My first responsibility and priority is towards the children in my care. If I have any cause for concern I will report it, following the local Safeguarding Children Board 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 ‘What to do if your worried a child is being abused’ booklet.
I keep up to date with child protection issues and relevant legislation by taking regular training courses . This helps me be aware of the signs of abuse or neglect and what to do if I have a concern.
If I am concerned about a child’s welfare, I will contact the local authority first contact team, the NSPCC, 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.
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, incidents or injuries affecting the child, which will be recorded.
If I notice:
significant changes in children’s behaviour
unexpected bruising or marks or signs of possible abuse
any comments made which give me cause for concern
deterioration in general wellbeing which causes concern
signs of neglect
I will implement the Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) procedures, without delay to minimise any risk to the child. I will call the local social services’ duty desk and follow it up with a letter within 48 hours. I will keep a factual record of the concern and will ask the parents for an explanation, providing it would not put the child at risk.