Schools are charged with maintaining a safe, supportive environment which protects the rights and needs of young people at all times. School staff have regular contact with students and young people, and a responsibility to help to identify students in need of additional support or protection.

At John Port Spencer Academy, the safety and welfare of our students is at the heart of our practice. We recognise our safeguarding responsibilities to include:

  • creating a safe environment for children and young people through robust safeguarding practices;
  • ensuring that adults who work in the academy, including volunteers, are able to work with students safely, and are properly trained and equipped to do so;
  • teaching student and young people to stay safe; and
  • maintaining an environment in which young people feel confident to approach any member of staff if they have a worry or problem.

John Port Spencer Academy follows the procedures set out by the Derbyshire Safeguarding Children Board in the Derby and Derbyshire Safeguarding Procedures ( and take account of guidance issued by the Department for Children, Schools and Families (in particular Safeguarding Children and Safer Recruitment in Education 2007).

Safeguarding Newsletters

The Safeguarding team at John Port publish termly safeguarding newsletters.

Please view our latest safeguarding newsletter here with the additional information as referenced here.

What to do if you have safeguarding concerns

If you have any concerns about the welfare of a young person please talk to any teacher or a member of safeguarding team. See our full team here.

  • Designated Safeguarding Lead: Mr Shepherd
  • Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead: Mrs Golaub
  • Safeguarding Officer (Student Wellbeing, Anti-Bullying and Mental Health Lead): Mr Perry
  • Safeguarding Officer (Family Resource Worker and Mental Health Lead): Mrs Davies
  • Safeguarding Officer (Prevent Lead): Mr Collier
  • Safeguarding Officer (Sixth Form Link): Mr Fisher
  • Safeguarding Officer: Mrs Brown
  • First Aid: Mr Jeffery
Alternatively there are a range of services you can contact such as:
  • The Police: telephone number 101, (in an emergency, always ring 999)
  • DFE: access all local authority’s webpages or phone numbers for any concerns/worries about a child
  • CEOP
  • NSPCC: National Helpline: 0808 800 5000
  • Childline: 0800 11 11
  • Prevent: Derbyshire County Council: 01629 538494 or 07771 980 107
  • National Online Safety Resources, guidance and Information relating to Online Safety
  • Parent Zone Guidance and support for a safe digital family life
  • Childnet International – Online challenges and peer pressure
  • NHS Direct: 111
  • Family Lives, parent and family support organisation: 0808 800 2222
  • The Samaritans: 08457 90 90 90
  • Drinkline: A free and confidential helpline for anyone who is concerned about their own or someone else’s drinking. Tel: 0800 917 8282 (lines are open 24 hours a day)
  • Rehab 4 Addiction: A helpline for those suffering with drug and alcohol addiction
  • Smokefree: NHS Smoking Helpline – 0800 169 0 169
  • Talk to Frank – Support and advice about drugs. You can call FRANK free, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Talk to Frank: 0800 77 66 00
  • Bereavement: (Cruse Bereavement Care) 01332 332098 National Helpline: 0844 477 9400
  • Child Sexual Exploitation: Suspicion that a young person is at at risk of – contact Safe and Sound 01332 362120
  • 24 Hour Anonymous Helpline: Advice, support and options if you, or someone you love, goes missing or runs away – Text or Call 116 000
  • Crimestoppers UK: 0800 555 111
  • Young Minds: Parents guide to support mental health
  • Student Minds: A UK charity that supports student mental health
  • Derby and Derbyshire emotional health and well-being (Transforming health and well-being for everyone)
  • Free Life Online Parent Pack: Free downloadable pack of materials by Nicola Morgan to inform and empower parents on the subject of screens, smartphones and social media
  • Personal Crisis/Well-being Support
  • Kooth – Online counselling for young people – Free, safe and anonymous online support. The Kooth #DontDoItAloneCampaign video is available here:
  • Domestic abuse – John Port Spencer Academy supports the ‘Stopping Domestic Abuse Together’ Initiative. This means that we receive direct communication from the police where any young person that attends John Port Spencer Academy is affected. This allows the academy to support that young person.

Out of Hours Safeguarding Advice

While most students look forward to school holidays with enthusiasm, for other young people, time out of school can be a time of increased anxiety. Students who may struggle include those who rely on regular face-to-face contacts with their friends, or otherwise value the security and structure provided by the school day.

Safeguarding concerns can be registered at any time via There are also two other safeguarding support areas for students and parents. One to report any potential bullying concerns ( and one for any emotional wellbeing concerns or support (

Tips for keeping safe

We want you to enjoy your free time but we also want you to stay safe. Follow the simple tips below to help you stay safe and feel more confident.

  • Take responsibility for yourself
  • Always tell an adult where you are going and inform them of where you are at all times
  • See something, Say something
  • Don’t mess about near dangerous places such as railway lines, overhead electricity lines or roads
  • Be sensible near water and only go swimming if there is a lifeguard
  • Stay safe online and keep your personal details safe. If in doubt tell an adult
  • Never share any inappropriate images
  • When it is warm, if you are going outside, you should protect yourself against the sun by applying sunscreen, wearing a hat, staying out of the midday sun and drinking plenty of water
  • Always ask for help if you need it.


All parents and external visitors coming to the academy will be asked to sign in at reception. Please view the current procedure here.

We also have guidance for visiting speakers. This can be found here.