Safeguarding Information

Policy Statement

Derby College places the highest importance on safeguarding, and the safety and well-being of students is paramount in all College activities. Furthermore, the College recognises that employees/volunteers and students have an important role to play in safeguarding, in particular the welfare of young people and vulnerable persons, and preventing abuse and/or harm. Derby College also acknowledges that at any time any person could be classed as ‘vulnerable’.

The College has a statutory duty placed on it by Keeping Children Safe in Education (September 2019) to have in place arrangements for carrying out its functions with a view to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people and vulnerable persons. This is further supported by the Education Act 2011 and the Children Act 1989 (Section 17 Child in Need (Provision of services for children in need, their families and others) and Section 47 Risk of Significant Harm (Local Authority’s duty to investigate). In order to comply with this duty of care, all employees/volunteers must be aware of the lines of communication and levels of responsibility which exist to ensure that matters of safeguarding can be dealt with adequately.

The Derby College Safeguarding Procedure sets out a framework for those arrangements.

Derby College is not an investigating agency. This function will normally be carried out by Social Care and Health, or other agencies with statutory powers, i.e. the Police, as set out in the Derby and Derbyshire Safeguarding Children Procedures or Derby & Derbyshire Safeguarding Adults Policy & Procedure.

View the Derby College Safeguarding Policy

Key Safeguarding Contacts at Derby College

If you study with us or your child studies with us and you have any safeguarding concerns you can contact the Derby College safeguarding team;

NameDesignationContact Details
Helen Jefferson Director of Services for Students
Designated Safeguarding Lead
07779 655 435 Ext 7066
Guy Hodgkinson Team Manager Student Welfare and Guidance
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
07740 423 971 Ext 4256
Maria Banks Residential and Welfare Manager
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
07872 107 516
Kate Cox Little Explorer Nursery Manager
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (for the nursery only)
07718 235 647 Ext 6620

During this time of spending time apart from your friends, social media is a great way to keep in touch.  You can tell everyone what you’ve been doing, share ideas on how to keep occupied and swap music, videos and photos.  Having more time to yourself is also a great opportunity to check your privacy settings on all your apps to keep yourself safe online.  Follow this link to find checklists for Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook and Twitter to protect yourself while you stay in contact with your friends.


1  Protect your online reputation and ‘think before you post.’ Content posted online can last forever and could be shared publicly by anyone.

2 Report anything that concerns you to service providers and use blocking and deleting tools. If something happens that upsets you online, it’s never too late to tell someone.

3  Don’t give in to pressure: if you lose your inhibitions you've lost control; once you’ve pressed send you can’t take it back.

4  Respect the law: use reliable services and know how to legally access the music, film and TV you want.​​​​​​​

Many people are finding staying at home very difficult and it’s important for you to know that as a student at Derby College, you still have access to people who can help you.  You can still contact our Welfare Team for a chat (email or if you don’t feel safe or have a safeguarding concern about another student, you can call one of our senior safeguarding team (using the numbers in the table opposite) from Monday – Friday 9am – 4pm.

Out of College hours support

If you have any Safeguarding concerns when the college is closed, you should contact either your Local Authority Out of Hours Social Care number for any concerns relating to a child (under 18), which you can find by putting in the postcode of where you’re reporting from here.

Alternatively, if you feel that a child or any other student is at immediate risk and in need of protection you should contact the Police immediately (999 emergency, 101 non-emergency).

Further support and advice

Coping with Social Distancing and Isolation

There are many external organisations working to provide online support and strategies for coping; you can access our Mental Wellbeing Toolkit on Moodle for lots of contacts and ideas, talk to an online counsellor anonymously through Kooth or use any of the links below.

Young Minds

Anxiety UK

Every Mind Matters  

The Children's Society

Friends and Family Blog Covid19

The Derby & Derbyshire Safeguarding Children Partnership. website provides important safeguarding information for the public, children, young people, parents, carers, school staff and other professionals.

In addition you can anonymously contact the NSPCC via text 88858 for free and they will send an automated confirmation response followed by a specific response from a Helpline practitioner within three hours.


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