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Information for Social Workers and Designated Teachers


From September 2018 we will have an arrangement with Welfare Call  for collecting educational attendance data for all Cornwall Children in Care.

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Welfare Call will be advised by the Cornwall Virtual School when a new child or young person needs to have their educational attendance data collected.  They will be provided with the child / young person’s details, as well as the carer and social worker’s name and contact details.  

Welfare Call will contact schools in Cornwall every day to establish whether the young person is in school. They will then follow up absence with the carers and pass this information on to the Social Worker for the young person. 

From September 2017 the Virtual School moved to an electronic, web-based PEP system with Welfare Call.

The ePEP system is a secure website only accessible to users authorised by the Virtual school using their own unique passwords.  The system is available 24/7 on any device. The system displays forms which have been designed around the Cornwall paper PEP. Once the initial PEP has been completed, certain fields will prepopulate on future PEPs. This not only saves time but also ensures that there is an accurate school history. 

Each section of the PEP is identified by colour and initial to show who is required to complete it. This therefore allows for more accurate quality assuring and accountability.  Once the PEP has been held and the document complete, the system will notify the Virtual School of completion. Finally action of quality assurance and Pupil Premium Plus can be carried out.

One of the main benefits of the system is that data reports can be exported using live data. Therefore 100% accuracy and notification of out of date PEPs can be used by all to improve efficiency.  The system will notify the worker, young person's school and the Virtual School of the PEP, upcoming date and action required. 

If you have any queries please contact Lou Hufford, PEP Co-ordinator at 

Read the PEP Guidance

Complete a PEP

The designated teacher should have lead responsibility for helping school staff understand the things which affect how looked after children learn and achieve.  

For statutory guidance for local-authority-maintained schools carrying out duties for looked-after and previously looked-after children, please visit the Department for Education Website.

Designated Teacher role and training opportunities

If you are a designated teacher and would like more information about your role and useful resources in addition to the ones below, please visit our secure pages within School Messenger (log in required). 

For training and development opportunities, please visit our training pages within School Messenger (log in required).