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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.

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