It is the responsibility of all adults who care for children to protect them from harm. In accordance with the All Wales Child Protection Procedures and the Children Act 2004, First Steps Playgroup operates a child protection policy.
At least one member of our staff has received child protection training and training will be cascaded to all members of staff. The designated Child Protection Officer is the Playgroup leader 'Vicky Price ' and the Deputy leader of the playgroup 'Marketa Carpenter ' is the deputy Child Protection Officer. All members of staff have been made aware of possible symptoms of children at risk and are aware of their responsibility to report concerns according to the All Wales Child Protection Procedures, a copy of which is kept on the premises.
It will be made clear to all applicants for posts, both paid and unpaid, that they will be asked to sign a statement giving details of any convictions for criminal offences against children. All staff will have to have a current Criminal Records Bureau check, interview, and references before appointment as well as having relevant qualifications to their post. We also encourage staff to update and extend their training regularly.
Children will be supervised at all times by staff who have fulfilled all the above criteria. The playgroup is registered with the CSSIW and the leader (the responsible individual) is checked by the CSSIW under the 'fitness ' criteria. Unregistered persons or visitors to First Steps will have no unsupervised contact with the children and will not be allowed to accompany them to the toilets etc.
Only authorised persons will be allowed to collect the child from First Steps. They will not be under 16 years of age and will have their details recorded on the child’s information sheet as well as making themselves known to the staff before hand.
All records are accurately kept, and First Steps policies and procedures are adhered to