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Derby College Group places the highest importance on safeguarding and the safety and well-being of students.

Safeguarding is the action we take to promote the welfare of young people and protect them from harm.

At DCG, safeguarding means:

  • protecting young people from abuse and maltreatment
  • preventing harm to young people’s health or development
  • ensuring young people are cared for in a safe environment
  • taking action to enable all young people have the best outcomes

The Government legislation that applies specifically to schools and colleges with regard to safeguarding young people and safer recruitment, is called Keeping children safe in education 2023 In order to comply with the duty of care DCG has for all students, safeguarding policies, processes and procedures are in place to ensure that matters of safeguarding can be dealt with effectively.

Whenever necessary, the safeguarding team at DCG liaise with external agencies such as Social Care, Health Services, Police, Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) and many others to help and support students at risk of harm or facing difficult or challenging circumstances.

Key Safeguarding Contacts at Derby College

If you need any advice or support you can contact our Safeguarding Team for a chat email:, or speak to them, or a Pastoral coach, in person whilst at College.:

Robert Bamford

Director of Health and Safety

Designated Safeguarding Lead

Telephone: 07395 600 045

Guy Hodgkinson

Safeguarding Team Manager

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

Telephone: 07740 423 971

Kate Cox

Little Explorer Nursery Manager

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (for the nursery only)

Telephone: 07718 235 647 Ext 6620

Charlotte Dunn

Safeguarding Coordinator

Telephone: 07701294515

Staying Safe online

Social media is a great way to keep in touch.  Its important to regularly check your privacy settings on all your apps to keep yourself safe online.  Follow 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.​​​​​​​

If you need any advice or support you can contact our Welfare Team for a chat email: or speak to them in person in College. 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 above) 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 at

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

Supporting your wellbeing

There are many external organisations working to provide 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:

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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