The Late/Non-Collection of a Child Policy
Ratification by Governors Review date
Spring 2018 Spring 2020
Statement of Intent
In the event that a child is not collected by an authorised adult at the end of the school day, after an out of school club run by school staff or from an educational visit, the school puts into practice agreed procedures. These ensure the child is cared for safely by an experienced and qualified practitioner who is known to the child.
In the event that a child is not collected by an authorised adult, we will ensure that the child receives a high standard of care in order to cause as little distress as possible. We inform parents/carers of our procedures so that, if they are unavoidably delayed, they will be reassured that their children will be properly cared for.
Parents of children are asked to provide specific information which is recorded on our central school system, including:
home address and telephone number
an alternative number must be given of a person who does not live in the same house as the child, perhaps a neighbour’s;
place of work, address and telephone number (if applicable);
mobile telephone number (if applicable);
names, addresses, telephone numbers and signatures of adults who are authorised by the parents to collect their child, for example a childminder or grandparent; and
information about any person who does not have legal access to the child
On occasions when parents or the persons normally authorised to collect the child are not able to collect the child, they are asked to inform us of who will be collecting the child. We agree with parents how the identification of the person who is to collect their child will be verified.
Parents are informed that if they are not able to collect the child as planned, they must inform us so that we can begin to take back-up procedures. Parents have our school contact telephone number.
If a child is not collected at the end of the session, we follow the following procedures:
we check for any information about changes to the normal collection routines;
if no information is available, parents/carers are contacted at home or at work;
if this is unsuccessful, the adults who are authorised by the parents to collect their child - and whose telephone numbers are recorded - are contacted;
If no contact has been made half an hour beyond collection time we contact the Headteacher or Assistant Headteacher
all reasonable attempts are made to contact the parents/carers, for example a neighbour is contacted or the committee member visits the child's home if appropriate;
at this time the child will remain at school in the care of a member of staff
the child does not leave the premises with anyone other than those named
if no-one has collected the child within an hour of collection time and no contact has been made, we then contact our local authority social services department:
(1) For emergencies - Initial response team – 01422 393336
(2) Out of hours – 01422 288000.
a full written report of the incident is recorded.
where children are regularly picked up late (beyond five minutes of collection time) we will write to parent’s sending them a copy of our non-collection policy.
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