Cheeky Chums Day Care Nursery
Opening Hours:
Mon to Fri 8:00am to 6:00pm
All other arrangements on request
Edgware (Pre-school): 020 8952 6131
Edgware (Under 3): 020 8951 5060
Pinner: 020 8868 2621
Uxbridge: 01895 272 970

Safeguarding Children

We fully recognise the responsibility we have under section 175 of the Education Act 2002 to safeguard and promote the welfare of children in our setting. It is our aim to support and promote the five outcomes of Every Child Matters. The policy applies to all staff, students and volunteers.

Aim

Our aims are to carry out this policy by:
  1. promoting children's right to be strong, resilient and listened to by creating an environment in our nursery that encourages children to develop a positive self image, which includes their heritage arising from their colour and ethnicity, their languages spoken at home, their religious beliefs, cultural traditions and home background;
  2. encouraging children to develop a sense of autonomy and independence;
  3. enabling children to have the self confidence and the vocabulary to resist inappropriate approaches;
  4. helping children to establish and sustain satisfying relationships within their families, with peers, and with other adults;
  5. working with parents to build their understanding of, and commitment to the principles of safeguarding all our children.
All children must be safeguarded from harm and exploitation whatever their:
  • Race, religion, first language or ethnicity;
  • Gender or sexuality;
  • Age;
  • Health, ill-health or disability;
  • Location or placement (e.g. living alone in a hostel or residential unit, with their family or a foster family, as a tourist in an hotel etc);
  • Criminal or offensive behaviour;
  • Wealth or lack of it; and political or immigration status
Definition of child abuse and neglect Child abuse and neglect encompasses all maltreatment of children. Children may be abused or neglected by being harmed or by the failure of adults around them to act to prevent harm. The Department of Health defines 4 categories of abuse: sexual abuse, emotional abuse, neglect and physical abuse. It is worth noting that these categories overlap and abused children usually suffer more than one type of abuse. Sexual abuse Sexual abuse involves forcing or enticing a child to take part in sexual activities whether or not they are aware of what is happening. Sexual abuse includes: penetrative and non penetrative activities, sexual exploitation and non contact activities e.g. pornographic materials Emotional abuse Emotional abuse is the maltreatment of children that has a negative and severe effect on the child’s emotional development. This may involve feelings of being unloved, inadequate or unvalued. It may also involve making a child feel frightened or in danger, imposing inappropriate expectations, corruption or exploitation. Some level of emotional abuse is involved in all types of abuse but may also occur alone. Neglect Neglect is the failure to meet the child’s physical and/or psychological needs with a detrimental effect on the child’s health and development. This may involve a failure to provide adequate food, clothing and shelter and Failure to allow access for appropriate medical care or treatment. It also includes the failure to meet the child’s emotional needs. It may also involve taking a child to a venue unsuitable for their age. Physical abuse Physical abuse takes many forms including hitting, punching, shaking, throwing, burning or poisoning, drowning and suffocating. It is also where an adult deliberately causes ill health or fabricates the symptoms.

Procedure

DFES Circular 'What To Do If You’re Worried A Child Is Being Abused' places the following responsibilities on all settings –
  • Staff should be alert to signs of abuse and know to whom they should report any concerns or suspicions;
  • The Nursery Manager will have the responsibility for co-ordinating action within the Nursery and liaising with other agencies;
  • Staff with designated responsibility for child protection should receive appropriate training;
  • Settings should have procedures (of which all staff are aware) for handling suspected cases of abuse of children, including procedures to be followed if a member of staff is accused of abuse.
All concerns and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and responded to appropriately. We have a commitment to safe recruitment, selection and vetting. If there is cause for concern about a child’s safety and/or welfare or allegations of abuse the following procedure should be followed:
  • All staff have the responsibility for referring any concerns to the manager and be alert to the signs of abuse
  • In all instances the Manager should be notified of all concerns and allegations immediately
Remember that an allegation may lead to a criminal investigation so do not do anything to jeopardise the investigation.
  • All concerns and allegation must be documented on the appropriate forms at the first point of contact
  • Record in writing all observations and discussions you may have with the child, ensure these are factual
  • Complete a skin map if appropriate, ensue this is completed with a senior member of staff and always have a witness.
  • It is important to communicate with the child in a way that is appropriate to their age, understanding and preference.  It is important to reassure the child but do not promise confidentiality.
It is the manager’s responsibility to decide if a referral is to be made, or if urgent action needed to call either the police or social services. OFSTED must also be informed.
  • The manager will discuss with the practitioner the concerns they have
  • The manager may discuss with senior management or outside agencies, without disclosing identities, the concerns as they think appropriate
  • The parents must be notified of your concerns and ensure they agree to a referral being made
  • If there are still concerns the manager will refer to the local authority. If the referral is made by telephone, it must be confirmed in writing within 48 hours.
  • If the manager considers that the child may be a significant risk, social services or the police must be contacted immediately

Accusations made about a staff member

All of our staff members are vetted by the Criminal Records Bureau and we are committed to safe selection and recruitment. In the unlikely event that a member of staff is accused of abusing a child this procedure will be followed:
  • The manager must be promptly informed
  • The member of staff who has had the allegation will be removed from working directly with children immediately
  • Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) will be notified immediately on 020 8901 2690 (Harrow) and 018 9527 7930 (Hillingdon)
  • No  internal investigation will be carried out, until further instructions received by LSCB
  • If the accusation is found to be true, this shall be taken as a gross act of misconduct and the disciplinary procedure must be followed
  • OFSTED will be informed

Accusations made about Manager

  • If an accusation is made about the manager she/he will be suspended immediately
  • Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) will be notified immediately on 020 8901 2690 (Harrow) and 018 9527 7930 (Hillingdon)
  • No  internal investigation will be carried out, until further instructions received by LSCB
  • If the accusation is found to be true, this shall be taken as a gross act of misconduct and the disciplinary procedure must be followed
  • OFSTED will be informed

Accusations made about Director(s)

  • If an accusation is made against an Director, he/she will be not be allowed to come in direct contact with the children
  • Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) will be notified immediately on 020 8901 2690 (Harrow) and 018 9527 7930 (Hillingdon)
  • No  internal investigation will be carried out, until further instructions received by LSCB
  • OFSTED will be informed.
We may contact social services in the case we suspect that the child attending the nursery is subject to neglect, ill treatment or abuse. This may be done without informing the parent/guardian.