VIAT takes the welfare and safety of students and staff very seriously, working hard to reduce all the kinds of harm that children can suffer, including abuse, bullying, discrimination and avoidable injuries. We strive to make sure that all students and staff at VIAT feel secure, are well cared for, and able to reach their full potential. VIAT is a community and all those directly connected (staff, governors, parents, families and students) have an essential role to play in making it safe and secure. The Trust recognises our moral and statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children and staff with their best interests at the centre of our work. The Trust recognises the importance of providing an ethos and environment within school that will help children and staff feel safe, secure and respected; encourage them to talk openly; and enable them to feel confident that they will be listened to.
We are alert to the signs of abuse and neglect and follow our schools’ procedures to ensure that children and staff receive effective support, protection and justice. Our core safeguarding principles are:
- That schools are an important part of the wider safeguarding system for children and staff.
- It is a whole school responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and staff as its paramount concern.
- All children (defined as those up to the age of 18) and staff, regardless of age, gender, ability, culture, race, language, religion or sexual identity, have equal rights to protection.
- All children and staff have a right to be heard and to have their wishes and feelings taken into account.
- All staff understand safe professional practice and adhere to our code of conduct and other associated policies.
- All staff have a responsibility to recognise vulnerability in children and act on any concern in accordance with this guidance.