An explanation of the concept of safeguarding and the duty of care that applies to all practitioners (6.1)
Safeguarding is a term used to replace what was previously known as Child Protection. It is an umbrella term that covers every aspect of looking after children and keeping them safe. Firstly, for all practitioners the most important aspect of safeguarding children is to ensure their safety in the setting in which they are being looked after. These come under the five legal Welfare Requirements which are set out by law. This ranges from supervising children at all times, ensuring contact with only suitable people, keeping documentation up to date, to ensuring equipment and toys comply with Health and Safety regulations, most importantly having the British Standard Safety kite mark, to risk assessing different activities and outings that will be undertaken. For the purpose of my professional conduct it is vital that I complete a full risk assessment of the rooms in my setting which will be registered by Ofsted. I will identify the risk, grade it as appropriate, decide on what control measures to put in place to help reduce the risk and review it. Please see below the table of my own personal risk assessment for my setting. From this I will then go on to discuss in further detail the points to consider in other aspects of safeguarding children that all practitioners have a duty of care to follow (6.1)
Risk Assessment (6.1, 6.3)
Area of House/ Risk
Frequency of checks
Keep door shut at all times, ensure children are supervised when entering and exiting.
Every day and time it’s used
Keep door shut at all times, Supervise when children are in the hallway.