The Vine Christian School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. We recognise that all adults, including temporary staff, volunteers and governors, have a full and active part to play in protecting our students from harm, and that the children’s welfare is our prime concern. We believe that our School should provide a caring, positive, safe and stimulating environment that promotes the social, emotional, physical and moral development of all our children.

Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility; staff in school, parents, family members, friends and members of the public. If you are concerned about a child, remember it is your responsibility to report it straight away.

Who’s Who in Safeguarding

Safeguarding is about ensuring that everyone is safe from harm – safe from bullying, safe from people who could abuse, safe from discrimination or harassment, including online abuse.  All pupils should feel safe in our environment. If you are ever concerned about the safety or wellbeing of someone at our school, please talk to the Designated Safeguarding Lead without delay.

If your concerns relate to the actions or behaviours of a member of staff (which could suggest that they are unsuitable to work with children) then you should report this directly to the Headteacher Mrs René Esterhuizen. Or, if the concern relates to the Headteacher, report directly to the Safeguarding Governor, Mr James Neale, who will consider what action to take.

If you feel that your concerns have not been acted on, you can contact the NSPCC general helpline for all concerns about children 0808 800 5000 or Whistleblowing advice line for professionals 0800 028 0285.