Pan-Dorset (Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole) Development and Behaviour Referral Pack and Guidance for Professionals
This referral pack has been designed to provide information and advice to professionals from health, education and social care, who have concerns about the development and behaviour of children and young people under their care and are thinking about a referral to paediatric services.
It contains practical advice and referral forms and should be used in conjunction with the Development and Behaviour Pathway developed locally by clinicians, professionals, parents and carers and the voluntary sector.
There are some minor differences in how services are delivered by health trusts across Dorset, but referral criteria and pathways have been produced jointly, with stakeholder involvement from the outset.
There is a strong commitment to improve outcomes for children, young people and families from all agencies across education, health and social care.
Referral forms for schools and pre-schools are attached to this article along with more detailed guidance.
New Out of Hours Service
We want to inform you about some changes that are being made to children’s safeguarding out of hours service in Dorset (excluding Bournemouth and Poole).
As of Monday, 5 November, the extended Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) will provide the emergency out of hours social care response for Dorset children and their families when the current contract with Borough of Poole ends.
The current MASH working hours are Monday to Friday 9am-5pm. From 5 November, this will be extended to 7 days a week until 10pm to provide urgent out of hours advice when there’s a concern that a child is at risk of harm. If you believe that a social work response is required to protect a child or young person, please contact the team on 01202 228866 and a Safeguarding Manager will determine what action is required to manage the immediate risk.
If your contact with the MASH is not urgent, please either email the information to MASH@dorsetcc.gov.uk or contact the team by phone on 01202 228866 during usual working hours. Emails may not be read outside of usual working hours as the team will be dealing with urgent matters.
There will be an on-call Safeguarding Manager available by telephone for significant concerns about a child that require an immediate response outside of these hours - but it is essential that they are not contacted unless there is a significant concern that cannot wait until the following morning. If your concern is about the immediate safety of a child, you should initially contact the Police.
Attached is a poster for you to display in your offices. Please share this with any colleagues that may find this useful.
If you have any questions about the new service, please contact the MASH Managers on 01202 228866.
Help & Protection MASH and STAR Teams
Joint Emergency Services Building, Wimborne Road, Poole, BH15 2BP
Free school meals - important reminder
For all schools...
There are issues with the Universal Credits roll-out that mean parents or carers can’t simply complete a new application when their child moves schools.
As a school you can:
notify a pupil’s new school that they receive school meals if they move schools, either in county or out, as part of the transfer process
continue to honour the award for pupils transferring to your school for any that receive free school meals, unless their parent or carer lets you know otherwise
Find out more about free school meals.
Alternative Provision Service for Children and Young People – AP Framework Ranked List
FAO Dorset County Council Maintained Schools and Special Schools
Please keep a lookout in your inbox for an encrypted email to do with Alternative Provision Services for Children and Young People.
The Alternative Provision Framework Ranked List was published on 7th November to maintained and special schools.
Sufficiency, Commissioning and School Organisation
Tel: 01305 221657
Joint Subject Leader Primary Conference
Joint Subject Leader Primary Conference
14th March 2019
9:30 - 15:30
Our ‘not-to-be-missed’ Annual Conference that keeps your English and Mathematics subject leaders up-to-date with all the latest, important and useful educational information and practices. The timing enables your Subject Leaders to plan effectively for the following year’s developments, and ensures they know where the best practice can be found. The theme for 2019 will be 'developing underperforming pupils', so we are thrilled to have Jean Gross for our Keynote Speaker this year. Book fast as it is' first come, first served', and this year's Conference will be one you don't want to miss!
Course code: 10208-0319-T001 Book via Nexus or contact Gypsy Page for further information firstname.lastname@example.org