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Safeguarding at Wilstead Primary School

Nothing matters more than the safety and well-being of our children and staff. We take our Duty of Care extremely seriously to ensure that every child and adult in our school is safe all of the time. We do this in a number of ways:


Safe Staff Recruitment is conducted following strict guidelines including the following of statutory recruitment policies and procedures and appropriate training for the staff who interview and employ others.


Safeguarding Training takes place in September for ALL staff, and staff who join the team after this date complete it as part of their induction. Refreshers and additional training opportunities are offered regularly throughout the school year.


Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSLs) Team This team has completed additional and 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 necessary actions have been taken. They also support the rest of the staff team in making Wilstead a safe place to be. The Wilstead Safeguarding Team is presently:


Miss C Brown - Lead DSL, Designated Lead for Children Looked After, Designated Lead for Children with Parents in Prison, Senior Mental Health Lead

Mrs N Webb - Deputy DSL 

Miss D Achard - Deputy DSL

Mrs K Cropley - Deputy DSL, Mental Health Lead

Mr J Walker - DSL with responsibility for pupils with SEND


Protective Behaviours

We practice a relational approach to teaching and learning, making sure our children feel safe, valued and listened to. We teach our children how to recognise what safe and unsafe feels like, and what to do if they need the support of an adult. Two full time members of staff are fully trained PB practitioners. Please see the link below for more information about this approach.


What to do if you are concerned about a child


Safeguarding is everyone's business. If you are concerned about the well-being of a child, whether at Wilstead or not, there are a number of actions you can take.


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


You can 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.

NSPCC Talk Pants

Pantosaurus has helped 1.5 million parents Talk PANTS and help keep their children safe from sexual abuse. Developed in consultation with children, parents, carers and teachers, Talk PANTS is here to help children understand their body belongs to them, and they should tell a safe adult they trust if anything makes them feel upset or worried. 

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.