Who can you talk to if you are worried about something or you or a friend feels unsafe?

Safeguarding is EVERYONE’s responsibility, so you should be able to speak to any Bedford member of staff. However, there are some members of staff with specific responsibilities:

Designated Safeguarding LeadMrs Ramsden
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads (If Mrs Ramsden is not available)Mrs Phillips
Mrs Moss
Mr McCaffery
Safeguarding MentorMrs Critchley
Pastoral Guidance Officers (PGO)Year 7 – Mrs Green
Year 8 – Mrs Aaron
Year 9 – Mrs Haselden
Year 10 – Mrs Walsh
Year 11 – Mrs Darbyshire
Pastoral ManagersYear 7 – Mrs Eaton
Year 8 – Mrs Anders
Year 9 – Mrs Holland
Year 10 – Mrs Eaton
Year 11 – Mrs Cottam
Your Form Teacher
Your teacher or a member of the support staff

What should I do if I am worried about something or someone?

  1. Don’t bottle it up! Talk to a member of staff about your concerns. Tell them in your own words why you or another student needs help. They will tell you that they may need to pass the information on to Mrs Ramsden (Designated Safeguarding Lead).

Or…

Talk directly to Mrs Ramsden or your PGO.

  1. The member of staff will listen to you, and together you will discuss the problem and the action that may be taken to support you.

What will happen if I speak to a member of staff?

When a student tells a member of staff something of concern, the member of staff will:

  • listen to what the student has to say
  • accept what the student says and make sure he/she knows that we take it seriously
  • reassure the student that he/she did the right thing in sharing the information
  • explain to the student what we will do next to offer support
  • record what has been said and inform Mrs Ramsden

Are there any other places I can seek advice?

Childline0800 1111www.childline.org.uk
NSPCC0800 1111www.nspcc.org.uk
Teenage Health Freakwww.teenagehealthfreak.org
The Site0808 8084994www.mix.org.uk
Talk to Frank0300 1236600www.talktofrank.com
The Hideoutwww.thehideout.org.uk
The Police101 / 999