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Safeguarding2018-08-08T20:52:08+00:00

SAFEGUARDING & CHILD PROTECTION POLICY

PART ONE: SAFEGUARDING POLICY

Ratified by the DSL:

13/03/2018

To be reviewed (annually)

13/03/2019

  1. INTRODUCTION

1.1 Safeguarding is defined as –

  • Protecting children from maltreatment;

  • Preventing impairment of children’s health or development;

  • Ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and

  • Taking action to enable all children to have the best life chances by accessing services as early as possible.

1.2 Tiny Tots Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all its pupils/students. We believe that:

  • All children/young people have the right to be protected from harm;

  • Children/young people need to be safe and to feel safe in school;

  • Children/young people need support that matches their individual needs, including those who may have experienced abuse;

  • All children/young people have the right to speak freely and voice their values and beliefs;

  • All children/young people must be encouraged to respect each other’s values and support each other;

  • All children/young people have the right to be supported to meet their emotional, and social needs as well as their educational needs – a happy, healthy, sociable child/young person will achieve better educationally;

  • Schools can and do contribute to the prevention of abuse, victimisation, bullying (including homophobic, bi-phobic, trans-phobic and cyber-bullying), exploitation, extreme behaviours, discriminatory views and risk taking behaviours; and

  • All staff and visitors have an important role to play in safeguarding children and protecting them from abuse.

1.3 Tiny Tots Academy will fulfil their local and national responsibilities as laid out in the following documents:-

    • Sexting in Schools & Colleges – responding to incidents and safeguarding young people (UKCCIS) 2016

  1. OVERALL AIMS

2.1 This policy will contribute to safeguarding our children and promoting their welfare by:

  • Clarifying standards of behaviour for staff and children;

  • Contributing to the establishment of a safe, resilient and robust ethos in the nursery, built on mutual respect and shared values;

  • Introducing appropriate work within the curriculum;

  • Encouraging children and parents to participate;

  • Alerting staff to the signs and indicators that all might not be well;

  • Developing staff awareness of the causes of abuse;

  • Developing staff awareness of the risks and vulnerabilities their children face;

  • Addressing concerns at the earliest possible stage; and

  • Reducing the potential risks pupils/students face of being exposed to violence, extremism, exploitation, discrimination or victimisation.

2.2 This policy will contribute to supporting our children by:

  • Identifying and protecting the vulnerable;

  • Identifying individual needs where possible; and

  • Designing plans to meet those needs.

2.3 This policy will contribute to the protection of our children by:

    • Including appropriate work within the curriculum;

    • Implementing child protection policies and procedures; and

    • Working in partnership with children, parents and other agencies.

  1. KEY PRINCIPLES

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3.1 These are the key principles of safeguarding, as stated by Birmingham Safeguarding Children Board –

  • Always see the child first.

  • Never do nothing.

  • Do with, not to, others.

  • Do the simple things better.

  • Have conversations, build relationships.

  • Outcomes not outputs.

3.2 In addition, management has identified the following key safeguarding messages –

    • Every child is entitled to a rich and rounded curriculum.

    • Money should be spent wisely, targeting resources on the evidenced needs of children at nursery now. Assurance and audit are important aspects of this.

    • Governance is corporate and decisions are collective, but individual governors can and should take the lead on specific aspects of school life such as safeguarding.

    • When issues arise, management should speak out, addressing them internally where possible and escalating them when this is unsuccessful.

  1. KEY PROCESSES

4.1 All staff should be aware of the guidance issued by Birmingham Safeguarding Children Board in Right Service Right Time, and Early Help.

  1. EXPECTATIONS

5.1 All staff and visitors will:

  • Be familiar with this safeguarding policy;

  • Understand their role in relation to safeguarding;

  • Be subject to Safer Recruitment processes and checks, whether they are new staff, supply staff, contractors, volunteers etc.;

  • Be involved, where appropriate, in the implementation of individual education programmes, Early Help Assessments and support plans, child in need plans and interagency child protection plans;

  • Be alert to signs and indicators of possible abuse (See Appendix 1 for current definitions and indicators);

  • Record concerns and give the record to the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) Bali Bains, or deputy DSL, Farheena El Edroos; and

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  • Deal with a disclosure of abuse from a child in line with the guidance in Appendix 2 – you must inform the Designated Safeguarding Lead immediately, and provide a written account as soon as possible.

5.2 All staff will receive annual safeguarding and child protection training and update briefings as appropriate. Key staff will undertake more specialist child protection training as agreed by management.

  1. THE DESIGNATED SAFEGUARDING LEAD

6.1 Our Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSL) are Bali Bains. She has lead responsibility and management oversight and accountability for child protection and, with the Head Teacher/Principal, will be responsible for coordinating all child protection activity.

6.1.1 The deputy DSL is Farheena El Edroos and will support the DSL within the role and deputise when the DSL is not on-site.

6.2 The Designated Safeguarding Lead will lead regular case monitoring reviews of vulnerable children. These reviews must be evidenced by minutes and recorded in case files.

6.3 When the nursery has concerns about a child, the Designated Safeguarding Lead will decide what steps should be taken.

6.4 Child protection information will be dealt with in a confidential manner. Staff will be informed of relevant details only when the Designated Safeguarding Lead feels their having knowledge of a situation will improve their ability to deal with an individual child and/or family. A written record will be made of what information has been shared with whom, and when.

6.5 Safeguarding records will be stored securely in a central place separate from academic records. Individual files will be kept for each child: the nursery will not keep family files. Files will be kept for at least the period during which the child is attending the nursery, and beyond that in line with current data legislation and guidance.

6.6 Access to these records by staff other than by the Designated Safeguarding Lead will be restricted, and a written record will be kept of who has had access to them and when.

6.7 Parents will be aware of information held on their children and kept up to date regarding any concerns or developments by the appropriate members of staff.

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General communications with parents will be in line with any home nursery policies and give due regard to which adults have parental responsibility.

6.8 Do not disclose to a parent any information held on a child if this would put the child at risk of significant harm.

6.9 If a pupil/student moves from our nursery, child protection records will be forwarded on to the Designated Safeguarding Lead at the new setting, with due regard to their confidential nature and in line with current government guidance on the transfer of such records. Direct contact between the two settings may be necessary, especially on transfer from nursery to Primary school. We will record where and to whom the records have been passed and the date.

6.10 If sending by post, pupil records will be sent by “Special/Recorded Delivery”. For audit purposes a note of all pupil records transferred or received should be kept in either paper or electronic format. This will include the child’s name, date of birth, where and to whom the records have been sent and the date sent and/or received.

6.11 If a child is permanently excluded and moves to a Pupil Referral Unit, child protection records will be forwarded on to the relevant organisation.

6.12 Where a vulnerable young person is moving to a Further Education establishment, consideration should be given to the student’s wishes and feelings on their child protection information being passed on in order that the FE establishment can provide appropriate support.

6.13 When a Designated Safeguarding Lead resigns their post or no longer has child protection responsibility, there should be a full face to face handover/exchange of information with the new post holder.

6.13.1 In exceptional circumstances when a face to face handover is unfeasible, the Company Director will ensure that the new post holder is fully conversant with all procedures and case files.

  1. THE GOVERNING BODY

7.1 The Governing Body is the accountable body for ensuring the safety of the nursery. In this case the Company Director, Bali Bains.

7.2 The Governing Body will ensure that:

  • The nursery has a combined safeguarding and child protection policy in accordance with the procedures of Birmingham Safeguarding Children Board;

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  • The nursery operates “safer recruitment” procedures and ensures that appropriate checks are carried out on all new staff and relevant volunteers;

  • At least one senior member of the nursery’s leadership team acts as a Designated Safeguarding Lead;

  • The Designated Safeguarding Leads attends appropriate refresher training every two years;

  • The manager and all other staff who work with children undertake training on an annual basis with additional updates as necessary;

  • Temporary staff and volunteers are made aware of the school’s arrangements for child protection and their responsibilities;

  • The nursery remedies any deficiencies or weaknesses brought to its attention without delay; and

  • The nursery has procedures for dealing with allegations of abuse against staff/volunteers.

7.3

The Governing Body reviews its policies/procedures annually.

7.4

The Nominated Governor for safeguarding

at the nursery is

Bali Bains.

The

Nominated Governor is responsible for liaising with the Head Teacher/Principal and

Designated Safeguarding Lead over all matters regarding safeguarding and child

protection issues. The role is strategic rather than operational – they will not be

involved in concerns about individual pupils/students.

7.5

The Nominated Governor will liaise with the Manager and the Designated

Safeguarding Lead to produce a report at least annually for governors.

7.6

The Nominated Governor will liaise with the Manager and the Designated Safeguarding

Lead to produce the annual Section 175 self-assessment, and ensure this is submitted

on time to the Local Authority.

7.7

A member of the Governing Body (usually the Chair) is nominated to be responsible

for liaising with the local authority in the event of allegations of abuse being made

against the Manager.

8.

A SAFER NURSERY CULTURE

Safer Recruitment and Selection

8.1

The nursery pays full regard to ‘Keeping

Children Safe in

Education’.

Safer

Recruitment practice includes scrutinising applicants, verifying identity and academic

or vocational qualifications, obtaining professional and character references, checking

previous employment history and ensuring that a candidate has the health and

physical capacity for the job. It also includes undertaking interviews and undertaking

appropriate checks through the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

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January 2017

8.2 All recruitment mate

A caring and stimulating home
from home environment

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Extras

In hindsight the setting provides day care for children of early years between the hours of 8:00 am to 6:00 pm. However we like to offer families with a more flexible choice of hours and care. We can offer half day sessions or hourly sessions depending on available spaces. We offer a pick up and drop off service for parents who can’t get to us (*subject to conditions).

Opening Hours

Monday to Friday 7.30am – 6.00pm
Open 51 weeks of the year
Closed weekends and bank holidays

About Tiny Tots

At Tiny Tots Day Nursery, we cater for children aged 3 months to 5 years and aim to provide a caring and stimulating home from home’ environment

Newsletter-Jan-18

We recently had interest from the local newspaper who wrote a small article about the nursery’s success with Ofsted. They visited the nursery and took some lovely pictures of the staff and children. The article was also published on their website. This can be found at:

Newspaper Article

Contact Tiny Tots Handsworth Wood

  • Handsworth Wood, 27a Acfold Road, B20 1HD
  • 01213588860
  • Admin@tinytots-academy.com
 

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  • West Bromwich, 1 Walsall Street, B70 7NX
  • 01215536560
  • Admin@tinytots-academy.com

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