Safeguarding and Respect at LIBF

The LIBF community consists of staff, students, apprentices, contractors, and visitors and is a place of study and work where we provide an environment that respects the rights and safety of each individual. 

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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.

Our Safeguarding Policy can be found here.

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? 

In an emergency always contact the emergency services on 999.

If you are an apprentice or student studying with LIBF you can email safeguarding@libf.ac.uk with any safeguarding queries.

If you are a member of staff, you can email hr@libf.ac.uk with safeguarding queries.

Alternatively, you can also contact one of our Safeguarding Team in confidence by using the below contact details:

If you are a Student or Apprentice please contact:

If you are a member of Staff, a contractor(s), or a visitor please contact:

 A Safeguarding & Prevent Officer

 The HR team

 Hema Tank – htank@libf.ac.uk /020 7444 7102

 Anna Boyce   - HR@libf.ac.uk / 01227818677

 Karen Taylor – ktaylor@libf.ac.uk/ 020 7337 6290  
 Freddie McCann – fmccann@libf.ac.uk/020 7444 2827  
 Tom Wenham-Jones – twenham-jones@libf.ac.uk  
 Emily Downes – edownes@libf.ac.uk /020 7444 7124  
 Hayley Cooper  – hcooper@libf.ac.uk  

Whether you are a learner, a member of staff or a visitor to LIBF, you can report any concerns to us using our Report and Support forms:


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What happens when you report an incident? 

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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: 


Equality and diversity policy

Safeguarding policy

PREVENT duty guidelines

IT acceptable usage policy

Student disciplinary policy

Harassment and sexual misconduct policy

Anti-Semitism statement (IHRA)

Freedom of speech policy

Internal and External Agencies  

LIBF HE Student Counsellor: Lisa New lnew@libf.ac.uk

Police - 999 

Citizens Advice - citizensadvice.org.uk 

Rape Crisis - rapecrisis.org.uk 

Mind (the mental health charity) - 0300 1233393 

Samaritans - 116123 (24 hours) 

Stonewall – stonewall.org.uk 

Employee 24/7 Assistance Line - Health Assured and We Care, with details available on the Mental Health and Wellbeing page on LIBF HQ

Disability Rights UK – disabilityrightsuk.org 



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.

 

Harassment, including sexual harassment, is defined in Section 26 of the Equality Act 2010 as “any unwanted behaviour or conduct [of a sexual nature] which has the purpose or effect of violating a person’s dignity or creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment because of, or connected to, one or more of the following protected characteristics: age; disability; gender reassignment; race; religion or belief; sex; and sexual orientation.”


 Bullying is repeated inappropriate behaviour, direct or indirect, whether verbal, physical or otherwise, conducted by one or more persons against another or others, which could reasonably be regarded as undermining the individual’s right to dignity and respect and can include behaviour that is offensive, intimidating, malicious or insulting which has the effect of intimidating, belittling and humiliating the recipient.

Sexual misconduct means any unwanted or attempted unwanted conduct of a sexual nature and includes but is not limited to:

• sexual harassment as defined by section 26(2) of the Equality Act 2010
• assault as defined by the Sexual Offences Act 2003
• rape as defined by the Sexual Offences Act 2003.

Discrimination is the unjust or prejudicial treatment of different categories of people, especially on the grounds of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation.

A hate crime is a criminal offence motivated by prejudice against a person’s disability, sexuality, race, religion, or gender identity.

Antisemitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property.