Unit 4 1.2 and 1.4

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Health and safety within our setting

In our childcare setting we wish to work with children, parents and the community to ensure the safety of children and to give them the very best start in life. We aim to;
Create an environment which encourages children to develop a positive self-image, regardless of race, language, religion, culture, or home background. Help children establish and sustain satisfying relationships within their families, with peers and other adults Encourage children to develop a sense of autonomy and independence Enable children to have the self confidence and the vocabulary to resist inappropriate approaches. Work with parents to build their understanding of and commitment to the welfare of all our children.

When employing in our setting we encourage safe recruitment by checking the suitability of staff and volunteers working in our setting. It is our aim to put systems in place that will prevent or minimise the risk of abuse occurring within this organisation, through the use of an enhanced disclosure, and all staff working at hold a current enhanced criminal record certificate (CRB).

We have a secure entry system which prevents unauthorised access into the nursery and a signing in book for staff and visitors so that the purpose of visitors within the building is monitored and known.

We recognise that every child has the right to remain safe and protected and as such the following elements make up our safeguarding policy.

All staff to understand the safeguarding procedure and understand their role in keeping children safe. Ensuring that staff know how to deal with a disclosure.
In the case of an allegation being made against a member of staff the Manchester social services MSCB and ofsted would be contacted immediately. Providing staff with opportunities to develop their knowledge of child protection and safeguarding issues, and be able to recognise the signs and symptoms of possible abuse. Supporting children who have been abused in accordance with his/her agreed child protection plan. Develop effective links with relevant agencies and co-operate as required with their enquiries regarding child protection matters including attendance at case conferences. Keep written records of concerns about children, even where there is no need to refer the matter immediately. Ensure all records are kept securely.

Due to the many hours of care which we provide, staff will often be the first people to sense that there is a problem. They may well be the first people in whom children may confide in about abuse.

The nursery has a duty to be aware that abuse does occur in our society and can occur within all family settings. This statement lays out the procedures that will be followed if we have any reason to believe that a child in our care is subject to emotional, physical or sexual abuse or neglect.

Our prime responsibility is the welfare and well being of all children in our care. As such we believe we have a duty to the children, parents/carers and staff to act quickly and responsibly in any instance that may come to our attention.

The nursery has a duty to report and suspicion of abuse to social services which they have a duty to investigate any matters. The nursery will follow the procedures set out in the Manchester safeguarding children board procedures which are complaint with the published documentation ‘what to do if you’re worried a child is being abused summary’ and as such will seek their advice on all steps taken subsequently.

Physical abuse
Action will be taken under the heading if staff have reason to believe that there has been a physical injury to a child, including deliberate food poisoning, where there is definite knowledge, or reasonable suspicion that the injury was inflicted or knowingly not prevented.

Signs of abuse
Injuries where the child cannot explain, or explain convincingly. Injuries left untreated, or treated inadequately....
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