Take a look at each scenario and decide if it is a safeguarding issue. Once you’ve done that you’ll need to decide what action to take.

1 – You run a session and a student has written down in their wishes/dreams/hopes that they wish they had never been born. Is this a potential safeguarding issue? What do you do

2. You are at an enrichment event and you notice that one of the guest speakers has given a contact number and business card directly to a student. Is this a potential safeguarding issue? What do you do?

3 – You hear a guest speaker saying words like ‘ah crap’ and ‘shit’ as he tries to joke and laugh with students – it’s obviously not intentional but you’re concerned that it’s not professional. Is this a potential safeguarding issue? What do you do

4 – Your tutee seems to be dressing inappropriately to online tutoring sessions. Is this a potential safeguarding issue? What do you do?

5 – You met with a scholar and parent at a café. The mum said she’d pop to the shops quickly during your mentoring session and this is fine – she said she’d be back in an hour. Now it’s been 2 hours and the parent has not turned up to pick up her child. It’s Saturday and the GT Scholars office is closed. Her phone is going to voicemail. Is this a potential safeguarding issue? What do you do?

6 – A scholar seems to have a mark on her face when she arrives at the session. She bursts into tears and tells you that her mum slapped her. Is this a potential safeguarding issue? What do you do?

7 – The parents of the mentee requested that you meet at a certain time. You arrived on time. You left a voice message and sent a text. They eventually respond to say that they forgot. Is this a potential safeguarding issue? What do you do?

8 – You’ve gone to an event with your mentee and his parent. The parent has asked if he can go home early and if his son can just go on the same bus route or train route as you. Is this a potential safeguarding issue? What do you do?

9 – A parent has asked if you can come to dinner at their house. You don’t know what to do. You don’t feel that you’re at that ‘stage’ yet. Is this a potential safeguarding issue? What do you do?

10 – Your mentee has told you that he wants to do well but his biggest problem is he’s been staying up through the night to play computer games. He doesn’t want his parents to know about it. Is this a potential safeguarding issue? What do you do?

11 – When you ask questions you realise that your mentee just keeps repeating ‘I dunno’ or ‘can’t be bothered’ during the first mentoring session. Is this a potential safeguarding issue? What do you do?

12 – Your mentee was getting on great with you and half way through the year, he/she has just started acting very distant. Is this a potential safeguarding issue? What do you do?

13 – You were paired with a mentee that told you she wanted to be a lawyer. You’ve spent the past four months providing guidance about law. Over the past month, she has changed her mind. She now says that she wants to be an astronaut. Is this a potential safeguarding issue? What do you do?