Working together to safeguard children

Thomas Telford UTC is committed to the safeguarding of all of our students. As such, we understand that multi-agency working is essential in safeguarding children. Our duty to protect the students in our care from significant harm, depends on our effective joint working with a range of external agencies. Early help is also provided through excellent pastoral support.

The Safeguarding team

Mrs Gleeson
Mrs Gleeson
Designated Safeguarding Lead

Mrs Shaw
Mrs Shaw
Deputy Safeguarding Lead

Mr Gill
Mr Gill
Safeguarding Officer

Mr Maxfield
Mr Maxfield
Safeguarding Officer

Mrs Passmore
Mrs Passmore
Safeguarding Officer

Ms Fadian
Ms Fadian
Safeguarding Officer

Mrs Gleeson is the school’s Designated Safeguarding Lead Teacher. Mrs Shaw is the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads and the Designated Teacher for Children and Young People in Care. Any concerns about student safety should be referred to the above members of staff. Our first priority at the UTC is to make all our students feel safe and happy. All the staff in the team are trained to deal with any safeguarding issues. Come and see us, call us or email us if you are feeling unsure, unsafe or are worried about someone else. At the UTC, we currently work with a range of agencies across nine local authorities, both internal and external, to safeguard and support the students in our care. These include:

  • Children’s Services – To ensure students are fully safeguarded both in and out of school
  • School Nurse – To offer medical and health advice
  • Local PCSOs – To offer mentoring support and to address antisocial behaviour

The Safeguarding Team have regard to "Keeping Children Safe in Education 2021" when carrying out their duties to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

How can I keep myself safe?

If there is something or someone worrying you at the UTC, you can tell any member of staff who will be able to get you the support you need from one of the team.

How can I tell someone?

  • Go to Mrs Gleeson's office or the student reception
  • Speak to your personal tutor or a trusted teacher
  • Call us on: 01902 872180
  • Write it in a letter and pass it on to one of hte safeguarding and welfare team
  • Phone or tell a friend
  • Talk to your parents or a trusted adult
  • Email the UTC at:
  • Use the Whispernet tool on our website

If the UTC is closed please contact Wolverhampton Safeguarding Team on 01902 555392 (Mon-Thurs 8:30am - 5pm {4:30pm on Fridays}) or 01902 552999 (out of hours).

If you are concerned that a child or young person is at serious risk of harm, please call West Midlands Police on 999.

How do I stay safe around school?

  • Follow teachers' instructions
  • No blocking corridors
  • No running through the school
  • No pushing or tripping
  • No play fighting

What does bullying look like?

  • Name calling
  • Saying/writing nasty things
  • Someone threatening you or making you do things you don’t want to do
  • Being made to feel uncomfortable
  • Hitting, pinching, biting, pushing, kicking
  • Posting insulting messages or rumours about you online or by IM

ICT safety

  • Keep your password safe
  • Never give out personal details to people on the internet
  • Never take a photo/video without permission
  • Sending abusive or threatening messages is against the law
  • Never post anything on the internet that could be upsetting or embarrassing – ask yourself, ‘Would I be happy for my Gran to see this?’

What does racist behaviour look like?

  • Not respecting peoples’ different religious beliefs
  • Stereotyping people from different cultures
  • Making people feel like they do not belong
  • Making fun of clothes, food or physical appearance

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