Safeguarding & Support
We do our homework too! Nothing like a bit of good old fashioned journalism & verification.
PressPad reads through every intern’s application to make sure they really need our help. We also verify their work placements and ask them for a reference from a lecturer or a former employer.
We also make sure to speak to every host, answer their questions, check that they have a suitable place for our interns to stay and understand what the process is like.
The idea behind PressPad is simple: connect people who need rooms and
mentoring with people who have rooms and can be mentors. It helps, however,
to have clarity and trust on both ends. This document outlines what is expected
of interns and mentor-hosts and how PressPad fits into all of this. All hosts and interns are expected to sign this before their time together.
- This is not a tenancy – The time that a PressPad intern stays with a mentor-host is limited to their internship length and therefore doesn’t become a landlord-tenant relationship.
- Make it your own – Each host-mentor and intern relationship is unique. Mentor-hosts can set ground rules around noise levels around the house, helping out with small domestic tasks, places in the property that are off-limits. In the same way, interns can highlight individual needs or requests.
- Privacy and social media – Before either party starts tweeting or posting, please have a conversation about how public you want this whole experience to be. Some working journalists might have valid reasons to keep their home location more private, protect their children etc and the same for some interns.
- Please get in touch – If anything goes wrong or you have concerns about anything, please contact PressPad immediately. Although our role as intermediary is just to connect talented interns with supportive hosts- mentors we have a thorough list of organisations that can help.
- Will provide interns with a room to stay in plus their own key to the property, linen (bed sheets, towels etc), the all-important WiFi password, and some kitchen space to store food.
- Mentor-hosts are not expected to cover interns expenses or provide food for them. However that decision is up to each mentor and there’s nothing stopping you from sharing a meal or two together. Just remember to think about food allergies or any religious necessities (e.g. Ramadan) etc.
- Mentor-hosts are expected to make some time and space to chat to their interns throughout their stay. This obviously will vary depending on the mentor-hosts’ work hours, shifts and life in general. Some mentors might choose to be WhatsApp buddies, others might prefer evening chats over a cup of tea. It’s all up to you.
- Remember you are going into someone’s home as a guest, so be on your best behaviour. You will get a copy of your mentor-hosts’ house keys: keep them safe. If you happen to lose it, please tell your host straight away, offer to do the leg work involved and cover the cost of replacing it.
- Your room is your own space during your stay but be a good guest: keep it neat and tidy, don’t damage anything, no smoking, no pets, no loud noise after 10pm or random guests. Some host-mentors have allowed guests to stay for a short period of time – make sure this is agreed by the host-mentor well in advance.
- Be a good mentee – this is your chance to ask as many questions as you want about the industry and anything you’ve ever wanted to know, in an informal and impartial setting. Enthusiasm is great but also be aware of your host-mentor’s availability. Respect their working hours and have an honest conversation with your mentor-host about how to manage your mentorship relationship as early into the scheme as possible.
- Our role is to introduce new, bright young media interns with London placements with incredible, inspiring and experienced journalists and professionals who have a place to stay in London. We are “the middle man” so to speak and in that capacity are on hand to help if something goes wrong but you embark on this arrangement with eyes open to any potential risks or pitfalls.
- We will verify that all interns have a genuine internship or temporary job offer in London, get a reference for them and assess them through an application procedure.
- PressPad will then match interns with mentor-hosts with similar interests or career ambitions, as best we can.
- We will do a ‘home visit’ with every host, which is to make sure we have met you in person, your intern has an adequate space to stay, you have read and understood the agreements and welcome pack and to answer any questions beforehand.
- Throughout an intern’s placement, we will be available to support both interns and mentor-hosts as much as needed.
Hopefully you will never need to contact some of these organisations, but we’d rather you know where to find help if necessary. Some of these are more useful for interns or for mentors but we thought we’d let you in on all of them anyway. If there are more organisations you think we should include in this list, do let us know.
If you find yourself in need of a bit of help, there’s no shame in asking for it. This website has a tool that will help you find a BACP accredited therapist in your area.
If money is more of an issue the Free Psychotherapy Network has a list of free and low-cost counselling services across the UK.
Sexual harassment & discrimination
We really hope that your journalism experience doesn’t include any of this, but given latest news we cannot pretend that our industry is 100% safe from this. Remember that you have a legal right under the Sex Discrimination Act not to be sexually harassed whilst at work.
The Citizens Advice Bureau explains what constitutes harassment in the workplace.
The Second Source
The Second Source was created by a group of female journalists to tackle harassment in the media. It seeks to promote awareness of the problem, inform people of their rights, and work with organisations to create change. With the knowledge that much harassment relates to insecure work in an industry that remains male-dominated, it also acts as an alternative professional network for young women.
SupportLine also has a list suggestions on how to cope after a sexual assault or rape, how to cope with difficult feelings and a long list of services for both men and women who have been assaulted or raped.
A resource from the Met Police giving advice and guidance on how to deal with sexual assault or rape, even if you don’t want to report it.
Equality Advisory Support Service (EASS)
Discrimination is not just gender based. If you have experienced discrimination, you can get help from the EASS discrimination helpline.
We really hope that your time as an intern in London or hosting someone is an incredible learning experience. However, we understand that sometimes things don’t work out like we would want them to.
If at any point your internship plans shift, your personal life gets complicated, health problems get in the way or your hosting situation isn’t right, please get in touch with Press Pad UK as soon as you can.
We are here to support mentors and mentees through the summer and help as much as we can. We will not contact your mentor about your situation unless you agree for us to do so.
So if anything goes wrong please contact :
We will do our best to help sort out the situation.