This policy meets the requirements of the Cumbria Local Safeguarding Children Board.
We intend to create in our nursery an environment in which children are safe from abuse and in which any suspicion of abuse is promptly and appropriately responded to. In order to achieve this we will:
Exclude known abusers
Seek and supply training
Prevent abuse by means of good practice
Procedure for responding to suspicions of abuse
Joeys has a duty to report any suspicions of abuse to the Local Authority. The Children Act 1989 (Section 47 (1)) places a duty on the Local Authority to investigate such matters.
Whenever worrying changes are observed in a child a confidential record of these changes will be made.
– Significant changes in a childs behaviour
– Deterioration in children’s well-being
– Unexplained bruising, marks or sings of possible abuse or neglect
– Children’s comments which give cause for concern
– Any reasons to suspect neglect or abuse
Liaise with other bodies
Allegations against staff members
If a member of staff or other adult involved with Joeys is suspected of abuse or displays inappropriate behaviour. For example: inappropriate sexual comments; excessive one-to-one attention beyond the requirements of their usual role and responsibilities; or inappropriate sharing of images, parents/carers/staff should report this to the Manager. If this is not appropriate they should contact Cumbria Safeguarding Hub, telephone number: 03332401727
The named person responsible for all Safeguarding Children issues is Katie Smyth (Joeys Manager). In the absence of this person matters will be dealt with by Zoe Scrogham (Joeys Deputy Manager). Shirley Bennett is our Safeguarding Director.
Signed on behalf of Milnthorpe Family Centre Directors
Katie Smyth – Joeys Manager Reviewed – January 2017