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SAFEGUARDING at Wilstead Primary School

Safeguarding at Wilstead


Nothing matters more than the safety and well-being of our children.


Here at Wilstead, we take our Duty of Care extremely seriously to ensure that every child and adult in our school is safe. We do this in a number of ways.


Safe staff recruitment is managed following strict guidelines, including the following of statutory recruitment policies and guidance and appropriate training for staff who interview and employ others.


ALL staff at Wilstead are expected to complete yearly safeguarding training. This usually takes place in September. Staff who join after this date complete it as part of their induction.


We currently have four members of staff who are Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSLs). This means that they have completed additional intense training so that they can respond effectively to any safeguarding concerns. They will contact appropriate agencies and parties and ensure that the child is safe until the necessary actions have been taken. They also support the rest of the staff team in making Wilstead a safe place to be. Please see the attached document to see who the Wilstead DSLs are.

Wilstead's Safeguarding Policies

Statutory Guidance and Expectations

What to do if you are concerned about a child

If you are concerned about the well-being of a child, whether at Wilstead or not, there are a number of actions you could take.


You could contact the school's Designated Safeguarding Leads through the school office on 01234 302303 or email


You could contact Bedford Borough Local Authority directly, or make a referral through the NSPCC. Both agencies can be accessed through the links below.


If you feel that somebody is in IMMEDIATE danger, please call the police on 999.


If you are worried, please talk this through with someone. It is so much better to have made too much fuss rather than not enough.

Operation Encompass

Wilstead is an Operation Encompass School. This is a joint project with Bedford Borough Council and Bedfordshire Police, as part of a nationwide scheme to protect children and young people from domestic abuse. Here are the mission statements of Operation Encompass:


In every force

Our aim is to ensure that schools have timely information about all police-attended incidents of domestic abuse, no matter where in the world the child lives.

In every school

Our aim is to enable staff in every school to understand how to support children who are experiencing domestic abuse, no matter where in the world the child lives.

For every child

Our aim is to ensure all child experiencing domestic abuse receive timely support in their school, no matter where in the world the child lives.


More information can be found on the link below.