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Download and adapt our model addendum to keep your school community up to date on your approach to safeguarding during the national lockdown, both for pupils learning remotely and those still attending in person.

13 January 2021: we updated our addendum to reflect the switch to remote learning for most pupils during the national lockdown. See a summary of the changes below.

Download and adapt our model addendum

This is an addendum to your current child protection policy, so where something isn't covered here, your usual policy will apply.

Approved by Forbes Solicitors, all of our model documents take account of relevant requirements and good practice. They're easy to adapt, will save you time and help you keep your school compliant.

Summary of changes to our addendum

Our model document now reflects the switch to remote learning for all pupils except vulnerable children and children of critical workers. 

It's in line with the DfE's latest guidance on restricting attendance during the national lockdown.

If you adapted the previous version of our model, the changes to be aware of are:  

  • Important contacts – updated to reflect that during the national lockdown, you're once again allowed to share designated safeguarding leads with other schools if necessary
  • Section 1 – updated to reflect the current term and national lockdown being in place - including an updated definition of vulnerable pupils in line with the DfE's current list, which now includes children who are:
    • In the process of being referred to children's social care services
    • On a special guardianship order
    • Care leavers
    • Facing difficulty engaging with remote learning
    • In need of mental health support
  • Section 4 – updated to mention the option of sharing designated safeguarding leads with other schools
  • Section 6 – updated to reflect the national lockdown
  • Section 10.1 – the information about children returning to school has been removed, in line with the current scope of the addendum - the initial paragraph in this section is now labelled 10.1
  • Section 12 – new line added at the start of this section, about mental health and wellbeing, as per page 53 of the DfE guidance
  • Section 12.1 – slight wording change in the subheading and text to reflect the current scope of the addendum

Note: the DfE withdrew the COVID-19 safeguarding guidance our addendum was initially based on, but we've kept some of the advice from it (for example, on mental health, online safety and maintaining contact) where it'll still be relevant and useful for pupils learning at home due to lockdown or self-isolation.

Earlier updates

We previously updated our model addendum at the beginning of September, to reflect the return of all pupils in the new academic year. 

For a reminder of what changed as part of that update, click below to open the list.

Changes to our model addendum in September 2020

  • Table of important contacts – removed the reference to sharing DSLs with other schools
  • Section 1 – removed the link to the now-withdrawn COVID-19 safeguarding guidance, updated the information about when you'd follow the measures in the addendum, and noted that the definition of vulnerable children previously included in the addendum came from the now-withdrawn guidance (but may still be relevant to you)
  • Section 2 – small wording change to make it clear that you need to follow KCSIE from September 
  • Section 3 – small wording change to reflect the start of term 
  • Section 4 – removed the references to sharing DSLs with other schools
  • Section 5 – small addition to clarify that you'll continue to work with other relevant safeguarding and welfare partners to help keep children safe (in addition to children's social care and virtual school heads)
  • Section 6 – updated to reflect that attendance will be mandatory and to link to the school attendance guidance for 2020 to 2021
  • Section 8 – included a reference to supply teachers to reflect this addition in KCSIE 2020
  • Section 9 – updated to reflect that attendance will be mandatory
  • Section 10.1 – updated to reflect the DfE's full opening guidance, which says DSLs should be given more time to support staff and children with new concerns and referrals; also added an option to refer to the DSL liaising with the school nurse(s) to gather relevant information
  • Section 10.2 – tweaked to refer to pupils who are at home (in line with the current scope of the addendum)
  • Section 12.2 – added wording to note that staff should be alert to mental health concerns where pupils are at home
  • Section 13 – updated the references to verifying scanned documents via video call, to instead explain that you'll follow the latest guidance from the DBS, Home Office and Immigration Enforcement about these processes; updated the KCSIE paragraphs in line with the 2020 version of the guidance
  • Previous section 13.2 – removed this sub-section about staff on loan from other schools, as we don't yet know whether this will happen in the case of local outbreaks
  • Section 14 – removed the reference to staff on loan from other schools, and to DSL training
  • Previous section 15 – removed as you'll be following your usual record keeping requirements outlined in KCSIE 
  • Previous section 16 – removed as we don't yet know whether any children will temporarily attend other settings in the case of local outbreaks


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