My first responsibility and priority is towards the children in my care. If I have any cause for concern I will report it to First Contact, following the Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) procedures. The relevant local procedures that are held by me are available on request. I understand that child abuse can be physical, sexual, emotional, neglect or a mixture of these. I must notify Ofsted of any allegations of abuse, which are alleged to have taken place while the child is in my care. I will follow the steps contained in the ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015’ guidance and the ‘Southend, Essex and Thurrock (SET) Safeguarding and Child Protection Procedures 2015’.
I keep up to date with child protection issues and relevant legislation by taking regular training courses and by reading relevant publications such as ‘The Childcare Professional’. This helps me be aware of the signs of abuse or neglect and what to do if I have a concern. Safeguarding training will be updated every 3 years.
I have copies of, and am familiar with, the LSCB procedures. I have a copy of the relevant booklets and guidance. I have read them and understand them.
If I am concerned about a child’s welfare, I will contact the local authority First Contact Team, the Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years (PACEY), or other relevant support services for advice. Confidentiality will be assured only when it is clear that there is no risk of harm to a child. I follow the procedures outlined in my confidentiality policy. I aim to share all information with parents but in some instances (where I am worried about a child’s wellbeing) I may have to refer concerns without discussing this with you.
Child protection concerns that could identify a particular child are kept confidential and only shared with people who need to know this information.
Parents must notify me of any concerns they have about their child and any accidents,...