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Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSLs)

Designated Safeguarding Lead for the school: Kathy Dwyer

Deputy Safeguarding Leads: Sarah Hillson & Sarah Butcher

Governor with responsibility for Safeguarding: Jeremy Pestell

Prevent SPOC: Sarah Butcher

Domestic Abuse Responder: Sarah Butcher

Maulden Lower School Safeguarding Statement

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff, volunteers and visitors to share this commitment.

We have a duty to ensure that we safeguard children across wide and varied aspects of children and family’s needs. These are set out in the government publication, Keeping Children Safe in Education.

We believe:

  • All children whatever their age, culture, disability, gender, language, racial origin, religious beliefs and/ or sexual identity have equal right to be protected from harm
  • Children need to be safe and to feel safe in school
  • Children need support which matches their individual needs, including those who may have experienced abuse
  • All children have the right to speak freely and voice their values and beliefs
  • Everyone must be encouraged to respect each other’s values and support each other
  • Everyone has the right to be supported to meet their emotional, and social needs as well as their educational needs – a happy healthy sociable child/young person will achieve better educationally
  • Schools can and do contribute to the prevention of abuse, victimisation, bullying, exploitation, extreme behaviours, discriminatory views and risk-taking behaviours
  • All staff and visitors have an important role to play in safeguarding children and protecting them from abuse.

Safeguarding Concerns

If you have any concerns regarding the well-being of a child, please discuss your concerns with one of the Safeguarding leads. Regardless of how small or insignificant you believe your concern may be, please report it. It may well be an important piece in a wider picture.  Your concerns will be treated sensitively, although it goes without saying that we are likely to have to act on any significant pieces of information relating to the safeguarding of a child.

Safeguarding concerns can also be emailed to the school

If you have immediate safeguarding concerns while the school is closed, you should contact one of the numbers below:

Central Bedfordshire Access and Referral Hub | 0300 300 8585

NSPCC Helpline | 0808 800 5000

In an emergency contact the police

Domestic ABUSE

For Women
National Domestic Abuse Helpline 0808 2000 247 (freephone) / BSL Chat

For Men
Men’s Advice Line | 0808 8010327 (freephone)

For LGBT+ people
Galop | 0800 999 5428 (freephone)

Further Information and Resources
Domestic abuse: how to get help |