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Safeguarding at Bishop Wood

This page is dedicated to supporting your children with their worries and you as their parents/carers regarding any safeguarding concerns.

‘Leaders responsible for safeguarding are meticulous in their record-keeping. They have established a culture of vigilance around safeguarding, and all staff know what to do if they are concerned about a pupil. Staff know pupils well and are alert to any signs they might be at risk of harm. The systems in place for checking adults who come to work at the school are rigorous.’ (December 2022)


If you have any worries or do not feel safe, speak out to stay safe.

Think about your support hand and always make sure you speak to an adult that you trust. This may be a parent, close relative or neighbour.  In school, this might be your teacher, a teaching assistant, somebody in the office, Mrs Hill, Mrs Guest or Mr Stanley.

If you find it difficult talking to an adult, you can get help by calling child line from any phone on 0800 1111

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If you need to report concerns about a child that you are worried may be being mistreated or abused then call:

0300 123 4043

Useful Websites

Below is a list of websites which you may find useful:

Operation Encompass – Police initiative designed to support children facing domestic abuse

NSPCC – Protecting Children. Preventing Abuse

Childline – Support for children online or over the phone

Hertfordshire Safeguarding Children Partnership – Bringing together all the key agencies in Hertfordshire

Dacorum Council Support for those facing Domestic Abuse

Herts Sunflower – Free and confidential support for those in need

Important Policies

Monitoring and Governance

The school has an appointed safeguarding governor. Our current safeguarding governor is Rev Huw Bellis.

The headteacher and the safeguarding governor meet regularly to discuss safeguarding matters and to undertake monitoring activities. A typical annual monitoring schedule may involve the following tasks:

Autumn 1 Autumn 2

  • Policy Updates
  • Induction/Onboarding
  • Annual Report to Governors
  • Internet Filtering
  • SCR Check
  • Attendance/Absence Checks
  • Review of safeguarding casework
  • Internet Filtering
Spring 1 Spring 2
  • Health and Safety Audit
  • Local Context Discussion
  • Internet Filtering
  • Pupil Voice
  • Alternative Provision Checks
  • SCR Check
  • Internet Filtering
Summer 1 Summer 2
  • Parent Voice – Safeguarding Coffee Morning
  • Gates, Doors, Fences
  • Offsite Visit RAs
  • Internet Filtering
  • SCR Check
  • Staff Voice
  • Training Records
  • Internet Filtering