Following a recent Serious Case Review, a task and finish group was created to ensure that safeguarding in schools is strengthened through a greater alignment with behaviour policy.
The group comprised a range of school staff, with roles including leadership, inclusion, family liaison and child protection, and from primary, secondary and special schools as well as the Pupil Referral Unit (PRU). There was also participation from colleagues from Children's Social Care and Early Help, whilst Rita Ali, the Senior Child Protection and Safeguarding Advisor, was the chair and Julia Kent, Inclusion Development Teacher from the Social Inclusion Service, convened and minuted the meetings.
The key points from the Serious Case Review centred around how professionals were not able to see the whole picture of how the family functioned, and how the needs of the family members interrelated. This meant that various professionals made assessments without full information or without considering the impact of one family member's difficulties upon the others.
In terms of the schools involved, the concerns can be summarised as the failure of a primary and a secondary school to communicate with each other about their respective concerns with siblings' behaviour and a failure to refer to appropriate agencies.
The Task and Finish Group met five times between January and May 2016 and agreed on a set of documents that would be useful to schools for strengthening the relationship between behaviour and safeguarding. We are planning a series of workshops to be delivered in Autumn 2016 to introduce and test the tools with school staff. Click on the links below to access:
If you would like to find out more about this piece of work or would like some advice about how to use the tools, please contact Rita Ali, Senior Child Protection and Safeguarding Advisor or Julia Kent, Inclusion Development Teacher from the Social Inclusion Service.
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