Safeguarding/Child Protection Policy

Russell Street Private Day Nursery
Child Protection/Safeguarding Children Policy And Procedure


1.0 Introduction

1.1 Russell Street Private Day Nursery fully recognise the contribution it makes to protecting and safeguarding children.

There are three main elements to our policy.

a) The welfare, safety and protection of children are paramount. The registered person and staff recognise their responsibilities towards those in their care, they will be aware of their individual roles and understand the procedures they must follow if they suspect abuse or neglect.

b) Procedures for identifying and reporting cases of abuse. Because of our day-to-day contact with children, staff are well placed to observe the signs of abuse.

c) Support to children and staff in cases of suspected abuse.

1.2 Our policy applies to all staff, students, volunteers, parents, visitors and children within the setting. Staff will often be the first point of disclosure for a child. Concerned parents may also contact the Lead Safeguarding Practitioners. Who are, Liz Cooke, Margaret Papworth, Stephanie Papworth and Earim Bashir.

2.0 Prevention

2.1 We recognise that high self-esteem, confidence, supportive and familiar staff and good lines of communication with a trusted adult helps prevention.

Nursery staff will therefore:

Establish and maintain an ethos where children feel secure and are encouraged to talk, and are listened to.

b) Ensure children know that there are adults in the setting whom they can approach if they are worried or in difficulty.

c) Include in the curriculum, activities and opportunities which equip children with the skills they need to stay safe and to know who to turn to for help.

3.0 Procedures

3.1 We will follow the procedures set by the Department of Health – what to do flow chart for referral, suspicions and allegations of child abuse.

3.2 Russell Street Private day Nursery will:

a) Ensure it has a designated senior member of staff who has undertaken child protection training and a named deputy.

b) Recognise the role of the designated person and arrange support and training.

c) Ensure every member of staff, parents, students, volunteers knows:

The name of the designated person and his/her role
That they have an individual responsibility for referring child protection concerns using the Appropriate channels
Where the child protection policy flow chart is located and have regard to the governments ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’ guide.

d) Ensure that members of staff are aware of the need to be alert to signs of abuse and know how to respond to a child who tells of abuse.

e) Ensure that parents have an understanding of the responsibility placed on the nursery and staff for child protection as the nursery will display the Children Protection procedure.

f) Make sure all staff receive adequate training so they know

(i) Their personal responsibility
(ii) The procedures to undertake
(iii) The need to be vigilant in identifying cases of abuse
(iv) How to support a child who tells of abuse
(v) The support available for a member of staff against whom an allegation of abuse has been made.

g) Work to develop effective links with relevant agencies and co-operate as required with their enquiries regarding child protection matters, including attendance at initial case conferences and child protection review conferences.

h) Keep records of concerns about children (noting date, event, action taken) even where there is no need to refer the matter to social services immediately.

i) Ensure all records are kept secure, in a locked location in an alarmed building.

j) Ensure the criminal backgrounds of staff (DBS) are checked, and applicants for vacant posts have received a clear criminal disclosure application before appointment and references and employment history is checked.

k) Ensure the pro forma requesting references include the question ‘Do you have any safeguarding issues around this person or any known by association?’.

l) Ensure that at interview for a post in the nursery a question asked is ‘Do you have an up to date knowledge of child protection/safeguarding.

m) Regularly review and update this policy and procedures.

4.0 Supporting The Child At Risk

We recognise that children who are abused or witness violence may find it difficult to develop a sense of self-worth.

4.1 The setting may be the only secure, stable and predictable element in the lives of children at risk. When at nursery their behaviour may be challenging and defiant or they may be withdrawn.

4.2 The nursery will endeavour to support the child through

a) Curriculum activities to encourage self-esteem

b) The Nursery ethos which

(i) Promotes a positive, supportive and secure environment
(ii) Gives children a sense of being valued

c) The Nursery Behavioural Policy which is aimed at ensuring that all staff develop a consistent approach when focusing on the behaviour of the child. Through this the child will become aware of acceptable behaviour within the setting and that she/he is valued.

d) Liaising with other agencies as appropriate.

When a child on the child protection register leaves, we will transfer information to the new setting immediately.

4.3 Bullying

a) Russell Street Private Day Nursery does not encourage bullying at any level. Staff are made aware of the policy of treating everyone as equals.

4.4 Physical Intervention

a) The nursery does not condone any physical restraining of any kind, apart from to save the child from harm or damage, without prior written consent from parent/carer.

4.5 Children with Statements of Special Needs

a) The nursery recognises that statistically children with behavioural difficulties and disabilities are most vulnerable to abuse. Staff who deal with children with profound and multiple disabilities, sensory impairment and/or emotional and behaviour problems will be sensitive to signs of abuse.