Children might be out of sight of services for various reasons. These include differences in ideological or philosophical views regarding education, religious or cultural beliefs impacting schooling choices, dissatisfaction with the conventional school system, disputes with the school administration, or instances of bullying at school affecting the child’s attendance. Health-related issues, school phobia, special educational needs, awaiting a school place, familial circumstances, and concerns related to exploitation also contribute to children being away from services. These diverse factors can significantly influence a child’s access to and engagement with educational and support systems.
Further work completed by COoS has included a facilitated workshop, involving all members of the COoS T&F group, which focused on joint responses during the pandemic. They have also encouraged and promoted the use of systems we know are effective in helping to spot children out of sight including the local authority education team. Additionally, at the BSCP Safeguarding Leaders’ Assembly, a way forward was agreed upon, namely the implementation of a panel to work through any concerns regarding how we work together to ensure that children are not out of sight.
It is vital that as practitioners we are mindful of the implications that can occur when children become ‘out of sight’ to services, and how we can hold them at the centre of our practice when parents/carers might be avoidant of any intervention.