Safeguarding & Prevent - 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

We understand the importance of safeguarding the health and wellbeing of all our stakeholders and hold an annual budget dedicated to training our key Designated Safeguarding Officers externally. Alongside this we invest internally in both online and in-person training for staff and full-time students. 

  • 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 our dedicated Safeguarding Team, by phone on 0113 2193006 or email

Safeguarding Lead – Tracy Witney (Head of Learning & Participation)

Safeguarding Officers

  • Francesca McCarthy – Head of Undergraduate Studies
  • Rose Chadwick – CAT Programme Lead
  • Matthew Slater – Lecturer in Technique & Performance Practice
  • Phil Sanger – Lecturer in Technique & Performance Practice
  • Eric Assandri – Lecturer in Technique & Performance Practice
  • Hannah Perry – Head of Academic Registry

Safeguarding & Remote Education

At NSCD we have adjusted to working remotely with our students, our Safeguarding procedures remain an the centre of our work and have / will be adjusted to take into consideration the changing landscape of provision during Covid 19. For further information on keeping safe online for parents and children that may access our work please see the links at the bottom of the page.

For those living in Leeds this list contains key contact numbers to help people through the coronavirus outbreak including:

  • Leeds Domestic Violence Service helpline
  • Cancer Support Helpline
  • COVID-19 support line for anyone in Leeds with family members or friends who are critically ill, or have died from any illness during COVID-19
  • Emergency food response
  • Helpline number for those that are self-isolating and don’t have friends or family nearby.

Download our full  Safeguarding Policy or our Prevent Statement & Policy  and / or  Safeguarding Policy Statement 

NSCD work in partnership with the Prevent Regional Coordinator (North East) as part of the Due Diligence & Counter Extremism Division of the Department of Education

Helpful Links

One Minute Guides

Radicalisation and preventing extremism

Leeds Safeguarding Children’s Board

Child Sexual Exploitation

Domestic Violence & Children’s Service

Female Genital Mutilation


County Lines

Other links

Togetherall – a safe, online community and counselling service

Leeds Domestic Violence Service

Leeds Safeguarding Adults – Easy Read Guide 

Use these resources to support parents and carers to keep their children safe online:

  • Thinkuknow provides advice from the National Crime Agency (NCA) on staying safe online
  • Parent info is a collaboration between Parentzone and the NCA providing support and guidance for parents from leading experts and organisations
  • Childnet offers a toolkit to support parents and carers of children of any age to start discussions about their online life, to set boundaries around online behaviour and technology use, and to find out where to get more help and support
  • Internet matters provides age-specific online safety checklists, guides on how to set parental controls on a range of devices, and a host of practical tips to help children get the most out of their digital world
  • London Grid for Learning has support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online, including tips to keep primary aged children safe online
  • Net-aware has support for parents and carers from the NSPCC, including a guide to social networks, apps and games
  • Let’s Talk About It has advice for parents and carers to keep children safe from online radicalisation
  • UK Safer Internet Centre has tips, advice, guides and other resources to help keep children safe online, including parental controls offered by home internet providers and safety tools on social networks and other online services