Safe Schools Programme | Western Cape Education Department
Safe Schools Programme

The WCED's Safe Schools Programme works with schools to ensure safe school environments needed for successful teaching and learning.

Safe Schools has a three-pronged strategy:

  • Environmental programmes
    where the physical structure of the school is secured
  • Developmental programmes
    to support, modify and influence parent, educator and learner behaviour at school.
  • Systems programmes
    that incorporate a holistic approach to changing how the whole school operates as far as safety is concerned.

Safe Schools has a whole-of-society approach to safety promotion and violence prevention and works in partnership with numerous stakeholders. These stakeholders include the South African Police Services, the Department of Community Safety, the Department of Social Development and the City of Cape Town’s Law Enforcement division.

The following Safe Schools services are available:

Occupational health and safety training
Substance abuse training
Conflict management and peer mediation
Youth development Trauma support

The Safe Schools Call Centre provides a central point where educators, learners and parents can report any form of abuse, violence, vandalism, burglaries and any other incidents that impact on efforts to ensure safe schools.

The Call Centre’s toll-free line is 0800 45 46 47

For more information, contact the Safe Schools Programme's manager:
Oscar Apollis
Tel: 021 467 2970 

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