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Safeguarding Children Policy

My first responsibility and priority is towards the children in my care. If I have any cause for concern I will report it, following the local Safeguarding Children Board procedures. The relevant local procedures that are held by me are available on request. I understand that child abuse can be physical, sexual, emotional, neglect or a mixture of these. I must notify Ofsted of any allegations of abuse, which are alleged to have taken place while the child is in my care.  I will follow the steps contained in the ‘What to do if your worried a child is being abused’ booklet.

 

I keep up to date with child protection issues and relevant legislation by taking regular training courses and by reading relevant publications such as ‘Who minds?’ This helps me be aware of the signs of abuse or neglect and what to do if I have a concern. 

 

I have copies of, and am familiar with, the local Safeguarding Children Board procedures.  I have a copy of the relevant booklets and guidance (as outlined in the PACEY booklet Safeguarding Children: a Guide for Childminders), I have read them and understand them. 

 

If I am concerned about a child’s welfare, I will contact the local authority first contact team, the NSPCC, PACEY, or other relevant support services for advice, confidentiality will be assured only when it is clear that there is no risk of harm to a child.

 

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

 

Parents must notify me of any concerns they have about their child and any accidents, incidents or injuries affecting the child, which will be recorded.

 

I work together with parents to make sure the care of their child is consistent. Please see my Information and Records Policy - Working in partnership with parents section.

 

If I notice:

 

  • significant changes in children’s behaviour
  • unexpected bruising or marks or signs of possible abuse
  • any comments made which give me cause for concern
  • deterioration in general wellbeing which causes concern
  • signs of neglect
I will implement the Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) procedures, without delay to minimise any risk to the child.  I will call the local social services’ duty desk and follow it up with a letter within 48 hours. I will keep a factual record of the concern and will ask the parents for an explanation, providing it would not put the child at risk.
 
The EYFS welfare requirements for registered childminders in England require me to let Ofsted know of any concerns that I have reported without delay.

 

If a child tells me that they or another child is being abused, I will:

 

·        show that I have heard what they are saying, and that I take their allegations seriously

·        encourage the child to talk, but I will not prompt them or ask them leading questions. I will not interrupt when a child is recalling significant events and will not make a child repeat their account

·        explain what actions I must take, in a way that is appropriate to the age and understanding of the child

·        write down what I have been told using exact words where possible

·        make a note of the date, time, place and people who were present at the discussion

·        then report my concerns immediately to the duty social worker who has the experience and responsibility to make an assessment of the situation.

 

If an allegation is made against me, or any member of my household, I will report it to Ofsted and social services following the Safeguarding Children Board procedures. I will also contact PACEY’s Information Line on 0800 169 4486 for advice and support.

 

In all instances I will record:

 

  • the child’s 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 explanations from the parents
  • any action taken such as speaking to parents.

 

It is not my responsibility to attempt to investigate the situation myself.

 

 

The use of mobile phones and cameras

 

I understand that mobile phones are an everyday part of life for parents and childminders and with that in mind, I have laid out my procedure for their use:

 

  • I will ensure my mobile phone is fully charged and with me at all times in case of emergencies
  • I have the facility to take photographs on both my mobile phone and camera and will seek your permission to take any photographs of your child to record activities and share their progress with you.
  • Any photographs taken will be deleted after either emailing to you or printed for use in your child’s learning journey
  • I will not publish any photographs of your child on any social networking sites or share with any other person without your permission
  • If your child has a mobile phone or camera that they wish to bring into the setting please let me know, so that we can work together to ensure the safety of all children in attendance

I have registered with the Information Commissioners Office as a data controller

 

Useful telephone numbers

 

Local Social Services duty desk (First Contact team)

(If you have concerns about a child’s welfare)

 

Local Authority Designated Officer for Safeguarding

(LADO) – Allison Francis

(If you have concerns about another childminder or other professional)

 

Emergency duty team (out of hours)

 

01702 534495 or

01702 534496

 

 

01702 534539

 

 

0845 606 1212

 

Emergency telephone number

Local police station – non-emergency enquiries

 

999

0300 333 4444

Police Child Abuse Investigation Unit -

Rayleigh Police Station

 

 

01268 771919

Single point of contact for early help assessment (EHA):

earlyhelpcontactpoint@southend.gov.uk          

 

01702 483805

 

The locality officers are:

Victoria Pallen – East

Jane Arnold – Central

Cathy Braun – West

 

The Early Years Area SEN Advisers are:

(Formerly known as SENCO’s)

Jackie Simpson – East

Barbara Rayner – Central

Eileen Sardi – West

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ofsted – Helpline

Ofsted - Complaints

 

0300 123 1231

0300 123 4666

PACEY Information line – for help and support with all areas of childminding, including allegations of child abuse.

 

PACEY Legal advice line – offers free, professional advice to PACEY members on any legal problem related to their childminding business.

 

0845 880 0044

 

 

02921 156458

 

PACEY Southend-on-Sea office:

Service Manager – Vicky Wright

 

 

Southend East – Samantha Collison

Southend Central – Maureen Johnson

Southend West – Fiona Comish

 

 

01702 534498 or

07734 734103

 

01702 534068

01702 534222

01702 212948

 

Local Early Years and Childhood Team – Civic Centre

 

01702 215007

NSPCC child protection helpline – 24-hour helpline for people worried about a child

 

0808 800 5000

Childline

0800 1111

 

Health information line (NHS)

111