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Safeguarding and Child Protection are paramount within Early Days Nursery. The most important responsibility we have as an early years setting, and as individual practitioners, is to safeguard and promote the welfare of every child within our care.
Here at Early Days Nursery we maintain a safe environment in which children feel safe and secure. Children are confident to express their emotions and ask for help / support. We undertake to safeguard the children and staff from harm and abuse at all times.
Please see our Safeguarding Policy. Safeguarding information is displayed within each room in order to explain the procedure followed if ever a concern or issue is raised.
Our Parents through the Parents Forum are actively involved in implementing and reviewing our Safeguarding Policy and Procedure and are always contributing ideas and suggestions with regards to the safeguarding of our children.
We promote early identification and intervention. We work with numerous agencies and liaise with other professionals i.e. the health, education and legal services such as the police. We implement multi–agency, collaborative working.
We have strong links to the Community Police Officers who are regular visitors to our setting.
We build strong safeguarding foundations within each child through learning about and being aware of their own safety and personal wellbeing.
We adhere to the ‘Safer Recruitment’ guidelines and we have a robust vetting and recruitment procedure. All staff and students are vetted which includes full reference checks and overseas police clearance checks if applicable. All staff, volunteers and students hold enhanced DBS Disclosures. We have a robust induction process for all staff and students which includes a probationary period. All staff are subject to regular supervisions and appraisals.
We have allocated DSLs (Designated Safeguarding Leads), previously known as DSPs (Designated Senior Persons), who are available for staff, parents / carers, children, professionals or others to report any concerns to. Frequent training sessions are held for all staff to attend and be updated about changes in local / national legislation / procedures. All staff are trained in order to be able to recognise signs and symptoms of abuse and are able to implement our procedures effectively when concerns arise. Parents are also updated with changes to Safeguarding Legislation and Procedures.
We must be accountable for our role within safeguarding and child protection (as it states in the Childrens Act 2004 – Section 11 – ‘clear accountability’). Therefore it is important for parents / carers / staff to be fully aware that if we did feel that a referral was necessary our referral procedure would be followed. Information would only be shared with the appropriate outside agencies (MASH – Multi – Agency Safeguarding Hubs) and police if deemed appropriate.
We have procedures in place for allegations made against staff members (Persons in a Position of Trust) in accordance with section 22 of the Birmingham Safeguarding Children Board (BSCB).
We also have a Whistle–Blowing policy and staff are aware of the procedure to follow if they have any concerns regarding unprofessional conduct of any kind in the nursery.
If you as a parent carer or visitor have genuine reason to believe that a child may have been abused by any person working for our organisation, we ask that in the first instance you bring it to the attention of a manager. If your concerns are about the management we ask that you contact Ofsted on 0300 123 1231.
Please be very clear that any allegation is made on factual information as we have a statutory duty to follow procedures when an allegation has been made.
All staff MUST adhere to safe working practices throughout the day.
The presence of CCTV within each of the rooms is also a part of our method in order to monitor the safety and wellbeing of the children.
Our everyday practice is filled with safeguarding procedures and methods are implemented in order to protect both the children and staff including our:-