Safeguarding and Coronavirus – how to protect your pupils remotely

Safeguarding and Coronavirus – how to protect your pupils remotely

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Coronavirus: School closures

What we have seen happen overseas, is that schools and colleges are among the first types of organisations to be closed. 

But how does this affect safeguarding? And what protocols should you be following if your school is closed? 

What are your safeguarding responsibilities? 

Child protection refers to the action that is taken to protect children who are suffering, or likely to suffer significant harm. 

Because you have regular or daily contact with the learners for whom you have a responsibility, you are well placed to notice their physical presentation, emotions and behaviours and when they may need help and support.  

By following statutory guidance, any children who give cause for concern with regards to safeguarding are reported to a DSL or Local Authority and school processes are followed. 

Normally, a school’s safeguarding lead will keep staff informed so that they can continue to support the child if any interventions are needed. 

As school’s now face the possibility of closing, whilst the ability to continue to teach will be one of the most pressing obstacles to overcome, safeguarding children will be an issue that is at the forefront of many people’s minds. 

Unfortunately, the sad truth is that there are many children for whom home isn’t the best, or safest place for them. 

Safeguarding: What protocols should you follow in the event of a school closure

  1. If a school does close, then the DSL should notify any agencies involved with children that are known to them. This should be recorded.  
  2. Schools should notify social care leads of closures for any Looked After Children. 
  3. If a parent calls in saying that they are going to self-isolate a child and they are known to services, then the school must notify the service.  
  4. DSLs should be kept up to date on any meetings that are held by social care regarding pupils on their roll 
  5. On return to school then all attendance should be looked at closely to make sure all pupils have returned.  

If schools have concerns or need advice regarding to safeguarding, they should contact their local authority.  

If they need further advice on Coronavirus, the DfE has set up a helpline: 

Phone: 0800 046 8687 
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday) 

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