Policy Safeguarding – June 16

Sunny Day Care
Policy Statement Safeguarding Children
A copy of the policy is included in the information pack given to the parents at their first visit to sign at admission

At Sunny Day Care our first responsibility and priority is towards the children in our care. If we have any cause for concern we will report, following the Pan London Child protection Procedures. Our responsibility is to ensure the safety and welfare of all the children in our care in line with the procedures laid by Local Safeguarding Board. The Safeguarding Children board is responsible for protecting and safeguarding children. Procedures based on national guidelines set out in working Together to Safeguard Children /Department for Education and Skills/. It monitors the effectiveness of the procedures and amends them as it becomes necessary.

Aim of the Policy

This policy is intended to set out the values, principles and policies underpinning our approach to safeguarding children. Children may be affected by things happening at home or somewhere else. The aim of this policy is to ensure that children can live free of any form of abuse physical, emotional, sexual or neglect.

Prevent duty

In order to prevent young people to be drawn into terrorism and radicalisation we will help children to understand the diversity of the word, to develop an attitude of tolerance and respect to the others. We will build a strong relationship promoting safety and welfare of all the children. It is our duty to alert any reason for concern in the child’s life at home or elsewhere. This includes awareness of the expression of extremist views.

Procedure/How to put the statement into practice/

Our expectations are that parents must notify us of any concerns they have about their child and any accidents, incidents or injuries affecting the child, which will be recorded.

We work together with parents to make sure the care of their child is consistent.

If we notice:

  • significant changes in child’s behaviour
  • unexpected bruising or marks or signs of possible abuse
  • any comments made which give us cause of concern
  • deterioration in general wellbeing which causes concern
  • signs of neglect

We will keep a factual record of concern and will ask the parents for an explanation, providing it would not put the child at risk.

We will implement the Pan London Child Protection procedures without delay to minimise the risk to the child. I will call the Local Safeguarding Board, Newham Triage service immediately if it is known that the child is at risk of harm. I will follow it up with Interagency Referral form within 24 hours.

If a child tells us that they or another child is being abused, we will:

  • show that we have heard what they are saying, and that we take their allegations seriously
  • encourage the child to talk, but we will not prompt them or ask leading questions. We will not interrupt when the child is recalling significant events and will not make a child repeat their account
  • explain what actions we must take, in a way that is appropriate to the age and understanding of the child
  • write down what we have been told using exact word where possible
  • make a note of the date, time, place and people who were present at the discussion
  • then report our concern immediately to LADO team who has the experience and responsibility to make an assessment of the situation.

If we have a concern about child’s welfare, we will contact the local authority for advice; confidentiality will be assured only when it is clear that there is no risk of harm to the child.

Child safeguarding concerns that could identify a particular child are kept confidential and only shared with people who need to know this information.

We will let Ofsted know of any concerns that we have reported without delays.

We do any effort to make children aware of their rights to be safe from abuse. We are ready to give children, young people and parents information where to go for help.

Allegations against anybody from the staff

We must notify Ofsted of any allegations of abuse that are alleged to have taken place while the child is in our care.

In all instances we will record:

  • the child full name and address
  • the date and time of the record
  • factual details of the concern, for example bruising, what the child said, who was present
  • details of any previous concerns
  • details of any explanation of the parents
  • any action taken such as speaking to the parents

It is not our responsibility to attempt to investigate the situation ourselves.

In case of emergency when the child is in risk of significant harm we will share the information without consent with professional who need to know /LADO/. Sharing information will ensure that problem is identified early and action is taken when child is thought to be at risk of abuse

Sunny Day Care manager Y Handzhieva is the person who champions safeguarding. Designated lead is Hatidzhe Dzhemal.

LADO and Triage details and contact numbers including out of hours are filed and available to those who need to use them.

Name of Newham LADO officer: Nick Prad

All staff are aware of their roles and responsibilities and those of the organisation for safeguarding children. All staff receive training, ongoing induction and monitoring.

Reference

Working Together to Safeguard Children / Dept. of Education and Skills /
EYFS Statutory Framework
Every Child Matters non-statutory guidance
Making arrangements to Safeguard and Promote the Welfare of Children /DfES 2005/
www.everychildmatters.gov.uk/resources-and-practice/

The policy and procedure have been reviewed in line with “Working together to safeguard children 2013” and “London child protection procedures” 2014.

Manager:
Y Handzhieva
Date: June 2016

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