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Safety Advice!

Disclaimer Statement


As explained in our Terms and Conditions and FAQ pages, users of Find Your Tutor website and sub domains, must understand that Find Your Tutor is not an employer nor an employment agency. We are an information and advertising service to assist with the introduction of private students to private tutors (or in some limited cases, to third party training organisations). What this means is that tutors register with us and pay to advertise services to prospective students. As such, any arrangements entered into between students and tutors are private arrangements between yourselves to negotiate as students and tutors.


We provide you the student or parent, with the facility to can contact potential tutors free of charge. As a consequence of our not being either an employer or employment agency, we are not required to perform background checks on any tutors/coaches/teachers/instructors/therapists/trainers listed, on our website/s. As such, it is your responsibility to enquire, check and confirm that any information presented to you, by tutors/coaches/teachers/instructors/therapists/trainers, is accurate and truthful. It is also your responsibility to ascertain and to judge for yourself whether tutors/coaches/teachers/instructors/therapists/trainers are competent and safe to contract to teach you or your children. Finally, you also need to take responsibility for any issues relating to payment and the terms and conditions by which you may contract anyone. By making use of Find Your Tutor website/s, you are consenting to the terms and conditions, we have stated.


Advice on Contracting Lesson Agreements


Most private tutoring is conducted by verbal agreements. However, if you are entering into a longer term agreement or an agreement which may involve significant amounts of money, you or your tutor/coach/teacher/instructor may ask for a contract in writing. If you may have found a therapist or personal trainer via our website/s, different legal obligations may exists and so therapists and trainers may be required to check and confirm certain information from you in writing with a signature. In the latter case, please seek advice before entering into an agreement. Certain subjects like for example driving instructors, require instructors to be licensed to teach and to produce the relevant documentation.
The terms of any contract which you may make are for you and the tutor/coach/teacher/instructor /therapist/ trainer to negotiate. This means that any agreement you make does not involve nor hold liable Find Your Tutor.


Safety Advice Tips For Parents


Please note that we have also outlined general advice about safety issues in the FAQ section.of our website. We recommend the following advice when contacting tutors/ coaches/ teachers/ instructors/ therapists/trainers listed on our website/s,
Please consider the following issues:


Q) Do they possess a recent CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) or Scotland enhanced disclosure document?


The Criminal Records Bureau and Scottish Enhanced Disclosure organisations perform criminal checks on anyone applying to work at schools plus some other organisations. These checks are done to ensure that applicants do not have any convictions, cautions, reprimands or warnings which would prevent them from working with children or vulnerable adults. Ideally, these checks should be relied on. However, the process is far from ideal so it should not be relied on too much.


Tutors/ coaches/ teachers/ instructors/ therapists/trainers who have had such a criminal disclosure, will say so in the interview section of their tutor profile page on Find Your Tutor website. You may therefore ask to see their disclosure certificate when you meet them. However, please be aware that other than individuals who work in the school system, most people may not possess disclosure certificates as self-employed individuals are permitted to apply for one. Furthermore, disclosure certificates only report any record of crimes ‘discovered’ to the date of the application. Nor do they report on any incidents outside the UK (unless the individual has notified the fact that they have lived overseas).


Q) What about qualifications and asking for references?


Don’t forget to ask for confirmation that your tutor/ coach/ teacher/ instructor/ therapist/trainer is properly accredited and qualified. You may ask politely to see evidence of any relevant certificates or in their absence by contacting the relevant accrediting organisation.  As for references, most tutors/ coaches/ teachers/ instructors like to offer students, reference contact details for their current or former students, so follow-up on such offers or if not offered, ask for such references.


Q) What other judgements should I consider?


Other advice on vetting and choosing a tutor is to read carefully what is written in thetutor’s profile page, which includes a detailed interview plus links to tutor articles they have published. Other students may also have published a testimonial to recommend a tutor. You can use all this information to form an impression of which person may be the best person for you to study with. However, you would be wise to interview anyone proactively too. Ask yourself if despite being understandably nervous, does the tutor look you in the eye, respect your home and seem sincere. Also do you or your children feel comfortable around this individual? Don’t ignore any instincts which you may have and if need be, discuss the issue with someone you trust or invite that person you trust to be present on the next occasion when you may meet this individual.

 

 

Extra Safety Tips Advice for Everyone:

 

Increasingly, we live in a paranoid world, however, it doesn’t hurt to take simple steps to proactively avoid putting yourself or anyone else at risk. We would like to present the following common sense advice:

 

If you have only communicated by email, try to talk on the phone before meeting. Ask proactive questions, clarify your interests, ask for confirmation of what you have read and listen to what is said.


Take a mobile phone with you and consider any other precautions.

 

Preferably meet in the daytime and in a public place, where possible. As with meeting a date for the first time, avoid any offer to pick you up in the car.

 

Tell someone you can rely on, where you are going, and any other details.

 

If visiting someone’s home, ask if anyone else is going to be there then

 

If someone is visiting your home, let them know that a friend or family member may also be there and possibly arrange for someone to be close.

 

Follow your instincts at all times and call off a meeting, if necessary.



More information about vetting a potential tutor, can be found at our FAQ.



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