What is safeguarding?

The WEA provides a welcoming environment where everyone is:

  • respected,
  • valued,
  • can feel safe and secure.

This includes all:

  • learners,
  • staff,
  • members,
  • volunteers, and
  • individual visitors who access our facilities and services. 

Any concerns in relation to any unwelcome behaviours (to you or anyone else), should be reported, including:

  • discrimination,
  • abuse,
  • harassment,
  • grooming,
  • and bullying,

How do I report any concerns?

They should be reported to the Regional or National Safeguarding Officer. They will explore and seek to resolve any concerns.

Find out who the Regional or National Safeguarding Officers are here.

The WEA has a clear Safeguarding Policy, and procedures are reviewed each year.

Staff are trained to maintain a culture of vigilance. All staff and tutors are required to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

For more information on the WEA Safeguarding Policy, visit our policies webpage.

Further questions?

Our friendly learner services team are always happy to help.

You can fill out the form on this page, and we'll be back in touch as soon as we can with you by email.

Live chat is available between 10am and 4pm Monday-Friday, which you can access by clicking the 'Chat with our team' button on your screen at any time. (The chat button will not show if no chat agents are available).

Lastly, you can call us on 0300 303 3464, Monday - Friday, 9am to 5pm.