NUAST is committed to creating a safe and secure environment for pupils and promoting a climate where children will feel confident about sharing any concerns which they may have about their own safety or the well-being of others.

Adults and students are clear about how to report safeguarding concerns which can be done in a variety of ways. This can be through:

  • Speaking to a member of staff who will refer you to the safeguarding team
  • Contacting the safeguarding team
  • Using the referral forms on this website (on the student wellbeing tabs)
  • Clicking on this link.

Safeguarding team

Mr D Thompson (Headteacher/Senior Designated Safeguarding Lead)

Mr C Atkin (Deputy Head Teacher/Senior Designated Safeguarding Lead)

Miss N Ali (KS3 Designated Safeguarding Lead)

Miss R Mahmood (KS4/5 Designated Safeguarding Lead)


NUAST's Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy sets out guidelines to ensure that the rights of children are protected through staff awareness of the issues and the following of statutory and local guidelines in the reporting of concerns.

Children and young people are defined as those under the age of 18 years.

In line with the Department for Education’s statutory guidance on “Keeping children safe in education. Statutory guidance for schools and colleges.” (2016) and “What to do if you’re worried a child is being abused” (2015) the policy gives guidance on the:

  1. Role of the Designated Safeguarding Lead
  2. Role of the Board of Directors
  3. Inappropriate behaviour with children and the implications for staff in breach of guidelines
  4. Responsibilities of Staff
  5. Staff training
  6. Confidentiality
  7. Categories of abuse.
  8. Specific safeguarding issues as outlined in the “Keeping children safe in education” document

A copy of NUASTs Safeguarding policy can be found on our Policies page.

Safeguarding: Web links for parents/carers

Also available: E-Safety Information and Advice

Report online abuse

CEOP helps any child or young person under the age of 18 who is being pressured, forced or tricked into taking part in sexual activity of any kind. This can be something that has taken place either online or in ‘the real world’, or both. The CEOP Safety Centre has clear information and advice on what can be reported to CEOP, the reporting process and what will happen if you do decide to make a report. You can visit the CEOP Safety Centre and make a report directly to CEOP by clicking the Click CEOP button below:

If you are experiencing online bullying or something else online has worried you please speak to an adult you trust, or you can talk to Childline at any time on 0800 1111 or at

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