Safeguarding Annex (Covid -19) - update due to partial reopening on June 1st 2020
This update covers the safeguarding policy annex due to the phased return of children to school from June 1st 2020, the arrangements for children not attending school remain unchanged.
Key principles as more children return:
All our new policies and processes in response to coronavirus will not weaken our approach to safeguarding or undermine the child protection policy. Wider opening risk assessments and related health and Safety risk assessments are appropriately linked to our school approach to safeguarding and our child protection policy.
The key points to consider with the return of more children from 1 June 2020 are:
We will ensure staff and volunteers are made aware of the update to the annex and are kept up to date as it is revised.
Designated Safeguarding Leads
We will ensure that we have a trained DSL available on site where ever possible
The DSL will ensure that contact is maintained with children (and their families) who are not yet returning to school. (Please see additional plan for contact with vulnerable children during school closure, this can be found in Emergency safeguarding procedures during full school closure).
Full information regarding identification of vulnerable children and attendance can be found in the Annex COVID-19 school closure arrangements for Safeguarding and Child Protection at Barnby Road Academy.
We will ensure that there is appropriate support available for all children who have experienced negative or distressing life events such as the current circumstances as we are aware that this can affect the mental health of children and their parents.
We will support pupils through existing provision in school (although this may be delivered in different ways, for example over the phone for those children still not attending provision) or from specialist staff or support services.
Online Safety in Schools and Colleges
We will continue to provide a safe online environment for those children who remain at home.
All relevant guidance regarding online safety is contained within our Annex (COVID 19) and our child protection policy.