holocaust Memorial Day is held on 27th January, marking the anniversary of the liberation of the largest Nazi death camp by Russian troops. During World War II more than 1 million people, by some accounts, lost their lives at Auchswitz-Birkenau and approximately six million in total were deliberately murdered.

It’s absolutely horrific, six million innocent, men, women and children.  Without doubt, the Holocaust marks one of the darkest moments in our collective history. Seven out of every 10 Jews in Europe were murdered as a result of the Nazi’s ‘Final Solution’. Its roots lie in anti-Semitism.

A key aim of the Holocaust Memorial Day is to learn from genocide. Gregory H Stanton, President of Genocide Watch, outlined the 10 stages of genocide. You can watch the following video on the 10 stages of genocide.

Why is it important to remember the Holocaust?

Holocaust Memorial Day encourages remembrance of those who lost their lives and aims to create a safer future away from genocide and hatred.  Shockingly, 2021 saw a record spike in anti-Semitism.  In October, an online religious service hosted by a synagogue in Manchester was interrupted when people began displaying swastikas and shouting racist abuse. In December, it was reported that a bus full of Jewish passengers in London was targeted during Hanukkah.

Hate Crimes

In year ending March 2021, there were 124,091 hate crimes recorded by the police in England and Wales; an increase of 9% from the previous year.

The law recognises five types of hate crime on the basis of:

  • Race
  • Religion 
  • Disability
  • Sexual orientation 
  • Transgender identity

Any crime can be prosecuted as a hate crime if the offender has either:

  • demonstrated hostility based on race, religion, disability, sexual orientation or transgender identity, or:
  • been motivated by hostility based on race, religion, disability, sexual orientation or transgender identity

You can report a hate crime online or call 101 to speak to the police. Call 999 if you’re reporting a crime that’s in progress or if someone is in immediate danger.

What does this mean for me?

A crucial aspect of your apprenticeship is understanding what British Values are. British Values in education refers to a government initiative introduced to teach students the values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance, each of which is considered a fundamental British Value.

Mutual Respect and Tolerance of those with Different Faiths or Beliefs is built upon empathy and an understanding of people from different backgrounds.

Learning about and developing an appreciation of different cultures and beliefs helps to reinforce messages of tolerance and respect, allowing us to understand and respect values different from our own and ensure a future where this devastation and tragedy can never be allowed to happen again.

Have a safeguarding concern?

If you have a safeguarding concern please email our Safeguarding Team using the button below or call us on 0161 480 8171. If there is an immediate risk of harm, then please call the appropriate emergency service on 999.

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