This report will show you students with a concern frequency above a specified rate, for example if you wanted to know about students with 2 or more concerns within a defined period.
CURA – Safeguarding pupils
OFSTED’s updated Inspecting safeguarding in early years, education and skills from September 2015 has now clearly stated that “safeguarding is an important part of everyday life” detailing their expectations for signs of successful safeguarding arrangements within schools.
Paper based, files in folder systems are no longer efficient when logging and tracking issues or niggles. A structured, evident logging tracking system is crucial for all important data to be collated easily and acted upon clearly and securely identifying repeated behaviour and patterns of issues. CURA allows for early intervention alerting the correct staff at the right time of issues. A designated person at school will have all the information they need in CURA to help protect the child. ‘Tomorrow’ could be too late.
Within OFSTEDs guidance, they note:
“Written records are made in a timely way and held securely where adults working with children or learners are concerned about their safety or welfare. Those records are shared appropriately and, where necessary, with consent”.
“Any child protection and/or safeguarding concerns are shared immediately with the relevant local authority”.
“A record of that referral is retained and there is evidence that any agreed action following the referral has been taken promptly to protect the child or learner from further harm. “
CURA is exactly what is ‘needed’ in schools designed by education and local authority specialists including Steve Martin; over 25 years of child safeguarding experience with the Local Authority. . Logging, tracking, securely refer, analysis, reports, scheduling meets, evidence, body mapping, chronology, family associations, external links…. Our software meets the needs of schools and supports OFSTED’s guidance.
Already a very cost effective solution to an incredibly important issue, though what cost can you put on protecting children?
Heads in the cloud
Many software companies are moving to cloud technology however how safe and secure can it really be? Can you trust the employees of a cloud service company? Representatives of TASC Software; Manny Singh; CURA product manager and Liam Bell, Customer Support Manager, recently attended Inside Governments Child Protection conference in London. A key issue recognised was how security compliant CURA is and the issues of such data sitting in unknown cloud services.
There are many advantages moving to cloud based solutions however these are also becoming ‘money pots’ for hackers. Ben Johnson, Cheif security analysist for Bit9 has a great analogy “If we all just kept our money at home, it’s up to us to protect it. But we don’t want to worry about protecting money in our house, so we put it in a bank. That means it’s the bank which has to worry about security, which is great, but if they get robbed, all of our money is in one place for them to take.”
Child Protection has to be secure. Can your cloud provider guarantee this?
“Attacks on cloud systems are increasing because many companies rely on a ‘standard’ installation process, which is then replicated for different customers and largely left untouched,” Chris Gould, EY’s head of cyber for UK and Ireland”
CURA software is kept on your servers at School. So the ONLY people to access the data is the individuals you want to – your in control. Why would you want someone to look after your data? Could it fall into the wrong hands? Read the news and you decide.
New features announced
We’ve added some powerful features to CURA including…
- Planned actions can now be exported to your calendar compatible with Google, Yahoo and Outlook with ability to add more scheduled events, meetings, generic
- Body mapping feature differs now in appearance for male and females
- New traffic light system for referred concerns assisting quick view for user
- Create important links to external sites including Local Authority and resources
- Chronology entries with no associated planned actions are emboldened on the chronology page enabling the user to see information more clearly and easily distinguish between follow up information
- Emotional radicalisation has also now been added to the abuse classification
- Users can assign affinities with students
- Web access and mobile friendly
We do not offer an App for CURA for security reasons. Using an App means caching school data onto an individual mobile phone as well as potentially using your mobiles resources. If a mobile phone is misplaced and in the wrong hands; so is your school data.
Newsletter Summer 2016
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