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Safeguarding Arrangements During Closure

Mar 19, 2020

Safeguarding Arrangements During Closure

Dear Parent/Carer

Re: Information for safeguarding children and families during enforced partial or full school closure

I am writing to you to advise you of the arrangements being put in place to enable us as a school, to continue to exercise effective safeguarding of all of our pupils during the forthcoming school closures.

In the first instance, please take some time to read through the key information below and to then discuss this with your child.

Contacting the Safeguarding Team

  • If children who are not attending school during the closure, or their families, have any safeguarding concerns about themselves or others and feel that they need to contact school, the best way to do this is via the safeguarding@stjulies.org.uk email address
  • This address will be monitored by all members of the school Senior Leadership Team and they will respond to all emails received
  • If you feel that you need to speak to a member of the Team, then please include a contact phone number so that you can be called back
  • If you feel that there is another member of staff to whom you wish to speak, please include this in your email but be aware that it may not be possible to arrange this
  • In order to ensure that we are speaking to the correct person, we may make some identity checks – for example, you may be asked to tell us date of birth; full name of parent/carer; home address; primary school attended etc for you or the young person about whom you are contacting us
  • We fully anticipate that all of our families and pupils would use this line of communication in an appropriate manner. However, anyone found using this email address for the sending of ‘hoax’ messages or impersonating other people may (in the case of pupils) be subject to any of the sanctions open to us as a school, up to and including exclusion from school or (in the case of adults) reported to the relevant authorities for investigation under the Malicious Communications Act.

Useful links:

In addition to or instead of contacting the Safeguarding Team directly, you may find some of the following links useful:

For general advice/guidance:

To seek help from or make a referral to other agencies, including Children’s Social Care:

Resources to promote emotional well-being:

Information relating to Coronavirus

It can sometimes be difficult to distinguish between factual information and information that is simply wrong or deliberately misleading. Whilst it is important to stay up to date with any news relating to the coronavirus, exposure to inaccurate information can cause unnecessary upset and anxiety so please consider carefully the sources that you use

The following websites are all considered child-friendly and reliable sources of information, advice and guidance:

Maintaining contact:

Even if you don’t contact the Safeguarding Team during a school closure, a member of staff might contact you either by phone or (depending on any updates to government advice regarding travel social contact etc) by visiting your home.

This is nothing to worry about and could be for one of the following reasons:

  • To establish reason for absence where none has been provided (for children who the government has advised should continue to attend school)
  • Because you are already working with the Safeguarding Team and/or other agencies and we want to ensure that you continue to access the right help and support
  • As part of a random sample of students to help us to gather feedback on the wider situation relating to school closures

Our regular check-ins with families to offer help and support will continue throughout the period of school closure, just as if the school was open. Please do not feel offended if a member of school staff calls or visits to check in with you, and to speak to your child.

Learning and teaching:

The main method of continue to deliver teaching and support learning for students who are not attending will be the via the school Virtual Learning Environment and other e-learning resources to which students have been directed, such as GCSE Pod and Educake.

You will receive more information about this separately.

Free School Meals

A national strategy is being developed to help support families where there are young people eligible for free school meals and more information will be sent out about this in due course.

As a school we are also investigating other methods of support such as referrals to local foodbanks.

Thank you for your understanding in working with us at this time.

 

 

Mr C Willis

Designated Safeguarding Lead and Acting Deputy Headteacher