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Procedure for Uncollected Children


 

   SITUATION

ACTION

Child not collected by parent / carer after school

1. School tries to contact parent / carer using the emergency telephone numbers that should be provided.

2. After 3.15pm any uncollected children will be put into the after-school club. If school has been informed of the reason why the child has not been collected on time and it is not a regular occurrence then there will be no cost. However, if it is a repeated issue then parents/carers will be charged for the after-school cover.

No contact made with parent / carer by 4pm

3. School contacts Salford Safeguarding Children’s Board (SSCB) through the Bridge Partnership. If contact is unsuccessful school to contact local police service.

4. School continues to try to make contact with parent / carer and named contacts including visiting address if feasible and appropriate.

Please note that if a school has not made contact with the SSCB Bridge Partnership by 4.30pm, calls will be handled by the Emergency Duty Team.

No contact made with parent / carer by 5pm

 

Once a pupil has been taken to the SSCB base the pupil is regarded as a “child in need” by Social Care and will be accommodated under Section 20 of the Children Act. As such, the matter will be considered as a child protection issue by Social Care.

 

 

5. School acts on guidance from local police/Social Care.

If the child needs to be taken to a designated base then if no transport is available a taxi service can be used. 

School makes appropriate arrangements for staff / escort to accompany pupil to designated base.

  • School to drop off letter at home address stating that the parent / carer needs to contact the Emergency Duty Team to find out the location of their child.
  • School ensures that the following information is provided for Social Care:
    • Child’s name
    • Child’s date of birth
    • Home address
    • Other addresses given by parent / carer for emergency contact
    • Contact details for a minimum of three people who are responsible for the child (if possible)
    • Child’s ethnicity
    • Child’s religion
    • Information on special educational needs
    • Health information (eg medication, allergies)

Follow up action

 

  • School to refer parent / carer to Attendance and Intervention Team.
  • Attendance and Intervention Team to write to parent / carer.
  • School to charge for late collection of children from after school club at advertised and agreed rate with a warning that repeated late collection may result in removal of the place.

Child missing at end of school day

1. Staff to look around immediate area

Child not found

2. One member of Staff to inform SLT whilst wider school is searched

Child not found

 

3. If the child is not on school premises then call the police 999 giving the following information School ensures that the following information is provided for Social Care:

  • Child’s name
  • Child’s date of birth
  • Home address
  • Other addresses given by parent / carer for emergency contact
  • Contact details for a minimum of three people who are responsible for the child
  • Child’s ethnicity
  • Child’s religion
  • Information on special educational need
  • Health information (eg medication, allergies)

4. Inform parents of situation