Getting started

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Cura is a piece of software designed to manage child protection within schools; you can record low to high level concerns about pupils' welfare and those concerns will automatically be forwarded to another member of staff to be reviewed. A concern could be anything that worries you, even if it seems minor. It is lower level issues that become critical when trying to establishing the start point should a serious child protection situation arise.

Cura uses a simple interface that has been designed so that it can be used by school staff to record the relevant details into a secure database. All the subsequent analysis and reporting is completed by the software, so that it requires a minimum of staff time.

Clearance and severity

Staff can record a concern about any child in the school, not just those that they teach or have pastoral responsibility for. Whenever somebody records a concern, they will need to choose a clearance level and a severity level.

The clearance level is used to denote how sensitive you think the concern is, and defines which staff members are able to view the information that you record. For example, a pupil who is normally well presented and punctual turns up to school late and looking scruffy. There is no harm in any other staff members knowing about this so you would set a low clearance level (clearance and severity range from 1 to 5). However if a pupil discloses to you that they are being abused at home, then the information is highly sensitive and you should set a high clearance level.

Severity The severity level indicates how alarming the concern is, and Cura will use this to decide which staff member is going to review the information that you record. For example, form tutors might be responsible for reviewing incidents of severity 1, whereas the child protection officer might be responsible for reviewing incidents of severity 5. The exact structure is decided by your school and you may not know which members of staff are responsible for each severity level.
Use your own discretion - the more worried you are, the higher you should set the severity level. The concern will be reviewed by another member of staff who may change the severity level at a later date so follow your instincts.

Reviewing information

Cura expects concerns to be reviewed within 48 hours. Any concerns that take longer than this to be given some sort of outcome (arranging a meeting to discuss the concern is regarding as an outcome) will be flagged as late. If you are responsible for reviewing the concerns of staff, then you should check Cura regularly to make sure that you are reviewing concerns in a timely manor. After a staff member has recorded a concern, they will be able to see whether or not it has been actioned.