As a registered childminder my policy has been developed in accordance with the principles established by the children’s act 1989 and 2004. My first responsibility and priority is towards the children in my care, and 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. This includes any person who is living on the premises. I must notify Ofsted of these allegations as soon as is reasonable. I will keep up to date with child protection issues and relevant legislation by taking regular training. This will help my keep aware of the signs of abuse or neglect and what to do if I have concerns. Child protection concerns that could identify a particular child are kept confidential and only shared with persons who need to know this information. I aim to provide an environment in which children and young people feel valued and respected, and confident to approach my if they are in difficulties, believing they will be effectively listened to. Parents must notify me of any concerns they may have about their child and any accidents or incidents affecting the child, which I will then need to record. I will work together with parents to make sure of their child is consistent. Procedure:
If I have reason to believe that any child in my care needs protection in any way I will: * Refer a child, if there are concerns about a possible abuse I must inform Ofsted * Keep written records of concerns about a child, even if there is no need to make an immediate referral. I will ensure that all such records are kept confidential and securely, separate from the Childs records. * I will liaise with other agencies and professionals to get more advice. If I notice:
* Any significant changes in behaviour.
* Unexpected bruising or marks.
* Any comments, which will give...