Safeguarding Policy

Little Doves Christian Pre-School Policy for Safeguarding Children

For the detailed Little Doves Christian Pre-School Safeguarding Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults Policy please see the Policy and Procedures File situated on the sign-in table in the main hall of the pre-school. This policy is reviewed annually.

MISSION STATEMENT

We intend to provide a first-class pre-school service, in a safe and caring environment, where children’s
welfare is treated as the highest priority.

Furthermore, we are committed to:

LITTLE DOVES CHRISTIAN PRE-SCHOOL POLICY

We acknowledge that children can be the victims of physical, sexual and emotional abuse, and
neglect. We also recognise the need to build constructive links with statutory and voluntary child
protection agencies and recognise that no community is immune to abuse. We recognise our
responsibility to protect and safeguard the welfare of the children entrusted in our care.


PREVENTING ABUSE BY GOOD PRACTICE

RESPONDING TO ALLEGATIONS OF ABUSE

Under no circumstances should a member of staff carry out their own investigation into the allegation
or suspicion of abuse. The person in receipt of allegations or suspicions of abuse will do the following:

In the absence of the appointed Safeguarding Officer, or if the suspicions in any way involve the
appointed Safeguarding Officer then the report should be made to Emma Lambri (hereafter the
“Deputy appointed Safeguarding Officer”) tel no: 07756 029105. If the suspicions implicate both the
appointed Safeguarding Officer and the Deputy appointed Safeguarding Officer, then the report
should be made in the first instance to Jenny Walker at jwalker@littledovescp.org.uk or Social
Services Local Area Designated Officer (LADO) 0333 013 9797 (out of hours Social services 0315 606 1212)

For children deemed to be “at risk”, the local Social Services office contact is:

Children and Families Hub on 0345 603 7627 and ask for the 'Priority Line'. Out of hours: (Mon-Thurs 5.30pm-9am. Fri & Bank Holidays 4.30pm-9am) 0345 606 1212

Failing this call the Police on 101. Your call may then be given to the Police Child Protection Team. 

Consult SET Procedures 2019. (Southend, Essex and Thurrock Procedures)

The role of the appointed Safeguarding Officer/Deputy appointed Safeguarding Officer is to collate
and clarify the precise details of the allegation or suspicion and pass this information on to the Social
Services Department. It is Social Services task to investigate the matter under Section 47 of the Children
Act 1989.


ALLEGATIONS OF PHYSICAL INJURY OR NEGLECT

If a child has a physical injury or symptom of neglect, the appointed Safeguarding Officer/Deputy
appointed Safeguarding Officer will:

ALLEGATIONS OF SEXUAL ABUSE

In the event of allegations or suspicions of sexual abuse, the appointed Safeguarding Officer/Deputy
appointed Safeguarding Officer will:

APPOINTMENT, SUPPORT, SUPERVISION & TRAINING OF LEADERS & WORKERS

The Little Doves Christian Pre-School trustees will ensure all workers will be appointed, trained, supported
and supervised in accordance with the principles set out in government guidelines and Early Years Alliance.


SUPPORT TO THOSE AFFECTED BY ABUSE

The Little Doves Christian Pre-School trustees are committed to offering pastoral care, working with
statutory agencies as appropriate, and support to those who have been affected by abuse.

For the detailed Little Doves Christian Pre-School Safeguarding Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults Policy please see the Policy and Procedures File situated on the sign-in table in the main hall of the pre-school. This policy is reviewed annually.


Date: November 2019