At St Mary's CE Academy we take the safeguarding of our children very seriously

All staff and regular visitors undergo an enhanced security check to work with children and this is regularly monitored by the governors.

If you have a concern about the safety or well-being of a child you should report this to one of our Designated Safeguarding Leads in school.  (Call 01462 730343 during school hours)

  Sam Bishop - Designated Safeguarding Lead                 Joan Welch - Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead                     

Emma Garside - Designated Safeguarding Governor

You can also contact the Central Bedfordshire Access and Referral Hub for children’s social care on 0300 300 8585

CBC Social Care out of hours: 0300 3008123
Local Safeguarding Children's Board: 0300 300 6455

Click here to view our St Mary's Safeguarding Policy

Prevent in Education

Extremist groups know young people are using the internet much more, often unsupervised, and so use these opportunities to exploit and recruit. It is possible that your child/ren may meet with others online or visit websites that could lead them into adopting what are considered extreme views, and therefore becoming radicalised.

Whether you want to protect your child/ren from this or you have concerns or are worried about a child at risk of being radicalised please speak with one of our Safeguarding Leads or see below for further support:

Local Prevent team Email or visit their website Act Early UK


NSPCC - 0800 800 5000 or email
NSPCC 'Speak out Stay safe' please click here

Bedfordshire Community Health Services - 0300 555 0606
Bedford Open Door - 01234 360388
Chathealth – 07507 331450 School Nurse text support service. For young people age 11-19.  For more information please visit: or watch our short animation:
Parentline – 07507 331456 Health Visitor text support service. For more information please visit:  or watch the short animation:

All available Monday to Friday from 9.00am to 4.30pm, except bank holidays.


Other Support Services

Childline - 0800 1111 or visit their website

Department for Education - Tackle Child Abuse -

Sorted - 01582 891435 -

Samaritans - 116 123 (24 hours) 24 hour confidential listening and support (Parents/carers included.) Email -  

Young Minds - Text YM to 85258 (free 24/7 support) if you are a young person experiencing a mental health crisis

Relate - 01234 356350 -

Kooth – Online free counselling service for children and young people