Safeguarding Policy

It is our belief that the welfare, safety and protection of our children is paramount.  In order to meet this conviction, we will work in accordance with the booklet “What to Do If You Are Worried a Child Is Being Abused” and with the local Area Child Protection Committee guidelines (new children’s boards Children’s Act 2004) – and any publications which override these documents.

Copies of all this information is displayed and in full in the parent file in the nursery entrance hall.

We will ensure that all employees in our nursery are aware of their responsibilities towards each individual child, to be vigilant in the identification of any possible signs of abuse or neglect and be familiar with what to do if any concerns are raised, by providing appropriate training and support.

We will record any incoming injuries when a child arrives at the nursery and the parent/carers will be informed of this and will be asked about the circumstance involved in sustaining the injury.  We recognise that in the main such injuries are liable to have appropriate explanations.

We endeavour to be sensitive to all involved in any child protection issue and to discuss concerns on a need to know basis in order to maintain confidentiality.

You will be asked to sign our ‘Commitment to Safeguard children’ when you complete your child’s Enrolment Form. This explains our duty to report any concerns on to the relevant nominated person and agencies.

The nursery will have a designated staff member responsible for the children’s protection in the nursery. This is:

Beth Breddy (Nursery Manager)

Lisa Williamson (Deputy)

You will normally be the first point of contact, and you will be informed if a record of abuse or suspicion occurs, except where there is extenuating evidence that the child is in need of immediate protection.  Under these circumstances the nursery will contact Social Services immediately without informing the parents/carers.

All job applicants whether voluntary or paid will be interviewed to establish their suitability to work with children.  If successful they will be offered the post pending a satisfactory enhanced disclosure (DBS) and suitable references.

Security

We have a system in place for the recording of all visitors.

Mobile Phones

The use of mobile phones and any recording devices are strictly prohibited in the nursery.