Safeguarding at NCG

Protecting our learners and apprentices remains the highest priority at NCG and we have specially trained officers at all colleges to deal with concerns.

NCG’s colleges operate in the same way as a standalone college when it comes to safeguarding – our college principals are the accountable officers, to local boards of governors, and each college has a senior manager who acts as the designated safeguarding lead.


COVID-19 Response

NCG has created an additional annex to the Safeguarding Policy in response to COVID-19, accessible here.

The UK government have also issued their guidance for parents and carers during the pandemic on their website here.


NCG Safeguarding Council

NCG has additionally appointed a Group designated safeguarding lead. The officer is Steven Wallis, Executive Director of Quality.

Steve is chair of NCG’s Safeguarding Council – a half termly meeting of the college designated safeguarding leads where practice and procedures are reviewed, local risks are highlighted and best practice is shared.


NCG Single Safeguarding Policy

A key outcome of the Safeguarding Council’s business is the annual update to NCG’s Single Safeguarding Policy, which follows the relevant legislation and statutory guidance, notably the Education Act 2002, Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) and Care Act 2014. The policy is adopted into local college procedures for operational clarity to college staff and students.

Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) is statutory guidance from the Department for Education issued under Section 175 of the Education Act (2002), the Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations (2014) and the Non-Maintained Special Schools (England) Regulations (2015). Schools and colleges must have regard to it when carrying out their duties to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. KCSIE (2019, p5) defines safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children as:

  • Protecting children from maltreatment;
  • Preventing impairment of children’s health or development;
  • Ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and
  • Taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.

The NCG Single Safeguarding Policy also includes the specific action required to safeguard adults at risk as defined in the Care Act (2014). The policy also covers the Group’s response to its statutory duty under the Prevent Duty Guidance and Counter-Extremism Strategy.



General Arrangements

All NCG staff are required to undertake pre-employment checks and undertake mandatory training for safeguarding. Designated leads undertake additional, specialist training with local safeguarding boards, or equivalents.

All recruiting managers are recruited to undertake the ETF Safer Recruitment training.

For Safeguarding and Prevent concerns in our colleges, then contact should be made with the relevant college designated safeguarding lead in the first instance.

Issues associated with NCG Professional Services (based at Rye Hill House, Newcastle) should be emailed to

Our learners receive information on how to stay safe through their inductions, tutorials and lessons – we regularly survey our learners to evaluate how we can continue to improve this essential aspect of our work.



Reporting safeguarding issues and designated leaders:

Carlisle College – Designated Safeguarding Lead is Sarah McGrath contact

Kidderminster College – Designated Safeguarding Lead is Cat Draper contact: 01562 512001

Lewisham College – Designated Safeguarding Lead is Jane Button  – contact, 0203 757 3371 or 07795 883274

NCG and Professional Services at Rye Hill House, Newcastle –  Designated Safeguarding Lead is Steven Wallis – contact or 0191 2004321

Newcastle College – Designated Safeguarding Lead is Paula Miller – contact 

Newcastle Sixth Form College – Designated Safeguarding Lead is Amy Scott – contact 0191200 4179

Southwark College – Designated Safeguarding Lead is Abida Umarji – or 07879 800231 or 07769 239029

West Lancashire College – Designated Safeguarding Lead is Collette Collins -contact or 01695 52300 or 07974208855


Keeping Children Safe Online – advice for parents

This government webpage provides a number of useful links to information that identifies the risks and provides advice for safe working online.  Should you have any concerns about the welfare of your child, then please contact the relevant designated lead using the contact details above.