Safeguarding - Northern School of Contemporary Dance

Safeguarding & Prevent

What is Safeguarding?

Safeguarding is aimed at protecting vulnerable children and adults from harm, Northern School of Contemporary Dance (NSCD) acknowledges the duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and adults at risk and is committed to ensuring safeguarding practice reflects statutory responsibilities, government guidance and complies with best practice.

What is Prevent?

Part of NSCD’s Safeguarding duty also includes protecting vulnerable individuals from the risk of radicalisation and extremism. Prevent is one of four national strands within CONTEST, the UK’s long term Counter Terrorism Strategy. The Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015 requires NSCD to have ‘due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism’.

What we do at NSCD

  • Have clear policies & procedures in place relation to Safeguarding & Prevent
  • Have a Designated Safeguarding & Prevent Lead supported by a team of Officers across all of NSCD’s provision, who report back to our Safeguarding Committee
  • Support a culture of vigilance across NSCD so all staff, students & visitors feel supported in raising a concern
  • Train all staff in Safeguarding & Prevent at a level appropriate to their role
  • Include student inductions for Centre for Advanced Training, Access, Undergraduate & Post graduate levels
  • Take all concerns seriously & act upon them in a timely & appropriate manner, whilst offering full support through NSCD & specialist services
  • Have a thorough recruitment process, making sure staff are appropriate to work with our diverse student body
  • Have a Prevent Risk Assessment Plan, which is currently set at a LOW Level

Reporting a concern

If you are worried about yourself or someone you know at NSCD please contact a member of staff who will refer this to a member of the Safeguarding team. Full list of our Safeguarding Team is below

Download NSCD’s  Child Protection and Adult at Risk Policy Statement

NSCD are dedicated to Safeguarding all our students and staff, if you have a Safeguarding concern or query please contact our Safeguarding Team,   by phone on 0113 2193006 or email

Safeguarding Officers at NSCD include Francesca McCarthy, Rose Chadwick, Matthew Slater, Emily Reynard & Hannah Perry.

Helpful Links

Leeds City Council One Minute Guides –

Radicalisation and preventing extremism

Leeds Safeguarding Children’s Board

Child Sexual Exploitation

Domestic Violence & Children’s Service

Female Genital Mutilation


Other links

Leeds Domestic Violence Service

Leeds Safeguarding Adults – Easy Read Guide