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Safeguarding and Child Protection


Worried about a Child?

If you are worried  about a child please contact :
Mrs O'Neill is your Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) and the deputies are  Mrs Cowell, Mrs Giddings  & Mrs Riach. You can speak directly to them or ANY adult that works in school.

Alternatively, you can contact the Central Bedfordshire's Access and Referral Hub directly:

  • Central Bedfordshire Access and Referral Hub on 0300 300 8585 (during office hours)
    • Our office hours: 08.45 until 17.20 Monday to Thursday
      08.45 until 16.20 on a Friday
  • If you urgently need help outside office hours you can contact Social Care Emergency Duty Team on 0300 300 8123
  • Bedfordshire Police on 101 or in an emergency 999.
  • NSPCC 0808 800 5000

Child Protection and Child in Need Procedures

The first priority is your child’s welfare. There may be occasions when our concern about your child means that we have to consult with other agencies even before we contact you. The Bedfordshire Area Child Protection Committee has laid down the procedures we follow.

Child Protection Referral

Section 47 (1) of the Children Act 1989 gives the local authority a duty to investigate when it is suspected or found that a child is suffering or likely to suffer significant harm. The local authority will then make enquiries from other agencies to enable them to decide whether they should take any action to safeguard or promote the child’s welfare.

Child in Need Referral

There may be other circumstances (which are not to do with child protection, but more related to meeting children’s needs) when we feel that you and your family may benefit from some support from other agencies i.e. social services. Before we can do this we will need to seek your permission. We will then complete documentation relating to a common assessment framework. This will enable the appropriate services to support.

As a school we have a statutory duty to assist social services department acting on behalf of children in need or enquiring into allegations of child abuse. As well as this statutory duty we have a pastoral responsibility towards our pupils and we recognise that pupils have a fundamental right to be protected from harm. Children cannot learn effectively unless they feel safe and secure. We therefore have a child protection policy, which reflects both our statutory duty and our pastoral responsibilities.  If we have a concern that a child has been abused or is at risk of abuse, we have a duty to refer this to social services. In making any referral, the school is not making any judgement for example about individual parents or carers. It is for social services to decide whether there should be an investigation.


As you will appreciate, security is a high priority in all schools. For the safety of the children we operate the following precautions:
Between the hours of 9.00 a.m. and 3.25 p.m. all gates to the main playground are locked .
Visitors may gain access via the main school entrance and are asked to report to the office and sign a visitors’ book whereupon they are given a visitor’s badge to wear. They are required to sign out on leaving the building. No visitor is allowed to be unaccompanied in school without  a full DBS. 
No child will be allowed to leave the school premises with anyone other than a pre-determined person unless notification is given, in writing,  to the office,  by the parent or person in charge of the child.

Safeguarding Officers​

Mrs O Neill (Prevent Officer& DSL)
Mrs S Cowell (DDSL) 
Mrs G Riach (DDSL)
Mrs Giddings (Pre school DDSL)
Please go to our parent zone tab to see up to date information and articles about keeping your child safe,on our live feed from ParentInfo by CEOPS and The Parent Zone. Look on our Parent Information page for links to helpful and informative websites.

We take  safeguarding extremely seriously at Kensworth CE Academy.  There are lots of ways in which we implement this but some of them are:  we tell the children in school that you  can "keep a  surprise, but not a secret."  We have posters  around school to promote this.  All staff have ID badges with key contacts on the  back.  Please read our child  protection and safeguarding policy for the full details of how we keep children  safe in school. 

The LADO (also known in Central Bedfordshire as the Allegations Manager) oversees investigations into allegations and concerns against adults who work with children and young people in both a paid and voluntary capacity. 

If you have concerns about the conduct and behaviour of someone working with children and young people you can contact Central Bedfordshire’s LADO as follows:
LADO - tel no 0300 300 4832 or 0300 300 4833 

Please take a look at the live feed for internet safety in the parent zone tab. 
There is more information in the safeguarding tab in key information.