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.

Mental and Emotional Wellbeing Support

The NCG Safeguarding and Welfare Teams are committed to supporting our learners' mental and emotional wellbeing. However, should you have a need for emergency support out of hours, please contact one of these organisations

Emergency Mental and Emotional Wellbeing Support

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The safety and welfare of our learners, apprentices, students, staff and stakeholders is the highest priority of everyone at NCG. This page sets out how we enact our statutory and moral duties in this regard.

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.

College Safeguarding contacts

Contact information to report safeguarding issues to NCG colleges