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Here at the Grimsby Institute, safeguarding is a whole college approach. We want our learners to feel and be safe. We take our duty of care seriously and our commitment to safeguarding is strong and robust.

OFSTED officially recognises Safeguarding as “Effective”, 2017

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Safeguarding – Working together to ensure that we are doing everything we can so that learners, staff and visitors to our site are protected from harm and feel safe. The Government provides statutory guidance on how to achieve this in addition to local strategies and procedures outlined by the authorities we work very closely with. It is important to us that everyone who comes to the Grimsby Institute feels safe, supported and valued.

The Intensive Support team are available via the duty mobile on 07920860241 or 07771983375. These are the numbers to call if you require immediate advice or support. Alternatively, they can be contacted on 01472 311222 ext. 5474. Referrals can also be made via the safeguarding email address; [email protected].

The team are based in room OB106 and are available Monday to Thursday 8:30am – 5pm and Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm.

Our staff have the training and skills to manage a number of safeguarding concerns including:

What is bullying?

Bullying is behaviour that hurts someone else – such as name calling, hitting, pushing, spreading rumours, threatening or undermining someone. It can happen anywhere and is usually repeated over a period of time. Bullying that happens online, using social networks and mobile phones, is often called cyber-bullying. Young people can feel like there’s no escape because it can happen at any time of day or night.

Other support – 0845 2255 787 – 0808 800 5000
ChildLine – 0800 1111 (24 hours)

Download the bullying PDF

What is sexual abuse?
A young person is sexually abused when they are forced or persuaded to take part in sexual activities. They may not understand that they are being abused. This doesn’t have to be physical contact, and it can happen online. Non-contact abuse covers other acts where the abuser doesn’t touch the young person, such as grooming, exploitation and persuading young people to perform sexual acts over the internet.

Other support – 0808 800 5000
ChildLine – 0800 1111 (24 hours)

Download the child sexual abuse PDF

What is child sexual exploitation?
Child sexual exploitation (CSE) is a type of sexual abuse in which young people are sexually exploited for money, power or status. Young people may be tricked into believing they’re in a loving, consensual relationship. They might be invited to parties and given drugs and alcohol. They may also be groomed online. Some young people are trafficked into or within the UK for the purpose of sexual exploitation. Sexual exploitation can also happen to young people in gangs.

Other support – 0808 800 5000
ChildLine – 0800 1111 (24 hours)

Download the child sexual exploitation PDF

What is domestic violence?
Domestic violence is the abuse of one partner within an intimate or family relationship. It is the repeated, random and habitual use of intimidation to control. The abuse can be physical, emotional, psychological, financial or sexual. Witnessing domestic abuse is child abuse. Teenagers can suffer domestic abuse in their peer relationships.

Other support – 0845 602 9035 – 0808 800 5000
ChildLine – 0800 1111 (24 hours)

Download the domestic violence PDF

What is emotional abuse?
Emotional abuse is the ongoing emotional maltreatment or emotional neglect of a young person. It’s sometimes called psychological abuse and can seriously damage a young person’s emotional health and development. Emotional abuse can involve deliberately trying to scare or humiliate a young person or isolating or ignoring them. Young people who are emotionally abused are usually suffering another type of abuse or neglect at the same time – but this isn’t always the case.

Other support – 0808 800 5000
ChildLine – 0800 1111 (24 hours)

Download the emotional abuse PDF

What is female genital mutilation?
Female genital mutilation (sometimes referred to as FGM or female circumcision) refers to procedures that intentionally alter or cause injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons. The practice is illegal in the UK. It is also illegal to arrange for a young person to be taken abroad for FGM.

Other support
FGM helpline – 0800 028 3550 (24 hours) – 0808 800 5000
ChildLine – 0800 1111 (24 hours)

Download the female genital mutilation PDF

What is forced marriage?
Forced marriage is a marriage performed without the full and free consent of one or both parties. Emotional, financial, physical and sexual htreats and abuse, as well as notions of ‘honour’, can all be used to force someone to marry. Forced marriage can lead to physical violence, rape and even murder.

Other support
Forced Marriage Guidance – 0800 028 3550 (24 hours) – 0808 800 5000
ChildLine – 0800 1111 (24 hours)

Download the forced marriaged PDF

What is grooming?
Grooming is when someone builds an emotional connection with a young person to gain their trust for the purposes of sexual abuse or exploitation. Young people can be groomed online or in the real world, by a stranger or by someone they know – for example a family member, friend or professional. Groomers may be male or female. They could be any age.

Other support – 0808 800 5000
ChildLine – 0800 1111 (24 hours)

Download the grooming PDF

What is harmful sexual behaviour?
Harmful sexual behaviour includes using sexually explicit words and phrases, inappropriate touching, using sexual violence or threats and/or full penetrative sex with other children or adults. Young people who develop harmful sexual behaviour harm themselves and others.

Other support – 0808 800 5000
ChildLine – 0800 1111 (24 hours)

Download the harmful sexual behaviour PDF

What is ‘honour’ based violence (HBV)?
HBV is the term given to the various forms of violence and abuse perpetrated against girls and women by family or community members in the name of ‘honour’. The abuse is typically carried out in a collective and planned way. HBV is not limited to any one particular society, community, culture, religion, class or ethnic group. Women and girls are the most common victims of HBV. However, it can also affect men and boys.

Other support
Forced Marriage Guidance – 0800 028 3550 (24 hours) – 0808 800 5000
ChildLine – 0800 1111 (24 hours)

Download the ‘honour’ based violence PDF

What is neglect?
Neglect is the on-going failure to meet a young person’s basic needs. A young person may be left hungry or dirty, without adequate clothing, shelter, supervision, medical or health care. A young person may be put in danger or not protected from physical or emotional harm. They may not get the love, care and attention they need from their parents/carers. A young person who’s neglected will often suffer from other abuse as well. Neglect is dangerous and can cause serious, long-term damage – even death.

Other support – 0808 800 5000
ChildLine – 0800 1111 (24 hours)

Download the neglect PDF

What is online abuse?
Online abuse is any type of abuse that happens on the web, whether through social networks, playing online games or using mobile phones. Young people may experience cyber-bullying, grooming, sexual abuse, sexual exploitation or emotional abuse. Young people can be at risk from people they know, as well as from strangers. Online abuse may be part of abuse that is taking place in the real world (for example bullying or grooming). Or it may be that the abuse only happens online (for example persuading young person to take part in sexual activity online). Young people can feel like there is no escape from online abuse – abusers can contact them at any time of the day or night, the abuse can come into safe places like their bedrooms, and images and videos can be stored and shared with other people.

Other support – 0808 800 5000

Download the online abuse PDF

What is PREVENT?
PREVENT aims to counter terrorism or violent extremism. There are many reasons why people become involved with terrorism or extremism. Here are just some: a lack of identity or belonging, insecurity, defending their culture, way of life or beliefs, they may be pressured, or bullied into it, they may have been radicalised by violent extremist groups; they may want retaliation. Those who encourage or get others to commit acts of violent extremism often target vulnerable people who are led into believing that violence or criminality can earn respect, riches or even glory. However, even though a person may feel angry about something they believe is unfair this does not mean they should attack or threaten any person or community.

Other support
Anti-Terrorist Hotline – 0800 789 321
Crime Stoppers – 0800 555 111

Download the PREVENT PDF

What is rape?
Rape is a form of non-consensual sexual violence involving penetration.

What is sexual assault?
Assault is a form of sexual violence involving non-consensual sexual touching.

Other support – 0808 800 5000
ChildLine – 0800 1111 (24 hours)

Download the rape & sexual assault PDF

What is self-harm?
Self-harm can take lots of physical forms, including; cutting, burning, bruising, scratching, hair-pulling, poisoning and overdosing. There are many reasons why young people try to hurt themselves. Rather than being a cry for attention or an attempt at suicide, self-harm is usually a way for young people to release overwhelming emotions.

Other support – 0808 800 5000
ChildLine – 0800 1111 (24 hours)

Download the self-harm PDF

What is ‘sexting’?
Sexting is the sending of sexually explicit messages via mobile phones or computers. It is often coercive and is linked to sexual harassment, bullying and even violence. Images can also be used later as a form or harassment and abuse known as ‘revenge pornography’ which involves distribution (or threat of) of images without consent, to threaten, control, bully, harm or humiliate.

Other support – 0808 800 5000
ChildLine – 0800 1111 (24 hours)

Download the ‘sexting’ PDF

What is sexual harassment/bullying?
This can be verbal (making indecent remarks about someone’s appearance, sexual orientation or sex life or making requests/demands for sexual favour) or non-verbal (staring, sending indecent messages) or physical (touching, pinching, ‘groping’ or sexual assault). It can be a one-off incident or a persistent pattern of behaviour and can occur anywhere.

Other support – 0808 800 5000
ChildLine – 0800 1111 (24 hours)

Download the sexual harassment/bullying PDF

What is stalking?
This is a pattern of abusive behaviour designed to incite fear and curtail freedom, such as watching or monitoring someone or forcing contact with them through any means (including social media). Young women can be particularly at risk of stalking as college and social media can provide a backdrop of monitoring and surveillance which others can easily abuse.

Other support – 0808 800 5000
ChildLine – 0800 1111 (24 hours)

Download the stalking PDF


Monday to Thursday – 8.30am – 5.00pm Friday 8.30am – 4.30pm

Duty Safeguarding Contact Number – 07920 860241

Safeguarding Office – 01472 311222 ext. 5474

Safeguarding email address – [email protected]


Crisis Team – 01472 252366

Emergency Services – 101 / 999

The following links will provide you with useful information and important contact details.

  • Safer North East Lincolnshire

    Local safeguarding children’s board, dedicated to the safety of children.

  • Counter Terrorism

    Information on Terrorism and where to report suspicious behaviour.

  • Sexual Health Services

    Referrals can be made over the phone or via the drop-in service. More information can be found on this link.

  • Drugs and Alcohol

    Referrals can be made over the phone or via email ([email protected]). More information can be found on this link.

  • Mental Health Services

    For advice and support, call Young Minds Matter on 01472 626100 or follow this link for more information. In case of a crisis, contact the Adult Services Crisis Team on 01472 256256 or visit

  • Accommodation

    Follow the link for more information on housing related support services. Referrals can be made by calling the Home Options Team on 01472 326296 or via the website

Child Exploitation and Online Protection

Visit our Safety Centre for advice and to report directly to CEOP, by clicking on the Click CEOP button .

CEOP Report
  • The Grimsby Institute has staff representation on the Children’s Safeguarding Assurance Group, the Improving Practice Group, the Safeguarding Review Group and the North East Lincolnshire Contest Group.
  • We have strong partnerships with each of the Local Authorities we work with, as well as Social Services and the Police
  • The Intensive Support Team attend Child Protection Conferences, Core Groups, Child in Need meetings, Strategy meetings, LAC reviews and PEP meetings in order to fully support our learners.
  • The Intensive Support Team works with a range of statutory, voluntary and community organisations to ensure that our learners are safeguarded in a way that meets their individual needs and circumstances.
  • We have robust internet filters and monitoring in place.
  • The Grimsby Institute has a Safeguarding Committee that meets twice termly and is attended by our Governors responsible for Safeguarding.
  • We have procedures in place for those who access our site including ID badges displayed by staff, learners and visitors. Anybody failing to display their ID badge is challenged.
  • The Institute has a robust Safeguarding Policy which is updated regularly throughout the year.

Debra Gray

Senior designated lead for safeguarding

Tamarra Taylor

Tamarra Taylor

Executive Director of Learner Services

Sacha Mills

Sacha Mills

Head of Learner Services

Heather Hipkin

Heather Hipkin

Intensive Support Manager

Rachel Mumby

Rachel Mumby

Intensive Support Officer

Need more Safeguarding Information?

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