Little Doves Christian Pre-School Policy for Safeguarding Children
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:
- Valuing, listening to and respecting children as well as promoting their welfare and protection
- Supervision and training for all staff
- Adopting a procedure for dealing with concerns about possible abuse
- Encouraging and supporting parents/carers
- Supporting those affected by abuse
- Maintaining good links with the statutory childcare authorities and other organisations
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
- Adults will not be left alone for long periods with individual children or with small groups
- Adults who do not have a DBS certificate will not take children unaccompanied to the
- We will seek out-training opportunities for all adults in the group to ensure that they recognise
the symptoms of possible neglect, abuse or exploitation by Safeguarding Children courses and
- Through keyworker times/Focus and Circle times, children will be encouraged to develop a
sense of trust and independence. We will help them make choices and find ways to express
their own feelings. This will enable children to develop the self-confidence and the vocabulary
needed to resist inappropriate approaches.
- The layout of the room and outside play area will permit constant supervision of all children
- Keep confidential records
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:
- Report concerns as soon as possible to Pam Biddulph (hereafter the “appointed Safeguarding
Officer”) tel no: 07756 029105 who is nominated to act on their behalf in dealing with the
allegation or suspicion of neglect or abuse, including referring the matter on to the statutory
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 email@example.com or Social
Services. For children deemed to be “at risk”, the local Social Services office telephone number
between 8.00am and 8.00pm is 0845 603 7627. Outside these hours, call 0845 606 1212. Failing this,
call the Police on 101. Your call may then be given to the Police Child Protection Team.
Child line: 0800 1111. NSPCC: 0808 800 5000
- Consult SET Procedures 2016. (Southend, Essex and Thurrock Procedures)
- Avoid discussing suspicions with anyone other than those nominated above. A written record
of the concerns should be made and kept in a secure place.
- Whilst allegations or suspicions of abuse will normally be reported to the appointed
Safeguarding Officer, the absence of the appointed Safeguarding Officer or Deputy appointed
Safeguarding Officer should not delay referral to the Social Services Department
- The Little Doves Christian Pre-School trustees will support the appointed Safeguarding
Officer/Deputy appointed Safeguarding Officer in their role, and accept that any information
they may have in their possession will be shared in a strictly limited way on a need to know basis.
- It is, of course, the right of any individual as a citizen to make a direct referral to the child
protection agencies or seek advice from elsewhere. If, however, the individual with the
concern feels that the appointed Safeguarding Officer/Deputy appointed Safeguarding
Officer has not responded appropriately, or where they have a disagreement with the
appointed Safeguarding Officer(s) as to the appropriateness of a referral they are free to
contact an outside agency direct.
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
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:
- Contact Social Services (or CCPAS 0845 120 4550) for advice in cases of deliberate injury, if
concerned about a child’s safety or if a child is afraid to return home
- Not tell the patents or carers unless advised to do so having contacted Social Services
- Seek medical help if needed urgently, informing the doctor of any suspicions
- For lesser concerns, (eg poor parenting), encourage parent/carer to seek help, but not if this
places the child at risk of injury
- Where the parent/carer is unwilling to seek help, offer to accompany them. In cases of real
concern, if they still fail to act, contact Social Services direct for advice
- Seek and follow advice given by CCPAS (who will confirm their advice in writing) if unsure
whether or not to refer a case to Social Services
ALLEGATIONS OF SEXUAL ABUSE
In the event of allegations or suspicions of sexual abuse, the appointed Safeguarding Officer/Deputy
appointed Safeguarding Officer will:
- Contact the Social Services Department Duty Social Worker for children and families or Police
Child Protection Team direct. They will NOT speak to the parent/carer or anyone else.
- Seek and follow the advice given by CCPAS if, for any reason they are unsure whether or not to
contact Social Services/Police. CCPAS will confirm its advice in writing for future reference.
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 “Safe from Harm”
(HMSO 1993) and CCPAS guidance.
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.
This policy will be reviewed annually.
Date: April 2017