As a Childminder working alone, I am more vulnerable to allegations of abuse being made against my family or me. I will take precautions to protect myself from this happening by:
However sometimes allegations are made and this unfortunate situation cannot be avoided. I will then follow the procedure detailed below, in order to gain support and professional advice:
· PACEY Network Co-Ordinator
· PACEY Legal Advice Line or family solicitor
· Social Services
· Insurance Company
I will write a detailed record of all related incidents, including what was said and by whom, with times and dates.
I will ask any witnesses (if there were any) to also write a statement detailing the incident they witnessed and giving their contact details in case it needs to be followed up by the authorities.
My childminding services would be suspended whilst social services investigated the allegations of abuse.