In this strange period of ‘lockdown’, your Health and Safety team are still working and are contactable as normal for any questions, advice and guidance as required and we hope soon to be able to return to normal and be available for on site visits, face to face training and audits.
- Schools that buy the health and safety SLA should regularly log into the CLEAPSS website www.cleapss.org.uk and choose primary/science or technology website. There is a wealth of information on these sites including GL338 – Practical activities for pupils attending school during extended periods of closure.
- If schools are planning to use their swimming pools for children attending school during extended periods of closure then the Dorset Council Guidance should still be followed. Please follow the swimming pool guidance available on
Nexus http://dorsetnexus.org.uk/p3433 for levels of supervision and testing. Remember that you should have a satisfactory microbiological test before the pool opens and if you are keeping the pool open past July, then you must complete monthly testing biological testing thereafter until the pool is closed again.
- Due to the current COVID 19 pandemic the Health and Safety Team has had to suspend first aid training. To help with workplace first aid provision the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) extended first qualifications that expired after the 16th March by a further three months (these qualifications include First aid at work, Emergency first aid at work and Paediatric first aid qualifications). We hope to resume First aid training on the 1st June subject to any guidance from the Government. We will be following training hygiene guidelines issued by the HSE, Resuscitation Council (UK) and first aid awarding bodies to safeguard people during training, including people with respiratory virus symptoms such as coughs and colds. restricting numbers of learners, CPR manikin restrictions and hygiene procedures, CPR face shields, alcohol wipes, readily available hand gels, tissues, disposable gloves, appropriate spacing measures, frequent hand sanitising and room wipe down measures.
- To book places on our scheduled first aid training courses or book an ‘in-house’ first aid course, or for advice, guidance and support relating to anything H&S related please email email@example.com
Here is some further information from the DfE - The DfE has published new guidance for schools and other educational settings on managing premises
How to Wash your Hands
Please see link for up to date information regarding hand washing.
Wash your hands more often for 20 seconds with soap and hot water.
In addition to handwashing before eating and after sneezing, both children and staff should also wash hands after using toilets and after travelling on public transport.
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Dorset Children's Advice and Duty Service
We have made some improvements here at Dorset Council that we hope will improve the lives of children and families and provide better support to you as the professionals working with them.
We want to make sure that every child receives the right help - regardless of whether social care involvement is needed or not. We know you'll all agree that it is important to help families before they reach crisis point, as that's ultimately better for our children and young people.
Sometimes families need the support of social workers and when this is the case, we need to ensure that this is provided without delay. However, we also know that very often early support from other agencies can prevent concerns escalating.
Children and families have told us that, wherever it is safe, they would prefer this support to be provided by professionals they know and trust. We want to work more closely with you and your staff to agree together what support children and families need and who is best placed to meet the need.
On 2 October we launched our new Children's Advice and Duty Service. If you are concerned about a child and need support or advice from Children’s Services, you will be able to call a professionals-only number to discuss your concerns rather than complete a referral form. You will immediately speak with one of our consultant social workers who will go through these concerns with you. We'll continue to make the same safeguarding checks with partners in health and police as we do now within the current Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH), but you will not need to complete a referral form. The intention will be to agree together what should happen next - whether this is allocating a social worker, family worker or supporting you in meeting the need through an early help assessment and team around the family approach. Our ethos is 'never doing nothing' so that families are supported as soon as they need help.
This has been designed with renowned safeguarding expert, Professor David Thorpe. He has worked with over 20 children’s services teams to create a single point of contact that provides better support for families and partner professionals to improve the lives of children and families by ensuring the right support is provided, at the right time. Our colleagues in Norfolk implemented Professor Thorpe’s model nearly a year ago and they have already seen an improvement in services offered to children and their families. We have visited their team and have seen for ourselves the benefits and how valued the support to partners is.
We’re really excited about launching the new service and are confident that it will help us work together to ensure that children and families in Dorset are supported at the right time, first time.
Answers to some frequently asked questions are attached to this article along with a flowchart and small and large format posters to help you publicise the service to colleagues. There is also a link to information on the Dorset Council website for the public to refer to.
If you have any other queries, please contact Service Manager, Maggie Aldwell at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01305 225829. Or Susan Blizzard at email@example.com.
Meeting the needs of our most vulnerable children
Thank you all so much for the work you are carrying out to provide us with information about your most vulnerable children. We absolutely acknowledge that we are regularly asking you for lots of information and fully appreciate that can be a significant challenge and ‘labour intensive’.
Following a successful short trial with a few providers we will be implementing a simpler, more efficient way of keeping us up to date about certain individual children. This takes account of feedback following the trial. Look out for an email from firstname.lastname@example.org in which Salli Robinson, Early Years Advisor will explain this in more detail.