Latest DfE school governance update – Friday 5 June 2020

This week I report on the latest DfE school governance update as well as updated guidance on actions for schools during this pandemic, young carer awareness sessions for education professionals being offered by the North Tyneside Carers’ Centre and additional funding for a coalition of charities to provide targeted help to vulnerable children and young people affected by the pandemic.

DfE school governance update and updated guidance on actions for schools
Yesterday the DfE published its latest school governance update which aims to share practical planning advice as well as further detailed guidance, including frequently asked questions for governors and trustees. A further update was made to the guidance on actions for schools and the DfE has now helpfully started to list what these changes/additions are at the beginning of the document.

Carers Week activities for professionals
The North Tyneside Carers’ Centre is an independent charity and the only generic carer support service in North Tyneside supporting both young and adult carers. This year’s Carers Week takes place from 8-14 June and the Centre is offering Young Carers Awareness sessions for education professionals as follows:

  • Monday 8th June at 11am (Primary Schools session)
  • Wednesday 10th June at 11am (all schools)
  • Friday 12th June at 11am (Secondary Schools session)

They are also hosting two Q&A webinars (via Microsoft Teams) to discuss the impact caring has on young carers during COVID-19 and how professionals can help identify those young people who may have caring responsibilities. These will be held on Tuesday 9th and Thursday 11th June 2020 and you should contact the Centre on tel: 0191 643 2298 for further details.

£7 million for new coalition of vulnerable children’s charities
The DfE has pledged more than £7 million to a coalition of charities to help vulnerable children most impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. The See, Hear, Respond Service will provide targeted help to vulnerable children, young people and their families affected by the virus and the measures put in place to stop its spread. Led by Barnardo’s, it will work alongside local authorities, schools and colleges, police forces, healthcare professionals and other vital services involved in protecting these children. The funding will provide:

  • Access to an online support package to children and families ensuring they have readily available, accessible and interactive information
  • Online and telephone referral service by trained professionals who can source further help and support from charity workers within the partnership
  • Online counselling or therapy for those experiencing high levels of anxiety, trauma or other mental health issues that can be safely addressed through digital means
  • Youth interventions and face-to-face crisis support, particularly for those at risk of or experiencing various forms of exploitation, including criminal exploitation