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Safeguarding, Child Protection and Prevent is Everyone's Business

At Laburnum, we take our safeguarding responsibilities very seriously and ensure that our staff are well equipped to deal with any concerns. If you are worried about a child, you can contact one of our Designating Safeguarding Leads (see details below) through the school office on 01767680691 or you can contact Central Bedfordshire Children's Social care on 03003008585 or out of hours on 03003008123


Ben Bardell

Head Teacher

Designated Safeguarding Lead

Prevent SPOC

Operation Encompass Lead

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Minke Dawes

Deputy Head Teacher

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

Mental Health Lead

Children Looked After Lead

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Annie Bardell

Early Help & Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead


A link to the school Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy is available at the bottom of this page. In addition, you will also find links to our Child on Child Abuse and Online Safety policies. Policies related to safeguarding and child protection are updated annually in line with the government Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) document.


Checking and Vetting

All staff and regular visitors undergo an enhanced DBS check to work with children and a confidential record of these checks is kept on the school ‘Single Central Record.’ Compliance with vetting and recruitment checks and the recording of these is regularly monitored by the governing body.


Training and Professional Development


Our staff receive training to ensure that they can identify any safeguarding concerns and that they know what to do if they are worried. As part of their induction, all staff undertake training in:

  • Safeguarding,

  • Prevent,

  • Online Safety

  • Child on Child Abuse


All staff then receive update training at least annually.


Our Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) and Deputy DSLs receive role specific training annually and regular updates and professional development specific to our school context.

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