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myconcern red 80The introduction of MyConcern has "revolutionised" how concerns are recorded and managed at Rednal Hill Junior School. MyConcern has saved significant time for DSLs and ensures children are safe and looked after.

Rednal Hill Junior School is situated in the south west of the city, rhs 05 close to the Lickey Hills at Longbridge. The school aims to ensure a happy, caring and safe environment where children and adults are valued and fulfilled. Rednal Hill Juniors provides a sound education, meeting the requirements of the National Curriculum by providing a consistent programme of study which will promote the full development of each child.

All staff at the school are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. This commitment to ensure the safety of the school community has led to the implementation of a safe, secure and streamlined solution to record and manage all safeguarding concerns. To find out more, we talked to Deputy Headteacher and Lead DSL, Rebecca McAnulty.

 

“We were previously using paper-based systems. My main concern with this method is that it is often the smaller concerns that don't get recorded, for example, the child who comes in without having breakfast or the child who is unusually teary. Because paper-based systems involve going to someone or getting a form and passing the form on, people tend to only record the more significant issues. In line with recommendations from Serious Case reviews, I wanted to encourage staff to record the 'little things', that can build up to give a comprehensive picture of any safeguarding issues for a child. Whilst being robust, we also wanted to ensure the system was manageable for DSLs. MyConcern had been introduced in my previous school just before I left and I was very impressed. I knew immediately that it was a system I would want to introduce in any school that I worked in. So, we began using MyConcern at Rednal Hill Juniors in May 2016. The training instantly showed that the system would have many benefits. We felt it met all our requirements.

The setup was simple with MyConcern integrating seamlessly with the school MIS data, so all we need to do is add the details of any concerns against an existing pupil record.

We are very happy with the MyConcern solution and it is good to see that improvements are being made all the time. The support forums are a good way for us to make suggestions and it is clear that One-Team-Logic (the people behind MyConcern) want to work closely with users to make the system as effective as possible.

One unexpected benefit has been ensuring that all concerns are followed up. Once a hard copy file goes back into a locked cupboard, it is harder to remember to complete any required follow up actions. However, we make sure that all concerns are left 'open' until all required actions have been completed. This means there is a constant reminder of outstanding actions to be completed.

I feel that we now record more information about a child. It has also allowed us to pull together a range of concerns about a child, including attendance and behaviour.

When reading any statutory documentation about safeguarding records, I have been confident that MyConcern meets all requirements.

The support package provided around MyConcern has been hugely helpful. Link2ICT’s Louise France (Training Manager) has always been willing to chat on the phone if there were any areas of uncertainty. Training was manageable and informative. It is now great to see that the system will be able to support us when completing our Section 175 Audit (the local authority safeguarding audit designed to help schools to develop their safeguarding practice).

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The time saving element has been significant. It makes a huge difference not to have to go and access the paper files every time there is a new concern. It is also much quicker and easier to access old concerns to update them or just remind yourself of previous concerns when working with children and families.

As Lead DSL, I would definitely recommend MyConcern to any school. It has allowed the whole school community to work more collaboratively to ensure children are safe and looked after. Concerns can be raised by anyone, at any time, and all DSLs can access information about any pupil to monitor and update concerns. The ability to access this information at any time and for a number of different people who work with a child to separately update concerns, is a huge benefit when working under the pressures and time constraints faced by many DSLs.”

 

 

 
What is MyConcern?


MyConcern is a software solution that provides a safe and secure management system to record and review all safeguarding concerns. Developed by former senior police officers with extensive safeguarding experience, the system enables all staff to record any safeguarding concern, safe in the knowledge that a proper record has been made and that their safeguarding lead has been automatically notified. It also equips the designated safeguarding lead to assess each concern and manage any ongoing action that needs to be taken.

MyConcern was designed with the support of teaching professionals to meet - and often exceed - all DfE statutory guidance and school inspection standards. It is constantly updated to reflect national good practice in schools and ’lessons learned’, including Serious Case Reviews.

Safeguarding concerns can often become time consuming, taking over calendars and ultimately leading to high levels of administration. MyConcern will reduce staff time, minimise paper records and provide you with a robust and efficient system for managing safeguarding.

Proven benefits

  • Automatically notifies the Designated Safeguarding Lead of any new concerns
  • Allows secure information sharing and joint working with trusted external partners such as the Police or Social Workers
  • Powerful reporting tools deliver management reports for senior leaders, governing bodies, school pyramids and clusters
  • Comprehensive data dashboards enable the early identification of safeguarding risks and trends
  • Allows you to meet all of your safeguarding obligations providing clear and auditable evidence for Ofsted
  • Supports early identification and intervention
  • Intuitive and easy to navigate – little training required
  • Accessible securely from any web-enabled device


For more information, visit: www.link2ict.org/myconcern

 

Headteacher, Robert Jones, has been impressed by the impact MyConcern has made on safeguarding in school, “I agree wholeheartedly with everything Rebecca has said. MyConcern has revolutionised how we deal with concerns at Rednal Hill. This solution has allowed our DSLs to work far more effectively and efficiently with the whole school community to ensure pupil safety. The fact that MyConcern is always accessible, is invaluable.”

 

For more information about MyConcern, visit www.link2ict.org/myconcern, or contact us.

 

 

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