Support for Learners and Parents/Guardians

At Derwentside College, our priority is to provide learners with an environment which feels safe, secure and supportive. 

The following links provide access to support for both parents/guardians and learners.

We take the safety and wellbeing of your child seriously and are committed to identifying and providing you with a wide range of information you may find helpful to help you to keep your child safe.


If your child has a safeguarding/Prevent concern they should be encouraged to raise either with yourselves or the College.

If you have any concerns, you can use the following form to report a safeguarding concern.  This form will be sent to the DSL once submitted. 

Report a Concern Form


CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection command) provides information on keeping children safe online.

Thinkuknow provides further details on how to protect your child from online abuse.

Barnardo's provides information on protecting children from Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE).

The NSPCC provides information for adults worried about children.

InternetMatters provides guidance on protecting children from radicalisation and extremism.

Run Hide Tell provides information on dealing with a terrorist attack.

h2b safer has produced a leaflet entitled Terrorism Attacks guide for parents and carers.

The National Crime Agency has produced advice for parents on sextortion.

Mind has a wealth of resources relating to young people and mental health

Derwentside College has a reporting mechanism and provides learners with education on safeguarding and Prevent issues.

If you have any concerns, you can use the following form to report a safeguarding concern.  This form will be sent to the DSL once submitted. 

Report a Concern Form

The following links provide further advice and guidance:

Project Evolve has a wealth of resources on digital literacy and e-safety.

Childnet International provides educational resources for children, parents and teachers relating to a range of topics, including cyberbullying, sexting, and grooming.

Free, safe and anonymous online support for young people is provided by Kooth.


Horizon Durham Young Adult Carers

Horizon Durham Young Adult Carers provides transition support for young adult carers, between the ages of 14 and 25, and to their families.

We help empower young adult carers to be heard, access services, gain confidence, have choices and enjoy life.

Further details can be found here.

NHS Choices Youth Mental Health Hub

This website contains information on mental health, and where to get support. It includes links to other services, videos and podcasts.


Support for young carers (5-18) who are looking after family members affected by physical or mental health issues or substance misuse.Fixers are tackling a huge range of issues by creating an enormous variety of resources, including short films and documentaries, animations, music videos, viral ads, websites, apps, books, promotional literature, teaching packs, school workshops, and more.

How to Cope with Student Life

Advice for anyone experiencing a mental health problem who is a student or considering becoming one.

Look After Your Mate

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How to look after your mental health

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