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.
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 defined in the Government’s document, Keeping Children Safe In Education (2020) as:
- protecting children from maltreatment
- preventing impairment of children’s mental and physical health or development
- ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
- taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes
Each of the above areas are set out in our School’s policies, including our overarching Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy, found here on our policies page. These detail all the procedures in place to actively safeguard our pupils. All our staff (including governors) are trained in safeguarding procedures. Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies where there are concerns about a child’s welfare.
We will ensure that our concerns are shared with the child’s parents in the first instance unless we have reason to believe that this would be contrary to the child’s welfare.
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.
If your concerns relate to the actions or behaviours of a member of staff (which could suggest that s/he is 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 Chair of Governors, Mr Michael Spooner, 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
- whistleblowing advice line for professionals 0800 028 0285
In the light of the recent revelations of the scale of historic abuse in schools, through the Everyone’s Invited website, a dedicated NSPCC helpline is now available to support anyone who has experienced sexual abuse in educational settings or has concerns about someone or the issues raised. The dedicated NSPCC helpline number is 0800 136 663 and more information is available at: Dedicated helpline for victims of abuse in schools NSPCC.