Committed to improving the well-being of all learners, citizens and families


Living a life that is free from harm and abuse is a fundamental right of every person.

We all need to act as good neighbours and citizens in looking out for one another and seeking to prevent the circumstances which can easily lead to abusive situations and put children and vulnerable adults at risk of harm.

When abuse does take place, it needs to be dealt with swiftly, effectively and in ways which are proportionate to the issues. The right of the individual to be involved and heard throughout this process is a critical element in the drive towards more personalised care and support.

All staff, Governors or volunteers in whatever setting, have a key role in preventing harm or abuse occurring and in taking action where concerns arise. Our safeguarding procedures adopt the Nottinghamshire and Nottingham City Safeguarding Children Boards’ Safeguarding Children Procedures, the Keeping Children Safe in Education statutory guidance and the Nottinghamshire Safeguarding Adults procedures and are designed to explain simply and clearly how agencies and individuals should work to protect children or adults at risk and recognise that safeguarding is a duty and shared responsibility.

Portland College is committed to improving the well-being of all learners, citizens and families to whom it delivers education, care, guidance and support services. Keeping them safe must be our first principle – if our learners and citizens are not safe they cannot be happy, healthy and achieve their full potential.

Portland College champions the view that people must be valued, treated with fairness and dignity and have equality of opportunity in access to relevant services. This is regardless of the persons;

  • Age
  • Gender
  • Disability
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Sex
  • Gender Identity
  • Race
  • Marriage & Civil Partnerships

Pregnancy and Maternity The College has a Designated Safeguarding Lead Person and four Deputy Safeguarding Leads who are all trained and competent in safeguarding practice and procedures. To provide support across all areas of the College there are a number of trained and competent Named Safeguarding Professionals available at any time to deal with any safeguarding allegations or concerns.


The College will ensure that:

  • Staff and volunteers will have an understanding of what radicalisation and extremism is and why we need to be vigilant at all times through training.
  • Staff and volunteers will know what the College procedure is on tackling radicalisation and extremism and will follow procedural guidance swiftly when issues arise.
  • The College will as far as reasonably possible ensure learners and citizens understand the dangers of radicalisation and exposure to extremist views.
  • The College will actively monitor the use of Information Technology systems and promote e-safety through it Child Exploitation and On-line Protection (CEOP) ambassador(s).
  • We will prepare and train for emergency protocols to respond to any attack by extremist or terrorist individuals or groups.
  • Promote British Values in line with UK Department for Education Guidance.

British Values are:

  • Democracy
  • The Rule of Law
  • Individual Liberty
  • Mutual Respect
  • Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs

    Thank you so much for taking such great care of our daughter this last year. We were able to relax knowing she was with people who care about her

    Parent of a learner