For the Attention of the CEO, Headteacher, Chair of Governors & DSL - Updated Document School Safeguarding Arrangements COVID19 - 29.5.20

Dear Colleagues

The Automated Tracking Mechanism for reporting non- attendance of vulnerable children expected to attend, is being upgraded to allow you to submit more than one child at a time, this will reduce some of the administrative burden on schools in this essential safeguarding activity. The upgrade will take effect from 1 June 2020.

The new link is : https://www4.surreycc.gov.uk/social/child/absence-submission-portal/ this will be live from 1 June.

We attach the guidance as a reminder to you of the process.

Could we please also remind you to continue to submit your school status and attendance data to the DfE, this is shared by the DfE (without individual child data) with the county council and it provides a valuable oversight and analysis of attendance for the safeguarding partnership.

May we take this opportunity to thank you for continuing to work in partnership with Social Workers, the Virtual School for Children Looked After and SEND colleagues to encourage school attendance for vulnerable children, where it is safe and in their best interests to do so.

In the last few weeks there has been significant increase in vulnerable learners attending schools, providing these children with a safe space, access to learning and the care and listening ear of trusted adults often in the most difficult times and circumstances in their lives. We are aware of the significant pressure on the education sector and as such admire and respect your continuing commitment to this group of children.

To assist in the promotion of attendance of vulnerable children a primary leaflet and secondary leaflet aimed at encouraging parents and children to see the benefits of their attendance at school, these have been developed by the partnership. We request that Social Workers and schools to send this leaflet to those parents whose children have social workers and who could be coming to school, but aren't.

There is also a YouTube clip for Children Looked After which has been shared with foster Carers : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rKYtuAtOuz8&feature=youtu.be

Mary Ellen McCarthy
Surrey Safeguarding Children Partnership
Executive Member for Education

Patricia Denney
Surrey County Council
Director Quality & Performance

Jane Winterbone
Surrey County Council
Assistant Director - Education


SCC dedicated webpage – Covid-19 Information for School Leaders: https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/people-and-community/emergency-planning-and-community-safety/coronavirus/school-leaders

Education partnership guidance to track, identify and action the non-attendance of vulnerable children expected to attend an education setting 22.05.20



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