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Welcome to New College Durham's Safeguarding Area

Simply select from the list (below) to access the available information and resources

Key Definitions and Concepts
Safeguarding - Keeping Students healthy, happy and safe
  1. Young People
    Anyone under the age of 18, that is, up until his/her 18th birthday
  2. Adults at Risk (formerly known as Vulnerable Adults)
    Anyone over 18 years of age who:
    • may have learning or physical disabilities
    • may have mental health problems
    • may be old, frail or ill
    • cannot always take care of his/herself or protect his/herself without help
  3. Early Help
    A partnership commitment to deliver early timely help to children, young people and their families in County Durham.
  4. Abuse
    The misuse of power by one person over another.
  5. Neglect
    Can prevent a person, who is dependent on others for his/her basic needs, from exercising choice and control over the fundamental aspects of his/her life and can cause humiliation and loss of dignity.
  6. Children in Need of Protection
    Some Young People are in need because they are suffering or likely to suffer 'significant harm'.
  7. Children in Need
    Those whose vulnerability is such that they are unlikely to reach or maintain a satisfactory level of health or development, or their health and development will be significantly impaired, without the provision of service(s). A child with a disability is a child in need.
  8. Child Sexual Exploitation
    A form of child sexual abuse. Working Together to Safeguard Children and the National Working Group for Sexually Exploited Children and Young people define sexual exploitation as:

    "Sexual exploitation of children and young people under 18 involves exploitative situations, contexts and relationships where young people (or a third person or persons) receive 'something' (eg. food, accommodation, drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, affection, gifts, money) as a result of them performing, and/or another or others performing on them, sexual activities." Sexual exploitation can take many forms from the seemingly 'consensual' relationship to serious organised crime and child trafficking. What marks out exploitation is an imbalance of power within the relationship. The perpetrator always holds some kind of power over the victim, increasing the dependence of the victim as the exploitative relationship develops.

    Sexual exploitation involves varying degrees of coercion, intimidation or enticement, including unwanted pressure from their peers to have sex, sexual bullying (including cyber bullying), and grooming for sexual activity. Technology can also play a part in sexual abuse, for example, through its use to record abuse and share it with other like-minded individuals or as a medium to access children and young people in order to groom them. A common factor in all cases is the lack of free economic or moral choice.
  9. Sexting
    There is no clear definition of 'sexting'. Instead guidance from the UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS) refers to 'youth-produced sexual imagery'. This is imagery that is being created by under 18s themselves and involves still photographs, video, and streaming. Making, possessing, and distributing any imagery of someone under 18 which is indecent is illegal. This includes imagery of yourself if you're under 18.
  10. Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
    A procedure where the female genitals are deliberately cut, injured or changed, but where there's no medical reason for this to be done.
  11. Significant Harm
    The threshold that justifies compulsory intervention into family life in the best interests of the child or young person.
  12. Outcome 21
    Every crime reported to the police must have an outcome code. The NPCC, Home Office and the DBS have agreed a new outcome code for youth-produced sexual imagery.

    Outcome 21: This outcome code allows the police discretion not to take further action if it is not in the public interest, even though there is enough evidence to prosecute. Using this outcome code is likely to mean the offence would not appear on a future Enhanced DBS check, although not impossible, as that disclosure is a risk-based decision.
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Safeguarding Contacts

Welcome to New College Durham's Safeguarding Area

Safeguarding Image

New College Durham has three Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSL), each of whom has the responsibility to act as a source of support, and expertise within the College when deciding whether to make a referral to, and liaising with, relevant agencies as well as supporting and directing staff. The DSL Team report directly to a senior member of the College Executive.


Any of the following Safeguarding Leads must be contacted immediately should you have any Safeguarding concerns.


If you receive a disclosure or have concerns about allegations of abuse against a student, including the risk of radicalisation of an individual, report it immediately to a Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) as soon as practicable (or within the hour). A Safeguarding Concern Form is available to write up "rough notes" taken at the time of disclosure. All notes should be passed on to a Designated Safeguarding Lead.

Safeguarding Reporting Process
DSL Role

Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)

A DSL has the status and authority within the College to carry out the duties of the post including committing resources and, where appropriate, supporting and directing other staff. When required, (s)he has the responsibility for:
  1. liaison with the local authority, other agencies and schools, including those with Key Stage 4 pupils attending College;
  2. the referral of cases of suspected abuse or allegations of abuse to the relevant investigating agencies, contributing to assessment /case conferences as appropriate;
  3. acting as a source of support, and expertise within the College when deciding whether to make a referral and liaising with relevant agencies;
  4. liaising with the Principal and Chief Executive to inform him/her of any issues and on-going investigations and ensure there is always cover for this role;
  5. undertaking child protection and inter-agency training, including refresher training every 2 years, to ensure roles and responsibilities are carried out effectively;
  6. ensuring staff who work with Young People and Adults at Risk have information on the Safeguarding Young People and Adults at Risk Policy and its associated Procedure and they participate in appropriate induction and training;
  7. maintaining accurate, secure records of referrals or concerns;
  8. working with the Corporation to ensure that the Safeguarding Young People and Adults at Risk Policy and its associated Procedure are updated and that arrangements are reviewed annually;
  9. identifying appropriate methods to inform students, parents and carers of the College's safeguarding and partnership arrangements;
  10. forwarding relevant information when Young People and Adults at Risk who are subject to a Child Protection Plan, or move to another educational establishment.
Safeguarding Leads

Kay Wilson

Location: Main Building, Blue Section B 0.17
Availability: Monday to Thursday 08:30 - 17:00, Friday 08:30 - 16:30
Notes: Safeguarding Support Officer (Primary Contact)
Kay is the Safeguarding Support Officer, and is therefore normally available throughout the working day. Consequently, Kay is the first suggested point of contact should you have any concerns at all involving Safeguarding and PREVENT. For information about the Designated Safeguarding Lead role, refer to DSL Role.

Christine Padgett

Location: Main Building, Blue Section B 0.10
Availability: Monday to Thursday 08:30 - 17:00, Friday 08:30 - 16:30
Notes: Manager, ASC
Christine is the Manager of ASC but also has an important Safeguarding role. Christine represents the College on the Local Safeguarding Children and Adults Boards and is also the College's Single Point of Contact (SPoC) for PREVENT, refer to SPoC Role. As a Designated Safeguarding Lead, if Kay is unavailable, please contact Christine should you have any concerns at all involving Safeguarding and PREVENT.

Karl Fairley

Location: Main Building, Green Section G 3.04
Availability: Monday to Friday 08:30 to 16:30 Friday 08:30 to 16:30
Notes: Director of Human Resources (member Senior Executive Group)
Karl is the Director of Human Resources and has executive oversight of Safeguarding and PREVENT in the College. Karl is the Chair of the Safeguarding/PREVENT Steering Group (refer to Policies and meetings). If either Kay, Christine or Bev (see other Safeguarding contacts) are unavailable, please contact Karl should you have any concerns at all involving Safeguarding and/or PREVENT.

Other Safeguarding Contacts

Bev Baldasera

Location: Main Building, Blue Section B 0.08
Availability: Monday to Thursday 08:30 - 17:00
Notes: College Personal Counsellor
Bev is the College Personal Counsellor to whom, having been trained in Safeguarding, reference may be made in the unlikely event that all of the DSLs are unavailable. In such circumstances, Bev would refer directly to Karl (see above) for advice on how to proceed with a reported concern.