Child Protection/Safeguarding Policy
The Designated Safeguarding Leader who co-ordinates child protection issues is Nicole Schneider.
All staff members should be aware of the possible indications of abuse or neglect and of the procedure for dealing with suspected cases. Staff will follow guidelines set out by Ofsted and Warwickshire Safeguarding Children Board for safeguarding and the wellbeing of every child in our care.
The designated person who co-ordinates child protection issues is Nicole Schneider.
Child protection is provided by the Safeguarding children Board, which supplies support for the families whose children are in need of safeguarding to promote their welfare and upbringing.
All staff members should be aware of the possible indications of abuse or neglect and of the procedure for dealing with suspected cases. Staff will follow guidelines set out by Early Years for safeguarding and the wellbeing of every child in our care.
Referrals of child abuse
- Ensure immediate medical attention, if necessary.
- Parents will be ask how the injuries occurred and sign the existing injuries immediately.
- Explanations should not always be accepted, it will be recorded as the parent has said, accusations should definitely not be made.
- Make a written record using the existing injury form found in every classroom, including diagrams, observations and explanations given (green sheet).
- Have a witness wherever possible.
This recording of information is to ensure that reasonably full and clear information is obtained in order to be able to make appropriate referral to the Children’s Services Team if necessary.
* If you suspect that the injuries have been caused by assault or by failure to protect the child you must tell the designated person. That person will contact, without delay, the MASH team (Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub) (Tel: 01926 410410).
Or the Emergency Team out of office hours Tel: 01926 886922.
The child protection police line is 01926 415834.
We will then inform OFSTED.
Suspicion of Abuse
If through conversation or other contact with the child you have cause to suspect physical, sexual or emotional abuse or neglect of a child in your care:-
- Listen to what the child says.
- Be comforting and sympathetic.
- Ensure that the child feels as little responsibility as possible.
- It is particularly important not to make any suggestions to the child regarding how the incident may have happened, therefore do not question the child except to clarify what he/she is saying.
- Write down on the green form, exactly what the child say’s, or what actions concern you, and what you have said in response. Sign and date it.
- Do not make assumptions about who the allegation might concern. If a member of staff may be involved, appropriate steps must be taken to ensure the safety of the child and other children.
- Inform the member of staff in charge, of your suspicion and that person will contact without delay the MASH team for the district in which the child lives.
The nursery has the right to maintain records and obtain and share information with parents and carers, other professionals working with the child, the police, social services and Ofsted to ensure the safe and efficient management of the setting , and to help ensure the needs of all children are met.
We intend to create in our nursery an environment in which children are safe from abuse and in which any suspicion of abuse is promptly and appropriately responded to. In order to achieve this we will:
- Exclude known abusers
- It will be made clear to applicants for posts within the nursery that the position is exempt from the provisions of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.
- All applicants for work within the nursery, whether voluntary or paid, will be interviewed following the Safer Recruitment Policy, before an appointment is made and will be asked to provide at least two references. All such references will be followed up.
- In the case of an allegation being made against a member of staff, that member of staff will be suspended immediately and Warwickshire MASH and OFSTED will be informed within 14 days. The nursery will work with the above mentioned organisations to resolve the situation. The member of staff will not be allowed to return to the nursery until the situation has been given the all clear.
We operate a strict whistle blowing policy, every member of staff is issued a copy, they then sign to say that they have read, understood and will abide by this policy.
(Please see separate copy of our whistle blowing policy)
This policy was adapted on 01 March 2018