VCB Pastoral Portal
The following page provides advice and guidance for you to support the well-being of your daughter. However if you have any questions or queries, do not hesitate to contact a member of the pastoral team.
The function of a pastoral team is to provide support for teachers in carrying out their pastoral role. The pastoral system in Victoria College consists of a number of teams, including Form Teachers within a Year group, Heads of Year and Heads of Subject. The Form Teachers work closely with the Heads of Year who have a general overview of the academic and pastoral needs of all pupils in the Year. A Senior teacher leads the pastoral team at Junior, Middle and Senior school while the Deputy Head oversees the pastoral care across the whole school.
Pastoral team meetings are held regularly to plan and review programmes and activities. Contributions to the work of pastoral teams come from careers guidance specialists and external support agencies. Click on the link below for a guide to VCB Pastoral Structure.
Safe guarding Team
Mrs Nicola Wilson– Designated Teacher
Mrs K Quinn – Deputy Designated Teacher
Mr Robinson Senior School – Deputy Designated Teacher
Mr O’Brien Junior School – Deputy Designated Teacher
Mrs Burns Boarding Department – Deputy Designated Teacher
Mrs Hrabovsky and Mrs Herriot Preparatory School - – Deputy Designated Teachers
Click on the pictures below to access information booklets developed by our various child protection agencies.
Useful Publications available for download
The Pastoral Care programme in the College supports the academic, social and personal well-being of all our pupils. The videos in our gallery page have been developed by our child protection partners across the UK and provide information on the main threats to children today. The page features over twenty videos, dealing with issues such as child protection, self harm, relationships, cyberbullying and eating disorders.
Providing a glimpse of the high quality content available on our Video Gallery page, this video helps parents and guardians understand how children and young people can be groomed online and what they can do to protect their child in the spaces they inhabit.
Our school policies aim to provide staff, pupils, parents and guardians with clear information about the organisation and ethos of Victoria College Belfast and the standards of behaviour expected by all members of its community. These policies enable us to work together to do the best by those in our care. If you cannot find the policy you are looking for, please contact us.
Pupil Counselling Service (Youthworks)
All pupils have access to the College’s counselling service (Youthworks). To access this service pupils can self-refer or speak to a member of the pastoral team. Parents can contact Mrs Diffin for more information.
To access our Pupil Self referral portal click here.
Online Safety - BBC Investigates
BBC3 has broadcast a new docudrama about the murder of 14-year old Breck Bednar after he was groomed online. The programme sees Breck's family and friends recount how Breck was manipulated and isolated by Lewis Daynes, then aged 18, over the course of nine months. Breck was ultimately persuaded to meet Daynes in person at his Essex flat. Lewis Daynes was sentenced to life in prison and will serve a minimum of 25 years in custody. Further information about the case can be found here.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03cgtx5 - Click here to access the clip.
We believe it is very important to have regular, open discussions with your child about what they are doing online, how to recognise risks and what to do if they are worried. Parents and carers to can seek support if they are concerned that their child might be being groomed. They can contact their local police, children's social care department or report directly to CEOP.
Concerns can also be discussed with someone directly via the NSPCC helpline on 0808 800 5000.
If you believe your child is at immediate risk they should call 999.