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Buxton School takes very seriously its duty towards all its pupils who have been entrusted to its care and seeks to provide a school environment where all children are safe, secure, valued, respected, and listened to.

We believe that it is always unacceptable for a child or young person to experience abuse of any kind and recognises its responsibility to safeguard the welfare of all children and young people, by a commitment to practice that protects them.

All adults working in, or on behalf of the school have a responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families has a role to play.

We recognise that:

  • The welfare of the child is paramount

  • All children, regardless of age, disability, gender, racial heritage, religious belief, sexual orientation or identity, have the right to equal protection from all types of harm or abuse.  This policy applies to all children and young people.

  • Working in partnership with children, young people, their parents and carers and other agencies is essential in promoting young people’s welfare.

Staff receive information about systems within the school which support safeguarding. This includes the child protection/safeguarding policy, staff behaviour policy (code of conduct), the role of the designated safeguarding lead (DSL) and the name of the designated governor.


What happens when the school has a concern?

  • Staff complete an online concern on Safeguard (Digital reporting system). It is the professional duty of staff to share any concerns they have for pupils with the safeguarding team who will then decide what to do with the information. This occasionally may involve seeking advice from Children’s Social Care or our School Police Officer for example. If this is the case we will always try to, where possible, contact parents and seek consent. However, on rare occasions this may not be possible if we are concerned a child may be at risk of harm, but will work as closely as possible with families to ensure the very best care for our children.

  • When referrals are made to children’s social care they will review whether the concern meets the threshold for ‘early help’ or whether statutory assessment needs to commence.


At Buxton School we use an ICT software filtering system called IMPERO that alerts the ICT teachers of any concerns for a young person and this is then communicated to the Designated Safeguarding Lead. 

The school reviews each report that is sent to the school, and follows the safeguarding procedures where a school has a concern about a young person.


Roles and Responsibilities of Governors

The Governing Body has the responsibility to ensure that the school complies with safeguarding duties under legislation and will identify a senior level lead to take leadership responsibility for the school's safeguarding arrangements. Safeguarding is a standing item at all governing body meetings.


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