Categories Of Concern
Each educational setting and every nursery, school or college has a unique context that influences how they use MyConcern. Furthermore, the range of safeguarding concerns now being handled in schools has grown exponentially to include issues such as child sexual exploitation, female genital mutilation, radicalisation, cyber-bullying and e-safety issues. In addition, there has also been a significant increase in the number of young people experiencing complex mental health issues, with self-harm a common problem.
Consequently, the ‘Categories of Concern’ included within MyConcern reflect safeguarding in its widest sense, including all of the statutory requirements and contemporary issues highlighted by the DfE and Ofsted. However, the threshold at which ‘business as usual’ becomes a safeguarding issue that you want staff to record on MyConcern is entirely a matter for you in your local context.
What MyConcern does brilliantly well is to bring together concerns both from the ‘real world’ and the ‘digital world’, putting the child/young person at the centre and looking at their total needs.