Safeguarding Policy for Childminders

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Safeguarding Policy

Safeguarding refers to keeping children safe – protecting them from harm/abuse, unsafe circumstances and impaired health/development, ensuring that they have the best possible opportunities in their lives.

As a childminder it is my responsibility to ensure the safety and welfare of all children in my care. In doing so, I must:-

• Keep a confidential written record of any warning behavioural indicators/changes, signs/symptoms giving cause for concern. I will use body maps to indicate locations of bruising or other injuries to children who arrive at my setting with existing injuries. • Not question children, allowing them to tell me things in their own time and their own way, using their own words. • Ensure confidentiality – not discussing with any other party, particularly the parents of a child I suspect may need safeguarding if that may put the child at risk. • Contact the local safeguarding or Social Services if I have concerns regarding the safety/welfare of a child in my care. • Seek support for myself if I find a safeguarding situation distressing, whilst maintaining confidentiality.

Mobile phones and cameras:-

Any photographs I take in the course of my childminding work (to be used for the purposes of observing the children and keeping records of their development/progress) will be saved securely (with passwords) on my computer and be unavailable to others to view. Once printed these photographs will be deleted from my phone/camera/computer immediately.

Others living in or visiting my home will be informed that, in accordance with this policy, they should not take photographs/videos in my home whilst I have children in my care.

Regulatory requirements for safeguarding children in home-based childcare:-

To comply with safeguarding regulations, as a registered Childminder I have completed the following:-

• Child Protection training.
• This Safeguarding Policy which is to be...
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