SAFEGUARDING AND PROTECTING CHILDREN POLICY

CHARLESTOWN PRIVATE DAY NURSERY LIMITED

SAFEGUARDING  AND PROTECTING CHILDREN POLICY

 

All children deserve the opportunity to achieve their full potential, this is set out in the five outcomes that are key to children and young peoples well being. These outcomes are:

  • Stay safe
  • Be healthy
  • Enjoy and achieve
  • Make a positive contribution
  • Achieve  economic well being

 

To achieve these outcomes children need to feel loved and valued and need the support of a reliable affectionate network of relationships.

Our nursery staff have a responsibility for the welfare and well being of all children in our care and it is our duty to report any concerns of abuse and to the Local Child Protection Authority under the 1989 Children’s Act, Every Child Matters and the 2004 Children’s Act.

 Tameside Local Safeguarding Children’s Framework has a Common Assessment Framework which provides a common method of assessment of children’s needs across all children’s services. It enables early identification of children’s needs and ensures agencies work together to safeguard children.

 Abuse and neglect are forms of maltreatment of a child and are defined as:

 1. Physical Abuse

Action will be taken under this heading if staff have reason to believe that there has been a physical injury to a child including deliberate poisoning, where there is definite knowledge or reasonable suspicion that the injury was inflicted or knowingly not prevented.

 Procedure.

a. Any sign of a mark/injury to a child when they come into nursery will be recorded.

b. The incident will be discussed with the parent/carer.

c. Such discussion will be recorded and the parent/carer will have access to such    records.

d. If there appears to be any queries regarding the injury the Child Protection Unit in the Local Authority will be notified.

 2. Sexual Abuse

Action will be taken under this heading if the staff team have witnessed occasions where a child indicated sexual activity through words, play, and drawing or had an excessive pre-occupation with sexual matters or had an inappropriate knowledge of adult sexual behaviour.

 Procedure

a. The observed instances will be reported to the Manager.

b. The matter will be referred to the Local Authority.

 3. Emotional Abuse

Action will be taken under this heading if the staff team have reason to believe that there is severe adverse effect on the behaviour and emotional development of a child caused by persistent or severe ill treatment or rejection.

 Procedure

a. The concern will be discussed with the parent/carer.

b. Such discussion will be recorded and the parent/carer will have access to such records.

c. If there appears to be any queries regarding the circumstances, the matter will be referred to the Local Authority.

 4. Neglect

Action will be taken under this heading if the staff team have reason to believe that there has been persistent or severe neglect of a child e.g. by exposure to any kind of danger including cold and starvation, which results in serious impairment of the childs health or development including failure to thrive.

 Procedure

a. The concern will be discussed with the parent/carer.

b. Such discussion will be recorded and the parent/carer will have access to such records.

c. If there appears to be any queries regarding the circumstances the Local Authority will be notified.

 Should any member of staff have concerns for the welfare of any child they will immediately inform their senior.  A nursery nurses responsibilities do not include investigating the suspected abuse.  However, the staff will keep accurate records of their observations and of anything said to them by the child or others in connection with the suspected abuse.  It is always important to listen to children.  Strict confidentially will be observed at all times.  All our staff will receive training on the protection of children from abuse.  It is the policy of the nursery to provide a secure and safe environment for all children.

 We aim to:

a. Ensure that children are never placed in risk while in the charge of the nursery staff.

b. Ensure that confidentially is maintained at all times.

c. Ensure that all staff are familiar with Child Protection issues and procedures.

d. Regularly review and update this policy.

 A child suspected of being abused will be treated with care and respect by all members of staff.  The child will be fully supported and monitored by their key person and other carers within their room setting.  Information will be confidential to the child’s key person and staff who may need to know any details or concerns regarding the child.

 Parents of the child will be supported by the child’s key person and treated with respect and honesty.  Any information will be treated in confidence.

 The child’s key person will be supported by our designated Child Protection Officer.

The nursery will liase with all agencies and provide information where needed.

The key person will attend reviews and conferences when necessary and provide written reports as required.

 Procedure for Reporting Abuse.

  1. Speak to the designated Child Protection Officer about your concerns.
  2. Speak to parents if appropriate (never if sexual abuse is suspected).
  3. Contact Social Services.
  4. Speak to Customer Care Officer.
  5. Follow up referral within 48 hours.

 Contact Telephone number for Tameside Council Children’s Social Care is:                        342 4212 / 342 4150

     Outside normal hours:                   342 2222

                                                                                    Fax: 0161 342 4224

 Greater Manchester Police Public Protection Investigation Unit (For Tameside) can be contacted on: 856 9314 at the family support unit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHARLESTOWN PRIVATE DAY NURSERY LIMITED

 

SAFEGUARDING  AND PROTECTING CHILDREN POLICY

 

All children deserve the opportunity to achieve their full potential, this is set out in the five outcomes that are key to children and young peoples well being. These outcomes are:

  • Stay safe
  • Be healthy
  • Enjoy and achieve
  • Make a positive contribution
  • Achieve  economic well being

 

To achieve these outcomes children need to feel loved and valued and need the support of a reliable affectionate network of relationships.

Our nursery staff have a responsibility for the welfare and well being of all children in our care and it is our duty to report any concerns of abuse and to the Local Child Protection Authority under the 1989 Children’s Act, Every Child Matters and the 2004 Children’s Act.

 

Tameside Local Safeguarding Children’s Framework has a Common Assessment Framework which provides a common method of assessment of children’s needs across all children’s services. It enables early identification of children’s needs and ensures agencies work together to safeguard children.

 

Abuse and neglect are forms of maltreatment of a child and are defined as:

 

1. Physical Abuse

Action will be taken under this heading if staff have reason to believe that there has been a physical injury to a child including deliberate poisoning, where there is definite knowledge or reasonable suspicion that the injury was inflicted or knowingly not prevented.

 

Procedure.

a. Any sign of a mark/injury to a child when they come into nursery will be recorded.

b. The incident will be discussed with the parent/carer.

c. Such discussion will be recorded and the parent/carer will have access to such    records.

d. If there appears to be any queries regarding the injury the Child Protection Unit in the Local Authority will be notified.

 

2. Sexual Abuse

Action will be taken under this heading if the staff team have witnessed occasions where a child indicated sexual activity through words, play, and drawing or had an excessive pre-occupation with sexual matters or had an inappropriate knowledge of adult sexual behaviour.

 

Procedure

a. The observed instances will be reported to the Manager.

b. The matter will be referred to the Local Authority.

 

3. Emotional Abuse

Action will be taken under this heading if the staff team have reason to believe that there is severe adverse effect on the behaviour and emotional development of a child caused by persistent or severe ill treatment or rejection.

 

Procedure

a. The concern will be discussed with the parent/carer.

b. Such discussion will be recorded and the parent/carer will have access to such records.

c. If there appears to be any queries regarding the circumstances, the matter will be referred to the Local Authority.

 

4. Neglect

Action will be taken under this heading if the staff team have reason to believe that there has been persistent or severe neglect of a child e.g. by exposure to any kind of danger including cold and starvation, which results in serious impairment of the childs health or development including failure to thrive.

 

Procedure

a. The concern will be discussed with the parent/carer.

b. Such discussion will be recorded and the parent/carer will have access to such records.

c. If there appears to be any queries regarding the circumstances the Local Authority will be notified.

 

Should any member of staff have concerns for the welfare of any child they will immediately inform their senior.  A nursery nurses responsibilities do not include investigating the suspected abuse.  However, the staff will keep accurate records of their observations and of anything said to them by the child or others in connection with the suspected abuse.  It is always important to listen to children.  Strict confidentially will be observed at all times.  All our staff will receive training on the protection of children from abuse.  It is the policy of the nursery to provide a secure and safe environment for all children.

 

We aim to:

a. Ensure that children are never placed in risk while in the charge of the nursery staff.

b. Ensure that confidentially is maintained at all times.

c. Ensure that all staff are familiar with Child Protection issues and procedures.

d. Regularly review and update this policy.

 

 

A child suspected of being abused will be treated with care and respect by all members of staff.  The child will be fully supported and monitored by their key person and other carers within their room setting.  Information will be confidential to the child’s key person and staff who may need to know any details or concerns regarding the child.

 

Parents of the child will be supported by the child’s key person and treated with respect and honesty.  Any information will be treated in confidence.

 

The child’s key person will be supported by our designated Child Protection Officer.

The nursery will liase with all agencies and provide information where needed.

The key person will attend reviews and conferences when necessary and provide written reports as required.

 

Procedure for Reporting Abuse.

  1. Speak to the designated Child Protection Officer about your concerns.
  2. Speak to parents if appropriate (never if sexual abuse is suspected).
  3. Contact Social Services.
  4. Speak to Customer Care Officer.
  5. Follow up referral within 48 hours.

 

 

Contact Telephone number for Tameside Council Children’s Social Care is:                        342 4212 / 342 4150

     Outside normal hours:                   342 2222

                                                                                    Fax: 0161 342 4224

 Greater Manchester Police Public Protection Investigation Unit (For Tameside) can be contacted on: 856 9314 at the family support unit

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