City of Birmingham School monitors all of its pupils on-line activity using CPOMS, (a ‘Child Protection Online Monitoring System’). This revolutionary software application for monitoring child protection, safeguarding, and a range of other welfare issues, has been of huge benefit in our efforts to ensure that safeguarding at COBS is ‘watertight’.

The CPOMS system allows the Lead DSL for COBS and each Centre DSL to quickly, easily and securely  record in one place all of the safeguarding information that the school has on a pupil. The order in which reports are made about a student (the student’s ‘chronology’) is built automatically and so trends are much easier to spot than if the information had been recorded on several pieces of paper.

All adults in the school can access the system to make a referral, allowing the DSL/Centre DSL's to focus on taking appropriate follow-up action as quickly as possible. All referrals to external agencies such as Children’s Services, FTB, the police, Barnardo's, (etc.) are tracked easily and the system alerts us if timescales are not being met.

The information on the system can be interrogated quickly and easily. This also allows for easy reporting to Governors, who are pleased with its use.

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