Advice for school practitioners
Government Guidance – Coronavirus (COVID-19): safeguarding in schools, colleges and other providers . Published 27 March 2020
All maintained schools and academies are required to comply with data protection requirements and statutory guidance on the retention of records.
Keeping children safe in education
Schools and colleges must have regard to it when carrying out their duties to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.
Supervision in education
The purpose is to make explicit a process for providing safeguarding supervision to staff within educational settings including teachers, teacher’s assistants, pastoral staff and child protection coordinators.
UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS)
While the internet is a great resource, it is important that children and young people are protected from the risks they may come across. The UKCCIS is a group of more than 200 organisations that work in partnership to help keep children safe online.
Private fostering is when:
- You ask someone else to look after your child full-time for more than 28 days
- You are thinking of looking after someone else’s child full-time, or are presently doing so, for more than 28 days and most importantly
- You are not closely related (Aunt, Uncle, brother, sister, grandparent, etc) to the child or a step parent
If you fit into one of the categories above you are private fostering and ‘The Children (Private Arrangements for Fostering) Regulations 2005’ state that you MUST inform us of any such arrangement.
If you are a parent, you must tell us if:
- Your child is under 16 (18 if disabled); and
- She/he is going to stay with a carer for more than 28 days; and
- The carer is not a close relative and/of does not have parental responsibility from the Court.
You need not tell us if:
- Your child will be away from you for less than 28 days;
- She/he is in a residential home, boarding school or hospital;
- She/he has been placed with approved foster carers of adopters by a local council.
If you are looking after someone else’s child, you must tell us if:
- You are looking after someone else’s child, or are planning to; and
- You are not a close relative; or
- You do not have parental responsibility; and
- The child will be with you more than 28 days; but not
- If the child is placed by the local council.
Who else needs to tell us?
- Anyone who is looking after someone else’s child (not closely related to them) as a private foster carer;
- Anyone else who is involved in making the arrangements;
- The other parent or anyone else who has been given parental responsibility by the Court, who knows about the arrangement.
When do you need to tell the council?
- at least 6 weeks before the arrangement is to begin;
- if the arrangement is to commence within 6 weeks, immediately;
- if the child is already with you immediately.
Privately fostered children need to be protected from possible harm and need to be looked after as well as if they were with approved foster carers. North East Lincolnshire Council must check that private foster carers are suitable to do the job. This means that we must:
- carry out checks to make sure that children are protected;
- check that accommodation is safe and suitable.
A social worker will be asked to visit regularly to see the child and try to make sure that the carer receives any necessary help. They will also keep in touch with the parents to offer help and advice. This is because the child’s parents continue to be responsible for them.
We can also help the parent and carer make clear arrangements for decisions about things like medical treatment, education and contact with family members.
When you have been in touch with us, then a social worker will contact you to explain what needs to happen and arrange a visit.
If you would like any further information please access the private fostering leaflet or contact the Children’s Assessment and Safeguarding Service using the contact details provided.
You can also access the CHILDREN LIVING AWAY FROM HOME WITH OTHER FAMILIES for further guidance.
When a range of professionals and agencies are undertaking assessments and providing services for people, there will inevitably be times when perspectives differ and conflicts of opinion or views give rise to challenge and or disagreement. This is particularly likely to occur when assessing need and risk and making decisions about the best ways forward to achieve the best or safest outcome for individuals. Occasionally there will also be conflict over who is best placed to provide interventions and how to make the best use of resources available to achieve the desired outcomes.
North East Lincolnshire aspires to be a place in which healthy and constructive challenge is seen as a positive not a threat; where we learn from one another and respect others views and opinions; and where we always strive to resolve differences in the best interest of the people we serve.
To build on the work of the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH), a consultation line was introduced for a trial period from Tuesday 1st October 2019 which will be for professionals.
The purpose of the professional consultation line is to support practitioners to identify the next steps in a timely way through quality conversations. The consultation line is not replacing the current safeguarding process and usual safeguarding processes must be followed.
The professionals consultation line is 01472 323145. This call will be answered by a Senior Social Worker in the MASH where your query will be discussed. The children’s and family details will remain anonymous. If information is shared that is a clear safeguarding concern then confidentiality may cease and consent may be overridden. If information is shared which can identify the child or family then information will be recorded.
Julie Swinburn, CASS Service Manager has provided the following clarification on the agreed arrangements in respect of NELC DBS checks
All our social workers are DBS checked before they start employment with us. We will not start anyone working with us until we have all satisfactory checks back. As in the past once we are satisfied and a worker starts with us, including our agency workers, we will issue them with a staff badge. The badge is proof that the worker has had a DBS check and is registered as a social worker. As always if a school is worried about the validity of someone’s ID they can ring the office and we will confirm their identity.
A recent campaign has been launched which is aimed at making children and young people aware of what to do in the event of a knife or gun attack – view out prevent page for more information.
In particular those organisations or departments who work with young people should also give consideration to promoting the messages in their areas of business. In particular schools and colleges may find the video and accompanying messages from the ACT site useful for assemblies, themed days or topics and in the coming weeks there will be two further updates to follow aimed at 11-16 year olds throughout October which will cover the following areas;
– Youth group organisations (Scouts, Guides, Cadets etc…)
– Education (as part of citizenship curriculum; involving PSHE/Political, Social, Health, Education)
The video is available on the Action Counters Terrorism Site https://act.campaign.gov.uk as well as other useful information and resources, it is also available via the following YouTube link https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=25&v=s3y51Vd4kJ4
Dog bite prevention tips (PDF)