Last Updated 6th June 2017 at 2:50pm by Mark
Paragraph 3.4 says that EYFS providers must “have and implement a policy and procedures to safeguard children”.These should be in line with the guidance and procedures of the relevant Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB), and must:
Explain the action to be taken in the event of an allegation against a member of staff
Cover the use of mobile phones and cameras
-Statutory framework for the early years foundation stage (2014)
Nest in the Woods Setting Phone – 07963 481406
Ofsted – 0300 123 4666
LADO – 01925 442079
NSPCC – 0808 800 5000
Warrington Safeguarding Children Team – 01925 443126
Our 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 in England. The relevant local procedures that are held by us are available on request. We understand that child abuse can be physical, sexual, emotional, neglect or a mixture of these. We must notify Ofsted of any allegations of abuse, which are alleged to have taken place while the child is in our care.
All of our staff have read Part 1 of Keeping Children Safe in Education (2016).
We have lots of knowledge and experience of dealing with child protection issues. All our staff are trained to understand our safeguarding policies and procedures.
Our designated person Sally Cliffe will co-ordinate child protection issues.
Our designated officer Mark Redford will oversee this work.
We keep up to date with child protection issues and new legislation by taking regular training courses and by reading relevant publications. This helps us to be aware of the signs of abuse or neglect and what to do if we have a concern. We are familiar with the Pan-Cheshire Safeguarding Children Board procedures, which are available to view at http://www.online-procedures.co.uk/pancheshire/
We are committed to responding promptly and appropriately to all incidents or concerns of abuse that may occur and to work with statutory agencies in accordance with the procedures that are set down in ‘What to do if you’re worried a child is being abused’ (HMG 2015). If we are concerned about a child’s welfare, we may contact the local authority, the NSPCC, Ofsted, or other relevant support services for advice, providing this does not affect confidentiality.
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 us of any concerns they have about their child and any accidents, incidents or injuries affecting the child, which we will record.
We work together with parents to make sure the care of their child is consistent. Please see our Working with Parents Policy.
Significant changes in behaviour
Unexpected bruising or marks
Any comments made which give us cause for concern
Deterioration in general wellbeing which causes concern
We will implement the local Safeguarding Children Board procedures in England without delay to minimise any risk to the child. We will call the local Social Services’ duty desk and 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.
Show that we have heard what they are saying, and that we take their allegations seriously.
Encourage the child to talk, but 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.
Will never promise a child that we won’t tell anyone – we will make it clear that there are people who need to know to get help for them.
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.
Then 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 a staff member or volunteer, the staff member will be immediately suspended while investigations take place. We will report it to the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) (01925 442079) – and inform Ofsted, following the Safeguarding Children Board procedures in England. We ensure that all staff and parents know how to complain about the behaviour or actions of parents, staff or volunteers within our environment.
If you notice a staff member or volunteer acting inappropriately, speak to Sally or Mark, or Gemma, who will then follow the procedures outlined above. If you are concerned about Sally or Mark, speak to Gemma or phone the LADO yourself.
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 our responsibility to attempt to investigate the situation ourselves.
All staff members carry a safeguarding card with the numbers of who to contact if there is a concern.
Cameras are now embedded in many devices which are routinely carried by adults and children. This policy applies to the use of any device which is capable of capturing images (i.e. mobile phone, Nintendo DS, cameras etc.)
We have a duty to ensure that all children in our care are kept safe. This includes protecting them from having images of them distributed. Parents have the right to say in what circumstances images of their children may be used.
We do take photographs of the children during the course of our work to record children’s progress and to share with parents. These are kept in accordance with the Data Protection Act and only used with express permission of parents and for their intended purpose. If a child leaves our care these images are copied for the parents and deleted. Images may also be shared with parents via a password protected page on our website via Tapestry. Each child has their own page which is only accessible by ourselves and the parents and requires a password to log-into.
We will provide digital imaging equipment for use at our pre-school. Our staff are not permitted to use their own devices to record images, reducing the likelihood of unauthorised images leaving the premises. Group images (i.e. those with children from different families) are only shared if all parents have given permission to do so.
Visitors (parents or children) are not permitted to record images of the children in our care. Our staff and volunteers are required to hand in their mobile phones which are kept in a locked box.
Occasionally we may ask the children to use cameras as part of their learning, in that case we will provide the digital imaging equipment, and all images taken will be subject to the above procedures.