Safeguarding and Child Protection

We at Bures CEVC Primary School embrace the moral and statutory responsibility placed on all staff to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children. We aim to provide a safe and welcoming environment, underpinned by a culture of openness where both children and adults feel secure, are able to raise concerns and believe they are being listened to, and that appropriate action will be taken to keep them safe.

Our Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is Ms Ruth Slater

Our Alternate Deputy Safeguarding Lead (ADSL) is Mrs Vicky Holmes

If you have a concern or feel you need to share a safeguarding issue, both members of staff can be contacted via the School Office by telephone on 01787 227446 or by email using the address

For further information, you can access our Child Protection Policy here.

Early Help Offer

Every family is unique with its own combination of strengths and weaknesses. Any family can get overwhelmed by what seems like endless challenge when it comes to juggling money, school and each other’s needs. And sometimes families are disrupted by a change in circumstance such as a mental or physical illness, a job loss, or an addiction. Even “joyful” events such as a wedding or a new job can bring unexpected problems.

The purpose of early help is to prevent issues and problems becoming serious and harmful to a child or young person, their family and community. When children and families need this extra support, they often need it quickly.

You can find out more about the many ways we may offer the support you need in our Early Help Offer here.

Keeping Children Safe Online

We know that keeping your children safe online can be a difficult and worrying task for parents. You may find the links below useful in making sure you have a good understanding of the actions. We would also encourage you to talk to us about any issues you have – we are always happy to help.

  • Thinkuknow  provides advice from the National Crime Agency (NCA) on staying safe online
  • Parent info is a collaboration between Parentzone and the NCA providing support and guidance for parents from leading experts and organisations
  • Childnet offers a toolkit to support parents and carers of children of any age to start discussions about their online life, to set boundaries around online behaviour and technology use, and to find out where to get more help and support
  • Internet matters provides age-specific online safety checklists, guides on how to set parental controls on a range of devices, and a host of practical tips to help children get the most out of their digital world
  • London Grid for Learning has support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online, including tips to keep primary aged children safe online
  • Net-aware has support for parents and carers from the NSPCC, including a guide to social networks, apps and games
  • Let’s Talk About It has advice for parents and carers to keep children safe from online radicalisation
  • UK Safer Internet Centre has tips, advice, guides and other resources to help keep children safe online, including parental controls offered by home internet providers and safety tools on social networks and other online services.


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