Reepham nursery school will work with children, parents and the community to ensure the rights and safety of children, young people and vulnerable adults. Our Safeguarding Policy is based on the three key commitments of the Pre-school Learning Alliance Safeguarding Children Policy and Norfolk Safeguarding Children Board (NSCB) Safer.
The purpose of Reepham nursery school’s safeguarding policy is to ensure every child at our organisation is safe and protected from harm.
|This means we will work to:
– Protect children from maltreatment
– Prevent impairment of children’s health or development
– Ensure that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
– Take action to enable all children to have the best outcomes
This policy will give clear direction to staff, volunteers, visitors and parents about the expected behaviour and our legal responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children at our organisation.
Reepham nursery school carries out the following procedures to ensure we meet the three commitments of the Alliance Safeguarding Children Policy, which incorporates responding to child protection concerns.
During this unprecedented time, all staff need to remain alert to any signs that during the current COVID- 19 outbreak a child in their care is suffering from or likely to be suffering from harm. This includes signs of neglect that may be caused by extraordinary circumstances due measures to curb the spread of the virus.
Key commitment 1
We are committed to building a ‘culture of safety’ in which children, young people and vulnerable adults are protected from abuse and harm in all areas of our service delivery.
|· Our designated person who co-ordinates child, young people and vulnerable adult protection issues is: Sue Wright
· When the setting is open but the designated person is not on site, a suitably trained deputy is available at all times for staff to discuss safeguarding concerns.
· Our designated deputy who oversees this work is: Kirsty Vann-Rogers
- The designated person and the suitably trained deputy ensure they have relevant links with statutory and voluntary organisations with regard to safeguarding.
- The designated person (and the person who deputises for them) understands LSCB safeguarding procedures attends relevant LSCB training every three years. After 3 years (and every 3 years thereafter) the SLP completes the 1 day SLP Refresher course.
- We ensure all staff are trained to understand our safeguarding policies and procedures and that parents are made aware of them too.
- All staff have an up-to-date knowledge of safeguarding issues, are alert to potential indicators and signs of abuse and neglect and understand their professional duty to ensure safeguarding and child protection concerns are reported to the local authority children’s social care team or the NSPCC. They receive updates on safeguarding at least annually.
- All staff are confident to ask questions in relation to any safeguarding concerns and know not to just take things at face value but can be respectfully sceptical.
- All understand the principals of early help (as defined in Working Together to Safeguard Children, (2018) and are able to identify those children and families who may be in need or early help and enable them to access it.
- All staff understands LSCB thresholds of significant and understands how to access services for families, including for those families who are below the threshold for significant harm.
- All staff understands their responsibilities under the General Data Protection Regulations and the circumstances under which they may share information about you and your child with other agencies.
- All staff know how to escalate their concerns in the event that they feel either the local authority and/or their own organisation has not acted adequately to safeguard.
- All staff understands what the organisation expects of them in terms of their required behaviour and conduct, and follow our policies and procedures on positive behaviour, online safety (including use of mobile phones), social networking, babysitting, whistle blowing and dignity at work.
- Children have a key person to build a relationship with, and are supported to articulate any worries, concerns or complaints that they may have in an appropriate way.
- All staff understands our policy on promoting positive behaviour and follows it in relation to children showing aggression towards other children.
Gifts, Rewards and Favouritism:
We acknowledge that there may be specific times or events when we may wish to give a child/young person (volunteer) a personal gift.
- This is only acceptable within this policy if it has been discussed with the SLP and the reason for it. Gifts should be given openly and not be based on favouritism as these could be misinterpreted by others as either a bribe or grooming a young person.
- Care should also be taken to ensure that you do not accept any gift that might be construed as a bribe by others, or lead the giver to expect preferential treatment.
- There are occasions when children, young people, you or parents wish to pass small tokens of appreciation to adults e.g. on special occasions or as a thank you and this is acceptable. However it is unacceptable to receive gifts on a regular basis or of any significant value.
Safeguarding is much broader than child protection and many of our policies come under the umbrella of safeguarding and should be referred to:
Other relevant policies:
- Information sharing
- Privacy notice
- Equality of Opportunity and Supporting Children with Special Educational Needs (SEN) and/or disabilities.
- Administration of Medicines and support of children with medical needs
- Behaviour Management
- Complaints and Concerns
- Uncollected Children
- Missing Children
- Emergency Evacuation of the premises
- Nappy changing/personal care
- Physical Contact
- Safer Recruitment
- Key Person
- Observation, assessment and planning
- Partnership with parents
- Health and Safety including risk assessment
- Staff Disciplinary procedures
- Whistle-blowing and managing allegations against staff
- Accidents and Incident
- E-safety including:
- Use of photography and videos
- Use of social media sites
- Use of mobile phones
- Home visits
Reepham Nursery School is committed to the process of Safer Recruitment. Please see our ‘Safer Recruitment’ policy.
- Adequate and appropriate staffing resources are provided to meet the needs of children.
- Applicants for posts within the setting are clearly informed that the position are exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.
- Enhanced criminal records and barred lists checks and other suitability checks are carried out for staff and volunteers prior to their post being confirmed, to ensure that no disqualified person or unsuitable person works at the setting or has access to the children.
- Where applicants are rejected based on information disclosed, applicants have a right to know and to challenge incorrect information.
- Enhanced criminal records and barred lists checks are carried out on anyone living or working on the premises.
- Volunteers must:
- Be aged 17 or over.
- Be considered competent and responsible.
- Receive a robust induction and regular supervisory meetings
- Be familiar with all the settings policies and procedures
- Be fully checked for suitability if they are to have unsupervised access to the children at any time
- Information is recorded about staff qualifications, and the identity checks and vetting processes that have been completed including:
- The criminal records disclosure reference number;
- Certificate of good conduct or equivalent where a UK DBS check is not appropriate;
- participation in events organised by us. Parents sign a consent form and have access to records holding visual images of their child.
- The date the disclosure was obtained; and details of who obtained it.
- All staff and volunteers are informed that they are expected to disclose any convictions, cautions, court orders or reprimands and warnings which may affect their suitability to work with children (whether received before or during their employment with us).
- We notify the Disclosure and Barring Service of any person who is dismissed from our employment, or resigns in circumstances that would otherwise have led to dismissal for reasons or a child protection concern.
- Procedures in place allowing visitors to the setting: it is the Safeguarding Lead Practitioners (SLP): Christine Long and Sue Wright’s responsibility to ensure all visitors to the setting are safe to enter and to inform them of our routine safeguarding procedures.
- All staff answering the door should ask to see proof of Identification from visitors before allowing them to enter the setting.
- All visitors must sign the ‘Visitors Log’ and leave their mobile phone in the box near to the signing in book. This is to ensure that no photos can be taken of children.
- A copy of our ‘Safeguarding and Child Protection’ policy is displayed on our parents’ notice board.
- Volunteers, students, visitors and Parents are informed that they must not go down to the toilets without seeking a member of staff so as to ensure there are no children present in the toilets. (There is also a sign on the door leading down to the toilets that reinforces this message).
- We follow a clear Induction policy for all new staff, volunteers and Students. We do not allow volunteers or students to work unsupervised. (Please see our ‘Induction Policy’)
- All staff, volunteers and students mobile phones are placed in a box on the kitchen window sill. Staff may make and receive important personal calls on the nursery land line. Staff may access their phone on their lunch break. (Please see our ‘Mobile Phones’ policy).
- Steps are taken to ensure children are not photographed or filmed on video for any other purpose than to record for their development or their personal information is held securely and in line with data protection requirements and guidance from the ICO.
- The designated person has a responsibility for ensuring that there is an adequate online safety policy in place.
- We keep a written record of all complaints and concerns including details of how they were responded to.
- We ensure that robust risk assessments are updated annually, that they are seen and signed by all relevant staff in line with our health and safety policy.
- The safeguarding lead will support the safeguarding deputy to undertake their role adequately and offer advice, guidance, supervision and support.
- The designated deputy and all staff members will inform the safeguarding lead at the first opportunity of every significant safeguarding concern; however this should not delay any referrals being made to children’s social care, the LADO. Ofsted or RIDDOR.
Key commitment 2
We are committed to responding promptly and appropriately to all incidents, allegations 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) and the Care Act 2014.
Abuse and neglect are forms of maltreatment of a child. Somebody may abuse or neglect a child by inflicting harm, or by failing to act to prevent harm. Children may be abused in a family or in an institutional or community setting, by those known to them or, more rarely, by a stranger for example, via the internet. They may be abused by an adult or adults, or another child or children.
Responding to suspicions of abuse
- We acknowledge that abuse of children can take different forms – physical, emotional, sexual and neglect.
Physical abuse is deliberately physically hurting a child. It might take a variety of different forms, including hitting, pinching, shaking, throwing, poisoning, burning or scalding, drowning or suffocating a child. Physical harm may also be caused when a parent or carer fabricates the symptoms of, or deliberately induces, illness in a child.
Emotional abuse is the persistent emotional maltreatment of a child. It is also sometimes called psychological abuse and it can have severe and persistent adverse effects on a child’s emotional development.
Sexual abuse may involve physical contact, including assault by penetration (for example rape or oral sex) or non-penetrative acts such as masturbation, kissing, rubbing and touching outside clothing. It may include non-contact activities, such as involving children in the production of sexual images, forcing children to look at sexual images or watch sexual activities, encouraging children to behave in sexually inappropriate ways or grooming a child in preparation for abuse (including via the internet). Sexual abuse is not solely perpetrated by adult males. Women can commit acts of sexual abuse, as can other children.
Neglect is a pattern of failing to provide for a child’s basic needs, whether it be adequate food, clothing, hygiene, supervision or shelter. It is likely to result in the serious impairment of a child’s health or development.
Once a child is born, neglect may involve a parent or carer failing to:
- Provide adequate food, clothing and shelter (including exclusion from home or abandonment)
- Protect a child from physical and emotional harm or danger.
- Ensure adequate supervision (including the use of inadequate care-givers); or
- Ensure access to appropriate medical care or treatment.
It may also include neglect of, or unresponsiveness to, a child’s basic emotional needs.
- We ensure that all staff have an understanding of the additional vulnerabilities that arise from special educational needs and/or disabilities, plus inequalities of race, gender, language, religion, sexual orientation or culture, and that these receive full consideration in relation to child, young person or vulnerable adult protection.
- When children are suffering from physical, sexual or emotional abuse, or experiencing neglect, this may be demonstrated through:
- Significant changes in their behaviour;
- Deterioration in their general well-being;
- Their comments which may give cause for concern, or the things they say (direct or indirect disclosure);
- Changes in their appearance, their behaviour, or their play;
- Unexplained bruising, marks or signs of possible abuse or neglect: and
- Any reason to suspect neglect or abuse outside the setting.
- We are aware of parents and carers misuse of drugs and alcohol problems and consider other factors affecting parental capacity and risk, such as social exclusion, domestic violence, radicalisation, mental or physical illness and parent’s disability.
- We are aware that children’s vulnerability is potentially increased when they are privately fostered and when we know that a child is being cared for under a private fostering arrangement, we inform our local authority children’s social care team.
- We are prepared to take action if we have concerns about the welfare of a child who fails to arrive at a session when expected. The (SLP) will take immediate action to contact the child’s parent to seek an explanation for the child’s absence and be assured that the child is safe and well. The absence and explanation is recorded in our absence diary. If no contact is made with the child’s parents and the (SLP) has reason to believe that the child is at risk of significant harm, the relevant professionals are contacted immediately and the LSCB procedures are followed. If the child has current involvement with social care the social worker is notified on the day of the unexplained absence.
- We are aware of other factors that affect children’s vulnerability that may affect, or may have affected, children and young people using our provision, such as abuse of children who have special educational needs and/or disabilities, fabricated or induced illness; child abuse linked to beliefs in spirit possession; sexual exploitation of children, including through internet abuse; Female Genital Mutilation and radicalisation or extremism.
- In relation to radicalisation and extremism, we follow the Prevent Duty guidance for England and Wales published by the Home Office (2010) and LSCB procedures on responding to radicalisation.
We have a duty under our Safeguarding policy to safeguard people vulnerable to radicalisation and extremism.
Radicalisation: the process of when a person comes to support terrorism. This can develop into extremism that leads to terrorism.
Extremism: is defined as vocal or active opposition to fundamental
British values including: democracy; the rule of law; individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs.
|If a member of staff has concerns that a child, young person or adult is at risk of radicalisation, exploitation or involvement in terrorism. Then they will record these concerns and pass it onto the Designated Lead Practitioner (SLP) Sue Wright. A VTR1 form would be completed and sent to MASH.
- The designated lead and deputy completes online Channel training. Both (SLP’s) and all other staff and committee members complete home office online Prevent training and attends local WRAP training where available to ensure they are familiar with the local protocol and procedures for responding to concerns about radicalisation.
- We aware of the mandatory duty that applies to teachers, including early years practitioners, and health workers to report cases of Female Genital Mutilation to the police.
- We also make ourselves aware that some children and young people are affected by gang activity, by complex, multiple or organised abuse, through forced marriage or honour based violence or may be victims of child trafficking. While this may be less likely to affect young children in our care, we may become aware of any of these factors affecting older children and young people who we may come into contact with.
- Where we believe that a child in our care or that is known to us may be affected by any of these factors we follow the procedures below for reporting child protection concerns and follow the LSCB procedures.
- Where such evidence is apparent, the child’s key person makes a dated record of the details of the concern and discusses what to do with the designated person. The information is stored on the child’s personal file, which is separate to our normal daily incident book.
|In the event that a staff member or volunteer is unhappy with the decision made of the designated person in relation to whether to make a safeguarding referral they must follow escalation procedures.
- We refer concerns to the local authority children’s social care team and co-operate fully in any subsequent investigation. NB In some cases this may mean the police or another agency identified by the Local Safeguarding Children Board.
- We take care not to influence the outcome either through the way we speak to children or by asking questions of children.
- We take account of the need to protect young people aged 16-19 as defined by the Children Act 1989. This may include students or school children on work placement, young employees or young parents. Where abuse is suspected we follow the procedure for reporting any other child protection concerns. The views of the young person will always be taken into account, but the setting may override the young person’s refusal to consent to share information if it feels that it is necessary to prevent a crime from being committed or intervene where one may have been, or to prevent harm to a child or adult. Sharing confidential information without consent is done only where not sharing it could be worse than the outcome of having shared it.
- All staff are also aware that adults can also be vulnerable and know how to refer adults who are in need of community care services.
- We have a whistle-blowing policy in place.
- Staff/volunteers know they can contact the organisation Public Concern at Work for advice relating to whistle-blowing; if they feel that the organisation has not acted adequately in relation to safeguarding they can contact the NSPCC whistle-blowing helpline.
|Recording suspicions of abuse and disclosures
Where a child makes comments to a member of staff that give cause for concern (disclosure), or a member of staff observes signs or signals that give cause for concern, such as significant changes in behaviour; deterioration in general well-being; unexplained bruising, marks or signs of possible abuse or neglect.
That member of staff will:
· Listens to the child, offers reassurance and gives assurance that she or he will take action.
· Does not question the child, although it is OK to ask questions for the purposes of clarification.
· Makes a written record using the recording form for safeguarding concerns, that forms an objective record of the observation or disclosure that includes: what happened before the child spoke to you; the date and time of the observation or the disclosure; the exact words spoken by the child as far as possible; the name of the person to whom the concern was reported, with the date and time; and the names of any other person present at the time; these are signed and dated and a body map completed if applicable; action taken; follow up feedback.
· The records relating to child protection will be kept separate to the child’s main personal file and is kept securely and confidentially.
· The member of staff acting as the designated person is informed of the issue at the earliest opportunity, and within one working day.
· Our Safeguarding and Child Protection policy is clear in its procedures that the setting will not lead an investigation. It is the responsibility of the local authority.
Reepham nursery school are clear in its procedures for making a referral
If we have a concern about a child or children we will telephone the Children’s Advice and Duty Service (CADS) on 0344 800 8021 immediately. We will be put through to a Social Worker who will take all of the relevant details. We will make sure we are prepared with full details of the child and family, plus what our concerns are, details of any support we have provided to the child/family and what we would like to happen. We will ensure we gain consent from the parent/carer unless to do so would place the child at further risk of harm or undermine a criminal investigation. If we have not sought consent from the parent/carer we will inform the CADS worker of this and the reason for this.
The CADS worker will agree a way forward with us and keep us informed. They will send us a written record of our conversation within 5 working days. The outcomes could include a full referral to the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) for further investigation, the Police, or for work with Early Help. We will not investigate and will be led by the Local Authority and/or the Police.
We will make careful records of all conversations, in ink, including the dates and times of who we spoke to, the information shared and the action agreed. We do not need to send a written referral.
Full details on this process can be found at www.norfolklscb.org under ‘How to Raise a Concern’.
If we feel that a referral made has not been dealt with properly or that concerns are not being addressed or responded to; we will follow the LSCB escalation process; where staff can refer directly to Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) – 0344 800 8020 (24 hours). Or if a child is in immediate danger phone the police.
· We will ensure that staff are aware of how to escalate concerns.
Informing parents and Record keeping
- Parents are normally the first point of contact. Concerns are discussed with parents to gain their view of events, unless it is felt that this may put the child at risk, or interfere with the course of a police investigation. Advice will be sought from social care if necessary.
- Parents are informed when we make a record of concerns in their child’s file and that we also make a note of any discussion we have with them regarding a concern.
- If a suspicion of abuse warrants referral to social care, parents are informed at the same time that the referral will be made, except where the guidance of the Local Safeguarding Children Board does not allow this, for example, where it is believed that the child may be placed at risk.
- This will usually be the case where the parent is the likely abuser.
- If there is a possibility that advising a parent beforehand may place a child at greater risk (or interfere with a police response) the designated person should seek advice from children’s social care, about whether or not to advise parents beforehand, and should record and follow the advice given.
- When a recording form for safeguarding has been logged parents are informed where it is stored and what will happen to it when the child leaves the setting. We follow the guidance of Information sharing (HM Government 2018)
- When the child leaves or moves to another setting the child’s personal file will be transferred to the receiving school or setting using the following procedures. The file will be marked ‘Confidential, Addressee Only’ the file will be hand delivered if possible; otherwise it will sent by recorded delivery that can be tracked and signed for.
When the setting will contact the receiving school/setting by telephone once the file has been sent, asking them to confirm as soon as possible that they have received it. We will record that the file has been received to identify its location. A copy will be kept securely in case the file gets lost in transit.
Liaison with other agencies
- We work within the Local Safeguarding Children Board guidelines.
- The current version of ‘What to do if you’re worried a child is being abused’ is available for parents and staff and all staff are familiar with what they need to do if they have concerns.
- We have procedures for contacting the local authority regarding child protection issues’, including maintaining a list of names, addresses and telephone numbers of social workers, to ensure that it is easy, in any emergency, for the setting and children’s social care to work well together.
- We notify Ofsted of any incident or accident and any changes in our arrangements which may affect the well-being of children or where an allegation of abuse is made against a member of staff (whether the allegations relate to harm or abuse committed on our premises or elsewhere). Notifications to Ofsted are made as soon as is reasonably practicable, but at the latest within 14 days of the allegations being made.
- Contact details for the local National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) are also kept.
Allegations against staff (Whistle-blowing)
- We ensure that all parents know how to complain about the behaviour or actions of staff or volunteers within the setting, or anyone living or working on the premises occupied by the setting, which may include an allegation of abuse. We have a separate whistle-blowing policy that parents, staff and volunteers are made aware of.
- We respond to any inappropriate behaviour displayed by members of staff, volunteer or any other person living or working on the premises, which includes: – inappropriate sexual comments; – excessive one-to-one attention beyond the requirements of their usual role and responsibilities, or inappropriate sharing of images.
- We follow the guidance of the Local Safeguarding Children Board when responding to any complaint that a member of staff or volunteer within the setting, or anyone living or working on the premises occupied by the setting, has abused a child.
- We ensure that all staff and volunteers know how to raise concerns about a member of staff or volunteer within the setting. We respond to any concerns raised by staff and volunteers who know how to escalate their concerns if they are not satisfied with our response.
- We respond to any disclosure by children or staff that abuse by a member of staff or volunteer within the setting or anyone living or working on the premises occupied by the setting, may have taken, or is taking place, by first recording the details of any such alleged incident.
|We refer any such complaint immediately to the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) to investigate and/or offer advice: 01603 223473 we will fill in a referral/consultation form and in the first instance and return to LADO@norfolk.gov.uk within 24 hours of a concern or allegation being made. Staff will not investigate these matters.
We also report any such alleged incident to Ofsted (unless advised by LADO that this is unnecessary due to the incident not meeting the threshold), as well as what measures we have taken. We are aware that it is an offence not to do this.
We co-operate entirely with any investigation carried out by children’s social care in conjunction with the police.
Where the management team and children’s social care agree it is appropriate in the circumstances, the member of staff or volunteer will be suspended for the duration of the investigation. This is not an indication of admission that the alleged incident has taken place, but is to protect the staff, as well as children and families, throughout the process.
Where a member of staff or volunteer has been dismissed due to engaging in activities that caused concern for the safeguarding of children or vulnerable adults, we will notify the Disclosure and Barring Service of relevant information, so that individuals who pose a threat to children and vulnerable groups can be identified and barred from working with these groups.
Key commitment 3
We are committed to promoting awareness of child abuse issues throughout our training and learning programmes for adults. We are also committed to empowering children through our early childhood curriculum, promoting their right to be strong, resilient and listened to.
- Training opportunities are sought for all adults involved in the setting to ensure that they are able to recognise the signs and signals of possible physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse (including child sexual exploitation) and neglect and that they are aware of the local authority guidelines for making referrals.
- [Designated persons/ deputies receive appropriate training, as recommended by the Local Safeguarding Children Board, every three years.
- We ensure that all staff know the procedures for reporting and recording any concerns they may have about the provision.
- We ensure that all staff receives updates on safeguarding via emails, newsletters, online training and/or discussion at staff meetings at least once a year.
- The layout of the rooms allows for constant supervision. No child is left alone with volunteers in a one-to-one situation. All staff and regular volunteers/bank staff have up-to-date DBS checks. However staff will have one-to-one contact with children for their personal care (please refer to our Personal care policy) Our setting has an intimate log form that staff fill in any time they are assisting/changing nappies, pull-ups, this is counter signed by another member of staff.
- We introduce key elements of keeping children safe into our programme to promote the personal, social and emotional development of all children, so that they may grow to be strong, resilient and listened to and so that they develop an understanding of why and how to keep safe.
- We create within the setting a culture of value and respect for individuals, having positive regard for children’s heritage arising from their colour, ethnicity, languages spoken at home, cultural and social background.
- We ensure that this is carried out in a way that is developmentally appropriate for the children.
- All suspicions and investigations are kept confidential and shared only with those who need to know. Any information is shared under the guidance of the Local Safeguarding Children Board.
Working with Parents/carers to promote safeguarding:
At Reepham Nursery school’s it is our commitment to share information openly and honestly with parents/carer and to work in partnership to safeguard all children.
It is our commitment to ensure that parents are made aware of how the setting will promote the protection and welfare of children by making information available in the following ways:
- The Setting Registration pack
- Sharing of policy documents
- The Reepham Nursery newsletter
- The Parent’s notice board
- Displaying Ofsted ‘Parents’ poster
- Displaying ‘Duty of care’ poster
- Displaying Allegations against staff process
As part of this relationship our expectation is that parents should also share information with the Senior Lead Practitioners about accidents and injuries that may have taken place at home.
- If a child comes into nursery with an existing injury then this should be reported to staff. Parents will be requested to document it in the daily incident book, along with a ‘body map’. If staff has not been informed of a pre-existing injury, then the SLP will contact the parents/carer for an explanation and the injury will be noted in the daily incident book and parents will be asked to sign.
- Accidents that may happen in the setting with be recorded in our ‘Accident Log’, kept in the setting. The setting has a responsibility to inform parents of any accident that may have occurred.
- If a safeguarding concern arises the Senior Lead Practitioner for safeguarding has a duty to report any incident in line with reporting procedures and in the best interest of the child.
Support to families
- We believe in building trusting and supportive relationships with families, staff and volunteers.
- As part of our service to welcome parents/carers and their children to our setting we offer home visits. These visits always take place in twos, one being the child’s key person. These visits are pre-arranged we will never arrive uninvited. We have a home visiting policy in place.
- We make clear to parents our role and responsibilities in relation to child protection, such as for the reporting of concerns, information sharing, monitoring of the child, and liaising at all times with the local children’s social care team.
- We will continue to welcome the child and the family whilst investigations are being made in relation to any alleged abuse.
- We follow the Child Protection Plan as set by the child’s social worker in relation to the setting’s designated role and tasks in supporting that child and their family, subsequent to any investigation.
- Confidential records kept on a child are shared with the child’s parents or those who have parental responsibility for the child in accordance with the Confidentiality and Client Access to Records procedure, and only if appropriate under the guidance of the Local Safeguarding Children Board.
Management child protection responsibilities
The committee and nursery manager work closely together to carry out their responsibilities with regard to safeguarding and child protection. The named committee member who takes the lead for safeguarding and child protection is Kate King (Committee chair). We will ensure this policy is updated annually.
Adoption and annual review of policy
This policy was adopted at a meeting of: Reepham Nursery School
Held on: 17th September 2019
Signed on behalf of the Management Committee: Kate King – Chairperson
This policy was reviewed annually or when policy/procedure change is required.
UPDATED: June 2020 (COVID)
- Working Together HMG (2018)
- What to do if you’re worried a Child is Being Abused, HMG (2015)
- Children Act (1989 s47)
- The Children Act 2004, HMG (2008 s11)
- Framework for the Assessment of Children in Need and their Families DoH (2000)
- Norfolk Safeguarding Children’s Board (NCSB) guidance
- Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (2017)
- Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act (2006)
- Childcare Act (2006)
- NCC Safeguarding in early years and childcare guidance – Available at norfolkschools.gov/early-years-foundation-stage/safeguarding
- Sexual Offences Act (2003)
- Criminal Justice and Court Services Act (2000)
- Equality Act (2010)
- General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) (2018)
- Childcare (Disqualification) Regulations (2009)
- Children and Families Act (2014)
- Care Act (2014)
- Serious Crime Act (2015)
- Counter-Terrorism and Security Act (2015)
- The Common Assessment Framework for Children and Young People: A Guide for Practitioners (CWDC 2010)
- Hidden Harm – Responding to the Needs of Children of Problem Drug Users (ACMD, 2003)
- Information Sharing: Guidance for Practitioners providing Safeguarding Services (HMG 2018)
- Disclosure and Barring Service: http://www.gov.uk/disclosure-barring-service-check
- Revised Prevent Duty Guidance for England and Wales (HMG, 2015)
- Inspecting Safeguarding in Early Years, Education and Skills Settings, (Ofsted, 2016)
Other useful Pre-school Learning Alliance publications
- Safeguarding Children (2013)
- Safeguarding through Effective Supervision (2013)
- The New Early Years Employee Handbook (2016)
- People Management in the Early Years (2016)
*A ‘young person’ is defined as 16 to 19 years old – in our setting they may be a student, worker, volunteer or parent