Child protection software CPOMS is used by over a third of all schools in the UK now as a method of recording and monitoring child protection, safeguarding and wider pastoral care for children. There are numerous reasons why designated safeguarding leads and SLT have adopted this, but the main advantages are listed here:
Gone are the days when building a chronology for a child involves four filing cabinets, three emails on two different accounts and a post-it note. A chronology for any individual or even across the school can be produced instantly.
Number of schools using CPOMS (at time of writing): 9358
Instead of running around school with sensitive information on a piece of paper, email alerts go directly to the relevant member of staff at their usual school email address. You can even see when each member of staff has read each entry, for extra peace of mind. Appropriate users can also see exactly what actions have occurred as a result.
- Movement between schools
When children transfer to your school or out to their next school, their full child protection history will move automatically through CPOMS (once consent has been given). If the other schools don’t have CPOMS, you can either upload everything when a child joins, or download everything easily from CPOMS to pass onto the next school.
Number of UK Local Authorities where over 50% of schools use CPOMS: 55
- Governor reports
A full set of reporting tools allow you to press a couple of buttons to find some very specific information on incidents in school, based on the exact categories you are required to report on.
- File alerts
Instead of taking a register of staff names and asking everyone to sign when they have read your safeguarding policy or most recent training documents, you can send out an alert and see exactly if and when each member of staff has had the time to read it.
Average number of schools signing up for CPOMS each week: 81
- All in one place
UPN, attendance, DOB – the details that crop up on different forms and submissions to outside agencies are all in CPOMS, so you don’t have to use many different systems to fill in one piece of paper.
Staff in school are constantly being told to write down key details about safeguarding incidents. Who is writing it? When did the incident occur? Who else was involved? All the necessary fields are either automatically added or included in the form itself so that all staff can easily add high-quality and useful safeguarding information.
When so much time is saved and so much “just makes sense”, it’s clear to see why so many schools use CPOMS and why so many more are signing up. If you’d like to learn more about how you can improve your school safeguarding, visit www.cpoms.co.uk and book a demonstration, or read 100+ testimonials to find more reasons why it is becoming so popular.