This Safeguarding Policy applies to all staff, managers, volunteers, students, temporary staff or any person working on behalf of Beach House Nursery. Furthermore, this policy applies both within the nursery environment and whilst working with children away from the usual nursery premises. This policy refers to those who are employed by Beach House either in a paid or voluntary capacity.
Beach House Nursery recognises that safeguarding is the responsibility of everyone within our organisation and therefore we ensure that procedures are in place so that each person understands their responsibilities and are regularly trained to keep their knowledge current.
Designated Safeguarding Person training is to be completed every two years for all Designated Safeguarding Leads and a full safeguarding course should be attended by all staff every three years with refresher meetings in between.
We expect all staff including those not working directly with children to be alert and responsive to all aspects of safeguarding and to act in the event of any concern. All staff are required to complete a thorough induction which includes a section on safeguarding when they start working for Beach House Nursery, and regularly thereafter, sign to state that they have read and understood the Safeguarding Policy.
Safeguarding: Safeguarding is the action that is taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm.
Specifically, safeguarding means: protecting children from abuse and maltreatment, preventing harm to children's health or development, ensuring that children grow up with the provision of safe and effective care and taking action to enable all children and young people to have the best possible outcomes.
Child Protection: Child protection is part of the safeguarding process. It focuses on protecting individual children identified as suffering or likely to suffer significant harm. This includes child protection procedures which detail how to respond to concerns about a child.
The intention of Beach House Nursery’s Safeguarding Policy is to:
• Protect all children and young people, who use our services.
• Provide all staff, students and volunteers with the overarching principles that guide our approach to safeguarding and child protection.
Beach House Nursery believes that a child or young person should never experience abuse of any kind and takes responsibility for promoting welfare and safety across our organisational activities and operations. We understand our duty to keep children and young people safe in all aspects of our practice and are committed to promoting a safeguarding culture which protects everyone.
Beach House Safeguarding Statement. Beach House Nursery recognises that: -
The welfare of the child is paramount (Children Act 1989) and whilst we intend to work in partnership with parents and families we will ensure that the child is the main focus at all times.
Working in partnership with children, young people, their parents, carers, extended families and external agencies is essential in promoting welfare and safety.
All children regardless of age, disability, special educational need, racial heritage, religious beliefs, sexual orientation or identity (or that of their parents), residency status or any other characteristic have a right to equal protection from all types of harm and/or abuse.
Some children are particularly vulnerable because of either their current life circumstances or previous life experience, or that of their parents.
Some children are additionally vulnerable due to a special educational need, communication need including those with English as an additional language or their level of dependency. The criteria for those considered vulnerable is not exhaustive and Beach House Nursery acknowledges our responsibility to consider each child and young person’s vulnerability on an individual basis.
Sharing information with outside agencies such as those in the medical profession, second settings and social care services where appropriate is key to ensuring a multi-faceted approach to safeguarding.
Beach House Nursery will seek to keep children and young people safe by: -
Promoting an inclusive culture where every child matters.
Listening to children and young people.
Valuing and respecting their views, opinions, beliefs, values and behaviours.
Appointing a Nursery Safeguarding Designated Lead Person as well as a Deputy Designated Safeguarding Person.
Having a clear Whistle Blowing Policy and Procedure in place.
Having a clear complaints procedure.
Adopting child protection and safeguarding practices through procedures and policies for all staff, students and volunteers.
Understanding our reporting criteria in relation for all types of child abuse and additional reporting responsibilities in relation to particular types of child abuse and ensuring that the staff team at Beach House are aware of such reporting responsibilities.
Implementing a clear structure of Safeguarding referral.
Providing effective management for staff, students and volunteers through supervision, support, training and quality assurance measures.
Ensure that there is a robust policy and procedure for the recruitment of all staff, students and volunteers.
Safe and secure storage of information, in accordance to GDPR.
Sharing information about safeguarding, child protection and good practice with children, their families, staff, students and volunteers, via our website, posters, policies and procedures, one to one discussions and supervision meetings.
Using our Safeguarding procedures to share concerns and relevant information with external agencies and where appropriate involving parents and carers.
Using our procedures to manage and report any allegations against staff, students and volunteers.
Maintaining a culture of Equal Opportunity via our policies and procedures.
Creating and maintaining a culture which promotes the difference between professional and personal relationships to ensure that the barriers between the two do not become blurred.
Ensuring that we provide a safe physical environment for our children, young people, students, staff and volunteers by applying compliance measure in accordance with the law and regulatory guidance.
Identifying risks to the safety and welfare of children
Risks may arise from many different sources and can be categorised in a number of different ways. The source of a risk may be from someone that the child knows and who is in close physical proximity, or it may be more remote and occasionally anonymous including a risk for all children and young people, from the internet. The risk may be from other children through bullying or it may come from adults, including early year’s practitioners or other professionals. A risk to welfare may also manifest itself through a child’s mental wellbeing and happiness.
Our full Safeguarding policy and procedures discuss the main types of abuse as well common signs and symptoms, specific safeguarding risks and methods of referral.
If you require further information please speak to the nursery manager.