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King Edward VI Handsworth Wood Girls’ Academy uses CPOMS (a ‘Child Protection Online Monitoring System’). This software application for monitoring child protection, safeguarding, and a range of other welfare issues, has been of huge benefit in our efforts to ensure that safeguarding at Handsworth Wood Girls’ Academy is ‘watertight’.

The CPOMS system allows the Designated Safeguarding Lead and the Deputy DSL to quickly, easily and securely to record in one place all of the safeguarding information that the school has on a child. The order in which reports are made about a student (the student’s ‘chronology’) is built automatically and so trends are much easier to spot than if the information had been recorded on several pieces of paper.

All adults in the school can access the system to make a referral, allowing the DSL/Deputy DSL to focus on taking appropriate follow-up action thereafter. All referrals to external agencies such as Children’s Services, CAMHS, the police, etc. are able to be tracked easily.

The information on the system can be converted quickly and easily to produce information for reports, so this allows easy reporting to Governors.

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