Blofield Preschool

Safeguarding Policy

What is the difference between a Safeguarding Policy and a Child Protection Policy?

This Safeguarding Policy covers the practices we employ to keep the children safe and to promote their well-being (ie, preventing harm). Blofield Preschool’s Child Protection Policy describes the activities we will undertake to protect specific children who are suffering or likely to suffer significant harm (ie, how we identify and respond to harm). This Policy should be read in conjunction with Blofield Preschool’s other related policies:

o Child Protection Policy

o Social Media Policy

o Camera and Mobile Phones Policy

o Whistle Blowing Policy

Our aim

Blofield Pre-School believes that every child-attending Preschool has access to a safe and enjoyable environment and be protected from harm. This is the responsibility of every adult involved in Blofield Preschool. Blofield Preschool recognises its responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children by protecting them from physical, sexual or emotional abuse, neglect and bullying and treat them with dignity and respect at all times.

If we have any cause for concern, we report it to the relevant bodies following the referral process set out in our Child Protection Policy. The lead practioner at Blofield Preschool is Laura Appleton and deputy lead practioner is Laura Long.

We understand that child abuse can be physical, sexual, emotional, neglect, domestic abuse or a mixture of these, we are aware of the signs and symptoms of these and are clear on the procedures we must follow.

At the Preschool there is a separate folder which has all the following contact details in:

· the contact details for CADS – Number for professional’s if we have a concern about a child.

· MASH - Number for parents

· LADO email address if we want to raise concerns about a staff member.

Procedures

In order to achieve the above outcomes we:

· Ensure that all adults working (voluntary and paid) in the setting, are aware that such work is exempt from the provision laid down in the rehabilitation of offenders Act 1974.

· Ensure all visitors to the Preschool sign the visitor book and show identification where necessary.

· Are committed to safer recruitment – please see our safer recruitment policy.

· Require staff to attend a Norfolk County Council safeguarding / child protection course every three years.

· Through the induction training and Norfolk County Council safeguarding / child protection training, staff will be aware of the signs and symptoms of child abuse; physical, emotional and sexual, and those of neglect.

· Will never allow a staff member without a DBS check and references to be alone with a child e.g. going to the toilet, or supervising children in a separate room.

· Have clearly set out procedures which all adults are aware of, to respond to concerns of suspected abuse.

· Will not publish photos or videos of children on our website or on social media where children’s faces can be seen and they can be identified. Children will only ever be seen from the back, or have their faces blurred out. This is to stop public photos of children being copied and shared.

· Do not allow staff to befriend parents on any form of social media, where a relationship exists purely because of the Preschool.

· Although we allow staff members to baby-sit the Preschool’s children outside of Preschool hours (at the parent’s request), staff are reminded about keeping Preschool matters confidential.

· Recognise that parents should always be involved in the monitoring of children’s behaviour or development and should be the first point of contact (except in cases where we feel this may put the child at risk).

· Will have a designated Safeguarding Lead Practitioner and named Deputy to whom all concerns will be referred. Urgent action may be taken by any member of staff or where a staff member is not happy with the outcome of the referral.

· Will ensure that all adults know who to contact within the setting and what to do if that person does not carry out their responsibility for the child’s wellbeing.

· Will always remain vigilant to issues within a child’s home life which may affect their health, safety and wellbeing, and act upon these issues and concerns as necessary.

· We will keep a record of causes for concern which will be written down and kept confidential. All concerns will be discussed with the SLP or their Deputy. We will talk to parents/carers about these concerns except in cases where we feel this may put the child at risk. We will act upon these concerns where deemed necessary (see Child Protection Policy).

· Safeguarding files are kept separate to main files in a secure, locked filing cabinet. Only Managers and SLPs will have keys to access this cabinet.

· We adhere to the strict ratios set out in the Early Years Statutory Framework, which are currently 1:4 for 2 year olds, and 1:8 for 3/4/5 year olds.

Confidentiality

· Any concerns will be written down by the member of staff involved and will remain confidential unless the matter is referred further. Any such records will be kept securely.

· All details of concerns, progress, case conferences etc., are confidential and will not be discussed with anyone not authorised to have this information.

· Incoming calls from other agencies in regard to children will be asked for their name, phone number and reason for the call. Staff will then ring them back once they have verified the caller’s identity.

· When a child leaves the setting, the SLP and Manager will decide whether it is appropriate to forward on any safeguarding file to the new setting or school.

Cameras and mobile phones

We will not allow any member of staff, volunteer, student, visitor or parent/carer to use a private camera or private mobile phone/tablet/laptop with a camera in the setting unless in the staffroom/office area away from the children. No camera/mobile signs will always be displayed and all staff know to challenge this behaviour if witnessed. Staff will be allowed to use the setting’s camera or tablet for the purposes of observations / learning journeys ONLY. Please see separate policy.

Prevent duty

As per the Common Inspection Framework we are committed to actively promoting ‘British Values’ and will have due regard to extremism and the need to prevent people being drawn into terrorism.

The government has defined extremism in the Prevent strategy as: “Vocal or active opposition to fundamental British Values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs."

We will use the Norfolk 'Vulnerable to Radicalisation (VTR) or Influenced by Extremism' guide to help us understand what constitutes a cause for concern and staff must report any concerns to the Safeguarding Lead Practitioner who will contact CADS via the usual channels. Where concerns exist in relation to adults we will also contact the Police using the Norfolk 'Person Vulnerable to Radicalisation form'.

Research has found that 90% of radicalisation happens online. Due to the age of our children they will not be able to access the internet unsupervised at our setting.

Covid 19 (updated 3 December 2020)

Due to Covid 19 restrictions, we cannot allow a large group of parents to enter the hall in order to watch our Christmas Singalong performance in December 2020. This year we will be video recording the performance and emailing it to individual parents. To safeguard our children, we have requested that this video is not shared on social media platforms. Procedures:

· As parent’s permission to record their child and for the video(s) to be emailed to other Preschool parents.

· Record the performance.

· Email the video to parents.

This is an exception to our usual video’ing policy, due to Covid 19.

Contact numbers:

Children’s Services- Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (CADS) 0344 800 8021 (or out of hours: 0344 800 8020)

Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) EMAIL LADO@norfolk.gov.uk

Police 999

Ofsted 0300 123 1231

Next review date: June 2022




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