My responsibility as a childminder is to ensure the safety and welfare of all the children in my care in line with the procedures laid out by the Integrated Access Team. I last received training on Safeguarding Children (child protection) in November 2012 and am aware of the signs and symptoms of child abuse, physical, emotional and sexual, and those of neglect. This policy shall be shown to parents explaining my responsibilities, how I keep their child +-en) safe and what I will do should I ever have any concerns. Parents will be asked to sign this document as proof that they have read and understood it. I have also taken the time out to understand the policy and information around it. Anyone working with myself will also be aware of and understand the policy. Aims:
To ensure that children are effectively safeguarded from the potential risk of harm whilst in my care and that the safety and well-being of the children is of the highest priority in all aspects. To help maintain the ethos of my setting whereby myself, other adults, children and parents feel able to articulate any concerns comfortably, safe in the knowledge that effective action will be taken as appropriate. I shall review and revise this policy every year. Purpose:
To ensure that myself, other adults, children and parents:
Are aware of responsibilities in relation to safeguarding and child protection. Know the procedures that should be followed if they have a cause for concern. Know where to go to find additional information regarding safeguarding. Are aware of the key indicators relating to child abuse.
Fully support my commitment to safeguarding and child protection. Principles:
I keep up to date with child protection issues and relevant legislation by taking regular training courses and by reading relevant publications. This helps me be aware of the signs of abuse or neglect and what to do if I have a concern. I have copies of, and am familiar with, the Local Safeguarding Children Board procedures. Every six months I check that I have the latest version of the relevant procedures (or any documents that may replace them in the future). I have a copy of the relevant booklets and guidance. I have read them and understand them. I recognise my legal and moral duty to promote the well-being of children, and protect them from harm, and respond to child abuse. I believe that every child regardless of age has at all times and in all situations a right to feel safe and protected from any situation or practice that results in a child being physically or psychologically damaged. I agree that I have a primary responsibility for the care, welfare and safety of the children in my care, and I shall carry out this duty through my caring. In order to achieve this, all adults (including volunteers) in my setting, in whatever capacity, will act proactively in child welfare matters especially where there is a possibility that a child may be at risk of significant harm at all times. I seek to adopt an open and accepting attitude towards children as part of my responsibility for pastoral care. I hope that parents and children will feel free to talk about any concerns and will see my setting as a safe place if there are any difficulties at home. Children’s worries and fears will be taken seriously if they seek help from me or one of my assistants. However, staff cannot promise secrecy if concerns are such that referral must be made to the appropriate agencies in order to safeguard the child’s welfare. In my setting, if there are suspicions that a child’s physical, sexual or emotional well-being is being, or is likely to be, harmed, or that they are being neglected, we will take appropriate action in accordance with the procedures issued by The Integrated Access Team. As a consequence, we assert that teachers and other members of staff (including volunteers) are an integral part of the child safeguarding process; accept totally that...
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