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Children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus outbreak
31 Mar
The government has released guidance for parents and carers on supporting children and young people’s worried about COVID-19. To view it, please click the below link. Children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus outbreak Kind regards, Matthew Dunn Education Safeguarding Pupil Support Officer: Advice Line Education Safeguarding Team Tel: (01925) 442928 Email: mdunn@warrington.gov.uk Team email: educationsafeguarding@warrington.gov.uk
COVID-19 information for settings
30 Mar
Please find attached documents relating to COVID-19 and education. The documents give information relating to: · Guidance on vulnerable pupils and those open to social care; · Children’s services contact numbers. Kind regards, Matthew Dunn Education Safeguarding Pupil Support Officer: Advice Line Tel: (01925) 442928 Email: mdunn@warrington.gov.uk Team email: educationsafeguarding@warrington.gov.uk
Domestic abuse awareness
30 Mar
Dear Colleagues, You have likely seen the focus on an increase in cases of domestic abuse in the national and international press during the Covid-19 restrictions. We are working with partners to ensure victims of domestic abuse are not forgotten during this time. We have put some additional guidance and support signposting on the WBC website and are putting further advice and support links on social media via WBC and WSP. The Domestic Abuse Awareness attachment has been sent across the volunteer sector and community organisations. Please share the attached with your teams and with your wider networks. Cheshire Fire and Rescue have confirmed they continue to support any DA referral received during the Covid 19 epidemic to provide re-assurance against any threats of arson received. The occupier will be contacted to discuss if they have symptoms of C19, fire Safety advice will be provided to the occupier via the telephone conversation, then a visit will be implemented to fit smoke detectors and fire retardant letter box. We will be linking with the Police and pan-Cheshire partners in the coming days to develop a wider response. Regards Fiona Cowan Head of Service – Children’s Safeguarding & Quality Assurance / Caldicott Guardian Children’s Social Care Tel: 01925 443538 Mob: 07429 338033 Email: fcowan@warrington.gov.uk
COVID-19: Statement from HSE and DfE relating to certificate expiry
24 Mar
FAW, EFAW and PFA certificates that expired on or after 16th March can have a 3 month extension to their certificate if they are unable to requalify as a direct result of COVID 19. COVID-19: Statement from HSE and DfE relating to certificate expiry Health and Safety Executive statement The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is aware that people holding Offshore Medic (OM), Offshore First Aid (OFA), First Aid at Work (FAW) or Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) certificates nearing expiry date, might experience disruption to access to requalification training as a result of events or circumstances generated by the coronavirus pandemic. HSE’s current guidance on the Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981: https://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/priced/l74.pdf and the Offshore Installations and Pipeline Works (First-Aid) Regulations 1989 https://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/priced/l123.pdf is that those holding an OM, OFA, FAW or EFAW qualification should undertake retraining before their original certificate expires and HSE strongly recommends that employers, and individuals holding those qualifications should plan for requalification training well in advance of expiry dates. If however requalification training is prevented for reasons associated directly with coronavirus or by complying with related government advice, it is reasonable and practical to extend the validity of current certificates by up to 3 months. Anyone taking advantage of this extension should be able to describe clearly their reasons for delaying requalification training, and demonstrate steps they have taken to undertake the training, if required. This guidance comes into effect for certificates expiring on or after 16th March 2020. HSE will review this matter over the coming months and will issue further statements as necessary. Department for Education statement The Department for Education supports the HSE statement regarding the extension of first aid certificates during coronavirus emergency and that it can be applied to paediatric first aid certificates held by staff in early years provision.
COVID-19 Advice: Daily Attendance return - Access to DFE Sign In
24 Mar
Following the recent DfE request for attendance information to be returned each weekday from schools providing places to pupils and students of key workers - please note that you will need to use a DfE Sign In (Secure Access) account to return the data. Government Publications - COVID-19 Attendance Recording The log in details will be the same ones used to log into other DfE Secure Access services (eg Analyse School performance, Ofsted-Fetch IDSRs, S2S and (in the case of Academies) user access to COLLECT) Every school has a DfE Sign In (Secure Access) administrator account and they are able to maintain user accounts across your school. If you are unsure of your user details, please speak to your administrator in the first instance – this is often (but not limited to) the Headteacher, Office Manager or Data Manager. If you are unsure who your school’s administrator is, then please contact DfE’s helpdesk via this link Please be aware that DfE response timescales to account requests are unknown at this time. Ideally, please try and locate users of Secure Access within the school in the first instance. Unfortunately, LA colleagues are unable to set up accounts or reset passwords - this facility is maintained by the Secure Access administrators at school and DfE. If you have any queries about the log in process, please contact the Information Management team via: informationmanagementrequests@warrington.gov.uk
Coronavirus (COVID-19): attendance recording for educational settings
23 Mar
Please find below a link for advice for attendance recording during this time. Coronavirus (COVID-19): attendance recording for educational settings If you have any queries or need support please don’t hesitate to contact your allocated attendance officer or myself for those schools without an SLA. Thanks Debbie Parlane Attendance Team Manager Tel 01925 444268 Email dparlane@warrington.gov.uk
COVID-19 advice 19/03/2020 for settings
20 Mar
Sent on behalf of Paula Worthington Dear colleagues I am writing to provide you with further information about Warrington Borough Council's plans following on from the announcement yesterday that the majority of pupils will stop attending school after they close on Friday afternoon in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The purpose of schools remaining open is in line with the comments yesterday - to provide a safe place for vulnerable pupils and to ensure that key workers can continue to attend work so that vital services can operate. You are as aware as we are that guidance from the Government is fluid and we are all being asked to use our distributed leadership and initiative in these challenging times. FAQ 1. What happens if there is not enough staff to open school? We are working with school leaders on developing a hub and spoke approach across the localities and further information will follow about this shortly. If you are part of a local arrangement to share buildings or other resources please inform Louise Corlett - lcorlett@warrington.gov.uk - at the earliest opportunity. In the meantime, school leaders will be asked to complete a short survey about how many staff are: • in work; • self-isolating; • fall under the self-isolating vulnerable groups category. Headteachers need to consider the minimum staffing requirements to continue its operation safely (which will be considerably different from a snow day calculation). Please remember to include your kitchen staff in this calculation. It is our understanding that the designated safeguarding lead is required to be in attendance at school - if this is not possible then a deputy should be identified to provide cover. Safeguarding procedures and phone numbers should be made available to all staff. 2. Will Free School Meals still be provided? Gavin Williamson has said that schools can offer vouchers to families who qualify for Free School Meals. We expect central government to provide more information about this scheme later today. However, schools should make the necessary arrangements to purchase food vouchers and offer these from Monday onwards. We expect schools to be fully reimbursed by central government. The ideal is that you continue to provide a meal to children. If staff sickness or availability of food precludes this, please order food vouchers. In Early Help, we have purchased shopping and food bank vouchers and can get these to you in an emergency (they are also available for families from our Children’s Centres). 3. Will the school kitchens still operate? The kitchens will remain open (staff permitting) for the pupils required to continue attending. However, a reduced menu or packed lunches will be offered depending on the circumstances within each school. 4. Should teachers continue to follow the national curriculum? The purpose of schools remaining open is to safeguard our most vulnerable pupils and to ensure that key workers can continue to perform essential roles needed throughout this challenging period. As a result, schools do not need to be delivering the national curriculum and should plan on organising engaging activities. See attached document. 5. What if vulnerable pupils do not come into school? Each school should continue to operate their current attendance policy for vulnerable groups and children of key workers. If pupils do not come into school please check that the pupil is safe and has access to food - you are free to use your discretion about how to use food vouchers. Children's centres and food banks will continue to provide support to families struggling. If they are any concerns about children's welfare contact the MASH on 01925 443322 (in hours) 01925 444400 (out of hours). A teleconference is being organised for today with the CEX of the MATs in Warrington and the chairs WAPH, WASCL and WASH to discuss the emerging situation. Further information and guidance will follow from central government for all education settings later today.
NQT - COVID 19
19 Mar
Dear Colleagues, In response to concerns regarding the potential disruption of Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) statutory induction in the event of an outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) causing extended NQT absence or school closures, please see the following advice from the Department for Education. We are aware some appropriate bodies have received this advice previously in response to enquiries to the Teaching Regulation Agency (TRA). We are now circulating to all appropriate bodies to ensure coverage across the sector. The length of the induction period should ordinarily be three full terms of the institution in which induction is begun, based on a school year of three terms (i.e the full-time equivalent of one school year). Absences up to and including 29 days are permitted. If absences exceed a total period of 30 days or more, induction is extended by the aggregate total of days absent, allowing NQTs to finish their induction programmes as well as sufficient time to demonstrate satisfactorily meeting the Teachers’ Standards. Please see the statutory induction guidance for further information. Note that the appropriate body has the option, with the consent of the teacher concerned, to reduce the induction period which the teacher is required to serve to a minimum of one school term if they are satisfied that the teacher has satisfactorily met the Teachers’ Standards. The appropriate body should make this decision in agreement with the NQT. DfE continues to monitor the situation and will provide further advice in due course. All teachers currently studying or working overseas should continue to monitor the advice issued by the FCO and comply with any COVID-19 control measures put in place by their host nation Kind regards Becki Rebecca Huggett-King Teacher Qualification Unit Cheylesmore House, 5 Quinton Road, Coventry, CV1 2WT gov.uk | Twitter | Facebook
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Training & Events

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21 Apr
Solihull Training - 12 week course (Foster Carers)
Learning outcomes of the course: - Increasing confidence in observing and understanding their foster child's communication, relationships, development and behaviour - Promoting understanding of the impact of early experience on how the foster child relates - Helping foster carers enhance their skills and promote resilience in foster children - Promoting reflective, sensitive and effective foster caring - Developing a framework of thinking to promote effective use of behaviour management
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24 Apr
Year 1/2 Health and Wellbeing Experience Day
Experience Days are delivered in phases: EYFS, Year 1 & 2, Year 3 & 4 and Year 5 & 6. The content of Health & Wellbeing days is planned in line with current national and local updates and guidance relating to mental and physical health. The day consists of a carousel of four activities; two sessions in the morning, two in the afternoon. Please arrive by 9:30am for a brief welcome, with the first session starting promptly at 9:40am. Children will need a packed lunch and the day will finish at 2:30pm. We also suggest that the children wear suitable clothing for being active. A typical Health and Wellbeing Experience Day will include sessions covering subjects such as dealing with emotions, building resilience, relationships, healthy eating, mindfulness, teamwork and the benefits of exercise. We do expect staff and adult helpers to take part in ALL activities and support the deliverers on the day.
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27 Apr
EYFS Active Learning Experience Day
Experience Days are delivered in phases: EYFS, Year 1 & 2, Year 3 & 4 and Year 5 & 6. The content of Active Learning Experience Days is planned in conjunction with the current curriculum. The day consists of a carousel of four activities; two sessions in the morning, two in the afternoon. Please arrive by 9:30am for a brief welcome, with the first session starting promptly at 9:40am. Children will need a packed lunch and the day will finish at 2:30pm. We also suggest that the children wear suitable clothing for being active. A typical Active Learning Experience Day includes sessions covering national curriculum subjects through an active approach. This may be done through dance, yoga, forest school, orienteering, teambuilding challenges or simply games involving movement around the room. Either way, the children will be fully engaged, but above all, active! We do expect staff and adult helpers to take part in ALL activities and support the deliverers on the day.
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27 Apr
Dementia & Cognitive Issues Awareness
Objectives for the session include: • To identify the common types of dementia • To discuss the experiences of a person who is living with dementia • To investigate how to interpret and respond to behaviour changes as a result of the condition advancing • To analyse the barriers to communication that occur as a result of the condition
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28 Apr
EYFS Health and Wellbeing Experience Day
Experience Days are delivered in phases: EYFS, Year 1 & 2, Year 3 & 4 and Year 5 & 6. The content of Health & Wellbeing days is planned in line with current national and local updates and guidance relating to mental and physical health. The day consists of a carousel of four activities; two sessions in the morning, two in the afternoon. Please arrive by 9:30am for a brief welcome, with the first session starting promptly at 9:40am. Children will need a packed lunch and the day will finish at 2:30pm. We also suggest that the children wear suitable clothing for being active. A typical Health and Wellbeing Experience Day will include sessions covering subjects such as dealing with emotions, building resilience, relationships, healthy eating, mindfulness, teamwork and the benefits of exercise. We do expect staff and adult helpers to take part in ALL activities and support the deliverers on the day.
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28 Apr
Safeguarding Basic Awareness: Adult Care Staff
This course has been developed for staff in direct care services and other non-direct roles who come into contact with adults. The purpose of the course is to explore the legislative and organisational responsibilities for the safeguarding of adults who could be at risk of abuse. In addition learners will explore the reporting and recording procedures that currently apply.
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28 Apr
Solihull Training - 12 week course (Foster Carers)
Learning outcomes of the course: - Increasing confidence in observing and understanding their foster child's communication, relationships, development and behaviour - Promoting understanding of the impact of early experience on how the foster child relates - Helping foster carers enhance their skills and promote resilience in foster children - Promoting reflective, sensitive and effective foster caring - Developing a framework of thinking to promote effective use of behaviour management
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28 Apr
Communication & Handling Information
This course has been developed for all health social care staff in a direct care role, including those completing the care certificate. The purpose of the course is to raise awareness of the importance of effective communication in a health and social care setting. Learners will be supported to explore the concept of information governance in relation to their role.