Key Policies

Here at The Derbyshire Network, we are committed to providing a caring, friendly and safe environment for all our Learners so that they can learn in a relaxed and secure atmosphere. We believe every Learner should be able to participate in all learning and social activities in an enjoyable and safe environment and be protected from harm.

Safeguarding and prevent

The Derbyshire Network Prevent and Safeguarding Policy reflects the importance of our responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all our Learners and staff by protecting them from physical, sexual or emotional abuse, neglect and bullying.

The main aims of this policy are to ensure that staff are fully engaged in being vigilant about raising awareness; that they overcome professional disbelief that such issues will not happen at The Derbyshire Network and ensure that we work alongside other professional bodies and agencies to ensure that our Learners and staff are safe from harm.

Radicalisation is defined as the act or process of making a person more radical or favouring of extreme or fundamental changes in political, economic or social conditions, institutions or habits of the mind. Extremism is defined as the holding of extreme political or religious views. At The Derbyshire Network, we are fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all learners and staff. We recognise that safeguarding against radicalisation is no different from safeguarding against any other vulnerability.

At The Derbyshire Network, all employees are expected to uphold and promote the fundamental principles of British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.

The Derbyshire Network’s curriculum promotes respect, tolerance, and diversity. Learners and staff are encouraged to share their views and recognise that they are entitled to have their own different beliefs which should not be used to influence others.

It is recognised that Learners or staff with low aspirations are more vulnerable to radicalisation and, therefore, we strive to equip our Learners and staff with confidence, self-belief, respect and tolerance as well as setting high standards and expectations for themselves.

Learners and staff are briefed during induction about how to stay safe when using the Internet and are encouraged to recognise that people are not always who they say they are online. They are taught to seek help if they are upset or concerned about anything they read or see on the Internet.

Equality and Diversity

The Derbyshire Network is committed is committed to encouraging equality and diversity among our workforce, learners and Network and eliminating unlawful discrimination.

The aim is for our workforce learners and Network to be truly representative of all sections of society and our customers, and for each employee, learner and member to feel respected and able to give their best.


We strive to provide the highest quality services and to be responsive to concerns or complaints from any of our stakeholders. Both negative and positive feedback is recognised as a valuable resource to enable us to improve the quality of our services.

Health and Safety

It is the policy of The Derbyshire Network to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare of its employees while they are at work and of others who may be affected by their undertakings, and to comply with the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and all other allied relevant legislation as appropriate. It is the responsibility and duty of all staff, learners and others to co-operate with The Derbyshire Network and to conform and comply with the requirements of this policy and associated arrangements and procedures which apply.

Should you have any questions or concerns, you can email us at: or call us on 01773 744081

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