FAQs - Full opening guidance for schools

Updated 6 November 2020

Monitoring, support and points of contact for vulnerable groups

 

Since children returned to school in September, the LA has reduced the intensive level of maintaining oversight and support for children defined as 'Vulnerable' by the DfE

  • SEND with an EHCP
  • Children with a social worker

However, plans and systems remain in place to re-establish this work should the need arise. Despite this reduction in intensity, within EPS there remains the commitment to discuss and offer support for early years settings, schools and families. For those children who we identify as being 'at risk' vulnerable; possibly on the threshold of a social care referral, support from the Education Welfare Team remains available.

Should the need arise, each school and setting will again have a nominated EY, SEND and IAWS link officer, who will maintain contact to review and update a service specific RAG risk assessment. Children in Care continue to have oversight and support mechanisms identified and utilised by the Virtual School. Schools receive information on a weekly basis regarding children on their roll open to a social worker, and the social worker is informed if any of their open cases are at home in a bubble, self isolating.

Representatives from EPS Teams and schools meet regularly to review the current guidance relating to vulnerable children and to identify any specific issues or themes that need to be addressed.

School attendance is being gathered via the DfE portal, and there remains a daily oversight of numbers of children in school and those who may be absent awaiting tests or required to self isolate.

Children at EY settings continue to have daily attendance collected by the LA on an agreed template. This will include any information relating to children with COVID symptoms and confirmed cases.

Young Carers are, and will continue to be supported via the Young Carers' Hub

If you have any questions or feedback about these pages please email childrensservicesresponse@plymouth.gov.uk

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