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.
To find out more visit: www.cpoms.co.uk