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Is there anything else that needs to be done to protect the child, apart from informing the head teacher and the child's social worker?
Hi all, help needed please. I have recently discovered that a member of staff in a school is discussing information with the parent of a child who is in foster care. The parent has very limited contact with the child, as arranged with the court. Apart from speaking to the head teacher and informing the child’s social worker, is there anything else that needs to be done to protect the child? Thanks

Anonymous

4th April 2022

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NQ you need to speak with the safeguarding officer at rhe school initially. Wait for their response before the social worker as the school will take it very seriously and may want to collect irrefutable evidence as part of an investigation. Also are you sure that this isn't allowed contact. It may have been agreed

Jeanne Metts

4th April 2022

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Nq you need to speak to the school as they have a duty to keep the children safe and this may not. Is the member of staff honest about her relationship with birth mum as she may need to be moved to another area of the school.

John Shapero

4th April 2022

Social worker. A lot would depend on the type of order the child is under to be in foster care. In many cases, we share PR with families and they are entitled to the information from school. If there are still active proceedings, then it would be appropriate for information to be shared. I’d by all means, speak with the head, however you are unlikely to have the full information about what is happening for this child. How do you know that this is happening?

Annette Galvin

4th April 2022

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Trainee Social Worker DSL or Designated Safeguarding Leader/ Officer), as above states you might not know the full information why the local authority has placed the child in foster care, however there could be a data breach. You may also not know the outcome of the case either.

Helen Thomas

4th April 2022

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