Safeguarding and Safer Recruiting Policy

 

Rationale

 

At Stepping Stones Montessori Nursery we have developed thorough and rigorous systems to ensure that children are safeguarded by robust and efficient child protection and recruitment systems and procedures.

 

We believe that high quality dedicated staff are the key to a successful Nursery and we will ensure that all staff are recruited following correct and thorough vetting procedures.

 

This policy has been written to ensure that best practice and procedures are carried out at the Nursery. This policy complies with the legal requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage statutory framework (DFE, 2014), Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015, Working Together to Safeguard Children (HMO, 2015).     

 

Aims

 

All members of staff at the Nursery are diligent and understand clearly the need for strong child protection procedures, which are vigorously implemented and followed.

Members of staff at the Nursery will be vigilant and understand how to identify possible signs of abuse or prevent from being drawn into extremist, radicalization and terrorism.

To ensure excellent communication at all levels which results in a swift response and cohesive action to safeguard the child or adult by a range of partner agencies and professionals.

To implement Safer Recruiting procedures when appointing staff and volunteers and ensure through checking and vetting procedures prior to commencing an appointment at the Nursery.

 

A Definition of Child Abuse

 

‘Child abuse consists of anything which individuals, institutions or processes do or fail to do which directly or indirectly harms children or damages their prospects of a safe and healthy development into childhood.’

 

National Commission of Inquiry into Prevention of Child Abuse 1996

 

Implementation of Policy

 

Prevention

 

At Stepping Stones Montessori Nursery we will:

 

 

Procedures – See Child Protection Policy for More Detailed Policy

 

We will follow the procedures set out in the document produced by the Safeguarding Board at Lewisham.

 

The Nursery will ensure that:  

 

Members of Staff at the Nursery have responsibility for:

 

Knowing their role in protecting children adults from harm, and the name of the designated person and Local Authority front line Designated social worker for early years (previously know as LADO and now referred to as ‘Designated Officers’ or ‘Teams’) and can be contacted on 02083147280-Fiona Owens.

Communicating any possible child protection issues immediately to the designated person.

British values are firmly embedded in the work and understand what it means for in their practice.

 

Supporting children

 

Stepping Stones Montessori Nursery will support all children by:

 

  1. Encouraging self-esteem and self-assertiveness, whilst never condoning aggression or bullying,

  2. By promoting a Nursery ethos of a caring, positive and safe environment, this promotes the social, physical and moral development of the individual child.

  3. Liaising with other agencies, which support the child such as the child’s Nursery.

  4. Keeping records and notifying Social Care, Health, Education Local Authority, LADO or Lewisham prevent if relevant as soon as there is significant concern.

  5. Implementing the anti-bullying policy.

  6. Following a referral staff should remain sensitive to children’s emotional needs.

  7. Make effective links and work in partnership with Lewisham Prevent.

 

Confidentiality

 

The Nursery will treat all safeguarding and child protection incidents in the greatest of confidence. Information will only be shared with staff and professionals who have a responsibility for caring and supporting the child.

The designated person has the responsibility to refer child protection or safeguarding issues to relevant agencies and will share all information necessary to ensure that children are protected from harm.

Members of staff must be aware that they are not permitted to keep or promise to keep secrets if the safety and welfare of children is at risk.

 

Safer Recruiting and Criminal Records Checking and Disclosure

 

Stepping Stones Montessori Nursery complies fully with the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) process in police-checking all staff members, as outlined in our Child Protection Policy. It complies fully with the CRB Code of Practice and Data Protection Act 1988, regarding the correct handling, use, storage, retention and disposal of Disclosure information.

 

Stepping Stones Montessori Nursery is committed to the fair treatment of staff and undertakes to treat all applicants for positions fairly. Applicants are made aware at interview that a Disclosure will be requested in the event of an individual being offered a position at the Nursery.

 

 

Stepping Stones Montessori Nursery will not keep any photocopy or other image of a Disclosure, or any copy or representation of the contents of a Disclosure.

 

The records kept are: 

 

Mobile phones and cameras

 

Any questions or concerns regarding this policy should be made to the Nursery Manager Penelope White.

 

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