Safeguarding Officers

The Oakes’ Safeguarding Officer is: Dan Thaw

The Oakes’ Deputy Safeguarding Officers are: Johnny Gilchrist, Karen Holmes and Rob Marsden

The Oakes Safeguarding Lead Trustee is: Steve Wilkinson

Dan Thaw
Johnny Gilchrist
Programme Manager
Karen Holmes
House Manager
Rob Marsden
Team Manager
Steve Wilkinson

Safeguarding Policy Statement

The aim of The Oakes Holiday Centre is to run camps (holidays) for 8 to 18s where:

  • the Christian message is shared
  • Christians are encouraged in their faith
  • all participants will have an enjoyable and safe experience

The Oakes Holiday Centre is committed to creating and maintaining the safest possible environment for children, young people and adults.

The purpose of this policy statement is:

  • to protect children, young people and adults who visit The Oakes Holiday Centre from harm and danger
  • to provide and promote a safe environment and culture for all working and volunteering at the centre

This Safeguarding Policy applies to anyone working on behalf of The Oakes Holiday Centre including senior leaders and the board of trustees, staff and volunteers.

This policy has been drawn up on the basis of legislation, policy and guidance that seeks to protect children, young people and adults in England. A summary of the key legislation relating to children is available from NSPCC Learning.

You can view the full Safeguarding Policy and related policies at the bottom of this page.


All staff (including overseas staff) are required to undergo an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check (or international equivalent) including information on Children’s Barred List and adhere to our comprehensive child protection policy.

We follow a “Safer Recruitment” process which is regularly updated.


Staff undergo training internally with our Safeguarding Officers as well as an external training session by thirtyone:eight.

Contact Info

The Oakes
Tel: 0114 235 9995
Contact form (Safeguarding Officer)

Further guidance is available from:

Thirtyone:eight (formerly CCPAS)
Tel: 0303 003 11 11  (24 hour helpline)

Sheffield Safeguarding HUB
Tel: 0114 273 4450

Policy Documents