Policy: Safeguarding children

Policy statement: Safeguarding children

My first responsibility and priority is towards the children in my care. If I have any cause for concern I will report it, following the Local Safeguarding Children Board procedures. The relevant local procedures that are held by me are available on request. I understand that child abuse can be physical, sexual, emotional and neglectful, or a mixture of these. I must notify Ofsted of any allegations of abuse that are alleged to have taken place while the child is in my care. 

Procedure (how I put the statement into practice)

I keep up to date with child protection issues and relevant legislation by taking regular training courses and by reading relevant publications such as Nursery World. This helps me be aware of the signs of abuse or neglect and what to do if I have a concern. 

I have copies of, and am familiar with, the Local Safeguarding Children Board procedures. Every six months I check that I have the latest version of the relevant procedures (or any documents that may replace them in the future).

I have a copy of the relevant booklets and guidance saved on my computer desktop under, Working Together to Safeguard Children 2013. I have read them and understand them. 

If I am concerned about a child’s welfare, my first point of contact is the Education Safeguarding Children Adviser (Education Lead in the MASH), confidentially will be assured only when it is clear that there is no risk of harm to a child.

Child protection concerns that could identify a particular child are kept confidential and only shared with people who need to know this information.

Parents must notify me of any concerns they have about their child and any accidents, incidents or injuries affecting the child, which will be recorded. I work together with parents to make sure the care of their child is consistent – please refer to my Working with Parents policy.

If I notice:

Significant changes in children’s behaviour.

Unexpected bruising or marks or signs of possible abuse.

Any comments made which give me cause for concern.

Deterioration in general wellbeing which causes concern.

Signs of neglect

 

 I will implement the Local Safeguarding Children Board procedures without delay to minimise any risk to the child. I will call the Education Safeguarding Children Adviser immediately, if it is known that a child is at risk of harm. I will follow it up with a letter within 48 hours. I will keep a factual record of the concern and will ask the parents for an explanation, providing it would not put the child at risk.

The standards for registered childminders in both England require me to let Ofsted know of any concerns that I have reported without delay.

If a child tells me that they or another child is being abused, I will: 

Show that I have heard what they are saying, and that I take their allegations seriously

Encourage the child to talk, but I will not prompt them or ask them leading questions. I will not interrupt when a child is recalling significant events and will not make a child repeat their account

Explain what actions I must take, in a way that is appropriate to the age and understanding of the child

Write down what I have been told using exact words where possible

Make a note of the date, time, place and people who were present at the discussion

Then report my concerns immediately to the Education Safeguarding Children Adviser who has the experience and responsibility to make an assessment of the situation.

If an allegation is made against me, I will report it to Ofsted and social services, following the Safeguarding Children Board procedures. I will also contact Morton Michel’s Information Line on 0845 2570 900 for advice and support.

 

In all instances I will record: 

The child’s full name and address

The date and time of the record

Factual details of the concern, for example bruising, what the child said, who was present

Details of any previous concerns

Details of any explanations from the parents

Any action taken such as speaking to parents.

 

It is not my responsibility to attempt to investigate the situation myself.

Meeting the Early Years Foundation Stage (welfare requirements) for childminding (England)

Safeguarding Children: The Children Act 1989 and the Early Years Foundation Stage state that “the registered person must comply with local child protection procedures approved by the Local Safeguarding Children Boards and ensures that all adults working and looking after children in the provision are able to put the procedures into practice”.

Safeguarding and promoting children’s welfare

The welfare requirements within the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage require providers to take the necessary steps to safeguard and promote the welfare of children in their care. In particular they are required to implement an effective safeguarding children policy.

The provider must ensure that anyone working with them understands the safeguarding policy and procedure.

Providers should follow the guidelines set out in the booklet “What To Do If You’re Worried A Child is Being Abused”, produced by the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF).

 

  

 

 

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