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 take all reasonable steps to ensure the safety and welfare of all children in my care. All providers must meet the welfare requirements of the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) in England. This is legal requirement and it's an offense not to comply with them.
To comply with safeguarding regulations, as a registered Childminder I have completed the following: - • Child Protection training
• This Safeguarding Policy which is to be reviewed regularly and shared with parents of all children in my care. • Enhanced CRB Disclosure for all adults (over 16 years) living at the registered property “Registered providers must inform OFSTED of any allegations of serious harm or abuse by any person living, working, or looking after children at the premises (whether that allegation relates to harm or abuse committed on the premises or elsewhere), or any other abuse which is alleged to have taken place on the premises, and of the action taken in respect of these allegations. Registered providers must inform OFSTED of these allegations as soon as is reasonably practicable, but at the latest within 14 days of the allegations being made. A registered provider who, without reasonable excuse, fails to comply with this requirement commits an offence.”
I have a duty of care is to keep children safe and to protect them from sexual, physical and emotional harm. In doing this I will keep clear records of any injuries sustained by children in my care, as well as any pre-existing injuries they have sustained outside of my care. Unless exceptional circumstances indicate that this would put the child at risk of harm, a child’s parent/guardian will usually be asked to sign my notes as an official record of the injury. This does not indicate any negativity towards or suspicion of the child’s family or personal circumstances, but is intended as protection for my own family/household members, against potential allegations made about our treatment of the children in my childcare setting and myself. Parents/guardian’s will also be asked to sign any entry made in my accident book in the event of their child sustaining injury whilst in my care, as a record that I have made them fully aware of the incident and any resulting injury.
Physical abuse – bruises in unusual places, of different ages in the same place, of the same shape in different places; outline bruises (hand/belt/shoe prints); bruising of non-mobile babies; fractures; injuries which have not received medical attention; burns; bites; inconsistent accounts of injuries; reluctance to change clothes or uncover parts of body (e.g. rolling up sleeves). Neglect – dirty skin/hair; untreated head lice; dirty, soiled, ill-fitting clothing or that which is inappropriate for the weather; left alone/unsupervised frequently; lack of medical care/treatment; frequent hunger; frequent tiredness; stealing food; withdrawn behaviour. Sexual abuse – allegations made by child; inappropriate knowledge/play/actions displayed (incl provocative behaviour); speaking/drawing/playing displaying sexual activity; recurrent urine infections; unexplained recurrent stomach pain; severe sleep disturbance with fears, nightmares; eating disorders. Emotional abuse – low self-esteem (incl commenting negatively about self); self-harm; attention seeking/obsessive behaviour; inability to mix with other children; sleep/speech disorders; aggression/depression/extreme anxiety; changes in mood/behaviour (esp. becoming withdrawn/unwilling to be away from carer); extreme shyness; nervous behaviour.
If I have reason to believe that any child in my care is being abused in any way I will seek advice from the Child Protection Team and / or...
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