Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility at Darlington College

Darlington College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of its students.  We recognise that it is the responsibility of all college staff, Governors, volunteers and partners to share this commitment and ensure that all students are safe and feel safe while in college, on work place or in the work place.

The college has a safeguarding policy that is rigorously enforced and all matters relating to it are of the utmost importance to us. This policy has been approved by Darlington Local safeguarding Partnership and adheres to Local Children’s Social Care procedures.

Staying Safe at Darlington College

You have a right to be safe while at college, on work placement or in your work place.  The college has a zero tolerance to bullying and we deal with every reported case.  We want you enjoy going on line but we would like you to be safe while you are so as a full-time student you will receive a tutorial in your first half term on safeguarding and e-safety.  We also have zero tolerance on drugs, alcohol and offensive weapons and if you are found in possession of these you will face disciplinary action.

Please click on the links to read our policies on Bullying and HarassmentStudent Substance and Alcohol Misuse and Child Protection and the Protection of Vulnerable Adults.

We also have a Safeguarding Advice Booklet for students, which provides some tips on keeping you safe online. To help you do well in your studies and to keep you safe, the college has a Attendance Procedure outlining how attendance is monitored and our expectations of students.

If you don’t feel safe or you have a concern about someone else contact our Safeguarding Team.

If you feel someone is expressing extremist views that concern you then contact one of the Safeguarding Team.

Safeguarding Team

Julie DavisonStudent Services and Safeguarding Manager

01325 503036 / 07760767324

Hildy GardnerSafeguarding and Transitions Officer – Mon – Weds

Jenny Ellis

Safeguarding and Transitions Officer – Thurs/Fri

01325 503033 / 07809547930

Carole Todd01325 503178

Or email: is a confidential address that goes directly to the Safeguarding Team)

If you have a concern during holidays or out of hours please call the Children’s Access Point 01325 406222 or out of hours Emergency Duty Team 08702 402994


Useful contacts:

Darlington Local Safeguarding Children’s Board

Helpline: 0808 800 5000

Helpline: 0800 1111
Get help and advice about a wide range of issues, talk to a counsellor online
Internet safety advice for Young People and Parents
PAPYRUS is the national UK charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide.
Text 0778620967


Useful videos in relation to Child Exploitation:-

Child Exploitation – Barnardo’s Tees Valley

Child Exploitation Week – Barnardos – Google Drive

Barnardo’s – Definition of Exploitation RLR

Barnardo’s- What is Exploitation Definition RLR (


Useful websites in relation to Child Exploitation:-

Child sexual exploitation (CSE) | Barnardo’s

Edge North East Ltd

County Lines & Child Exploitation | The Children’s Society

Home – Fearless

What We Do –

Parents Against Child Exploitation (Pace) UK

Out Of the Shadows

Contextual Safeguarding Network – The Contextual Safeguarding programme, and the team who deliver it, are part of the International Centre: Researching child sexual exploitation, violence and trafficking (IC) at the University of Bedfordshire

Child sexual exploitation | NSPCC

Criminal exploitation and gangs | NSPCC

Child Sexual Exploitation | Crimestoppers (

County lines | Crimestoppers (