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Our priority at Music Stuff is to ensure that our school remains a safe place for children, staff and visitors. All staff and visitors have a duty of care towards the welfare and safety of the children and adults in the school, this is called Safeguarding. Safeguarding means:

  • Children are protected from harm
  • Children are quickly identified if they are at risk of harm
  • Action is taken to ensure the best outcomes for all children

The Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) for Music Stuff is Deputy Headteacher, J. Henderson

There is a trained safeguarding lead covering our east Manchester and South Manchester centres, they are supported by the work of our Pastoral Support Officers.

Six members of staff have completed Safer Recruitment training and at least one member of staff on an interview panel will have completed Safer Recruitment training.


Reporting a concern

Where staff have a concern about a child, they should continue to follow the process outlined in the school Safeguarding Policy. Staff are reminded of the need to report any concern immediately and without delay.

If parents are worried about their child being at risk of harm, they should contact the centre manager in the first instance. Each centre has a Pastoral Support Officer, they are supported in their role by the Music Stuff DSL, Deputy Headteacher J. Henderson.

During holiday or out of hours, if you have any worries about a child's safety or welfare, in the first instance speak to a Contact Officer at the Manchester Contact Centre on 0161 234 5001. The Contact Officer will then notify the First Response Team of your concerns.

In addition, you can call the NSPCC Child Protection helpline on 0808 800 5000 to discuss your concerns, or ask for advice by email.

The NSPCC also provide a helpline services for children themselves who are looking for someone to talk to (Childline 0800 1111).

Finally, if you think a child is at risk of immediate harm, please contact the police by calling 999.


Help & Support Manchester

Details of services, opportunities, advice and guidance to help you and your family improve your lives can be found on the MCC website

Crimestoppers is an independent charity that works with police forces throughout the UK that people can use to pass on information about a crime anonymously:

  • call 0800 555 111 (24 hours a day and 7 days a week) ·
  • anonymous online reporting form
  • you don’t have to give them your name or any personal information; calls are not recorded and cannot be traced.

Call the NSPCC helpline on 0808 800 5000 (free 24 hour service) or email them at or visit their website if you have concerns or are worried about a child or young person.

Responding to abuse – the NSPCC has updated its information on recognising and responding to child abuse; their website includes updated information on: responding to disclosures; information sharing; and consent – visit for more information.

Call Childline on 0800 1111 (free 24 hour service) or visit their website at if you are under 19 and are experiencing feelings of stress, anxiety; or if you are lonely or down and need someone to talk to.


Get in Touch

Who we are

Music Stuff Education
Andrew Portersmith | Chief Executive Officer 07896 601162

Where we are

877 Ashton Old Road
(Access via South Street),
Units 3&4 The Cuthbert Centre,
Openshaw, Manchester, M11 2NA
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What we do

Music Stuff Education (MSE) is a specialist independent school for secondary age children with social emotional and mental health needs (SEMH), based in Greater Manchester.