School Safety Programmes


National School Safety Framework (NSSF):

The National School Safety Framework is a management tool that aims to assist schools to identify, record and respond to incidences of school-based crime and violence. It recognises the existing capacity and resources within each of the schools and prepares the schools to develop an intervention based on this. It is designed so that it complements normal schooling duties and activities as it aims to integrate school safety into the daily activities of the school and contribute to the development of the school community. The NSSF is a DBE commissioned programme and a total of 50 schools’ newly appointed Principals and deputy principals will be trained.


Protocol on the Management of Incidents of Sexual Harassment and Abuse in Schools & Protocol on Management of Corporal Punishment in Schools:

Advocacy workshop on the protocol on the management of incidents of sexual harassment and abuse in schools as well as the protocol on management of corporal punishment for the Pixley ka Seme district schools will be held. The School Safety Committee (SSC) and School Management Team (SMT) (4 representatives per school) from 100 schools in the Frances Baard, ZFM, JTG, Namakwa districts will be trained in these protocols. This is a DBE commissioned programme intended to deal with these social-ills and also forms part of the activities of the National Strategic Plan on Gender-based Violence and Femicide (NSP-GBV&F).


School-Based Training on Prevention of Bullying in Schools:

The Department plans to conduct school-based workshops at 100 schools on the prevention and management of bullying in schools for the entire staff component of educators and SSC’s in Frances Baard, ZF Mgcawu and Pixley ka Seme districts.


 School-Based Training on Positive Discipline in Namakwa and JTG

In an attempt to empower schools with alternatives to administering corporal punishment, the Department will conduct school-based workshops for entire staff components in 100 schools in Frances Baard, ZFM, Pixley ka Seme, Namakwa and J.T Gaetsewe districts. In addition to addressing behaviour modification for ill-disciplined learners, the programme will capacitate schools to develop/review their Learners’ Code of Conduct as well as empower them to implement it effectively.


Compliance with Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act and Safety Regulations:

SSC and SMTs from 100 Primary, High and Special Schools in JT Gaetsewe district will be trained in OHS Act & Regulations to comply with the Act. The training will include the establishment of emergency evacuation procedures so as to enhance emergency readiness.


Monitoring and Support School Safety Programmes

The purpose of the visits is to monitor and support schools on the implementation of school safety programmes as well as compliance with basic safety standards as set out by the Regulations of Safety Measures in public schools as well as the National School Safety Framework commissioned by the Department of Basic Education. This entails the identification of safety threats, development of school safety action plans, checking emergency readiness i.e., development of emergency evacuation procedures and practical fire drills at schools at 100 schools.


Number of Schools Participating in School Safety Advocacy Programmes


Advocacy Programmes and Information Sessions at Schools

Child protection month, Drugs and Substances, Gender based Violence, 16 x days of activism against woman, children and vulnerable people, TIP Programme.


Road Safety Debate

Collaboration Programme on Road Safety. 100 x Schools in the Province participate at Circuit and District Level in Debate and Participation Education Technique PET, 50 x learners in five districts participate at Provincial Level in Debate and PET Competition and National Competition.


Districts to monitor existing and newly established scholar patrols. Target is 10 x schools per district.


School Safety Collaboration Programmes Prevention of School-based Crime and Violence (SAPS)

Implementation of crime prevention programmes in collaboration with SAPS in terms of the School Safety Implementation Protocol on the prevention of crime and violence in schools: These include the following: Target is 4 x schools per district that is problematic through the Protocol Agreement between SAPS and NCDOE on the six point plan as outlined in the document


 · Context-specific crime prevention programmes,

· Random searches and seizures,

· Drug Testing

· Advocacy against crime, violence, other anti-social behaviour and the use of illegal drugs and substances as well as drug testing

· Mobilizing of (school) communities through awareness campaigns in collaboration with SAPS

· Victim Empowerment programmes