Safeguarding

At the VLC we recognise and embrace our role in safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. Keeping Children Safe in Education (DfE September 2019) makes it clear that all staff have a safeguarding responsibility. As a school, we work proactively with social care, the police, health services and other services to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm.

Safeguarding means:

  • Protecting children from maltreatment
  • Preventing impairment of children’s health or development
  • Ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
  • Taking action to enable all children and young people to have the best outcome

Safeguarding includes child protection, medical health care plans, health and safety, site security, safety on school trips, anti-bullying work and so much more.

Working Together to Safeguard Children (DfE July 2019) requires all schools, including independent schools, academies, and free schools to follow the procedures for protecting children from abuse.

Our Child Protection lead staff are:

Safeguarding Staff

VLC Designated Safeguarding Lead

Emma Gundry, Principal (01934 425522)

VLC Centre Safeguarding Leads

Samantha Richardson, Primary Lead (01934 413725)

Ashlee Copeland, Year 7 & 8 Lead (01275 855240)

Peter Williams, Year 9, 10 & 11 Lead (01934 425522)

Nicola Young, Tuition Lead (01275 866999)

VLC Management Committee Lead

Victoria Caple (01934 425522)

In order to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, the VLC acts in accordance with the following legislation and guidance:

  • Keeping Children Safe in Education (DfE September 2019)
  • Working Together to Safeguard Children (DfE July 2019)
  • Guidance for Safer Working Practices for Adults working with Children and Young People (May 2019)
  • The Prevent duty -Departmental advice for schools and childcare providers (June 2015)

What is Prevent?

From 1 July 2015 all schools are subject to a duty, under section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015, to have “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”. This duty is known as the Prevent Duty for Schools. Further information for parents/carers can be found in this information booklet

Information about Prevent in North Somerset can be found https://www.n-somerset.gov.uk/my-services/community-safety-crime/prevent/about-prevent/; this includes contact details of how to report concerns, as well as links to allow you to report online terrorist and extremist materials.

Useful Documents

Parent Pamphlet - Prevent Strategy

Last Updated: 06/01/2020 2:05pm | Filetype: doc | Size: 138 KB

From 1 July 2015 all schools are subject to a duty, under section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015, to have “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”. This duty is known as the Prevent Duty for Schools. Further information for parents/carers can be found in this information booklet.

Safeguarding Statement

Last Updated: 03/10/2019 4:15pm | Filetype: pdf | Size: 136 KB

Safer Recruitment Statement

Last Updated: 15/12/2016 11:26am | Filetype: pdf | Size: 96 KB

Please find attached our Safer Recruitment Statement.

Child Protection & Safeguarding Policy

Last Updated: 04/10/2019 9:56am | Filetype: pdf | Size: 373 KB