Safeguarding During School Closure

Safeguarding during school closure

The Urswick School fully recognises that our safeguarding responsibilities remain in place even though the school is operating in a different way to normal. We continue to have regard to the statutory safeguarding guidance, Keeping Children Safe in Education and are still following these key safeguarding principles:

  • The best interests of children must come first
  • If anyone has a safeguarding concern about any child, they should continue to act on it immediately
  • A designated safeguarding lead (DSL) or deputy is available at all times
  • Safeguarding measures are in place to ensure that unsuitable people don’t enter the school workforce or gain access to children
  • Children should continue to be protected when they are online.

The school remains open for children of key workers and vulnerable children. The government have identified vulnerable children as those that have EHCPs and those that have social workers.

During term time the school office remains open from 8am until 3pm and the school email account is regularly checked. If you have any concerns about the welfare of a student please contact the office on 020 8985 2430 or email and your concerns will be passed to a Designated Safeguarding Lead.

If you’re worried about the welfare of any child or young person living in Hackney, you can also contact the First Access and Screening Team (FAST) for advice and guidance: 9am to 5pm, Monday – Friday, except bank holidays: 020 8356 5500 Email: Outside of the above hours, the Emergency Duty Team (EDT) can be contacted on 020 8356 2710.

If you are in any doubt as to the immediate safety of any child call 999.

During this period of school closure we would ask parents and carers to be particularly aware of the following:

  • Students will be making use of online resources and communicating with the school via email.  Please make sure they do this appropriately and in line with the school’s Behaviour and Use of IT policies. Please look at the website or your child’s planner if you need to be reminded of these guidelines. Please also refer to the E-Safety section of the School website for further advice.
  • Students may be particularly anxious during this time about their academic progress or wider issues. Please talk to your child about how they are feeling and support them in developing a balanced daily routine incorporating school work, but also positive use of leisure time. Please refer to the school website or the Wellbeing page in student planners if you would like more information on organisations that can support with wellbeing. For serious concerns around mental and emotional wellbeing please refer to a GP and request referral to CAMHS (Children and Adolescent Mental health Services).