Safeguarding Children Policy Statement and Child Protection Procedures
Safeguarding Children Policy Statement
Pangbourne day nursery is a day nursery, which aims to enhance the development and education of children in their early years, through the provision of support services to childcare providers and local authorities (LAs). PDN is dedicated to the provision, support and promotion of high-quality care and education for the benefit of children, families and communities and committed to safeguarding children and promoting their welfare.
PDN works with childcare providers and other agencies to develop quality childcare services, which in turn will promote and safeguard children’s welfare.
This policy and procedure sits within PDN wider organisational policies and procedures which govern the way in which we work with employees, colleagues and customers.
PDN is committed to ensuring that all staff have the necessary knowledge and skills to carry out their duties and have a sufficient understanding of how this policy and procedure supports them in promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children. This will be done through the recruitment and induction process and by offering training and support to all staff , students &volunteers. It will be monitored through supervision and appraisals to ensure knowledge and awareness is in place. This links to PDN’S training, induction and recruitment policies and procedures.
Should anyone believe that this policy is not being upheld, it is his or her duty to report the matter to the attention of the Designated Safeguard ing Lead(DSL) detailed below.
This policy makes it clear that within PDN, we all have a responsibility to safeguard children and young people, and to protect them from harm. These procedures aim to raise awareness of how to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.
Fulfilling our responsibilities – application of the policy
As part of our commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, childcare providers and practitioners and our staff, consultants and volunteers, this document is underpinned by other organisational policies and procedures that are listed below.
Recruitment and selection
Induction and probationary reviews
Supervision and appraisals
Training and development
Health and safety
Disciplinary policy and grievance procedures
Complaints policy and procedures
Code of professional conduct
Email, Internet and telephone policy
Whistle blowing policy
All of these policies are reviewed regularly to ensure they are in line with current guidance and good practice. The safeguarding policy will be evaluated and reviewed annually and be subject to management approval to ensure it remains in line with statutory guidance and relevant to the work of the organisation.
All staff before starting employment have to provide references and be able to provide a certificate issued by The Criminal Records Bureau. All staff are trained to recognise, understand and deal with all forms of abuse and neglect. Our prime responsibility is the welfare and well being of all children in our care. Any concerns for a child’s welfare will be discussed with the parents, these discussions will be recorded and the parents will have access to these records. The manager will seek advice from the child protection unit if necessary and will follow the procedures set out by West Berks local safeguarding board. A member of staff will never work alone; there are always at least two members of staff on the premises.
Recruitment and selection
Through the implementation of our recruitment and selection policy, we endeavour to prevent unsuitable people from taking posts by completing a number of checks. These include taking up references prior to employment, establishing the identity of applicants and conducting enhanced DBS disclosures (where appropriate). We use specific criteria and processes during the recruitment and selection process that assist us in determining an individual’s suitability for the role.
Induction and probationary period
As part of the induction process, and by the end of the probationary period, all new workers will receive basic training on the organisation’s safeguarding policy and child protection procedures so they have the necessary knowledge and skills to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.
Within the first week of their induction, all staff will receive a copy of this policy and procedures. It is the line manager’s responsibility to ensure that the new staff member understands it and is able to follow it. It is the responsibility of the individual and their line manager, within the first week of employment, to ensure they also have the relevant knowledge of the Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) (England and Wales) procedures within the area(s) they work in, as appropriate to their job role.
Basic training on PDN’s safeguarding policy and child protection procedures will be delivered to all staff at least once a year and all staff are expected to undertake refresher training every three years to remain up to date with current legislation.
Early years specialist staff responsible for supporting staff and members with safeguarding concerns will also have access to an advanced version of the child protection training to enhance their understanding of how to protect children and identify signs and symptoms of abuse.
Consultants and Volunteers (including self-employed assessors and trainers) shall be known as Associates for the purpose of this policy
It is the responsibility of PDN to ensure that associates are familiar with the PDN Safeguarding Children Policy Statement and prior to working with us sign up to this policy and agree to work within this framework. If there are any child protection concerns highlighted, these concerns must be raised following the steps outlined in this policy.
All associates will be required to provide evidence that they have undertaken basic child protection training. Any associates that are working in nurseries or working with early years specialist materials will be required to have undertaken the advanced version of the child protection training.
It is the responsibility of PDN to ensure that placement providers are familiar with and sign up to the PDN Safeguarding Children Policy Statement and agree to work within this framework. If there are any child protection concerns with the conduct of learners, these concerns must be raised following the steps outlined in this policy.
Learners on placements or in employment
It is the responsibility of PDN to ensure that learners on placement or in employment are familiar with and sign up to the PDN Safeguarding Children Policy Statement and agree to work within this framework. The learners will receive basic child protection training prior to their entrance into the placement / employment setting which will cover this policy. If there any child protection concerns relating to the placement, these concerns must be raised following the steps outlined in this policy.
The Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) based at PDN has overall responsibility for the safeguarding children policy and child protection procedures. It is their role to ensure that the policy and procedures are implemented to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. They are responsible for coordinating safeguarding and child protection training for staff across the organisation.
Lead Designated Person is Julie Sekerci
Deputy is Grace Lewington
The role of the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is to:
- Ensure that the safeguarding children policy and procedure in the organisation is working well by making sure that everyone understands the correct procedure to follow
- Receive information from staff, volunteers, members, children and parents who have child protection concerns and record it
- Keep up-to-date on good practice and national requirements for child protection
- Provide information on child protection within PDN
- Advise PDN of any child protection training needs, and implement where necessary
- Assess the information promptly and carefully and refer as appropriate
- Consult with statutory child protection agencies
- Be aware of the role of the local safeguarding children boards and the existence of local child protection procedures
- Make a formal referral to statutory child protection agencies or the police
- Provide signposting to other organisations
- Provide further support for members and PDN staff following child protection cases
SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN POLICY
Pangbourne day Nursery fully recognises its responsibilities for child protection.
Our policy applies to all staff, students and volunteers working in the nursery. The five main elements to our policy are to:
- ensure we practice safe recruitment in checking the suitability of staff and volunteers to work with children.
- raise awareness of child protection issues and equipping children with the skills needed to keep them safe.
- develop and then implementing procedures for identifying and reporting cases, or suspected cases, of abuse.
- support children who have been abused in accordance with his/her agreed child protection plan.
- establish a safe environment in which children can learn and develop.
We recognise that because of the day-to-day contact with children, nursery staff are well placed to observe the outward signs of abuse. The nursery will therefore:
- establish and maintain an environment where children feel secure, are encouraged to talk, and are listened to.
- ensure children know that there are adults in the nursery whom they can approach if they are worried.
We will follow the procedures set out by the Local Safeguarding Children Board and take account of guidance issued by them to:
- ensure we have a designated senior person for child protection who has received appropriate training and support for this role.
- ensure every member of staff (including temporary and supply staff and volunteers) knows the name of the designated senior person responsible for child protection and their role.
- ensure all staff and volunteers understand their responsibilities in being alert to the signs of abuse and responsibility for referring any concerns to the designated senior person responsible for child protection.
- ensure that parents have an understanding of the responsibility placed on the nursery and staff for child protection by setting out its obligations in the nursery policies and procedures.
- develop effective links with relevant agencies and co-operate as required with their enquiries regarding child protection matters including attendance at case conferences.
- keep written records of concerns about children, even where there is no need to refer the matter immediately.
- ensure all records are kept securely, separate from the main files, and in locked locations.
- develop and then follow procedures where an allegation is made against a member of staff or volunteer.
- ensure safe recruitment practices are always followed.
In this instance the Nursery would contact LADO (Local Authority Designated Officer), Ofsted & the member of staff would be suspended from work until further enquires have taken place. Contact no: 01635 503090
Concerns about staff working with children
If you have a concern about a member of staff working with children (in either a paid or voluntary capacity) please contact the Local Area Designated Officer (LADO) on 01635 503090 or CAAS@westberks.gov.uk
We recognise that children who are abused or witness violence may find it difficult to develop a sense of self worth. They may feel helplessness, humiliation and some sense of blame. The nursery may be the only stable, secure 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.
The nursery will endeavour to support the child through:
- the content of the curriculum;
- the ethos which promotes a positive, supportive and secure environment and gives children a sense of being valued.
- the nursery behaviour policy which is aimed at supporting vulnerable children in the nursery.
- the nursery will ensure that the child knows that some behaviour is unacceptable but they are valued and not to be blamed for any abuse which has occurred.
- liaison with other agencies that support the child such as social services, Child and Adult Mental Health Service, education welfare service and educational psychology service.
- ensuring that, where a child on the child protection register leaves, their information is transferred to the new setting immediately and that the child's social worker is informed.