Safeguarding and Keeping Safe

 

Nothing is more important to us than the safety and welfare of our pupils. We take rigorous steps to ensure that children stay safe and do not come to any harm. We work closely with parents / carers and a range of professional external agencies in order to secure this.

If you have any concerns, no matter how small they may seem, about the safety or welfare of any child, please contact the school's Designated Lead for Child Protection, Mr Locke, Head Teacher; Mrs Walker, Assistant Head Teacher; or Mrs Brennan, Learning Mentor.

Cheshire East provide a Early Help and Support team who deal with all serious child protection concerns where a child is considered to be at risk of significant harm. Please call ChECS direct should your concern be urgent - details below:

Cheshire East Consultation Service

Do you have a concern about a child?

The Cheshire East Consultation Service (ChECS) is the new ‘Front Door’ for access to services, support and advice for Children and their Families, from Early Help and Support through to Safeguarding and Child Protection and became operational on 22nd April 2013.

Please call for a consultation - social workers and support officers will be available to discuss your concerns and agree the next steps to be taken.

  • Contact ChECS on 0300 123 5012 (opt2)
  • Out of office hours call our Emergency Duty Team on 0300 123 5022

Prevent Strategy at Vine Tree Primary

What is Prevent?

Prevent is part of CONTEST, the Government’s strategy to address terrorism. The main aim of Prevent is to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism. Prevent focuses on all forms of terrorist threats.  E.g. international terrorism, far right extremists (among others).

The Government’s Prevent strategy can be found at the following address: www.homeoffice.gov.uk

Three key themes

The police, Local Authorities, and our partner organisations are working together to help strengthen and empower our communities to reject those who want to cause harm. We work together and focus on three key themes:

  • Safeguarding vulnerable individuals through the provision of advice and support and intervention projects.
  • Working closely with institutions such as Universities, Schools, Prisons, Health, Charities and faith establishments.
  • Challenging terrorist ideology by working closely with other local and national agencies, partners and our communities

Prevent Team

The Prevent Engagement Team of officers and police staff aim to encourage discussion ensuring that terrorism is prevented from taking root in our communities. They support the wider engagement activities already taking place in schools, places of worship and community groups.

Through this work they aim to strengthen communities in order to challenge the ideologies and messages of hate which lead to terrorism. 

How you can help?

It is important that we all work together, so that we can protect our communities. There are many ways you can help:

  • You can get in touch with your local neighbourhood or Prevent team for advice and support, if you are worried about someone you know who you believe may be vulnerable to radicalisation
  • You can speak to your local officers or Prevent contact about helping run community events to bring people from different communities together
  • You can provide facilities that could help us and our partners hold community engagement events.

Parent Info is a new free service for schools.

Here you’ll find a collection of articles, tips, expert advice and resources designed to help parents keep up with what their children are doing on-line.

Parent Info is a collaboration between The Parent Zone (link is external), which has been providing information and support to parents for a decade, and CEOP (link is external), the Child Exploitation and Online Protection command of the National Crime Agency

The Government has launched a new website with advice about preventing extremism – Educate against Hate.

Please click on the web site link above where you will find advice to leadership teams, teachers and parents.