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Push the button to close safeguarding gaps

The simple introduction of an online reporting button has played an important supporting role in safeguarding secondary students at the Castle Phoenix Trust. Alex Handy explains

For a portion of the 1,500 students at Caludon Castle School in Coventry – part of Castle Phoenix multi-academy trust – the school is not just a place of learning, it is a place of security away from the challenges of home.

For some of our students that security was severely challenged with the onset of the school lockdowns in 2020 and 2021.

In normal times, seeing those students day-in, day-out, meant that we could keep a close watch on them and respond to any concerns they had and, if necessary, flag those up to our safeguarding leads.

But when our schools closed to all but a few students it was difficult to maintain that same level of awareness.

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