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Safeguarding at Buttsbury Infant School - Keeping the children safe



At Buttsbury Infant School we respect and value all children and are committed to providing a caring, friendly and safe environment for all our pupils so they can learn, in a relaxed and secure atmosphere. We believe every pupil should be able to participate in all school activities in an enjoyable and safe environment and be protected from harm. This is the responsibility of every adult employed by, or invited to deliver services at Buttsbury Infant School. We recognise our responsibility to safeguard all who access school and promote the welfare of all our pupils by protecting them from physical, sexual and emotional abuse, neglect and bullying.


Our Designated Safeguarding Lead is Mrs Harris (Deputy Headteacher). Our Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead is Mrs A Robinson (Executive Headteacher). Mrs Johnson and Mrs N Robinson (SENCO) are also part of the Safeguarding team.  The Governor with responsibility for safeguarding in our school is Mrs H Chiappe.


Buttsbury Infant School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.  All staff and volunteers share this commitment.


We have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment, including our Child Protection Policy which can be viewed in the policies section on our website.


Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies, when there are concerns about a child's welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with parents/carers first, unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child's welfare.


We actively support the Government's Prevent Agenda to counter radicalism and extremism. 


Photographs and Videos


Whilst lots of families really enjoy seeing photos and videos of their children’s school life we are very mindful of our duty of care towards all our pupils. We take the issue of safeguarding very seriously and this includes the use of photographic and video images.


Any photographs or videos taken by parents, carers and relatives at school productions, sports days or other events are for the enjoyment of individual families. They must not be used in any way that could potentially place a child at risk. This would include publishing images in any form of print or on the internet including social networking sites. This is emphasised before concerts and shows etc and where practical a record of families taking photographs or videos is made.


We understand that in exceptional circumstances a parent or carer may not wish their child to be photographed or videoed in this way.  Permission is granted by completing the section on the admissions form. 

Useful Contacts



If you are concerned about a child 0808 800 5000

Essex Children and Families Hub Priority Line

0345 603 7627



A free, private and confidential service where you can be you. Whatever your worry, whenever you need help, however you want to get in touch. We're here for you online, on the phone, anytime. 0800 1111



Supporting materials, activities and links to educate children and adults about E-safety. Guidance on how to deal with Child Exploitation and how to enhance online protection.

Useful Links for families