1, It is vital that children are protected at all times. The nursery and local authorities are provided with legislations that they must abide by to ensure complete protection to all children and young people in their area. The Children Act (1989) and (2004) is set out to ensure that people who work with children have a duty to keep them safe and free from abuse. The legislation is reviewed an changed continually to ensure that there are no possibilities of child suffering. Protecting the welfare of children is the main priority and The Children Act (1989) set out what the courts and local authorities should do. This act charged the local authority with the “duty to investigate … if they have reasonable cause to suspect that a child who lives, or is found, in their area is suffering, or is likely to suffer, significant harm” (section 47). Local authorities were also charged with a duty to provide “services for children in need, their families and others” (section 17). Every case of abuse is individual to itself and not one should be compared. The Children Act (1989) defines harm as ill-treatment or the impairment of development and health. Safeguarding children: working together under the Children Act 2004 (Welsh Assembly Government, 2006) helps professionals to identify children at risk and to work together to protect them. Every policy and procedure that is in place is vital and they all link into each other for the complete safeguarding of children and young people. These policies should enable everyone to know the principles contained in Working Together to Safeguard children. They should know when and how to make a referral and what sources of advice or expertise are available and how to gain access to local available services. The child protection procedures together with own internal agency procedures should be known to all staff. If any person suspects that a child could be at risk of harm or has knowledge of child suffering they should refer their concerns to the police or social services who can investigate and intervene when necessary as they have a statutory duty and power.
The nursery has policies and procedures in place for all staff, volunteers, parents and visitors to abide by. These policies have been recommended from CSSIW. The policy list should cover everything that could possibly arise while the nursery has children in their care. There are many policy's and procedures that interlink with one another so that good all round care can be provided, and nothing can be missed. To ensure complete safety of the children the nursery staff must abide by the rules about use of mobile phones. Under no circumstances should a staff member use their personal camera or recording device while in the presence of any children. Parents are not permitted to use their own form of recording equipment as other children may be captured without permission. When new children are registered at the nursery written permission from each child's parents must be gained before any photos are taken, and this permission is updated on a regular basis to ensure it still stands. Staff should also be aware of posting comments/pictures/statuses on social networking sites that could have an impact on the reputation of the nursery. Friendships with parents should be kept professional at all times to avoid any issues that could arise. No confidential information should be posted or copied onto internet sites. It is a legal requirement that the nursery should hold confidential information about staff, the children and their families. This information is on a need to know basis and should be kept in a locked cabinet in line with data protection regulations including details, permissions, certificates and photographic images. This information should be kept for a minimum legislative archiving time which Is currently 21 years and 3 months. To ensure complete safety and...
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