This policy is called:
Emergency Procedures when a child is not collected.
It applies to:
Lordswood Girls’ School and Lordswood Boys’ School
Person responsible for its revision:
The Executive Headteacher
On both public websites
Lordswood Academies Trust April 2015
Date of next approval:
Model Policies are updated as and when required
Emergency Procedures when a child is not collected.
Responding when parents are not present to receive their children from school or an activity at the expected time.
At the end of a school day or of an activity for students arranged by a school or by any other organisation, the children concerned will transfer back to the care of their parents. In the majority of cases, students will be able to make their own way home as usual, but there are also often times when parents will need to make arrangements for the collection of their children due to their age, the time or location of the activity. Generally students will be collected by a parent or another person from the school or activity. These arrangements are well established and understood by parents and carers and generally work extremely well. However there are occasions when events prevent parents or carers arriving on time to collect their child. In most of these cases the delay is minimal. In other cases the parent will notify the school and agree new arrangements.
This guidance is concerned with the few cases where the arrangements to hand back responsibility fail, and contact with the parents cannot be made, or when parents cannot make arrangements within a reasonable period of time.
This guidance details the arrangements for dealing with children not collected from school at the end of the school day or from any activity at the agreed time. It has been endorsed by Directorate for People Children's Social Care, the Police and Birmingham Safeguarding Children Board.
For this guidance to have best effect all staff should be aware of it, and the school will ensure that this information is shared with parents/carers of students attending the school or activities.
When a student is uncollected from school or from another activity, the safety and welfare of the child will be the paramount consideration in determining appropriate action.
Parents should be required to provide the school or organisation with their contact details - names(s), address (es), home, work and mobile telephone numbers. Parents should also provide the contact details, and methods to prove identity as required, of at least two other relatives/carers who can be called when the parent/carer cannot be contacted or in the event of an emergency. The school/organisation must keep this record up to date, and ensure that key staff are informed of any changes. In addition, staff organising an activity which finishes after the end of the school day should request the number for a parent/carer at which they can be contacted during the time of the activity.
Only one parent/carer (who has personal responsibility for a child) should be authorised to make changes to the contact details. The school/organisation should note this clearly on the student's record.
The school will make clear to parents/carers in writing the normal finish times for the school/activity, the arrangements for children to be collected at the end of the school day/activity. Any changes will also be notified to parents/carers in writing.
The school will also make clear that if a student is not collected at the end of the school day/activity, they will notify the Children's Information and Advice Service (CIAS), and also inform parents/carers of the period of time that the school is prepared to wait before involving them.
Whenever a parent fails to collect a student from school or an activity at the expected time, or a parent/carer is not at home to receive the child: -
>- Brief circumstances of incident, and arrangements in place.
>- Child's details
>- Parent/Carer Contact Details
>- Any current or previous child protection concerns*
>- Any previous incidents of not being collected from school/an activity
>- Details of GP/Health Visitor.
*If the child has an allocated social worker, CIAS will contact the social worker instead of connecting to MASH
Children's Information and Advice Service: Tel No 0121 303 1888
Emergency Duty Team: Tel No 0121 675 4806
Dear Parent/Carer's name
On................. .........Day/ Date/ Time. Your Child(ren) ........................ name(s)
was/were not collected/ received at the end of [the school day][when the activity attended], and we were unable to contact you or your named carer(s). As a result, in order to safeguard and promote the welfare of your child (ren), we implemented the procedure for dealing with children not collected at the end of [the school day] [the activity].
This procedure, which has been agreed by the Lordswood Academies Trust, Social Care Services, the Police and the Birmingham Safeguarding Children Board, involved us contacting Social Care Services in order that arrangements could be made to ensure your child was safeguarded.
I hope that the reasons for your child not being collected are not serious, but would you please contact me immediately upon your return to discuss this matter further.
You can also contact Social Care on ......... ......... ...... ............ for further information about the action taken.