Childcare Units

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A good practitioner would make it their main priority that every child learns to the best of their ability in the setting. They would ensure that the child’s every need is met. In every way possible, they would make sure the child’s welfare and well being is promoted. There are certain welfare requirements which need to be taken in to consideration to promote the well being of a child. They are as follows: Child protection

Providers, other than child minders, should always be alert to any concerning matters, about the child’s life at home or elsewhere. A policy and procedures should be implemented by them, which safeguards children. These should be in accordance with the “relevant Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB).” The safeguarding policy and procedures must include an explanation of the action to be taken in the event of an allegation being made against a member. In every setting, a practitioner should be assigned to take the lead responsibility to safeguard the children in the setting. The lead practitioner is responsible for liaison with local statutory children's services agencies, and with the LSCB. On an ongoing basis, support, advice and guidance should be provided by them to other staffs, as well as, any safeguarding issues. It is essential that the lead manager attends a child protection training course. This course will allow them to identify,, understand and respond accordingly to any signs of the possibility of abuse and neglect. All staff should be trained to understand their safeguarding policy and procedures, and up to date knowledge about the procedures. Such training would allow staff to detect any possible signs of abuse and neglect at an early stage, and to respond in an appropriate way. Possible signs may be: * significant changes in children's behaviour;

* decline in children’s general well-being;
* unexplained bruising, marks or signs of possible abuse or neglect; * children’s comments which give cause for...
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