Telephone Number:- 02380 864 228 Calmore Infant School Calmore Drive  Calmore, Totton SO40 - 2ZZ AT CALMORE Registered Charity Number:- 1062510
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Safeguarding Children & Child Protection
The aim of Caterpillars Pre-School is to take seriously its responsibility to protect and safeguard the welfare of all children in our care and to take the necessary steps should any concerns be raised, having regard to the government’s statutory guidance Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015’. To raise awareness of all staff of their responsibility to identify and action any suspected case of abuse and the procedures to follow. Introduction The Children Act 2004 states that the child’s welfare is paramount and that every child has a right to protection from abuse, neglect and exploitation. At Caterpillars Pre-School all staff and volunteers adhere to this statement and will take seriously the necessity to protect children from harm. No child or adult will be discriminated against on the grounds of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexuality, culture or beliefs it is the duty of all persons to voice any concerns which may prevent continued or subsequent abuse of children. Staff and volunteers Our designated person (a member of staff) who co-ordinates child protection issues is: LIANNE APPLEBY, PRE-SCHOOL MANAGER Our designated officer (a committee member) who oversees this work is: CHAIRPERSON OF THE COMMITTEE We ensure all staff and parents are made aware of our safeguarding Policies and Procedures. We provide adequate and appropriate staffing resources to meet the needs of children. Applicants for posts within the setting are clearly informed that the positions are exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. Candidates are informed of the need to carry out 'enhanced disclosure' checks with the Disclosure and Barring Service before posts can be confirmed. Where applications are rejected because of information that has been disclosed, applicants have the right to know and to challenge incorrect information. We abide by Ofsted requirements in respect of references and Disclosure and Barring Service checks for staff and volunteers, to ensure that no disqualified person or unsuitable person works at the setting or has access to the children. Volunteers do not work unsupervised. We abide by the Protection of Vulnerable Groups Act requirements in respect of any person who is dismissed from our employment, or resigns in circumstances that would otherwise have led to dismissal for reasons of child protection concern. We have procedures for recording the details of visitors to the setting. We take security steps to ensure that we have control over who comes into the setting so that no unauthorised person has unsupervised access to the children. Responding to suspicions of abuse 1. We acknowledge that abuse of children can take different forms - physical, emotional, and sexual, as well as neglect. Girls may have been subjected to, or at risk of female genital mutilation. 2. When children are suffering from physical, sexual or emotional abuse, or may be experiencing neglect, this may be demonstrated through the things they ay (direct or indirect disclosure) or through changes in their appearance, their behaviour, or their play. 3. Where such evidence is apparent, if a child makes comments or displays any signals (unexplained bruising/change in behaviour/signs of neglect) the child's key person makes a dated record of the details of the concern and discusses it with the Manager.  The information is stored on the child's personal file. 4. We refer concerns to the local authority children’s social care department and co-operate fully in any subsequent investigation. 5. We use the detailed procedures and reporting format contained in the Pre-school Learning Alliance’s publication ‘Child Protection Record for use in Early Years Settings’ when making a referral to children’s social care or other appropriate agencies.  Recording suspicions of abuse and disclosures Listens to the child, offer reassurance and gives assurance that she or he will take action. Makes a written record that forms an objective record of the observation or disclosure that includes, the date and time of the observation or the disclosure the exact words spoken by the child as far as possible. The name of the person to whom the concern was reported, with date and time the names of any other person present at the time. Does not question the child - taking care not to influence the outcome either through the way we speak to children or by asking questions.   These records are signed and dated and kept in the child's personal file which is kept securely and confidentially and under lock & key. Making a referral to the local authority social care team The Pre-school Learning Alliance's publication 'Child Protection Record’ contains detailed procedures for making a referral to the local social care team, as well as a template form for recording concerns and making a referral. This is based on ‘What to do if you’re worried a child is being abused’ (HMG 2006). We keep a copy of this document and follow the detailed guidelines given. All members of staff are familiar with the Alliance’s Child Protection Record and follow the procedures for recording and reporting. Informing parents Parents are normally the first point of contact. If a suspicion of abuse is recorded, parents are informed at the same time as the report is made, except where the guidance of the Local Safeguarding Children Board does not allow this. This will usually be the case where the parent is the likely abuser. In these cases the investigating officers will inform parents. Liaison with other agencies We work within the Local Safeguarding Children Board guidelines. We have a copy of 'What to do if you’re worried a child is being abused' for parents and staff, and all staff are familiar with what to do if they have concerns. The contact numbers for safeguarding: 0300 555 1384 (daytime),  0300 555 1373 (out of hours). We notify the registration authority (Ofsted) of any incident or accident and any changes in our arrangements which may affect the wellbeing of children. Contact details for the local National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) are also kept If a referral is to be made to the local authority social care department, we act within the area’s Safeguarding Children and Child Protection guidance in deciding whether we must inform the child's parents at the same time. Allegations against staff We ensure that all parents know how to complain about the behaviour or actions of staff or volunteers within the setting, or working on the premises occupied by the setting, which may include an allegation of abuse. See our Complaint Policy. We follow the guidance of the Local Safeguarding Children Board when responding to any complaint that a member of staff, or volunteer within the setting, or anyone working on the premises occupied by the setting, has abused a child. We respond to any disclosure by children or staff that abuse by a member of staff or volunteer within the setting, or working on the premises occupied by the setting, may have taken, or is taking place, by first recording the details of any such alleged incident. We refer any such complaint immediately to the local authority's social care department to investigate. We also report any such alleged incident to Ofsted and what measures we have taken. We are aware that it is an offence not to do this. We co-operate entirely with any investigation carried out by children’s social care in conjunction with the police. If appropriate the chairperson will suspend the member of staff on full pay, or the volunteer, for the duration of the investigation. This is not an indication of admission that the alleged incident has taken place, but is to protect the staff as well as children and families throughout the process. In case of allegation against a member of staff the Local Authority designated officer is:  Mark Blackwell  01962 876364 : 07739 050532 Disciplinary action Where a member of staff or a volunteer is dismissed from the setting because of misconduct relating to a child, we notify the Independent Barring Board administrators so that the name may be included on the Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults Barred List. Training We seek out training opportunities for all adults involved in the setting to ensure that they are able to recognise the signs and signals of possible physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse and neglect and that they are aware of the local authority guidelines for making referrals. We ensure that all staff know the procedures for reporting and recording their concerns in the setting. Planning The layout of the rooms allows for constant supervision. No child is left alone with staff or volunteers in a one-to-one situation without being visible to others. Curriculum We introduce key elements of keeping children safe into our programme to promote the personal, social and emotional development of all children, so that they may grow to be strong, resilient and listened to and that they develop an understanding of why and how to keep safe. We create within the setting a culture of value and respect for the individual, having positive regard for children's heritage arising from their colour, ethnicity, languages spoken at home, cultural and social background. We ensure that this is carried out in a way that is developmentally appropriate for the children. Confidentiality All suspicions and investigations are kept confidential and shared only with those who need to know.  Any information is shared under the guidance of the Local Safeguarding Children Board. Records relating to suspicions of abuse are retained for 20 years, by the setting in the case of being required as evidence   Support to families We believe in building trusting and supportive relationships with families, staff and volunteers in the group. We make clear to parents our role and responsibilities in relation to child protection, such as for the reporting of concerns, providing information, monitoring of the child, and liaising at all times with the local children’s social care team. We will continue to welcome the child and the family whilst investigations are being made in relation to any alleged abuse. We follow the Child Protection Plan as set by the child’s social care worker in relation to the settings designated role and tasks in supporting that child and their family, subsequent to any investigation. Confidential records kept on a child are shared with the child's parents or those who have parental responsibility for the child in accordance with the Confidentiality and Client Access to Records procedure and only if appropriate under the guidance of the Local Safeguarding Children Board. Prevent Duty From 1 st  July 2015 all early years providers are subject to duty under section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015, to have ‘due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism’. This is known as ‘The Prevent Duty’. At Caterpillars Pre-school we take Safeguarding very seriously, therefore we will: Provide appropriate training for staff as soon as possible – to enable staff to identify which children may be at risk of radicalisation We will promote fundamental British Values to help build children’s resilience to radicalisation, and enable them to challenge extremist views. The statutory framework for the EYFS sets standards for learning, development and care for early years children which supports their personal, social and emotional development, and their understanding of the world. We will assess the risk of children being drawn into terrorism We will ensure our staff understand the risks so that they can respond in an appropriate manner We will ensure staff are aware of the risk of radicalisation through the use of social media and the internet Our Key Person approach ensures that we know our children well and would notice any changes in behaviour and personality quickly We aim to create good links with our families and be aware of any changes We will not intrude into family life but we will take action if we observe any cause for concern. We will work with our LSCB for guidance and support We will encourage all staff and committee members to complete the PLA online training on ‘The Prevent Duty’ References to other relevant policies: Confidentiality & Client Access to Records, Information Sharing, Policy Monitoring and Evaluation Information: This policy will be monitored and evaluated as per our rolling programme at staff meetings. It will be reviewed annually by the Chairperson in conjunction with the staff team and Committee unless new legislation or an incident occurs which requires an immediate review of the policy This policy was adopted on: July 2017
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