For those children that are still not accounted for by now, a nominated staff member ( School Admin/SENDCo or Principal )will telephone the child's parent / home depending on school protocols, to seek reasons for the absence and reassurance from a parent that the child is safe at home with an adult.
If contact is made with the parent/carer and the child is missing from home, the staff member should advise the parent to contact all family and social contacts, the police and services such as the local accident and emergency departments and the child's GP.
If contact cannot be made with the first home contact the staff member should call everyone on the contact list.
If there has been no response from anyone on the contact list via phone consider other methods of communication such as email, Class Dojo or Parent Portal. Talk to children in the same class if they know where the child/ren is, are there siblings in other schools you could check with?
If the member of staff is concerned about the response they receive from parents or they are still unable to locate any of the contacts, the staff member should consider, with the school's designated safeguarding lead (DSL), the degree of vulnerability of the child to decide on whether any further action is required at this stage. (Some schools already have a list of vulnerable children that are prioritised for first day calling).
The school should consider sending staff or any other agency involved with the child or family to the home address. If there is no response, consider looking through windows to ascertain if they are still there or have possibly moved or asking neighbours.
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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