The voice of specialist further education


Safeguarding in specialist colleges

Colleges and their staff are an important part of the wider safeguarding system for young people. They play a key role in protecting young people from maltreatment, preventing impairment of their health or development, ensuring that they develop and thrive in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care, and taking action to enable all young people to have the best outcomes.

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Key documents

Specialist colleges are now legally required to follow the the guidance set out in Keeping Children Safe in Education. Make sure you are using this latest version as the guidance is subject to frequent updating.

All further education and skills providers in England and Wales must have ‘due regard’ to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism. Full details are provided in the Prevent duty guidance for FE providers.

Useful resources


This webinar from the safeguarding lead at National Star College  provides an overview of the fundamentals of safeguarding in the specialist college context.


These resources have been produced by Natspec and member colleges to help learners with SEND understand and keep safe from the threats of extremism and radicalisation and to understand British Values more generally. Some of the material was produced as part of an Education and Training Foundation (ETF) project; some was presented at a Natspec Prevent conference.

Remote or Blended Learning

These resources help colleges to offer remote learning safely.

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