Keeping Children Safe

Keep Children Safe

Acorns is committed to safeguarding children, young people, their families, our staff and volunteers.

We work with children, parents and the community to ensure the rights and safety of children giving them the very best start in life.  Everyone in the group has a responsibility for to protect children.

  • We are committed to safeguarding the children in our care and to providing a safe environment in which the children can play, learn and develop.
  • We understand that everyone in the group has a responsibility to keep children safe and protect them from harm.
  • We recognise the rights of children to be protected from harm, treated with respect, listened to and have their views taken into consideration in matters that affect them.
  • Management, staff, volunteers and students recognise that the welfare of children is paramount, and will endeavor to safeguard all children.

Safeguarding children is everyone’s responsibility

What to do if you are worried about a child

If you think a child is in immediate danger – DON’T DELAY! Call the Police on 999/112

If you have any concerns because you think that a child might be being abused and you want to talk to someone, or ask someone to find out what is going on, you should contact the Children’s Services Department

Hantsdirect (Children’s Services Department)

During office hours (8.30am – 5:00pm) – you should contact Children’s Services: 0300 555 1384

At all other times you should contact the out-of-hours Service: 0300 555 1373

You can also telephone the NSPCC Help Line if you’re worried about a child and speak to one of their counsellors –  0808 800 5000

Women’s Aid: 0808 2000 247 (Free phone 24 Hour National Domestic Violence Helpline)

Hampshire Police: 0845 045 4545


The actions that we take: to prevent harm; to promote well being; to create safe environments; to educate on rights, respect and responsibilities; to respond to specific issues and vulnerabilities all form part of the safeguarding responsibilities of the school.

Our Safeguarding policies underpins all our policies relating to the safety and protection of children, it links to other policies which will provide more information and greater detail for specific guidance and procedures.

All of our policies provide Staff with the framework to promote and safeguard the well being of children and in so doing ensure they meet their statutory responsibilities.  We demonstrate our commitment to protecting children by ensuring consistent good practice across the preschool.