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Vulnerable children need robust documentation

Chlidren can be put at risk by a slow-moving system and wily parents when they move between schools

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Children can be at their most vulnerable at moments of transition. They leave one safe environment where all the adults knew them to go to some place new. Regardless of how caring the new setting is, the handover is crucial.

At the moment there is no standardised method of passing on safeguarding and child protection information. All you can hope for are robust local arrangements.

At numerous schools where I have been a safeguarding lead, my experiences have been largely positive – but when something goes wrong it can be catastrophic.

Imagine trying to support a child in secondary school ...

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