Policy 1.2  Safeguarding Children – Guidance and Information

Safeguarding and Welfare Requirement: Child Protection

Provider must have and implement a policy, and procedures, to safeguard children.

Safeguarding and Child Protection

1.2  Safeguarding Children – Guidance and Information

This policy has additional supporting information and guidance:

Annex 1 – High risk and emerging safeguarding issues

Annex 2 – Safeguarding issues relating to individual pupil need

Annex 3 – Other safeguarding issues impacting pupils

Annex 4 – Safeguarding processes

Annex 5 – Community Partnership Information Form

For Personal and Intimate Care see Policy 6.4

(This policy should be read in conjunction with the preschool’s Policy 1.3 Safeguarding Children – Child Protection Procedures and Staff Handbook including the Code of Conduct)

Policy statement

Acorns pre-school will work with children, parents and the community to ensure the rights and safety of children to give them the very best start in life.  Safeguarding determines the actions that we take to keep children safe and protect them from harm.  We understand that everyone in the group has a responsibility for Safeguarding issues.  This policy helps to

  • provide Staff with the framework to promote and safeguard the wellbeing of children and in doing so ensure they meet their statutory responsibilities.
  • ensure consistent good practice across the school.
  • demonstrate our commitment to protecting children.

The actions that we take to prevent harm; to promote wellbeing; 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.  This policy 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.

EYFS key themes and commitments

A Unique Child Positive Relationships Enabling Environments Learning and Development
1.3 Keeping safe 2.1 Respecting each other

2.2 Parents as partners

3.4 The wider context 4.4 Personal, social and emotional development

Definitions

Within this document:

‘Safeguarding’ is defined in the Children Act 2004 as protecting from maltreatment; preventing impairment of health and development; ensuring that children grow up with the provision of safe and effective care; and work in a way that gives the best life chances and transition to adult hood. Our safeguarding practice applies to every child.

The term Staff applies to all those working for or on behalf of the school, full time or part time, in either a paid or voluntary capacity. This also includes parents/carers and Directors.

Child refers to all young people who have not yet reached their 18 birthday. On the whole, this will apply to pupils of preschool; however the policy will extend to visiting children and students from other establishments

Parent refers to birth parents and other adults in a parenting role for example adoptive parents, guardians, step parents and foster carers.

The designated safeguarding lead for the preschool is:  Heather Page

The deputy safeguarding lead is:  Karen Heaton

Principles and Values

We understand that everyone in the group has a responsibility for safeguarding issues.

Although the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) and their deputy take a lead, all staff have responsibility in all of the areas covered within this policy.  We recognize Health and Safety is a specific area of safeguarding and a separate lead for this area is in place.

Safeguarding processes and procedures are intended to put in place measures that minimise harm to children. Situations may occur which highlight gaps or deficiencies in the policies and processes, once these are identified and we will review our policy and procedures to ensure our safeguarding policy, practice and culture is robust.

We encourage children to talk to any member of staff, to share concerns or talk about situations which are giving them worries. Our staff will listen to the pupil, take their worries seriously and share the information with the safeguarding lead.

This policy is based on the Model Safeguarding Policy, Procedure and Guidance published September 2018 (to be reviewed September 2019)

https://www.hants.gov.uk/educationandlearning/safeguardingchildren/procedures

Legal framework

Primary legislation

  • The Children Act (2004)
  • Childcare Act (2006)
  • Children and Families Act (2014)
  • The Protection of Children Act (1999)
  • Data Protection Act (1998)
  • Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act (2006)
  • Children, Schools and Families Act (2010)
  • Counter-Terrorism and Security Act (2015)

Secondary legislation

  • Sexual Offences Act (2003)
  • Criminal Justice and Court Services Act (2000)
  • Equalities Act (2006)
  • The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child
  • Human Rights Acts (1998)
  • Freedom of Information Act (2000)
  • Protection from Harassment Act (1977)
  • Public Interest Disclosure Act (1998)

Further guidance

Other useful information:

  • Safeguarding Children (2010)
  • The Ofsted “Compliance, investigation and enforcement handbook” setting out the legal background to their compliance and enforcement work and the extent of their powers. Available on the Ofsted Website, http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/ciehandbook.  Tel:  0300 123 1231
  • Local Authority Designated Office (LADO) – Website:  http//www3.hants.gov.uk/childrens-services/contact-cs/childrens-services-allegations.htm.  Tel: 01962 876 364 / 01962 847005 / 07739050532   Address:  Safeguarding Unit, Children’s Services Department, Clarendon House, Monarch Way, Winchester, SO22 5PW

As a preschool, we review this policy at least annually in line with DfE, HSCB, HCC and any other relevant guidance.

This policy was adopted at a meeting of Acorns Community Pre-School held on

Date to be reviewed:………………………………………………………………………………………………

Signed on behalf of the management team:   ………………………………………………………….

Name of signatory:  ………………………………………………………………………………………………

Role of signatory (e.g. chair/owner):   …………………………………………………………………….