Limehouse Day Nursery safeguarding children lead practitioner is responsible for liaison with local statutory children’s services agencies, and with the LSCB. Our safeguarding children lead practitioner provides support, advice and guidance to all other staff on an ongoing basis, and on any specific safeguarding issue as required.
The safeguarding children lead practitioner has attended a child protection training course approved by the LSCB enabling them to identify, understand and respond appropriately to signs of possible abuse and neglect.
Limehouse Day Nursery trains all staff to understand our child protection policy, and procedures and our safeguarding policy and procedures, and ensure that all staff have up to date knowledge of child protection and safeguarding issues. Staff are expected to identify:
Signs of possible abuse and neglect
It is essential that action is taken at the very earliest opportunity and to respond in a timely and appropriate way.
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|significant changes in behaviour|
|deterioration in general well-being|
|unexplained bruising, marks|
|signs of possible abuse or neglect|
|child’s comments giving cause for concern|
|reasons to suspect neglect or abuse outside|
|suspected location home/elsewhere|
|Limehouse Day Nursery safeguarding children lead practitioner|
|ACTION & explanation|
Allegation against a member of staff
|Name of child||time/date||Key Worker|
|inappropriate behaviour displayed|
|inappropriate sexual comments|
|excessive one-to-one attention beyond the requirements of their usual role and responsibilities|
|inappropriate sharing of images|
|inappropriate use of mobile phone in the setting|
|inappropriate use of camera in the setting|
|any other person alleged in collusion|
|Limehouse Day Nursery safeguarding children lead practitioner||time/date|
|ACTION & explanation||time/date|
Limehouse Day Nursery has regard for the Government’s statutory guidance ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children 2013’. Any concerns about children’s safety or welfare, will be notified to agencies with statutory responsibilities, the local children’s social care services and in emergencies the police, without delay. Limehouse Day Nursery would inform Ofsted of any allegations of serious harm or abuse by any person working with children at the premises (whether the allegations relate to harm or abuse committed on the premises or elsewhere). Ofsted would be informed of the action taken in respect of the allegations as soon as is reasonably practicable, but at the latest within 14 days of the allegations being made.
Ensuring suitability of people
An enhanced criminal records disclosure is obtained in respect of every person aged 16 and over who works directly with children at Limehouse Day Nursery. Staff are expected to disclose any convictions, cautions, court orders, reprimands and warnings that may affect their suitability to work with children (whether received before or during their employment).
Limehouse Day Nursery keeps continuously updated written records about staff and their qualifications, including identity checks and vetting processes that have been completed (including any criminal record disclosure reference number, the date a disclosure was obtained and details of who obtained it).
Limehouse Day Nursery accept their responsibilities under the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006, which includes a duty to make a referral to the Disclosure and Barring Service where a member of staff is dismissed (or would have been, had the person not left the setting first) because they have harmed a child or put a child at risk of harm.
Staff taking medication/other substances
Limehouse Day Nursery staff must not be under the influence of alcohol or any other substance which may affect their ability to care for children. If staff are taking medication which may affect their ability to care for children, they should seek medical advice and may only work directly with children if medical advice confirms that the medication is unlikely to impair their ability to look after children properly. Staff medication on the premises must be securely stored, out of reach of children, at all times.