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Cheshire East Virtual School
Cared for Children (sometimes called Looked after Children) are the children that are subject to Care Orders and those who are voluntarily accommodated who live with foster carers, in residential homes or remain with their family. In these cases the Local Authority acts as their corporate parent, responsible for their care and support. The Virtual School takes the lead in ensuring that all of our Cared for Pupils have the best educational opportunities possible and that there is consistency of approach across the Cheshire East borough.
What the Virtual School does
As the outcomes for Cared for Children, both locally and nationally, are far worse than those of their peers (e.g. 17% gain good passes in maths and English compared to 64% of all pupils), there is a real need for clear lines of accountability and someone to champion these vulnerable pupils and their needs. The Virtual School enables the monitoring and overview of all of our Cared for Children and their progress. It also enables us to support and challenge schools and other agencies in their work with these children and young people.
‘Corporate parenting’ emphasises the collective responsibility of Local Authorities to achieve good parenting for children and young people in their care. In broad terms, a corporate parent should do at least what a good parent would do. Once a Local Authority has taken the profound and difficult decision to remove a child, short-term or long-term, from his or her family, it is the duty of the whole Local Authority to ‘safeguard and promote his welfare’ (1989 Children Act). The ‘whole authority’ includes the education department as well as social services, and school also have a key role to play. The responsibility of the corporate parent continues at least until the age of 21 and up to the age of 24 if the young person is still being supported in higher education or training.
Designated Leads training
All Designated Leads for Cared for Children, SENDCo , Safeguarding leads and Governors with responsibility for safeguarding are invited to Cheshire East Virtual School training days throughout the academic year. We currently have no dates in the diary for training but we will contact you and list dates here when available.
We are inviting all above professionals as this will be run as joint service training. You will be able to access workshops/training from:
- The Virtual School
- Market place with access to a variety of companies to support ideas for PP funding
- Health professionals
- IT and ePEPs
Training will be split into your specific areas for example Early Years, Primary, Secondary and Post 16. A full agenda will be sent to those registered nearer the date of the event.
Heads and Governors have a duty to ensure that the Designated Teacher has access to training and this will meet this requirement. There is no cost to attend and staff will be provided with free lunch.
To book places contact Deborah Bradbury and state your preferred date to attend.
One minute guides
The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) has launched a new out of hours advice line for people living in the Cheshire and Wirral area. The advice line is open to everyone (children, young people, relatives, teachers, other professionals) and allows people to talk to a mental health professional if they are concerned or would like advice about a child or young person’s mental health.
The advice line runs from 5pm to 10pm (Monday - Friday) and 12 noon to 8pm (Saturday and Sunday).
You can ring the advice line on 01244 397644.