Safeguarding and respect at LIBF

We consider the safety and wellbeing of all members of the LIBF community, including learners and staff, to be of utmost importance. We want to ensure as far as possible that all members of our community can learn or work safely, free from abuse, harassment, and harm. Safeguarding at LIBF is everyone’s responsibility and all staff receive training and support to ensure that the safety and wellbeing of everyone remains a top priority.

What is safeguarding?

Safeguarding means protecting the health, wellbeing and human rights of individuals at risk, enabling them to live safely, free from abuse and neglect. LIBF manage safeguarding by supporting students, higher apprentices and staff who are affected by behaviour that is intentionally harmful to them, including but not limited to:

  • radicalisation and spiritual abuse

  • bullying

  • harassment 

  • hate crime

  • financial or material abuse. 

In cases where harm has already occurred, safeguarding is about ensuring the right action is taken to prevent further harm from taking place or to help an individual in managing the possible impact of past harm or abuse.

View our safeguarding policy.

How do we safeguard members of our community?

Safeguarding works best when it focuses on preventing harm. LIBF have a clear commitment to safeguarding, which is overseen by several designated safeguarding officers who work across the organisation. It is their job to offer advice, guidance and support around safeguarding issues and to promote a safe environment for all members of our community to work and study in. They also promote and implement the Safeguarding Policy, ensuring that it is reviewed regularly and acted upon when required. Additionally, all staff working with students and apprentices are trained in safeguarding and can access additional information, advice and training if needed.

On our apprenticeship programmes, we work with each of our learners throughout their programme and meet with them at least once per month to ensure they feel comfortable talking about any issues and understand how safeguarding can affect people working in financial services. We are committed to protecting our learners from all kinds of harm, including preventing them from being drawn into radicalisation, terrorism or financial or material abuse. 

Our employer partners who work with LIBF to deliver apprenticeship programmes have a duty to comply with UK legislation and statutory responsibilities. They are expected to take responsibility for an apprentice’s welfare in the workplace and take appropriate advice when they feel an apprentice may be at risk in their personal lives.

What should I do if I have a safeguarding concern?

What happens when you report an incident?


Key policies and processes

Below are the key policies and processes we have in place to provide a safe environment for all members of the LIBF community to study and work:

Internal and External Agencies

Respect at LIBF

Our LIBF community is made up of staff, students, apprentices, contractors, and visitors from different walks of life. It is also a place of study and work where we provide an environment that supports the rights and safety of each individual, and where people treat each other with respect.

Whilst we have specific duties to protect children and vulnerable adults and ensure the safeguarding of the LIBF community, we believe that everyone who studies or works with us is entitled to respect and consideration.

This is a core principle of the LIBF community and if you witness behaviours or attitudes that contravene this principle, then you can also use our Report and Support forms to bring this to our attention.

If you are experiencing any form of the following, please know that there is support available for you.