At Bedford Drive Primary School the health, safety and well-being of every child is our top priority. We expect all staff, governors and volunteers to share this commitment to safeguarding our pupils. Bedford Drive Primary School is committed to ensuring the welfare and safety of all our children in school. We believe that pupils have a right to learn in a supportive, caring and safe environment, which includes the right to protection from all types of abuse;where staff are vigilant for signs of any pupil in distress and are confident about applying safeguarding processes .

Safeguarding is about ensuring that everyone is safe form harm- safe from bullying, safe from people who could abuse, safe from discrimination or harassment- and that we all feel safe in our environment.

If you are ever concerned about the safety or well being of someone in our school please talk to one of the school’s safeguarding team.

We listen to our pupils and take very seriously what they tell us. Al school staff are trained in Child Protection, and children are made aware of the adults they can talk to if they have any concerns. Staff are trained to look out for signs of physical, emotional harm or neglect and are required to report these to the Designated Lead (DSL)immediately on the same day.

The procedures which we follow have been laid down by Wirral Local Authority and the school has adopted a Safeguarding Policy inline with this, for the safety of all. The policy is available in the Policy section of the website or a paper copy is available on request.

Sometimes a concern about a child may mean that we have to consult agencies. We will ensure that all concerns are discussed with parents/carers first, before any referrals are made, unless we believe that such a move may be contrary to a child’s welfare.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We also actively support the Government’s Prevent Agenda to counter radicalism and extremism.

If a member of staff has concerns which relate to the actions or behaviour of another member of staff(which could suggest s/he is unsuitable to work with children)then this will be reported immediately to the Designated Safeguarding Lead(DSL)in confidence, who will seek advice from the Local Authority Designated Officer(LADO)

Safeguarding Team

Designated Safeguarding Lead, Ms Morris

Safeguarding Officer, Mrs Bridges

Safeguarding Officer, Mrs Cartledge

Safeguarding Officer, Mrs McFarlane