Introduction to safeguarding

Notre Dame Catholic Sixth Form College is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the wellbeing of all students, staff and visitors. Having a safe environment is so important so our students can devote their efforts to being successful in their studies, developing their character and planning for their futures.

All staff are carefully selected using recruitment and selection procedures designed to emphasise our commitment to safeguarding. All posts, including volunteers, are subject to enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance. We ensure that all staff receive appropriate safeguarding training and are aware of their responsibilities if a student discloses, or is suspected to be suffering from, any form of abuse or harm.

What does safeguarding involve?

Safeguarding and protecting the welfare young people involves:

  • protecting them from maltreatment, abuse and/or neglect;
  • preventing impairment of mental or physical health;
  • taking action to enable all young people to have the best outcomes.

This can include a person being affected by:

  • bullying/harassment/other peer-on-peer abuse
  • abuse at home or college
  • online safety
  • mental health
  • substance misuse
  • exploitation (sexual or criminal)
  • risk of radicalisation (being drawn into extremism or terrorism)
  • homelessness
I am worried about myself or another young person

Please talk with your Achievement Tutor or any member of staff if you have any concerns about your safety/wellbeing or the safety/wellbeing of others. 

If you are a parent/carer or member of the public and you are concerned about a student, please call the main college switchboard on 0113 2946644 and ask to speak to a member of the safeguarding team. 

You can also contact a member of the safeguarding team by emailing:

Who is the safeguarding team?

Sarah Dumont, Deputy Principal and Designated Safeguarding Lead

- Deborah O'Connor, Student Support Manager, Deputy Safeguarding Lead

- Neil Johnson, Mental Health Support Officer & Senior Tutor, Deputy Safeguarding Lead

- Sally Wike, Head of Learning Support

- Helen Pattison, Head of Students

- Charlotte Stephenson, Safeguarding Officer and Senior Tutor

- Ciaran O'Brien, PTE Teacher

What do I do if I have a safeguarding concern when college is closed?

If you feel at immediate risk, contact the Police on 999

What if I am struggling emotionally and need someone to talk to outside of college?

Childline is here to help anyone under 19 in the UK with any issue they’re going through. You can talk about anything. Whether it’s something big or small, our trained counsellors are here to support you. Childline is free, confidential, and available any time, day or night. You can have a 1-2-1 counsellor chat by clicking here or you can call 0800 1111

The Samaritans are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. You can contact them by phone on 116 123 or via email on Common reasons people contact the Samaritans are:

  • relationship and family problems
  • loss, including loss of a friend or a family member through bereavement
  • financial worries
  • feeling stressed or anxious
  • college or study-related stress
  • loneliness and isolation
  • depression
  • painful and/or disabling physical illness
  • heavy use of or dependency on alcohol or other drugs
  • thoughts of suicide

West Yorkshire Night OWLS is a confidential support line for children, young people, their parents and carers who live in Bradford, Leeds, Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield. This is a pilot scheme funded till March 2022.

If a child or young person you care for is in a crisis and you are concerned about their emotional wellbeing contact Night OWLs

Night OWLS can help you if you:

  • Feel you have nowhere to turn
  • Feel you can’t go on living
  • Are in a crisis
  • Are finding it hard to cope with life
  • Are feeling angry, lonely, anxious or depressed
  • Are feeling confused or finding it hard to think straight
  • Are feeling unsafe
  • Are caring for a young person
  • Just want to talk

We’re available 8pm–8am every day for children, young people, parents, and carers across West Yorkshire.

Call this number for free: 0300 2003900 or text us on: 07984 392700


What is Prevent

What is Prevent?

  • Prevent is a Government strategy that was set up as part of a wider counter-terrorism strategy called Contest.
  • The aim of Prevent is to stop the radicalisation of young people across the UK in order to prevent extremism and terrorism
  • All schools and colleges have a duty to teach young people about extremism and radicalisation

How can I protect myself?

  • Be open to discussing and debating political topics with others
  • Get your information from the experts rather than online
  • Speak to someone if something doesn’t quite feel right
  • Challenge hate and promote love

We ALL have a responsibility to challenge HATE CRIMES so that people are dealt with before this hate becomes radical.

You can access more Prevent information below:

Safer Devon: Online Radicalisation
Spread love, not hate.

What if my family or friends are struggling for food?

Students who are hungry can go to their Achievement Tutor or Mrs O'Connor who are based in the Achievement Tutor and Student Support Offices in the Main Building.
You can also find a food bank near you in Leeds by clicking here:

I'm a Young Carer

You can also access support from Leeds Young Carers Support Service 


As children get older and more independent, issues that affect them can be harder to spot and deal with. Learning about potential dangers can give you the knowledge and skills to act if there is a problem. It could also help keep your child safe by preventing problems before they happen. You know your child best, so if you’ve got a feeling something’s up – you’re right not to ignore it. You can access ParentWise below, which contains a range of advice and tips to support you:

ParentWise Website

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