Safety advice

At the Tutor Website, safety is the priority, Here are our safety tips to ensure everyone has a positive tutoring experience:

 

For Students and Parents

 

Always make initial contact with tutors by email and then by telephone. Not all tutors’ telephone numbers are provided on their adverts, which is at the tutor’s own discretion, although a tutor should be willing to provide a telephone number by email before any face to face meetings are arranged. If you, as a student or a parent, have any reservations about a tutor being unwilling to provide this information upon contact, we suggest you do not proceed with face to face contact.

 

Do not give out your home address until you have spoken with your tutor by telephone and feel that you have enough reassuring information to proceed with a face to face meeting.

 

Never arrange to meet a tutor by yourself at home, always ensure that there will be other people in the house during the tutor’s visit. If you are a student meeting a tutor for the first time, always have someone else present, ideally a parent or guardian. For parents meeting tutors for the first time, the same applies – always make sure there are other people present. Even once lessons are underway, it's important that students aren't left alone at home with a tutor.

 

We recommended that lessons take place in an open room in the house, for example, the kitchen.

 

If you arrange to meet a tutor in a public place, you should still arrange to meet your tutor with another person.

 

For Tutors

 

Always let someone know where you are going. Provide a name and address of the student you are going to visit.

 

If you have any reservations about visiting a student, don’t go. This may be because of how you perceived the student or parent over the phone or because of the area that you will be travelling to.

 

Always carry a mobile phone with you. Let someone know when you have arrived at your destination and how long you intend on being in the property. Likewise, let someone know when you have left your destination.

 

If possible, try to tutor in daylight. Understandably, this is not always possible during the winter months when high schools finish in the evening.

 

If possible, travel to your student’s home by car. This is a far safer option than taking the bus or walking as you will be able to reach a safety point much quicker if necessary.

 

Always plan your route to your student’s home. Make sure you have good directions to where your student lives, especially if you are not travelling by car.

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Last update: 12 May, 2013

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