Guidance to Camden Schools, Nurseries and FE Colleges

Guidance to Camden Schools, Nurseries and FE Colleges

Last updated: 14th May 2020
Updated government guidance on the opening of educational and childcare settings

1) The link below provides latest guidance on how educational and childcare settings should prepare for wider opening from 1 June 2020, including information on:

  • year groups in first phase of wider opening
  • the latest science
  • managing risk and rate of transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • initial planning framework for schools in England.

Actions for educational and childcare settings to prepare for wider opening from 1 June 2020

2) The link below provides Information for parents and carers about the wider opening to nurseries, schools and colleges from 1 June 2020.

Opening schools and educational settings to more pupils from 1 June 2020: guidance for parents and carers

Last updated: 2nd April 2020
Schools and safeguarding: COVID–19 contingency plan

Schools play a vital role in all aspects of safeguarding and therefore it is important to maintain this communication and liaison to the highest extent possible, despite the obvious challenges posed by COVID-19 and associated school closures.

Consequently, practice will continue to uphold the values of London Child Protection Procedures whilst following a different course in terms of process where usual approaches are no longer practicable.

The DfE published updated their guidance on vulnerable children and young people which is available — it contains updated information on when and why vulnerable pupils should be in school.

Last updated: 24th March 2020 Information about accessing childcare for critical workers in early years settings We are in regular contact with local private, voluntary and independent nurseries and some remain open. Information about children’s centre services below (services available):
  • Family workers, benefits advice and other help continues to be available — please call us. If you would like information, help or support, Monday to Friday (9am to 5pm), please phone on the numbers below.
  • If you need information and support about baby or infant feeding, please call 07808 891260 or email: camden.babyfeedingteam@nhs.net
  • You can also contact the duty health visitor on 020 3317 3032
The following children’s centres and nursery buildings will remain open (Monday to Friday) and will provide childcare for vulnerable children and critical worker’s children and midwifery appointments:
  • Regents Park Children’s Centre: 020 7974 8934
  • Children’s Centre: 020 7974 8961
  • Agar Children’s Centre: 020 7974 4789
  • Langtry Nursery: 020 7974 5080
The following children’s centres and nursery buildings will remain open (Monday to Friday) and will provide some childcare and midwifery appointments:
  • Regents Park Children’s Centre
  • Harmood Children’s Centre
  • Agar Children’s Centre
  • Langtry Nursery
Please note the following centres are closed until further notice:
  • 1a Children’s Centre (some alternative provision at Thomas Coram)
  • Kilburn Grange Children’s Centre (for refurbishment)
  • Hampden Nursery
  • Konstam Nursery
  • Gospel Oak Nursery
Children’s centre drop-ins, courses and activities are temporarily closed until further notice, including: health visitor clinics, bump to baby antenatal courses, baby feeding drop-ins, family learning and stay and play sessions. For more information please visit: www.camden.gov.uk/camdensurestart Schools and safeguarding: COVID–19 contingency plan Schools play a vital role in all aspects of safeguarding and therefore it is important to maintain this communication and liaison to the highest extent possible, despite the obvious challenges posed by COVID-19 and associated school closures. Consequently, practice will continue to uphold the values of London Child Protection Procedures whilst following a different course in terms of process where usual approaches are no longer practicable. In this context, schools are requested to adhere to the following principles: Strategy Discussions and Section 47 Enquiries
  • Where strategy discussions and child protection enquiries are undertaken on new cases, information shared by schools is particularly valuable, partly as the families concerned may not be previously known to Children’s Social Care
  • School knowledge is also important where strategy discussions and child protection enquiries are undertaken on cases that are already open to Children’s Social Care
  • Therefore, schools are requested to be available for dial in conversations to assist the assessment of risk
  • The DSL should be the primary point of contact for Children’s Social Care, but a list of back up options from each school is also needed, given the unpredictability of who and when individuals may be impacted by COVID-19
Child Protection Conferences and Core Group Meetings
  • Every effort will be made to continue to hold initial and review child protection conferences in the usual way where this is possible for the chair and participants concerned
  • Where this is not possible, conferences will no longer be a single meeting but will be a series of meetings or discussions running over a period of no more than two working days
  • Reports from each agency remain a requirement and should be emailed to CSF-SSCNorthCP@camden.gov.uk 48 hours in advance of an initial or pre-birth and five working days in advance of a review
  • Reports must make clear whether the agency assesses the child to be at on-going risk of significant harm, whether a child protection plan (or other plan) is needed and what should be included in the plan
  • The chair of the conference will read all reports and speak with involved professionals by phone/skype where necessary.
  • The DSL should be the primary point of contact for this purpose, but a list of back up options from each school is also needed, given the unpredictability of who and when individuals may be impacted by COVID-19
  • The chair will call parents/carers/young people to seek their views
  • At the end of the conference process, the chair will define the content of the harm and safety statement, make a decision as to whether a child protection plan (or other plan) is needed, and draw up an outline plan where required
  • The chair will share the decision and recommendations directly with the family by telephone or, if this is not possible, by email
  • The chair will ensure that members of the professional network are updated
  • Core group meetings are governed by the same principles i.e. where it is not possible to convene a face to face meeting, a ‘virtual’ meeting should take place instead

Contacts

If school staff have any queries regarding the above contingency plan, then please contact one of the following Heads of Service:

LADO — Child Protection Conferences, Looked After Children Reviews — Sophie Kershaw
Sophie.Kershaw@camden.gov.uk
020 7974 3828

Looked After Children — Sally Joseph
Sally.Joseph@camden.gov.uk
020 7974 6798

Children in Need — Michelle O’Regan
Michelle.O’Regan@camden.gov.uk
020 7974 1905

Children and Young People Disability Service — Crina Popa
Crina.Popa@camden.gov.uk
020 7974 4867

Virtual School — Natalie White
Natalie.White@camden.gov.uk
020 7974 2359

These measures will remain in place and may be reviewed in the eventuality of further change, until it is determined that the COVID-19 crisis is over and normal business can be resumed.