Safeguarding Children Policy
first responsibility and priority is towards the children in our care.
If we have any cause for concern we will report it, following the Local
Safeguarding Children Board procedures. The relevant local procedures
that are held by us are available on request. We understand that child
abuse can be physical, sexual, emotional and neglectful, or a mixture of
these. we must notify Ofsted of any allegations of abuse that are
alleged to have taken place while the child is in our care.
Procedure (how we put the statement into practice)
keep up to date with child protection issues and relevant legislation by
taking regular training courses and by reading relevant publications.
This helps us be aware of the signs of abuse or neglect and what to do
if we have a concern.
have copies of, and are familiar with, the Local Safeguarding Children
Board procedures. Every six months we check that we have the latest
version of the relevant procedures (or any documents that may replace
them in the future).
If we are concerned about a child’s welfare, we will contact the local authority, the NSPCC, NCMA or other relevant support services for advice, confidentially will be assured only when it is clear that there is no risk of harm to a child.
protection concerns that could identify a particular child are kept
confidential and only shared with people who need to know this
Parents must notify us of any concerns they have about their child and
any accidents, incidents or injuries affecting the child, which will be
We work together with parents to make sure the care of their child is consistent – please refer to our Working with Parents policy.
If we notice:
We will implement the
Local Safeguarding Children Board procedures without delay to minimise
any risk to the child. We will call the local social services’ duty desk
immediately, if it is known that a child is at risk of harm. We will
follow it up with a letter within 48 hours. We 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
If a child tells us that they or another child is being abused, we will:
· show that we have heard what they are saying, and that we take their allegations seriously
· encourage the child to talk, but we will not prompt them or ask them leading questions. we will not interrupt when a child is recalling significant events and will not make a child repeat their account
· explain what actions we must take, in a way that is appropriate to the age and understanding of the child
· write down what we have been told using exact words where possible
· make a note of the date, time, place and people who were present at the discussion
report our concerns immediately to the duty social worker who has the
experience and responsibility to make an assessment of the situation.
If an allegation is made against us, we will report it to Ofsted and social services, following the Safeguarding Children Board procedures. we will also contact NCMA’s Information Line on 0800 169 4486 for advice and support.
In all instances we will record:
It is not our responsibility to attempt to investigate the situation ourselves.
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