Children have a right to protection from
being hurt, and from violence, abuse and neglect (United Nations Convention on the Rights of
the Child, Article 19).
injuries to children are accidental and can be simply explained. Bruises, scrapes and cuts are part of the
normal rough and tumble of a young child’s life.
are, however, some children who suffer injuries that are not accidental. The nursery staff have a duty to report any
serious concerns they may have about a child to Oxfordshire’s Multi-Agency
Safeguarding Hub (MASH). Staff are aware
of the sensitivity of this issue and of the confidentiality involved.
nursery staff duty must be to support the family but above all, to ensure the
protection of the child at all times.
Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub supplies support for families whose children are
in need of safeguarding to promote their welfare and upbringing.
staff should be aware of the possible indications of abuse and neglect and the
procedure for dealing with suspected cases.
A staff guidance pack has been produced to support this.
of Child Abuse
If a child arrives at nursery with injuries
the staff should:
Suspicion of Abuse
If through conversation or other contact with a child, a staff
member has reason to suspect physical, sexual or emotional abuse or neglect,
they should do the following:
If a staff member has reported a concern about a child who the
senior nursery team decide not to refer at this stage, it is the responsibility
of any member of staff unhappy with this decision to make their own referral.
policy was reviewed in May 2017.
protect the children, all staff who work in the nursery are required to have
completed a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS). It is our practice for those staff waiting
for their check to clear and other nursery visitors/helpers to always be supervised
and never left alone with the children.
member of staff suspects a colleague of abusing a child they must report it to
the manager or person in charge immediately.
The member of staff concerned would be suspended from duties
immediately, pending a full enquiry.
member of staff who has had an allegation made against them should be aware
that they can contact Ofsted – tel: 0300
123 1231, who will be able to offer them support and advice.
Following any referral of abuse, enquiries will be undertaken by Social Services and possibly the Police. Staff may be required to provide statements and attend an initial Child Protection Conference.
Ofsted would be informed of any action taken.
We have a named person for Safeguarding Children in the nursery and this person will attend all training and relevant meetings available to gain information with regard to up-to-date issues. This information will be used to support the nursery team. In addition to the named person, all senior staff attend the specialist Safeguarding Children training to ensure someone with the appropriate knowledge of referral procedures is on the premises at all times.
The current named person for Safeguarding Children is Shane Page.
The nursery has a staff guidance pack – Safeguarding Children and Promoting their Welfare which should be used in conjunction with this policy to guide and support staff with safeguarding issues.