Safeguarding at Bulford St Leonard’s (BSL) School

Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families has an important role to play in safeguarding children. School staff are particularly important as they are in a position to identify concerns early and provide help for children, to prevent concerns from escalating.  Schools and their staff form part of a wider safeguarding system for children. At BSL we are committed to the well-being and safety of all our children and we will always adopt a sensitive and caring approach to support them and their families.

What is Safeguarding?

Safeguarding is the action that is taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm.

Safeguarding means:

  • protecting children from abuse and maltreatment
  • preventing harm to children’s health or development ensuring children grow up with the provision of safe and effective care
  • taking action to enable all children and young people to have the best outcomes

Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility. 

What is Child Protection?

Child protection is part of the safeguarding process. It focuses on protecting individual children identified as suffering or likely to suffer significant harm. This includes child protection procedures which detail how to respond to concerns about a child.

Safeguarding at BSL

At BSL we work to our values to ensure that every child, regardless of their age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation, has a right to equal protection from harm. 

Richard Marsh is the Safeguarding link Academy Councillor and works with the school safeguarding team to support and sustain a safe and child-centred culture across all our school. Please contact Richard Marsh via


Safeguarding Contacts  
Designated Safeguarding Lead Mrs Rachael Banham 
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead Mrs Karen Jeffery 
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead Mrs Claire Gardiner (Office Admin)


Telephone number: 01980 632309

Telephone number (out of school hours): 01985 801060

Out of hours Children/Students can seek support via Childline on 0800 1111. The phone call is free and it is a confidential helpline. 

All conversations will be handled discreetly and only discussed with the relevant agencies as necessary.

Click here to view our safeguarding policies

When responding to any claim of sexual violence, sexual harassment and harmful sexual behaviour, we use the following system and procedure:

Response to SV,SH and HSB

At BSL, we are aware of our Prevent Duty and staff are trained frequently with annual updates. Our Prevent risk assessment can be found at the link below:

Prevent Risk Assessment 

If you have a concern about a child

If a child is in immediate danger, call 999. The Police will assess the situation and take the appropriate action to protect the child.

If you are a parent or another adult who has concerns about the safety of one of our children/students, please contact Rachael Banham, our Designated Safeguarding Lead.

If the child is not at immediate risk, contact your local child protection services. Their contact details can be found on the website for the local authority the child lives in. Wiltshire Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub can be contacted on: 0300 4560108  8.45am- 5pm, out of hours on 0300 456 0100.

Many people worry, “What if I am wrong?” but if we take a child-centred approach to safeguarding, we should all be asking, “What if I am right?” By raising a concern, you could be protecting not just one child, but future children. Whenever you are worried, whether it’s a big or little worry, always tell someone who can help.

In England, the Department for Education is the government sector responsible for all child protection policy. On a local level, local safeguarding partners such as the police, the local authority and designated safeguarding groups are in charge of managing any complaints or issues and ensuring that the principles of the Children Act are upheld.

Operation Encompass

Our school receives information from Wiltshire Police in the event of any of our pupils experiencing or witnessing domestic violence or abuse.

This information is shared as part of Wiltshire Police’s ‘Operation Encompass’ programme, aiming to ensure schools can offer support to these pupils when needed.

Wiltshire Police aim to share this information with us before the next school day, following a domestic incident, so that we can be ready to support the pupil on their arrival to school.

Wiltshire Police also confirm with school whether or not the pupil is aware of the incident, so that decisions can be made around whether or not explicit or more discreet support can be offered.

In the event of an incident taking place outside of Wiltshire, the relevant Police Force dealing with the situation will pass the information to Wiltshire Police, who will then inform school via Operation Encompass.

BSL Early Help Offer and our Safeguarding Curriculum 

At BSL we have a strong culture of safeguarding: children know they are valued and will be listened to. We appreciate the importance of early help in our safeguarding duty, and we aim to recognise families and children who many benefit from early intervention and put this into place in a timely manner. We ensure that our children get the support they need, at the time that they need it. You can read more about our early help offer in the document below. 

BSL Early Help Offer 

We teach children how to keep themselves safe through our PSHE and Computing curriculum and additional opportunities such as: collective worship, visits from the emergency services and bikeability . We teach about being safe online every term through our Computing curriculum and also communicate important information through our newsletters. You can see how safeguarding is taught through our Jigsaw PSHE programme on the document below: 

BSL Safeguarding curriculum

The online world is posing an ever-increasing risk to children, and it is important that schools, parents and carers work together to take an active role in teaching children about online dangers. Learning how to act safely when using the internet is an incredibly important part of safeguarding our children.

 Acorn Education Trust and BSL continue to show our commitment to protecting our pupils online by working with National Online Safety via the National College- providing resources for all parents and carers. Parents can sign up for more information by following this link