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Safeguarding Children 

The Children’s Act 1989 states that the child’s welfare is paramount and that every child has a right to protection from abuse, neglect and exploitation. As a registered setting, we will follow the referral guidelines set out in the London child protection procedures. We will also have regard to a DfES document called “What to do if you’re worried a child is being abused.”

All staff will endeavour to ensure that all children using the setting do so safely and appropriately and are treated with respect and understanding. The setting will organise routines and activities for children with a preventative, safeguarding purpose in mind.

The setting will take all reasonable steps to safeguard and protect the rights, health and well-being of all the children in our care.

Child protection training is mandatory for all staff and will be part of their induction process. The designated safeguarding officer (DSO) will ensure that the staff’s knowledge, understanding and practice of safeguarding children is current and up to date at all times. The DSO will identify gaps and offer training and support to staff, recognising the emotive nature of the issues which can arise and may affect staff dealing with this policy either directly or indirectly.

Kerswell Kids fully recognise its responsibility for child protection. We intend to create an environment which children are safe from abuse and in which any suspicion of abuse is promptly and appropriately responded to. Our fundamental responsibility is the welfare and well being of the children in our care.

In order to carry our responsibilities Kerswell Kids will:

  • Develop and implement procedures for identifying and reporting cases or suspected cases of abuse, including procedures to be followed in the event of an allegation being made against a member of staff or volunteer.

  • Ensure we have a robust recruitment procedure in checking the suitability of all personnel who work on the premises. This will include regular CRB and health checks and references. All staff will have been inducted to the safeguarding and child protection policy and procedures.

  • The setting will have a designated officer responsible for child protection, who ensures all staff are confident in their knowledge, role and responsibilities in respect to child protection. This will include ensuring staff attended training in multi agency safeguarding and CAF awareness training.

  • Ensure all staff understand their responsibilities in being alert to signs of abuse and their responsibility for referring concerns to the designated officer.

  • Involve parents/carers wherever possible and ensure they have an understanding of the responsibilities placed on the setting and staff for safeguarding children by outlining its obligations.

  • Raise awareness of child protection issues and equipping children with the skills needed to keep themselves safe.

  • Ensure staff are positive role models to children. Staff never engage in rough, physical or sexual provocative games. Staff should not engage in any form of inappropriate touching.

  • Staff will ensure that if any form of manual or physical support is required it is provided openly and appropriately and children are always consulted and their agreement gained (see physical intervention policy)

  • Develop effective links with relevant agencies and co-operate as required with their enquiries regarding child protection matters including attendance at case conferences. (see policy on Working in Partnership with Other Agencies Policy)

  • Keep written records of concerns about children, even when there is no need to refer the matter immediately (date and sign).

  • Ensure all records are kept securely locked away. Under the data protection act we are registered with the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) and follow the guideline required.

  • Establish a safe environment in which children can learn and develop, particularly in their confidence and self-esteem and to provide opportunities to achievement in accordance with the Statutory very Child Matters Framework – Being Healthy, Staying Safe, Enjoy and Achieve, Positive Contributions and Economic Wellbeing

  • Support children who have been abused in accordance with their agreed child protection plan.

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

  • Ensure children know there are adults (keyperson) and Playgroup whom they can approach if they are worried.

  • Include opportunities in the curriculum to develop the skills they need to recognise and stay safe from abuse.