We are committed to the safety and well being of the children and maintain the usurious procedures for child protection. We expect all those working with Sunny Nursery to take responsibility for knowing and following these procedures correctly and complying with national and local authority policy and guidelines. All staff members are required to complete a CRY disclosure form before we may employ you, and there after each year in which you are employed by us. You are required to attend the safeguarding level 1 course and then progress to level 2, to be repeated every 3 years.
Upon arrival you are responsible for observing each child and if you see a kibbles injury or are informed by their parent/career of an injury you must report this to your room supervisor immediately. Should you witness an accident or notice an injury you must inform the room supervisor immediately and will be required to sign the injury form on completion by your supervisor. There are four main types of abuse, there are; PHYSICAL: Cuts, bruises, scalds and fractures that have not been accidental caused.
This includes where a parent/career fabricates symptoms. SEXUAL: This is when by force or persuading a child is made to take part in sexual activities. This can include physical contact or non contact or visually. EMOTIONALLY: Rejection or inappropriate criticism, lack of affection and verbal hostility. NEGLECT: This is failure to meet basic needs to protect the child from harm. This will include lack of love, care and affection, appropriate food and clothing, warmth, self hygiene and shelter.
All staff members have a duty to responsibility to report any suspicious signs that they may have to their room supervisor. If you feel you cannot talk or report to your supervisor or manager you have the right to contact First Response yourself, this is called ‘whistle blowing and you will be protected under the whistle blowing act. First Response: 08001313126 (8-pm) Out of Hours: 01785 354030 Stafford Area, Forgave Street Stafford. Implementation of this procedure is the responsibility of the designated person or management.
Check the visitors I. D. And valid date. Ensure the visitor signs in and out. Ensure that the visitor whereas a visitors badge for all to see clearly by children, staff and other visitors. Ensure that the visitor is accompanied at all times and shown out of the building when leaving. The designated person or manager must initial the visitors book once the visitor has left the building. Mobile Phone Policy Implementation of this policy is the responsibility of the designated person or management.
The use of mobile phones is prohibited in the main nursery rooms and is restricted to the staff room only. Under no circumstances are mobile phones allowed to be used to photograph children. Parents/careers are prohibited from using mobile phones within the nursery main rooms, should they need to take the call, direct them to the front door. Under no circumstances are members of staff allowed to use social networking sites to discuss nursery business. Photography Policy Personal cameras are prohibited in the nursery
Sunny Nursery has one nursery camera which is to be used only by authorized staff and not for personal use. The designated safeguarding person will be responsible for developing the pictures and must remain present at the developers if printed off site. Photographic evidence is used for supporting the EYES Pictures can only be taken of a child if their parent/career has given written consent. Management. All staff must be fully aware that confidentiality is extremely important in our nursery environment.
Discussion will take place with any new employee with the aim that they understand the meaning of confidentiality within the nursery. Only authorized staff will have access to the children’s and staffs private records. Any staff member without authority found looking at these private records will have disciplinary action taken against them. No information concerning children or parents/careers should be discussed outside the nursery setting. Under no circumstances should any staff discuss any nursery information via the social networking sites (backbone).
We invite parents/careers to a briefing meeting before their child’s admission to discuss policies and procedures in Sunny Nursery and to complete the required contact forms. We ask parents/careers for information regarding their child about individual needs and requirements to ensure the best possible care for them. We display daily routines and details of registration, information about themes and topics we may be covering and any other information such as planned outings (which will also be given out in letter form) within the nursery for parents/careers to view at anytime.
Parents/careers are welcomed into the nursery to discuss their child’s progress or needs or welfare at anytime with the child’s key worker. We pass any changes of details to child’s information records on to the anger so that they can be up dated. We encourage parents/careers to first discuss any concerns or issues about their child with the manager who will then relay this information to their child’s key person and together resolve any matters or issues that may have been detected.
To provide adequate control of the health and safety risks arising from our work activities. Consult with our employees on matters affecting their health and safety. Provide information, instruction and supervision for employees. Ensure that all employees are competent to do their tasks and to offer them adequate training. Prevent accidents and cases of work-related ill health. Maintain safe and healthy working conditions. Review and revise this policy as necessary at regular intervals.
Responsibilities Overall and final responsibility lies with the owner and registered person of Sunny Nursery All employees are are required to: Co-operate with their supervisor/manager on all safety matters. Not to interfere with anything provided to safeguard their health and safety. Take responsible care of their own health and safety. Report all health and safety concerns to the appropriate person (supervisor/ manager). Risk Assessment The Supervisor/manager is overall responsible for carrying out and overseeing risk assessments in the work place.
Section 2 Safeguarding is more than than recognizing signs of abuse, whether these be physical, emotional, sexual or neglect, it covers everything to do with the safety, well being, happiness and development of the child. This includes individual development planning for the child and their personal needs; having the correct staffing ratios within the setting; risk assessing constantly to reduce potential hazards; food hygiene; positive attitudes ad finding ways to affectively monomaniac with each child all contribute to the safeguarding of the child. Maintaining a happy, healthy and safe learning environment is key.
Section 3 There are policies and procedures set out by local and national authorities to guide us on a day-to-day basis so that we provide the best care, these come in the form of policies and procedures which must be followed by each member of staff, whether the are a new worker, an established worker or volunteer. These include ‘every child matter’ which influences the way we plan for each child; The FEES which guides us on the 6 areas of learning; staffing ratios; risk assessing; health and safety; current training (such as safeguarding and food hygiene) confidentiality and annual CRY checks.
Every new worker has an individual responsibility for their own actions and are expected to have read and understood the policies and procedures for their work setting. If a new worker suspects any form of abuse they must report it in accordance to the procedure. Section 4 Serious case reviews are undertaken when a child receives potentially life threatening injuries or permanent damage to their physical or mental health or development through abuse or neglect; If a child has been sexually abused and rigorously harmed; If a parent has been murdered; Or if a child has been seriously harmed through a violent assault.
These Scar’s are carried out to establish how it could have been prevented and what lessons can be learnt from it. They are used to improve the way professionals and organizations work together to promote the safeguarding and welfare of children. In all these cases a written report must be made of the findings and a summery must be made public; it may include any key issues and concerns. The implications following a SCAR for workers practice would be the new implementation of any new legislation as a result of he findings, for example the prohibition of mobile phones policy following the Vanessa George SCAR.
Section 5 Our work setting policy for information sharing includes: An administration meeting with parents/careers prior to their child’s admission to discuss the policies and procedures of the nursery and to give us contact information and details about their child’s needs and requirements. We display staff photos with details of each role to build confidence and familiarity with the parents, we also display details of the nursery’s registration information and other information such as daily routines, themes and the EYES areas of learning.
Information regarding each child’s daily report is given in writing to the parents at the end of each day along with any written information about up coming events such as photograph day, trips out and visits and open days. We encourage parents to keep us updated with any change of personal details or routines that may affect the child’s day-to-day care, they can do this by speaking to the key worker for their child or the manager who will update the records.
This will allow us to continue the best possible care for the child. The Data Protection policy informs s of who is authorized to have access to the child and staff records and who is responsible for for keeping them securely stored. This would be management and the room supervisor. This is so the information cannot be taken and used in the wrong way. At no point are any of theses private records allowed to leave the premises unless in a fire evacuation and the manager will be responsible to holding this information.
The key worker for each child is responsible for collating observations and information about the development of a child which parents are freely welcome to discuss at anytime. They can only have access to their own child’s information and no other. This information is also shared with the manager so as a team best decisions can be made for planning and best interest of the child. Task B It is important to safeguard children and young people so that the individual can develop and grow to their full potential in a safe, happy, healthy and learning environment – giving them the best start in life. . Person centered approach is about recognizing that each child is unique and that they each have their own set of needs and requirements to allow them to reach their full potential. It involves planning for them from the their perspective. It includes looking at the bigger picture; the child’s background, culture, family history, poverty, care arrangements, medical issues, allergies, siblings, social services involvement or family grievance. All of this supports us in making the best choices for the child’s well being and development.
Partnership working means working with other organizations and professionals to achieve the best possible outcome of a child or young person’s welfare. This could include: Nursery nurses Teachers Family and friends Social workers Health visitors Police After school clubs Vulnerable children or young people may have several professionals, agencies and organizations all working in partnership to achieve the best outcome for that individual. 4. Role of Organization Social services Responsibility To provide support to vulnerable children and families in need They have a statutory responsibility to provide support.
This maybe after a death or when families are finding every day life difficult NSP This is a charity organization, working to eradicate child abuse It provides direct services for children. It works in partnership with other child related agencies. It has a responsibility to contact elevate authorities Health visitor To provide support and guidance to families with young children’s are responsible for the health of babies and young children under 5.
They carry out assessments of a child’s development GAP To work within the community Responsible for recognizing any possible signs of abuse and to offer information and guidance for other health services Probation offer support to those that have been convicted They support in rehabilitation back into the community and monitor the offenders actions to prevent them re-offending or harming children in the local community Police To uphold the law They are involved in he criminal proceedings that may result from safeguarding issues.
To respond appropriately to information of child abuse School To provide education and training for children and young people between the ages of 5-18 years Identifying and supporting children in need of help. Recognizing signs of abuse and safeguarding issues Psychology services To offer support and guidance Responsible for the support of a child that has experienced abuse or harm First Response To be at the first point of allegation or discovery They will offer advise and next steps, such as contact with
LOAD LOAD To provide advice and guidance and to determine the nature of the allegation and subsequent procedure They help co-ordinate information sharing with the relevant people, to monitor, track and investigate in the aim of resolving it as quickly as possible Task C Keeping children safe from harm within the work setting is of paramount importance to ensure the well being of the child is not compromised, to maintain confidence and trust within the parents/careers and to maintain the reputation of the nursery. There are many policies and procedures that the work setting allow to ensure that the care we provide is the best possible.
These policies and procedures are a condensed form of the current legislation set out by local and national authorities which have been established after report findings. They are constantly reviewed and updated so that we remain vigilant and current. Policies and procedures are used to ensure there is a national standard of care and protection, whether it be for the child or those working with children, such policies include: information sharing and confidentiality, whistle blowing, suitable persons policy, behavior policy, photography and mobile phone logic.
Procedures include: safeguarding procedure, visitor procedure, grievance procedure and allegations of abuse procedure. When following these correctly your are protecting both the child and yourself from any repercussions. Protecting yourself comes down to your conduct and professionalism both inside and outside of the work setting. Knowing and following the policies and procedures ensure that you are performing correctly. Risk assessing in and out of the nursery.
Avoid being alone with a child where possible to reduce any suspicion or allegations that could be made. Try to keep the nursery room pen plan so that there is always more than one worker with a visual on all the children at any one time. Ensure that when performing more intimate tasks such as toilet/potty training or nappy changing the door remains open. Never use a mobile phone anywhere in the nursery other than the staff room. Do not discuss any Nursery business on social networking sites.
Maintain a positive attitude at all times. Always remember that a child’s safety in the work place is priority above any friendships with colleagues or parents. Poor practice can be reported by a child, employee, parent/career, visitor or passerby at anytime. It can be made to the nursery; either a manager, supervisor or employee. It can be made directly to first response, Fasted or the police. If an employee has ‘whistle blower’ they will be legally protected under the whistle blowing act.
If an employee has had an allegation of abuse made against them they should immediately inform the supervisor/manager and advise the parent/ career to discuss this with the manager, first response will be contacted and made clear that they need to talk LOAD. The advise would then be followed. Task D There are many signs that could cause concern but remembering to look at the egger picture is also just as important. Not all signs mean a child is being abused and a false accusation could be devastating for all concerned.
When noticing smaller signs you should monitor the child, changes in behavior could be an initial indicator before any physical signs may be noticed. Remember a child could be suffering from more than one form of abuse. Possible indicators ‘signs of abuse: Physical Abuse This is where a child is being physically hurt or injured such as kicking, hitting, burning, scalding, biting, shaken, thrown or being beaten with an object. These actions cause pain, cuts and bleeding, fractures and break or become fatal.