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Safeguarding learners

We believe that it's always unacceptable for learners or staff to experience abuse of any kind.

We recognise that it's our responsibility to safeguard the welfare of all learners, visitors, staff or volunteers by a commitment to practice that protects you from exploitation or abuse.

We'll seek to safeguard you by:

  • valuing you, listening to you, and respecting you
  • developing safeguarding guidelines and a code of behaviour for learners, visitors, staff and volunteers
  • recruiting and appointing staff and volunteers safely
  • sharing information about concerns with agencies who need it
  • involving learners and their carers or parents appropriately and sensitively


Prevent is the government's strategy to discourage and prevent people from becoming involved in violent extremism or supporting terrorism, in all its forms. The Prevent duty requires educational establishments like us to model British values in their practice and to use opportunities to explore British values and to challenge extremism. British values include democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance for those with different faiths and beliefs.

The Prevent programmes works with people who are vulnerable to exploitation, using early engagement activities to encourage individuals and communities to challenge violent extremist ideologies and behaviours.

Keeping people safe

Keeping safe online - top tips

Protect your device:

  • protect your computer with anti-virus, anti-spyware and firewall software and keep this up to date
  • block spam emails and never open emails from people you don't know
  • make regular backups (copies of important files and photos)
  • don't use the same password for lots of different sites - avoid real words (in any language) by using a phrase that's easy to remember and hard to guess, with a mix of upper and lower case letters, numbers and symbols, for example, "Ben likes to buy 5 apples and 4 pears every Saturday" becomes: Bltb5a&4peS

Take care of your identity and privacy:

  • don't give away too much personal information on social media - think about what can be seen in your photos, videos, and video calls - especially what's in the background
  • think before you send, and be respectful of others - once it's out there, it could be out there forever
  • look out for your friends and others, and do something if you think they are at risk

Avoid online rip-offs:

  • when you're shopping online, look for clear signs that you’re buying from a trustworthy company, and look for https:// at the start of the address so you know you are on a secure site
  • on an online auction site, learn how it works and learn to pick good sellers (for example by checking their feedback history)
  • use safe ways to pay, such as PayPal or credit/debit cards
  • be wary of sellers trying to contact you to sell away from the main website - you won't be covered by site policies
  • use your common sense to avoid scams - if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!

Health and safety

Derbyshire Adult Community Education Service complies with Derbyshire County Council's Health and Safety Policy.

We ask that you:

  • make sure you follow any health and safety instructions given to you by a tutor, volunteer or other member of centre staff
  • make sure you comply with safe working practices and use any safety devices and protective equipment provided
  • make sure you know where the fire exits are and that you know what to do in an emergency
  • report any health and safety issues or concerns to your tutor or other member of centre staff
  • do not leave things lying around unnecessarily to keep working areas and gangways clear
  • clean up spills immediately, wash your hands after using materials and before handing food
  • do not lift heavy objects
  • do not stand on chairs or tables to obtain items out of reach
  • leave the building immediately when the fire alarm sounds, not stopping to collect personal belongings, and make your way to the designated assembly point
  • inform the tutor, or other member of staff, of any accidents or incidents that have occurred during a session

Get more information about how we can help you to stay safe and learning with us.

If you have any safety concerns, speak with your tutor or centre staff straight away.