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Schools which learn how to make the best of the features of CPOMS save a great deal of time and effort further down the line, and undoubtedly improve their safeguarding recording and monitoring. We’ll run through three of the best ways to get the most from the system here. One feature for example is customising the categories you can log to enable the logging and reporting of health and safety information, and indeed any type of information you’d like to have on the system. The colourful categories listed down the left side of your front CPOMS page are initially what the school first requested during the setup stage, but you can add further categories or sub-categories at any time by pressing the Admin and then Categories buttons from the top menu. From there you can type in exactly what you’d like a new category to be called and it will be available to log against, and run reports on from then on. Schools have used that feature very effectively, particularly with health and safety to log incidents such as accidents, medicine administration and other concerns. As the categories are fully customisable you can log SEN, attendance concerns, parental communication, attainment interventions and anything else you would benefit from having on the system. One major benefit of logging a range of information like this is the illustration of the chronology on a student's Incident Timeline. This can be accessed by pressing on the students name to see their Overview, and going to the bottom right of the screen. The timeline here shows all incidents logged on this individual's chronology in a more visual format, so you can look into causation or a build up of seemingly low level incidents over a short period of time that may reveal something more serious. Another relatively new feature that can save a huge amount of time in school is found within the Library section. If you upload a file like your safeguarding policy or keeping children safe in education to the library, you can alert all staff in school that you have done so, meaning you’ll also have a list showing exactly when each member of staff received the message telling them to read the document, and confirmation of if and when they’ve opened the document. They can also mark it as read to show that they’ve completed reading the document in the same way staff may sign to say they’ve read something currently. There are a huge number of other features that CPOMS has enabled in recent years, and if you feel you would benefit from learning more about those features you have a couple of options. Firstly we’ll be explaining more about them in upcoming newsletters, but as ever, you can contact our ServicePoint team on our office number 01756 797 766 or email servicepoint@cpoms.co.uk and the team will be happy to help you out. 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So far almost a quarter of all schools in the UK use CPOMS as a method of recording and monitoring child protection, safeguarding and wider pastoral care for children. There are numerous reasons why designated safeguarding leads and SLT have made this an edtech trend, but here are eight of the most 'buzzed' about.
  1. Chronologies: Gone are the days when building a chronology for a child involves four filing cabinets, three emails on two different accounts and a post-it note. A chronology for any individual or even across the school can be produced instantly.
  2. Communication: Instead of running around school with a piece of sensitive paper, email alerts go directly to the relevant member of staff at their usual school email address. You can even see when each member of staff has read each entry for peace of mind.
  3. Movement between schools: When children transfer to your school or out to their next school, their full child protection history will move automatically through CPOMS (once consent has been given). If the other schools don’t have CPOMS, you can either upload everything when a child joins, or download everything easily from CPOMS to pass onto the next school.
  4. Reports: A full set of reporting tools allow you to press a couple of buttons to find some very specific information on incidents in school.
  5. File alerts: Instead of taking a register of staff names and asking everyone to sign when they have read your safeguarding policy or most recent training documents, you can send out an alert and see exactly if and when each member of staff has had the time to read it.
  6. All in one place: UPN, attendance, DOB – the details that crop up on different forms and submissions to outside agencies are all in CPOMS so you don't have to use many different systems to fill in one piece of paper.
  7. Uniformity: Staff in school are constantly being told to write down key details about safeguarding incidents. Who is writing it? When did the incident occur? Who else was involved? All the necessary fields are either automatically added or included in the form itself so that all staff can easily add high quality and useful safeguarding information.
  8. Service: The support team receive as much praise as CPOMS itself. A filing cabinet doesn't come with a support team! When something is as important as child protection, people need to feel well supported with their tools. There are many reasons why schools recommend CPOMS to other schools, but the service and support is probably the strongest one.
When so much time is saved and so much 'just makes sense', it's clear to see how CPOMS is one of the hottest edtech trends and is set to continue into 2020.
If you'd like to learn more about how you can improve your school safeguarding, visit www.cpoms.co.uk and book a demonstration, or read 100+ testimonials to find more reasons why it is becoming so popular! [post_title] => Eight benefits of using child protection software [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => eight-benefits-of-using-child-protection-software [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-08-01 12:25:09 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-08-01 11:25:09 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://ie-today.co.uk/dashboard2/?post_type=articles&p=19560 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [2] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 19556 [post_author] => 15 [post_date] => 2019-07-31 11:21:00 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-07-31 10:21:00 [post_content] => When it comes to bringing together a school community through data-harmony, there can be a lot of hassle involved. As Tina Holmes, deputy safeguarding officer at Woodhouse West in Sheffield, said: “Admin for safeguarding and pastoral support can be an enormous challenge, especially regarding transition.” Thankfully, Woodhouse West is one of the 10,000+ in the UK and internationally who record and monitor all safeguarding concerns and agency involvement across the whole community through CPOMS. “We started using CPOMS two years ago,” explained Tina, “and this proved to be an invaluable tool for the management of safeguarding and wellbeing in school. Any information logged can, if needed, be printed or sent electronically which means the mammoth task can be done in an easier, quicker and in a more cost-effective way! Instead of laboriously preparing the files and sending via recorded delivery, this can be completed in an instant.” Well-publicised failings in child protection (such as this case in Tameside) have been blamed on a lack of multi-agency communication and community practice. CPOMS aim to solve this issue by helping to both bring together the entire school community and safely liaise with external organisations (including police, social services, educational psychologists and CAMHS). External members of agency staff can be given a specific level of access, meaning that that information can be sent out and received specific to each person's level of involvement. This way, safeguarding is tremendously effective.
Any information logged can, if needed, be printed or sent electronically which means the mammoth task can be done in an easier, quicker and in a more cost-effective way
“CPOMS is an essential part of our processes to support the safeguarding of children and their wellbeing across school,” enthuses Angela Wild, headteacher at Rockingham Junior and Infant School in Rotherham. “All staff use CPOMS to instantly report information or concerns, share this information immediately with the appropriate colleagues and produce detailed reports when necessary. The system is easy-to-use too; different levels of access and categories of incidents can be easily adapted and extended as the school grows in its use of CPOMS. “There is peace of mind, knowing that all information can be instantly accessed. We are looking forward to everyone in our learning community using CPOMS, so that we can all exchange vital information electronically when children move between our schools.” With instances such as this, when children move between those schools, information is automatically transferred through the use of CPOMS. This makes information-sharing across the community considerably easier. As CPOMS is reducing workload in nearly half of schools in the UK, you likely know someone using the resource. The team are proud to publicly feature their pricings on the CPOMS website; your school community can become thoroughly safeguarded today from just £500 per annum. Schools looking to get involved should visit www.cpoms.co.uk (where demo requests can be made), or alternatively contact servicepoint@cpoms.co.uk or 01757 797 766. As Tina from Woodhouse West puts it: “I’d just like to say a massive thank you to the CPOMS team; here’s hoping that all schools sign up ASAP!” [post_title] => Bringing together a school community through data harmony [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => bringing-together-a-school-community-through-data-harmony [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-07-31 11:26:32 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-07-31 10:26:32 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://ie-today.co.uk/dashboard2/?post_type=articles&p=19556 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [3] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 17453 [post_author] => 15 [post_date] => 2019-04-15 00:00:38 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-04-14 23:00:38 [post_content] => There are numerous challenges facing international schools when it comes to safeguarding, all of which require strong safeguarding practices to prevent them becoming more serious problems. While the nature of international education means the frequency and types of safeguarding concerns may be very different to those of other schools, we need to be vigilant to ensure the quality of record-keeping for safeguarding is an accurate reflection of what is really happening in the school and at home. Here are six challenges specific to international schools and some suggestions on how a school may overcome them. 1. Higher than normal transition of teachers and leaders International schools see more staff transition than other schools, which generates more handover when it comes to safeguarding. As staff get to know pupils, they learn a huge amount about their personal history and circumstances. Those 'niggles' picked up by staff that seem like reasonably small concerns can amount to much more if the dots between them are connected. However, when that member of staff moves on and a new one starts, it becomes much harder to reconnect those dots. All concerns, no matter how small, must be recorded in a way that is easy to collate and review by the safeguarding team. When a new member of staff starts, the designated safeguarding lead must communicate any relevant history with them. The key word is ‘relevant’ – anything that can help pick up new concerns if they appear, without compromising the privacy of that history. 2. Culture clashes To some people, a parent disciplining their child physically is 'a strong telling off', to others, it's abuse. While this example is blunt, it sets the tone for a huge range of differences in how staff from across the world see things differently to parents at home. Children being told to perform different chores at home, varying customs and unusual punishments are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to cultural differences that raise questions about safeguarding. All school staff must be aware of local family lifestyles so that incidents that should raise more than an eyebrow are dealt with accordingly. A safe rule here is to record everything that could potentially be connected to pastoral care within the local guidelines set out in your school’s child protection policy. 3. Large sites International schools can often be spread across either one very large site, or several smaller ones in a local area. This creates communication challenges when a member of staff has a concern that they need to share with a specific person at the other side of the school. Folded pieces of paper hurried to someone in the corridor, and notes/forms left face down on a desk get the basic message to that person eventually but how do you know when and if they have read it? And if they need to get back to you for next steps or a clarification, do they start the same process over again? Although emails and shared spreadsheets can help, emails don't offer a lot of privacy in a busy office or when accessed on a personal phone, and spreadsheets are difficult to trace and maintain. Recently, some electronic safeguarding monitoring tools offer solutions with communication and should be explored properly by schools as a legitimate and safe method of recording and communicating sensitive information. 4. Local laws Similar to culture clashes, what may seem to be unlawful to staff in some international schools may locally be considered above board. Where you feel there is a difference between the law and the school’s responsibility to safeguard pupils, you need to do all that you can to build a framework of evidence in school and offer suitable support to those who need it. 5. Support from agencies Depending on where in the world you are, there are varying degrees of support available from different agencies. However, it can't be taken as a given that a larger number of other agencies (educational psychologists, speech therapists, counsellors etc.) mean a more solid safeguarding approach. Often, more involvement can mean more gaps in communication as not all details are passed on. It needs to be made paramount that every incidence of information is recorded somewhere accessible by the school’s safeguarding lead so the dots can be connected and the child's holistic situation reviewed. 6. Proving you are doing enough Due to the nature of international/independent schooling, there sometimes isn't quite the same quantity or nature of concerns faced by mainstream schools in any country. The challenge then presents itself: if you have few safeguarding concerns, how can you prove that is an accurate reflection of your school cohort, and not a reflection of poor safeguarding record-keeping? You need to ensure that your observation of potential issues and record-keeping itself is completely solid. All staff must know your recording procedures, and they must be reviewed regularly. A recording or monitoring system featuring a filing cabinet on one side of the school, another in the corner of a disused office and an online email folder creates uncertainty about the strength and precision of the system. While this list isn't exhaustive, these are a few of the big issues that crop up in safeguarding for international schools. If you'd like to find out more about the software mentioned in this article, please visit www.cpoms.co.uk or email chris.forrest@cpoms.co.uk to find out more. [post_title] => Six unique safeguarding hurdles for international schools [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => six-unique-safeguarding-hurdles-for-international-schools [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-04-12 16:23:53 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-04-12 15:23:53 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://ie-today.co.uk/dashboard2/?post_type=articles&p=17453 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [4] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 540 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2018-04-26 00:00:00 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-04-25 22:00:00 [post_content] => The major benefit to CPOMS is how it brings together all safeguarding and pastoral care concerns to one place, alongside the necessary tools to analyse each child's situation simply and thoroughly. A common challenge in safeguarding practice is information or communication "falling through the gaps" as staff often have a raft of information relating to a huge number of children, spread between a range of places. Safeguarding staff typically have to utilise different systems to get the information they need, and log information either by paper in a locked filing cabinet in school, or by email and spreadsheets online. This leads to difficulties when a specific paper log is required, or if a job requires you to check how the attendance of a child (found on one system), compares with the logged safeguarding incidents, leading to you need contact details from somewhere else; it is clear there is an unnecessary level of admin for a task as important as safeguarding. CPOMS brings together all the tools needed for safeguarding to one place. An appropriate member of staff can see a pupil's full Safeguarding chronology, alongside anything a school wishes to log that it feels is appropriate. This flexibility means schools can choose to monitor SEN, Behaviour. Medical issues, or even reward systems alongside safeguarding - allowing the school to see how all of the above and more can affect each other. Reports can then be produced from the gathered information to be shared with the relevant agencies, such as social care, police, the child's next school, or any specialist visiting school. Importantly, 'Actions' taken in response to an incident can be recorded and monitored so schools can ensure all safeguarding concerns in school are currently being looked into or resolved. Reporting is always drawn from live data in CPOMS, and incredibly tailored and detailed reports can be created very quickly with little training. These are then used with Governors, Ofsted, Local Authorities and outside agencies to identify individual pupil needs and whole school interventions to improve outcomes for children. The tailored access for different staff means the most sensitive information is kept incredibly secure and available only to those who legally have the right to see it. Alongside that, all staff in school have access to be able to add information, without seeing more sensitive incidents in a chronology. As a further step, some staff can have access to see only what is relevant to them - for example a SENCO seeing SEN information, or a behaviour team analysing behaviour incidents and trends. Perhaps the clearest marker of the benefits of CPOMS is how it has spread for 6 years by word of mouth. The majority of the 6800+ schools using CPOMS heard about it from a school close by and contacted us to see how it works and get set up. Our rapidly growing number of schools and constantly improving product are constantly backed up by a support and training team who only enhance CPOMS's reputation further. 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Schools which learn how to make the best of the features of CPOMS save a great deal of time and effort further down the line, and undoubtedly improve their safeguarding recording and monitoring. We’ll run through three of the best ways to get the most from the system here. One feature for example is customising the categories you can log to enable the logging and reporting of health and safety information, and indeed any type of information you’d like to have on the system. The colourful categories listed down the left side of your front CPOMS page are initially what the school first requested during the setup stage, but you can add further categories or sub-categories at any time by pressing the Admin and then Categories buttons from the top menu. From there you can type in exactly what you’d like a new category to be called and it will be available to log against, and run reports on from then on. Schools have used that feature very effectively, particularly with health and safety to log incidents such as accidents, medicine administration and other concerns. As the categories are fully customisable you can log SEN, attendance concerns, parental communication, attainment interventions and anything else you would benefit from having on the system. One major benefit of logging a range of information like this is the illustration of the chronology on a student's Incident Timeline. This can be accessed by pressing on the students name to see their Overview, and going to the bottom right of the screen. The timeline here shows all incidents logged on this individual's chronology in a more visual format, so you can look into causation or a build up of seemingly low level incidents over a short period of time that may reveal something more serious. Another relatively new feature that can save a huge amount of time in school is found within the Library section. If you upload a file like your safeguarding policy or keeping children safe in education to the library, you can alert all staff in school that you have done so, meaning you’ll also have a list showing exactly when each member of staff received the message telling them to read the document, and confirmation of if and when they’ve opened the document. They can also mark it as read to show that they’ve completed reading the document in the same way staff may sign to say they’ve read something currently. There are a huge number of other features that CPOMS has enabled in recent years, and if you feel you would benefit from learning more about those features you have a couple of options. Firstly we’ll be explaining more about them in upcoming newsletters, but as ever, you can contact our ServicePoint team on our office number 01756 797 766 or email servicepoint@cpoms.co.uk and the team will be happy to help you out. 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