Safeguarding Policy

I have a duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children in my care.
I have received training on Safeguarding Children on 2nd June 2016 and am aware of the signs and symptoms of child abuse, physical, emotional and sexual, and those of neglect.

If I have a concern about a child and it is deemed that the matter requires further consideration, a course of action will be decided. Wherever practicable the parent or carer’s view will be sought.

Where a family is thought to be in need of support, perhaps from more than one source, I will ask you for a meeting to explore and assess those needs. If however a child is thought to be at risk of significant harm I will inform the duty officer of the local Safeguarding Children Partnership, covering the area in which the child lives. I may also need to inform Ofsted, Social Services and the police. I will keep a written record about all concerns I may have about a child. These will be kept in accordance with my confidentiality policy. For more information please refer to 'What to do if you are worried a child is being abused’

Any allegation of historical abuse would be responded to in the same way as any other concern.

I recognise that children and young people are capable of abusing their peers and the situations relating to peer on peer abuse. I want all children to feel safe here and as part of my commitment to keep them safe, I regularly observe children’s interactions and aim to be approachable so they will speak to me about any aspect of their relationship with others. Parents can contact me at any mutual convenient time to discuss concerns children might raise at home.

I will document all accidents and incidents that happen whilst a child is in my care. I will also record any pre-existing injuries the children arrive with.

The 'working together to safeguard children 2015 and updated Feb 2017’ guide is available on the Department of Education website at (I have also saved a short to the document on my laptop if you would like to see it). It is a guide to inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. I also have the 'what to do if you’re worried a child is being abused’ guide available. Please do not hesitate to ask me about either of these guides or for any other information.

WHISTLEBLOWING - This is taken to mean the reporting of malpractice, including illegal activity or negligence. Whistleblowing can involve sharing potentially vital information about health and safety risks, environmental factors, harm of children, or covering up for someone. In my role I have a duty to report any unacceptable behaviour by other childminders, other professionals working with children. This action will be necessary when the behaviour witnessed is detrimental to children, or has placed children at risk, ie Health and Safety or has caused actual harm to the child, or the behaviour is illegal. I will notify Ofsted and the Local Safeguarding Children Partnership / police immediately.

If you wish to make an allegation of abuse against myself please see my complaints procedure which will give you details of what to do and who to contact.

Anybody who lives in the premises will have a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check carried out to ensure they are suitable and fit to care for young children. Details of all DBS checks including issue date, numbers, date completed and by what company are available upon request. The suitability of people living on the premises will be on going and Ofsted will be informed of any change of circumstances.

During working hours no member of the household will be under the influence of alcohol or drugs or any medication that may affect their work. Any medications will be stored securely and out of children’s reach.

No visitors will be left alone with any of the children, they will also be asked to sign in and out and ID will be checked.

I have a strict policy regarding the use of cameras and video equipment whilst children are in my care. Please see my ICT policy for details.

If a child is not collected from the setting by their parent or carer at the pre-arranged time, we shall wait a reasonable length of time before calling the parent or carer. If they are unavailable we shall call the emergency contacts on their registration forms. If we are unable to contact either of these people we shall wait two hours before calling the local Safeguarding Children Partnership and Ofsted will be informed within 14 days.

If a child is absent from the setting and I have not had any contact with the parents/carers to explain the absence then I will contact the emergency contacts, if I have no success I will contact the school if they or a sibling attends. If I still do not get a reasonable response then I will call the police.

I will care for no more than six children at a time under the age of eight, of these no more than three in the Early Years age group, of these three no more than one under one year. This may be subject to variation under the guidance of Ofsted. I will have a written risk assessment in place for these varying ratios and parents will be informed.

I have a regard for the 'Prevent Duty Guidance’ (a copy of which is available in my information file) and promote British values in the setting through ensuring children learn right from wrong, mix and share with other children and value other views, know about similarities and differences between themselves and others and challenge negative attitudes and stereotypes.

I comply with the requirements of the Prevent Duty Guidance and its aim to protect children from radicalization, extremism and being drawn into terrorism. I have taken training on 1-7-15.

I will

  • Assess the risk to children being drawn in to terrorism.

  • Protect children and young people from being drawn into terrorism by having robust safeguarding policies.

  • Ensure my safeguarding arrangements take into account the policies and procedures of the local safeguarding children partnership.

  • Make sure I have training that gives me the knowledge and confidence to identify children at risk of being drawn into terrorism and to challenge extremist ideas which can lead to legitimise terrorism.

  • I will ensure children are safe from terrorist and extremist material when accessing the internet.

As the settings Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) if I feel that a child has any special educational needs I will discuss this with the parent/ carer. Please see for guidance and information. I will also speak to the local Education, Health and Social Care Team for advice.

If you have any concerns regarding this policy please do not hesitate to contact me.

Useful contacts:
Multi Agency Referral Unit (MARU) 0300 123 1116
Social Care Out of hours 01208 251300
Morton Michel 0845 2570 900
NSPCC Child Protection Line 0808 800 5000
South West Child Protection Procedure
Social Services 0300 123101
Local Authority Designated Officer 01872 326536
Ofsted 0300 123 1231
Police 999