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Safeguarding Policy

LITTLE EXPLORERS DAY NURSERY
Safeguarding and Prevent Policy/Child Protection Policy

Aims

To promote the responsibility for Safeguarding and ensuring the welfare of children and young people in accordance with ‘Working Together’ 2015/Keeping children safe in education 2015.

Little Explorers Day Nursery aims to create an environment in which children are safe from abuse and in which concerns and suspicions are dealt with promptly and appropriately. The welfare and safety of the children is always paramount. Any actions taken are in the best interest of the child and confidentiality will be maintained at all times (unless the need of the child dictates otherwise).

Objectives

  • To identify definitions and categories of abuse
  • To recognise and act on the signs and symptoms of abuse
  • To identify the referral pathways/process including POT (Position of Trust) allegation procedures
  • To understand the need for effective learning

In order to achieve this we:

  • Are working together to safeguard children.
  • Create an environment in which children develop a sense of self-worth and independence through adult support.
  • Create an environment in which children feel they can talk and are listened to and believed.
  • Encourage and enable children to develop the self-confidence and vocabulary to articulate their feelings.
  • Build trusting and supportive relationships between staff and families.
  • Ensure that all staff, students and volunteers complete satisfactory employment checks before being left unsupervised with children.
  • Provide clear induction and on-going training opportunities to raise all staff members’ awareness to signs and indicators of abuse and procedures to be followed.
  • Create clear and safe working practices for all adults coming into contact with children.
  • Ensure that adults do not put themselves in a position whereby their behaviour could be seen to be inappropriate.
  • Develop good working relationships with other professionals involved with children and their families.
  • Work closely with other professionals to support children in need and looked after children.
  • Appoint a Lead Safeguarding Lead who is appropriately trained.
  • We work together to safeguard children.

“In the event of a registered provider, the provider must not continue as an early year’s provider – nor be directly concerned in the management of such provision. Where an employer becomes aware of relevant information which may lead to disqualification of an employee, the provider must take appropriate action to ensure the safety of the children. In the event of disqualification of a person employed in early year’s provision, the provider must not continue to employ that person”. 3.14 Of the Safeguarding and welfare requirements.

The Designated Safeguarding Lead is Amy Cooper (Manager)

The Safeguarding Deputy is Sophie Morgan (Supervisor)

The role of the Safeguarding Lead is to:

  • Advise staff members on all matters relating to safeguarding.
  • Keep up-to-date with Sandwell Children’s Safeguarding Partnership Procedures.
  • Ensure that there is no delay in the passing on of information.
  • Co-ordinate the management of any suspected cases of abuse.
  • Monitor the progress of any child/young person about who concerns have been expressed.
  • Ensure that all staff members are aware of the possible signs and symptoms of abuse.
  • Ensure that all staff members are aware of the correct procedures to follow in suspected cases of abuse.
  • Support all staff members throughout any suspected cases of abuse.
  • Liaise with the Sandwell Children’s Safeguarding Partnership, Children’s Social Care Department, the Police and OFSTED as appropriate. 

All staff members have a duty to inform the Safeguarding Lead or a senior member of staff if they suspect that a child is being or is at risk of being abused.

Procedures for dealing with suspected abuse:

  • Depending on the circumstances the staff member concerned may be suspended with full pay while the investigation takes place or appropriate action taken to ensure children’s safety.
  • All concerns, issues and suspicions relating to safeguarding will be kept confidential and shared only with appropriate people.
  • Clear documentation will be kept about all concerns raised. This will be stored in a safe and confidential place.
  • If a staff member suspects a child is being abused or is at risk of being abused they will discuss their concerns immediately with their manager.
  • Any concerns will, in the first instance, normally be discussed with the child’s parents unless this would put the child at risk.
  • Concerns will be recorded on an incident form. This will be factual information, not opinion. Parents will normally be asked to sign this form.
  • The member of staff concerned will seek advice from the Safeguarding Lead.
  • If, following these discussions, there are still concerns that the child is being abused or is at risk of being abused the Safeguarding Lead will, in consultation with the staff members concerned, contact Sandwell Children’s Safeguarding Partnership, Children’s Social Care, outlining the concerns and ask for advice.
  • If it becomes necessary to refer these concerns to Social Services, parents will be informed, unless in the opinion of the Safeguarding Lead and Sandwell Children’s Safeguarding Partnership it would put the child at further risk.
  • Once a referral has been made the Safeguarding Lead will complete a referral form in consultation with the staff members concerned.
  • The Safeguarding Lead and staff members concerned will fully support and co-operate with any investigations undertaken by Social services, OFSTED or the Police.
  • In all suspected cases of abuse the Safeguarding Lead will keep in close contact with social Services, the Police and OFSTED. 

All staff members have a duty to inform the Safeguarding Lead or a senior member of staff if they suspect that a child is being or is at risk of being abused by another member of staff.

Procedure for dealing with suspected abuse by a staff member:

  • If a member of staff is suspected of abuse, the Safeguarding Lead will inform the MASH Team at Sandwell Children’s Safeguarding Partnership as soon as possible and ask for advice.
  • The staff disciplinary procedure will be implemented.
  • The Safeguarding Lead or Deputy will conduct a full investigation following any guidance given by the Children’s Social Care Department.
  • OFSTED will be notified about the allegation.
  • Clear written records will be kept of any allegations of abuse and the outcome of any investigation and a complaints log will be completed.
  • Staff members dealing with cases and/or being accused of abuse or suspected abuse will be supported throughout and appropriate help sought for them

All staff need to be aware of the signs of:

  • Neglect
  • Physical Abuse
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) (See additional Policy)
  • Female Genital Mutilation (See additional Policy)
  • Radicalisation/Extremist Behaviour – The Prevent Duty (See additional Policy)
  • Breast Ironing (See Additional Policy)
  • County Lines (See Additional Policy)

Staff members will receive Safeguarding Training and will be guided through in house training byte Safeguarding Lead/Deputy.

Staff must also understand that PEER on PEER BULLYING between Staff will not be tolerated (See Behaviour Policy) 

All staff should be aware that if you are not satisfied with the response or actions made by your Safeguarding Lead or Deputy, then you are fully within your rights to contact the COG (Early Help Team) for advice. (Telephone number is located throughout the nursery). 

Mobile Phones and ICT

Staff and Students phones are stored in the office and can only be used during breaks. Visitors are asked to keep their phones in their bags and store them safely in the office.

If a member of staff is expecting an urgent call then they should notify the manager and arrangements can be made so they are contactable.

Our nursery iPad will be used to take phots of the children participating in games/activities throughout the day. There will be displayed for parents to see. All parents will be asked to sign an image consent form to give their consent to allow us to take their child’s photograph to display and to also add to our social media accounts. 

Staff have access to the computer system I the office to enhance their work and to enhance learning opportunities for the children. We hold an ICO Certificate of Registration to allow us to store such information.

This policy and procedure is in line with Sandwell Children’s Safeguarding Partnership  procedures, the OFSTED ‘What to do if you suspect a child is being abused’ guidance, Working together to Safeguard Children and Young People, the Statuary Framework for the early Years Foundation Stage and GDPR legislation.

Relevant Contact Details – See office management board

Little Explorers Day Nursery Ofsted Inspection Report 2017