This policy is written in conjunction with our policy for Safe use of the Computer and ICT, Non Attendance, Safe Working Practices and Code of Conduct, Staff Recruitment and Retention, Health Safety and Hygiene, Volunteers in Nursery, Students in Nursery
Ladybirds Nursery is committed to the welfare and safety of the child. We will work with children, parents and the community to ensure the rights and safety of children and give them the very best start in life.
We take our role seriously and work together with other agencies to ensure adequate arrangements are in place to identify, assess and support those children who are suffering from harm.
There is a culture of safety at Langshott Ladybirds Nursery, every member of staff, volunteers, students, parents, carers and Committee members have a responsibility to report concerns to the Manager (Linda Jones)
The Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is the Nursery Manager, Linda Jones.
The deputy DSL is the assistant nursery manager, Candy Earle and, in her absence, Karen Wormley
All members of staff have received child protection awareness training and update this training when required.
The DSL is responsible for referring a child if there are concerns about possible abuse.
Referrals should be made to the …
Surrey MASH (Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub) 0300 470 9100
(operating between 9:00am and 5:00 pm)
The public number for new social care or child protection enquiries with regard to allegations against staff is : 0300 123 1650 (LADO)
The Emergency Duty Team may be contacted on 01483-517-898
Where we are concerned for a child’s immediate safety the nursery will call Surrey Police 999
Further information can be found at www.surreycc.gov.uk or within the nursery turquoise safeguarding file which is stored in the office of Langshott Ladybirds Nursery
Prevent duty helpline : D of E (raising concerns relating to extremism) 020-7340 7264
NSPCC FGM Helpline : 0800 028 3550
Every member of staff, volunteer, committee member and student has responsibility to report concerns to the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) Nursery Manager Linda Jones.
Staff are trained to recognise the signs that a child may be suffering from physical, emotional and sexual abuse or neglect, or may be witnessing this or other forms of abuse . These may include Honour based violence, radicalisation, FGM, Forced marriage, breast ironing, Child sexual exploitation, disguised compliance.
Concerns about a child or another adult in nursery should always be reported to the DSL.
If the DSL is not available concerns should be taken to the deputy DSL Assistant Nursery Manager Candy Earle.
If you have concerns for a child in the care of a member of Ladybirds staff, please bring your concerns straight to the DSL.
If your concerns are about the conduct of the DSL you must raise this with the deputy DSL.
Concerns involving both the DSL and deputy DSL must be reported to the Management Committee Chairperson and OFSTED (contact details for OFSTED are on the main notice board in the nursery room)
If a staff member has concerns for a child with regard to FGM , child trafficking or extremism they must report their concerns straight to the police. This will be followed up by a referral to the South East Referral Hub
Confidentiality must be maintained at all times
If a child offers information that concerns you, listen to the child, reassure the child that you have listened to them and then report the incident to the DSL immediately. Do not question the child further as this may compromise support or further investigation by professionals. A written report of the disclosure or observation will always be made, using the exact words spoken by the child where possible, the name of the person reporting the concern, date and time of disclosure, observation, and name of any other persons present at the time. Records will be signed and dated and remain on file attached to the individual child’s notes.
Parents of children attending nursery with pre-existing injuries will be asked to sign an incident report of which a copy is given to the parent and a record kept at nursery. Unusual marks, injuries or bruising on a child must be reported to the DSL.
On receiving a reported concern the DSL is responsible for following the procedures set out in the Langshott Ladybirds Nursery Safeguarding Children Policy/role of DSL.
Staff involved in cases where a child is at risk of harm or for whom they have expressed a concern may find the situation upsetting or stressful. These staff will have the opportunity to talk with the DSL who will obtain further support for the staff member if required.
The nursery is aware of factors that may affect a child’s emotional or physical wellbeing.
Disclosures of information or concerns once passed to the DSL will be acted upon with regard to the individual case. The DSL will report back to the person who disclosed to confirm what action has been taken.
If there are any concerns that the matter has not been dealt with efficiently then the matter can be taken to the deputy DSL or the main committee of Ladybirds nursery. In this instance advice can be sought from the Surrey Safeguarding Children’s Board (Contact LADO, details in front of turquoise safeguarding file)
If we have a concern about a child we will share these concerns with parents/carers, however, if sharing these concerns puts the child at risk of significant or further harm we will seek advice from the duty manager at Surrey County Council Safeguarding Children Contact Centre.
Parents are normally our first point of contact, we will discuss concerns with parents to gain their view of events, unless we consider this may put the child in greater danger.
The nursery will inform parents when we make a record of concerns in their child’s file and that we also make a note of any discussion we have with them regarding a concern.
Signs of bruising in a child who is not independently mobile (usually those with disability or under 2 years of age ) will always be disclosed to the DSL and referred to the Surrey Safeguarding Children Contact Centre. Parents of the individual child will be given a leaflet explaining the concerns and what to do next. (whats going on leaflet, downloadable from www.surreycc.gov.uk/safeguarding )
The nursery works within the Surrey Safeguarding Children Board Guidelines
Langshott Ladybirds Nursery will work closely with professionals as part of an ongoing safeguarding case.
The current version of ‘What to do if you’re worried a child is being abused’ is available at Langshott Ladybirds Nursery . (A copy is held on the computer and a summary can be found in the turquoise safeguarding file in the office, all adults may request to see either at any time)
The nursery maintains up to date contact information for the Surrey Safeguarding Children Contact Centre, including emergency numbers for out of hours disclosures or advice.
Ofsted are notified of any incident or accident or change in our arrangements which may affect the well-being of children.
Any allegation against a member of staff will be reported to Ofsted within 24 hours, followed in writing within 14 days.
We aim to promote a caring, safe and positive environment within Ladybirds, where the child can thrive and develop strong, trusting relationships with staff and volunteers.
If we have a concern about a child we will share these concerns with parents/carers. However, if sharing these concerns might put the child at risk of significant harm we will seek advice from the duty manager at Surrey Contact Centre.
The nursery manager will organise and maintain a safe recruitment and retention programme for all staff. All staff will have an enhanced DBS checked initially and at regular intervals during the time they are employed at Ladybirds Nursery.
Staff are required to disclose any convictions, cautions, court orders, reprimands or warnings which may affect their suitability to work with children which have been received either before or during their employment at Ladybirds Nursery. Staff are also required to disclose if they are residing with or have regular close contact with someone who has been barred from working with children or has any convictions, cautions, court orders or reprimands. Staff are asked to sign annually agreeing to disclosures.
New staff, voluteers and committee members will be required to obtain an enhanced DBS and arrange for an update facility, this service will be paid for by the Langshott Ladybirds Nursery. The update facility applies to all enhanced DBS checks from June 2015.
Positive references for new staff (minimum of 3) must be received and include a statement on the applicants suitability to work with children before employment at Ladybirds Nursery.
New members of staff will be provided with induction and training prior to starting and throughout the first six months of probationary employment. The induction process will include ways to spot abuse and what to do if you suspect any member of staff of abuse, neglect or inappropriate behaviour.
Where Ladybirds Nursery becomes aware of relevant information which may lead to a disqualification of an employee or the registered provider, the nursery will take appropriate action to safeguard the children as stated in the section on allegations against a staff member. Following the nursery becoming aware of relevant information with regard to disqualification of an employee a referral will be made using the DBS Referral Form to be found at www.homeoffice.gov.uk . Further information on procedures to follow can be found at this website and SSCB.
Ofsted will be informed of any staff members disqualified from working with children by the DBS or any disclosures made by staff about themselves or any other staff member.
In the event that a person is disqualified from working with children, they will not be allowed to continue in the employ of Langshott Ladybirds Nursery.
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Staff involved in cases where a child is at risk of harm or for whom they have expressed a concern may find the situation stressful or upsetting. These staff will have the opportunity to talk with the DSL who will obtain further support for the staff member if required.
Allegations made against individuals who work or volunteer at Langshott Ladybirds Nursery:
Allegations that a staff member
- Has or may have harmed a child
- May have committed a criminal offence relating to a child
- Behaved towards a child in a way that indicates they might pose a risk of harm if working regularly or closely with children.
- May have regular contact with or reside with a person who may have committed a criminal offence in relation to a child.
Must always be reported to the DSL
Langshott Ladybirds Nursery will respond to any disclosure by children or staff or other that abuse by a member of staff or volunteer within the setting , may have , or is , taking place.
Any such complaint is referred immediately to the LADO for investigation. Such alleged incidents will also be reported to Ofsted. (we are aware that it is an offence not to do this)
Ladybirds staff and volunteers will be given advice on ways to protect themselves from wrongful allegations at their induction.
Langshott Ladybirds has a complaints policy explaining how to complain about behaviour or actions of staff or volunteers within Ladybirds Nursery.
We respond to any inappropriate behaviour displayed by staff or any other person working with the children, these include :
-inappropriate sexual comments
-excessive one to one attention beyond the usual requirements of the staff role
-inappropriate sharing of images
- Staff will be given information on what to do if they suspect or hear that another member of staff may be unsuitable to work with children
- Confidentiality should be maintained on a need to know basis
- Staff must report to the DSL, any allegations made against other members of staff or information gained about their unsuitability to work with children
- Allegations against the DSL should be reported directly to the Management Committee of Ladybirds Nursery (Chair) and OFSTED.
- On obtaining information regarding allegations made against a member of staff the DSL will report the matter to OFSTED and the LADO (contact LADO on 0300 123 1650). Further information on contact and the process for reporting is held within the Safeguarding File under LADO). This will happen within 24 hours (followed by a letter to Ofsted within 14 days)and whether the allegations relate to harm or abuse on the premises or elsewhere.
- DSL will report the allegation to the Management Committee of the Ladybirds Nursery, and seek further advice from the Early Years and Childcare Service before possibly suspending the staff member on full pay , or the volunteer, during any investigations. Further advice will be sought from the ACAS website to ensure the legal requirements to the business and of the staff member.
Employee dismissal in the case of proved child abuse or disclosure of convictions, cautions, court orders, reprimands or warnings relating to child abuse, or, any significant event which is likely to affect the suitability of any person who is in regular contact with children at Ladybirds will be reported to OFSTED and to the Independent Safeguarding Authority, DBS. This will also include where a member of staff has resigned following allegation or disclosure.
- The nursery will co-operate entirely with any investigation carried out by Children’s social care in conjunction with the police.
- The nursery will notify OFSTED of the action taken in respect of allegations as soon as reasonably practical and within 14 days of the allegations being made.
- Where a member of staff or a volunteer has been dismissed due to engaging in activities that caused concern for the safeguarding of children or vulnerable adults, we will notify the Disclosure and Barring Service of the relevant information. Individuals who pose a threat to children can be identified and barred from working with children and vulnerable adults.
- Smartie the Penguin https://www.childnet.com/resources/smartie-the-penguin
- Digiduck Stories https://www.childnet.com/resources/digiduck-stories
Policy written with information and guidance from Surrey Safeguarding Children’s Board Procedures Manual ,with regard to the Statutory Framework for the EYFS 2014, download at www.foundationyears.org.uk
Prevent Duty Guidance 2015 www.gov.uk
The Foundation Years Team/Local Authority Surrey county Council
Governments statutory guidance Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015,
the Children’s Act 2004,
Children and Families Act 2014,
and Childcare Act 2006
A copy of Working Together to Safeguard Children can be found at www.gov.uk/childrens-services/safeguarding-children
The Children and Families Act 2014 is available at www.gov.uk
Policy reviewed and updated January 2019