The nursery is opened from 7.30 am - 6.00 pm weekdays (except bank holidays). We cater for children aged 0 - 4 years in our purpose built nursery setting.

Child Protection Policy

Our setting fully recognises the contribution it can make to protect and support children in school. The aim of the policy is to safeguard and promote our pupils’ welfare, safety and health by fostering an honest, open, caring and supportive climate. Pupil safety is of paramount importance in our aspirations to achieve the five Every Child Matters outcomes for all our children.

The Principal is responsible for dealing with any concerns to child protection. This policy applies to all staff, volunteers and visitors to the school. We recognise that child protection is the responsibility of all staff within our school. We will ensure that all parents and other working partners are made aware of our child protection policy and procedures. All staff and volunteers new to the nursery will be made aware of the child protection and safeguarding procedures.

Policy

There are four main elements to our Child Protection Policy:

  • Prevention (through positive school atmosphere, pastoral support to pupils and safe and appropriate working practice by staff)
  • Protection (by following agreed procedures, ensuring staff are trained and supported to respond appropriately and sensitively to child protection concerns)
  • Support (to pupils and school staff and to children who may have been abused)
  • Collaboration with children & young people, parents and other agencies to promote safeguarding & wellbeing for all of our children and young people.
  • The school has a duty to ensure that safeguarding permeates all activities and functions. This policy therefore complements and supports a range of other policies. A full list of policies is available on request from the main office.

Nursery Commitment

The setting adopts an open and accepting attitude towards children as part of its responsibility for pastoral care. Staff strive to ensure that children and parents will feel free to talk about any concerns and will see nursery as a safe place when there are difficulties. Children’s worries and fears will be taken seriously and children are encouraged to seek help from and confide in members of staff.

Our setting will therefore:

  • Establish and maintain an ethos where children feel secure and are encouraged to talk, and are listened to
  • Ensure that children know that there are adults in the nursery whom they can approach if they are worried or are in difficulty
  • Include in the curriculum activities and opportunities which equip children with the skills they need to stay safe from abuse and develop resilience
  • Ensure every effort is made to establish effective working relationships with parents and colleagues from other agencies
  • Operate safe recruitment procedures and make sure that all appropriate checks are carried out on new staff and volunteers who will work with children
  • Ensure that staff are aware of how and when to act on concerns that they have and work in a safe and appropriate manner at all times

Confidentiality

We recognise that all matters relating to child protection are highly confidential and the Principal or The Setting Child Protection Coordinator (CPC) will share that information on a ‘need to know, what and when’ basis.

These concerns should never be discussed elsewhere, inside or outside the school unless in confidential meetings organised for that purpose.

Roles and responsibilities

All adults working with or on behalf of children have a responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. This includes a responsibility to be alert to possible abuse and to record and report concerns to staff identified with child protection responsibilities within the nursery.

It is unacceptable for any member of staff to keep such concerns to themselves, including concerns about the conduct of another member of staff.

There are key people within the nursery and the local authority who have specific responsibilities.

The CPC is designated to take the lead responsibility for child protection. This includes providing advice and support and information to staff as appropriate, liaising with the LA and other agencies, maintaining CP records for individual children, arranging appropriate training for all staff and liaising with the Principal.

The principal ensures that the time, resources and training are adequate to ensure that the CP / Safeguarding responsibilities of the nursery, as outlined in Keeping Children Safe in Education, are carried out.

Any allegations of abusive or inappropriate behaviour against a member of staff should be passed immediately to the Principal. If the allegation is against the Principal it should be referred to Head Office, or the LA Child Protection Officer .

The Principal has the responsibility to monitor and ensure that all CP procedures, policies and training are in place and appropriate.

Records and monitoring

Well-kept records are essential to good child protection practice. All staff are made clear about the need to record and report concerns about a child or children within our setting. CPC is responsible for such records and for deciding at what point these records should be shared with, or transferred to other agencies or schools, in consultation with the Principal.

Recruitment and selection of staff

  1. The setting complies fully with Keeping Children Safe in Education (April 2014) and the ERLA safer recruitment supporting guidance and vetting and CRB checking procedures.
  2. The setting ensures that  DBS checks on all staff and appropriate volunteers are carried out as required and a central data baseis maintained.

The policy is consistent with the following legislation & guidance

  1. Working Together to Safeguard Children (2013)
  2. Keeping Children Safe in Education DFE (2014)
  3. ‘What to do if you are worried a child is being abused’ (2006 -DCSF /DfES)
  4. Safeguarding Children -Guidance & Procedures (2006 -ERSCB)
  5. The nursery works within the guidance of the East Riding Safeguarding Children Board (ERSCB).

East Riding Safeguarding Children Board
1st Floor
Council Offices
Market Green
Cottingham
HU16 5QG

Telephone: 01482 395500

Email:erscb.enqueries@erscb.gov.uk

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