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Safeguarding & Prevent

GTA are proud to offer all our apprentices access to our own safeguarding team.

All members of the team are trained to deal with any problem an apprentice may have, however big or small.

Don't be afraid to contact us at any time about your worries.

The team can be contacted through the below mobile numbers, WhatsApp, directly at one of our centres or via our Facebook page.


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Safeguarding Team

Mark Elliott

Safeguarding Lead

Helpline: 07904723430



Nicola Mitchell

Safeguarding Deputy

Helpline: 07487313851


Safeguarding at the GTA

The GTA regards Safeguarding as the number one priority. The GTA exists to provide both our learners and staff a safe, diverse, and warm learning environment where learners can succeed.


The GTA has pro-active Safeguarding team that is supported by a committed senior leadership team and board of trustees to ensure a consistent and robust culture of Safeguarding is adhered to.


The GTA works very closely with both the Sheffield and Doncaster Safeguarding boards to ensure compliance for both apprentices and the alternative provision. This aims to ensure that the GTA exceeds the minimum requirements needed to ensure the Safeguarding of our learners and staff is maintained.


We also work with the NSPCC to provide the training to meet Safeguarding needs for every member of staff employed by the GTA, training includes for example:


  • Safer recruitment training for staff involved in recruitment

  • Designated Safeguarding lead and deputy training for our Safeguarding team

  • Age specific Safeguarding training for all staff in contact learners

  • Safeguarding training for board of trustees

  • Online Safety training for our Online Safety Co-ordinators

The Safeguarding team comprises of two experienced and highly trained members of staff that continuously review the Safeguarding arrangements within the GTA, a range of strategies are used to keep our staff at the GTA up to date with Safeguarding developments throughout the organisation.


Staff and learners are aware and understand the Safeguarding reporting and disclosure procedure. There is also support for Staff, learners, parents, carers and employers with our dedicated Safeguarding team.

The principles of Safeguarding are upheld by our company policies that can be found here on the GTA website.


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The GTA work with local police and regional co-ordinators for Prevent. Our approach to preventing the risk of radicalisation, is robust and comprehensive. We embed Prevent and the promotion of British Values into our Safeguarding Policy and Procedures.


We have a specific PREVENT action plan and risk assessment provided which is expected to be reviewed by the local Prevent Co-ordinator.


The GTA’s dedicated Prevent team aim to ensure all our staff, learners, parents, carers and employers are aware of the following:

  • South Yorkshire radicalisation trends

  • National developments within Prevent and radicalisation

  • Reporting procedures and how to get support

The GTA has two dedicated Prevent leads to support the both the Staff and learners. All GTA staff have completed mandatory Home Office Prevent training and receive regular updates and training from the Prevent leads. The Prevent Leads have been WRAP3 trained and have also completed the enhanced Home Office Prevent training.

Tutors embed and exemplify British Values at every available opportunity to increase the learner’s knowledge and awareness of British Values and the risks of radicalisation. Our learners also complete four mandatory ETF modules at the start of their apprenticeship, the modules provide training on the following subject areas:

  • Staying Safe online

  • Who can you trust?

  • Radicalisation and Extremism

  • British Values

What are British Values?


A culture built upon freedom and equality, where everyone is aware of their rights and responsibilities:

  • Leadership and accountability

  • Joint decision making

  • Team meetings

  • The right to protest and petition

  • Receiving and giving feedback

  • Rule of Law


The need for rules to make a happy, safe and secure environment to live and work:

  • Legislation

  • Agreed ways of working, policies and procedures

  • How the law protects you and others

  • Codes of conduct


Respect and Tolerance:

Understanding that we all don’t share the same beliefs and values. Respecting the values, ideas and beliefs of others whilst not imposing our own others.


  • Embracing diversity

  • The importance of religion, traditions, cultural heritage and preferences

  • Tackling stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination

  • Individual Liberty

  • Protection of your rights and the right of others you work with


Equality and Human Rights:

  • Personal Development

  • Respect and Dignity

  • Rights, choice, consent and individuality

  • Values and principles

Preventing radicalisation children are vulnerable to extremist ideology and radicalisation. Similar to protecting children from other forms of harms and abuse, protecting children from this risk should be a part of a schools’ or colleges’ safeguarding approach. 


Extremism is the vocal or active opposition to our fundamental values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and the mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs. This also includes calling for the death of members of the armed forces. 

Radicalisation refers to the process by which a person comes to support terrorism and extremist ideologies associated with terrorist groups. There is no single way of identifying whether a child is likely to be susceptible to an extremist ideology. Background factors combined with specific influences such as family and friends may contribute to a child’s vulnerability. Similarly, radicalisation can occur through many different methods (such as social media) and settings (such as the internet). However, it is possible to protect vulnerable people from extremist ideology and intervene to prevent those at risk of radicalisation being radicalised. As with other safeguarding risks, staff are alert to changes in Learners behaviour, which could indicate that they may be in need of help or protection. Staff will use their judgement in identifying children who might be at risk of radicalisation and act proportionately which may include the designated safeguarding lead (or deputy) making a referral to the Channel programme. 

Channel is a programme which focuses on providing support at an early stage to people who are identified as being vulnerable to being drawn into terrorism. It provides a mechanism for the GTA to make referrals if they are concerned that an individual might be vulnerable to radicalisation. An individual’s engagement with the programme is entirely voluntary at all stages.

The GTA’s designated safeguarding lead (and any deputies) are aware of local procedures for making a Channel referral. As a Channel partner, the GTA may be asked to attend a Channel panel to discuss the individual referred to determine whether they are vulnerable to being drawn into terrorism and consider the appropriate support required.


For more information please contact one of our Safeguarding Team members, you will find their details under the Safeguarding tab.


Further links for Prevent support:

If you're worried about someone being drawn into terrorism, make contact with the South Yorkshire Police Prevent Team by ringing 101 or call the Anti-Terrorist Hotline (can be anonymous) on 0800 789321.


In an emergency where your own or others' safety is at risk call 999.

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