Legislations in Safeguarding Young Children:-
The Children Act 2004
United Nations Conventions on the Rights of the Children
Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006
Human Rights Act 1998
Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004 (causing or allowing the death of a child or vulnerable adult). Sexual Offences Act 2003
Policy Safeguarding Young Children:-
Anti Bullying Policy
Health and Safety Policy
As an adult working within a school environment you have a duty to the young children you are looking after to be vigilant in understanding their patterns of behaviour. Always be approachable and understanding to any concern a child may have no matter how big or small. Safeguarding policies are in place to protect the children and adults who share the same environment. Concerns for a Child
If there were concerns regarding a child that I have noticed I would report my concerns firstly to the teacher. If things were to continue and I felt thing were not still being addressed I would speak with the Child Protection Co-Coordinators, if she were not available it would be the Head Teacher or Deputy Head. At all times records are to be kept of dates, times, what was reported and name of the child. Disclosure from a Child
If a child has disclosed a serious allegation to you it is very important not to show any shock or embarrassment to the child. You should quietly address the child and maybe move to a more convenient place in which to talk, always within sight of others if possible. Whatever is said must to written down word for word and every allegation must be taken very seriously. Do not ask any leading questions, just listen and be supportive, all information has to be accurate, date, time, where disclosure has taken place, if anyone else was present. Never promise the child that you will not tell anyone else as this is a promise that cannot be kept.
Schools all have Anti-Bullying policies and a school has a responsibility to provide a safe place where children can enjoy and grow. There is a very clear message the Bullying is anti-social behaviour and will not be tolerated. Everyone connected to the school has a duty to ensure that the policy is carried out. When every new pupil and parent joins the school they are given a copy of the policy the pupil and parent are asked to sign. If bullying is suspected or reported it is dealt with immediately by that member of staff who has been approached. The matter is dealt with appropriately, in minor cases speaking to all parties may be all that is needed and the matter monitored, if it became an ongoing problem the teacher and headmaster would be informed. The headmaster would speak with all parties concerned keeping teacher and parents informed, appropriate punishments will be given. These could be:- Official warning to stop behaviour
Exclusions from certain areas of the school
Policy Health and Safety
All equipment and materials used in schools must be of recognised standards of safety. The most widely used by not legally required is the kite mark which shows that the item has been tested by the British Safety Institute.
When equipment is being used by the children always make sure it is age and ability appropriate. Classrooms need to be safe and there should be enough room for all to move round comfortably for the number of people using the space. The furniture should be in proportion to the age of the children using it. Playgrounds/Sports Fields
The caretaker, lunchtime supervisors and playtime supervisors all have a duty to make sure that the playground is clear of any hazards every time they enter, making sure fences and gates are secure, no glass, bricks, stones or any other harmful substance’s have been removed. Any playtime equipment that has been given out to play with is used in the correct manner and make sure the rules of this are clear to...