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Coronavirus addendum to your child protection policy: model
Download and adapt our model addendum to keep your school community up to date on your approach to safeguarding for pupils returning and those that may need to learn from home during the course of the year.
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 model addendum
The DfE has withdrawn its COVID-19 safeguarding guidance that our addendum was previously based on, but we've kept some of the advice from it (for example, on mental health, online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 local lockdown or self-isolation.
If you adapted the previous version of our model addendum, the changes to be aware of are:
- Table of important contacts – removed the reference to sharing DSLs with other schools (now that you need to follow KCSIE in full)
- Section 1 – removed the link to the now-withdrawn COVID-19 safeguarding guidance, updated the information about when you'd follow the measures in the addendum, and noted that the definition of vulnerable children previously included in the addendum came from the now-withdrawn guidance (but may still be relevant to you)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 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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