Vulnerable Children Team
A new team has been drawn together around the established processes for a number of services supporting vulnerable children. The purpose of the new team is to provide a more effective and coherent response to those young people involved in Home Education, Exclusion from schools, missing from Education and who may have difficulty in finding a school place. The new team will ensure that information and advice is provided to children, families and schools; the team will record, monitor and evaluate the outcomes for these young people. Young people without a school place whose situation cannot be resolved through these normal service processes are referred to Access to Education group. The team will be alert to Safeguarding issues and be able to make referrals through the appropriate routes.
The new team based at Saltisford, is managed by Nigel Mills, Education Planning Officer and is made up of:
Elective Home Education Service – (EHE) the Administrator is Kate Nelson.
EHE provides advice to parents and schools on the Elective Home Education process, monitors provision and supports families who elect to home educate. The service carries out checks on whether parents are providing appropriate learning opportunities to the child. EHE has mechanisms in place to investigate potential safeguarding issues and alert relevant colleagues of any concerns. If a failed home education is identified the young person will be referred to the Education Social Welfare Service (ESWS) which may lead to a possible attendance order or request for a school place.
Telephone: 01926 742520
Children Missing from Education – (CME) the Administrator is Carol Hattee.
CME responds to enquiries and provides advice to schools as well as other services regarding children who are missing from education often responding to direct enquiries from schools. The service undertakes a range of database checks to locate a missing child and can initiate Education Social Worker visits if necessary. If a child cannot be located within Warwickshire over an appropriate time period, the CME service will notify the school to allow the child’s name to be taken off roll and then post the child as missing on the ‘school to school’ (S2S) national database. CME administrator follows up any notification of missing children by neighbouring authorities and carries out regular checks of missing children posted from other Local Authorities across the country.
Telephone: 01926 742036
In Year Fair Access Protocol – (IYFAP) the Administrator is Cheryl Wild.
Briefly, IYFAP is part of the Admission process which identifies children under a range of criteria who need an extra focus in determining an appropriate school place. All secondary schools have signed up to the Protocol whose key purpose is to ensure that these children are distributed fairly across all schools in an area regardless of whether the school has filled to their Admission number. The IFYAP administrator works with schools in coordinating these Admissions. At times, there may be difficulties in finding an agreed solution and further discussions are undertaken by a senior officer with schools. A revised IYFA protocol which alters some elements of the process is currently being consulted upon and the new protocol will include the admission of Primary children
Telephone: 01926 742061
Exclusions -The Administrator is Jo Coles West.
The Exclusions service has changed with the retirement of the Exclusions Officer, Jane Rubidge, who used to provide specific exclusion advice and support service to parents and schools including attendance at all School Disciplinary Panel dealing with Permanent Exclusions meetings.This support will no longer be available.
The Exclusions Administrator will continue to provide general telephone support and advice to schools and parents and signposting to information. Parents will be signposted to other organisations who can provide advice: Children’s Legal Centre and the Advisory Centre for Education (ACE) All schools including Academy Schools are still required to inform the LA of Permanent Exclusions and these details are recorded and monitored by the Exclusion service. The Secondary Area Behaviour Partnership have devolved funding and with it, the responsibility to address the situation of permanently excluded students and the Partnerships can either seek a new school placement, commission alternative provision or, currently, commission the Pupil Referral Unit (PRU) to provide support
Tel 01926 742517