Safeguarding Information

At the New Skill Centre we are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all of our pupils, keeping them safe and protecting them from harm. Safeguarding is quite simply everyone’s responsibility and is what we do for all pupils to keep them safe whilst attending and in our care.

We place great emphasis on building positive trusting relationships with all our pupils, giving them confidence to speak to a member of staff if they have any concerns, knowing that we will listen and act if necessary.

All staff receive annual Child Protection and Safeguarding training as well as regular updates throughout the academic year. A monthly staff safeguarding newsletter provides up to date information and links to both local and national safeguarding issues and specific safeguarding topics are refreshed with staff completing a monthly safeguarding quiz.

At the New Skill Centre, we work hard in wanting to support our families by offering early interventions, advice and support whilst always having the individual student at the centre of what we do.

We will always take a considered and sensitive approach in order that we can support all of our pupils.

The Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) for the New Skill centre is

Mark Winston, Headteacher

The Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads (DDSL) are

  • Kim Charlesworth, Deputy Headteacher/SENCO
  • Emma Mirams, Assistant Headteacher, Pastoral and Wellbeing

We aim to:

  • Ensure that appropriate action is taken in a timely manner to safeguard and promote children’s welfare.
  • Ensure that all staff are aware of their statutory responsibilities with respect to safeguarding.
  • Ensure that staff are properly trained in recognising and reporting safeguarding issues.
  • Keep our school site secure and ensure that all visitors are recorded and monitored.
  • Follow safer recruitment practices to prevent those who pose a risk to children gaining access to our pupils.
  • Equip our pupils to understand the importance of e-Safety both at school and at home.
  • Filtering and monitor all internet traffic into the school to ensure that pupils cannot be exposed to harmful material and communication.
  • Ensure that all staff employed by the School have received Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance which is recorded in the Single Central Record.
  • Ensure that admission and attendance procedures are robust to protect pupils.
  • Ensure all staff and visitors to the setting know who the trained DSL’s are.

We want our pupils to:

  • Understand risks both within and beyond the school and be able to develop the skills that will allow them to cope with these challenges for both themselves and others.
  • Be confident in disclosing any concerns about themselves or their peers.
  • Be confident in gaining appropriate guidance and support.
  • Feel safe, feel listened to and have a sense of belonging.
  • Feel a valued member of the school community

Our Trained DSLs

Kim Charlesworth DDSL

Deputy Headteacher/SENCO

Mark Winston DSL


Emma Mirams DDSL

Assistant Headteacher, Pastoral and Wellbeing

Our trained DSLs will:

  • Be available to offer help, support and advice to pupils, staff and parents.
  • Share information with other agencies and services to ensure that pupils and their families have support to meet their needs and prevent pupils from harm.
  • Take immediate action, contacting the appropriate agencies when we believe that a pupil is in danger or is at risk of harm
  • Manage referrals