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Safeguarding

Warning this is going to be a long post covering Safeguarding

As you all know, at 4 Cheeky Monkeys parents/carers are responsible for the children in their care. However what do you do if you feel a child isn’t safe or cared for correctly or you have any other concerns? I have copied below our Safeguarding Children Policy, this was written for 4 Cheeky Monkeys preschool so some of it refers to Ofsted (we aren’t Ofsted registered now however I do try to run it to the specification Ofsted would require). I am retraining as a childminder at the end of this year so will refresh this policy after that training (if anyone has a better policy please do share it with me)….

Safeguarding Children Policy (including Child Protection)

The Children Act 1989 is based on the principle that the “welfare of the child is paramount”. This policy is underpinned by this and in practice this means that the safety and welfare of children will be the first priority in any decision making. 4 Cheeky Monkeys are committed to creating and maintaining the safest possible environment for children and young people to be cared for and educated in. We believe that it is always unacceptable for a child or young person to experience abuse of any kind and recognize our responsibility to safeguard the welfare of all children and young people by ensuring that they are “growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care”.

This policy is written in line with the statutory guidance issued in “What to do if you are worried a child is being abused” (2006) and is also in line with the procedures outlined in Trafford Safeguarding Children Procedures.

4 Cheeky Monkeys are committed to safeguarding children and young people by:

  • Valuing them as individual, listening to and respecting them.
  • Responding quickly and appropriately to all suspicions or allegations of abuse or causes for concern relating to child welfare.
  • Working in partnership and communicating effectively with parents/career’s and children to ensure they are provided with the opportunities to voice any concerns they may have.
  • Ensuring that access to confidential information is stored and managed in accordance with National Guidance.
  • Sharing information about concerns with agencies on a “need to know basis” in line with the Guide to Information Sharing as summarized in “What to do if you are worried a child is being abused” (2006) and involving children and parents/career’s appropriately.
  • Ensuring all adults working within the setting have been cleared by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and have Enhanced Disclosures.
  • Attending up to date training regularly.

Procedure

If there is a cause for concern regarding an aspect of a child’s care 4 Cheeky Monkeys would consider our local threshold of need guidance and see if the child was showing any indicators in any of the levels. These would then be discussed with a parent/carer. 4 Cheeky Monkeys would seek to provide advice and guidance and promote effective care for the child by working with and in partnership with a parent to support them in their parenting. A record of our discussions with the parents/carer’s would be made and we would continue to monitor the child within our setting, regularly reviewing the situation. 4 Cheeky Monkeys may ring The Multi Agency Referral and Assessment Team (MARAT) for advice at any stage.

If a child and/or family had indicators of need at a level 3 or above we would contact MARAT for advice and/or possible referral.

If concerns were of a child protection nature – if we became concerned that a child may be at risk of experiencing OR experiencing significant harm – this could be Physical, Sexual, Emotional abuse and/or Neglect – I would follow the child protection guidance as outlined in “What to do if you are worried a child is being abused (2006)” and Trafford Safeguarding Children Procedures.

Physical Emotional Abuse

We would record concerns accurately and factually.

We would discuss our concerns with a parent/carer and seek an explanation (unless we believed that by doing so it may place the child at a greater risk).

If we were still concerned or if there was evidence of a non-accidental injury e.g. linear bruising in the pattern of a hand slap then we would contact MARAT to report the concerns and to make a referral and seek advice. A referral would be backed up in writing within 48 hours.

We would also inform Ofsted without delay.

Abuse and Neglect

We would record concerns accurately and factually.

We would discuss my concerns with a parent/carer.

If we were still concerned we would ring MARAT to report the concerns and to make a referral and seek advice. A referral would be backed up in writing within 48 hours.

We would also inform Ofsted without delay.

Sexual Abuse

We would record concerns accurately and factually.

We would ring MARAT to report the concerns and to make a referral and seek advice. A referral would be backed up in writing within 48 hours.

We would also inform Ofsted without delay.

MARAT should acknowledge the referral within one working day. If we had not heard anything after 3 working days we would contact them again to chase it up.

Important Contact Details

MARAT

General Enquiries/Referrals/Advice: 0161 912 5125

Child Protection Referrals: 0161 912 5124

Out of hours: 0161 912 2020

Fax Number: 0161 912 5056

E-mail MARAT@trafford.gov.uk

Local Police

Sale Police Station.

Tatton Road,

Sale,

M33 7ED

Telephone Number (not for sale but local area): 0161 872 5050

Ofsted

Piccadilly Gate

Store Street

Manchester

M12WD

0300 123 1231

www.ofsted.gov.uk

If you think that your child or any other child in our care may be at risk of harm from a 4 Cheeky Monkeys employee you should contact MARAT immediately then notify Ofsted on the above numbers.

If an allegation of abuse is made against a staff member, we would contact MARAT immediately then notify Ofsted. MARAT would work with Ofsted in any subsequent investigation which would consider what actions are necessary to protect the child alleged to have been abused. The employee would not be able to work at 4 Cheeky Monkeys while allegations were being investigated

 

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