An Award Winning Preschool 2016 For Oustanding Safeguarding of Children
Rowena Brimacombe Safeguarding Officer and Jo Meier Deputy Safeguarding Officer.
Manager, Safeguarding Officer
2nd lead Safeguarding Officer
Our first responsibility and priority is towards the children in our care. If we have any cause for concern we will contact Richmond Council by phoning the Single Point of Access (SPA) on 020 8891 7969. The relevant local procedures that are held by us are available on request. We understand that child abuse can be physical, sexual, emotional, neglect or a mixture of these. We must notify Ofsted in England of any allegations of abuse, which are alleged to have taken place while the child is in our care.
All staff will endeavour to ensure that all children using the Strawberry Hill Pre-School do so safely and appropriately and are treated with respect and understanding. The setting will organise its routines and activities for children with a preventative, safeguarding purpose in mind. All staff have undergone enhanced Criminal Record Checks (CRB) and follow guidance from the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA.) www.isa-org.uk. All staff working for Strawberry Hill Pre-School will undertake safeguarding training. In-house safeguarding training is ongoing and all staff members that attend safeguarding training will fill in and share new information in our ‘in-house training and information sharing folder./>
The Prevent Duty
From 1 July 2015, all childcare providers must have due regard to the need to prevent people being drawn into terrorism. The government has defined extremism in the Prevent strategy as: “vocal or active opposition to fundamental British Values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs." At Strawberry Hill Preschool our staff have been made aware of the subject of the Prevent duty. We will be learning how to assess the risk of children being drawn into terrorism. We will demonstrate that we are protecting children and young people from being drawn into terrorism by having robust safeguarding policies. We will ensure that their safeguarding arrangements take into account the policies and procedures of the Local Safeguarding Children Board. We will make sure that staff have adequate training and/or information that gives them the knowledge and confidence to identify children at risk of being drawn into terrorism, and to challenge extremist ideas which can be used to legitimise terrorism. We will ensure children are safe from terrorist and extremist material when accessing the internet during our care. The Early Years Foundation Stage 2014 (EYFS) places clear duties on providers to keep children safe and promote their welfare. It states that to protect children in their care, providers must be alert to any safeguarding and child protection issues in the child’s life at home or elsewhere (3.4). The Personal, Social and Emotional development (PSED) supports children in their knowledge and understanding to help protect them from the threat of radicalisation for example ‘turn-taking and sharing, valuing and respecting each other and our views, learning about similarities and differences between ourselves and others, understanding right from wrong and challenge negative attitudes and stereotypes.
SAFEGUARDING - WHAT DOES IT MEAN?
Safeguarding is a term used to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm. Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility. Safeguarding is defined in Working together to safeguard children What are the five different types of abuse?
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Child sexual abuse is an especially complicated form of abuse because of its layers of guilt and shame. It's important to recognise that sexual abuse doesn't always involve body contact. Exposing a child to sexual situations or material is sexually abusive, whether or not touching is involved.
Physical abuse involves physical harm or injury to the child. It may be the result of a deliberate attempt to hurt the child, but not always.
Emotional abuse refers to the psychological and social aspects of child abuse; it is the most common form of child abuse. Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me? Contrary to this old saying, emotional abuse can severely damage a child’s mental health or social development, leaving lifelong psychological scars.
Neglect means that a child is not being looked after properly. Child neglect—a very common type of child abuse—is a pattern of failing to provide for a child's basic needs, whether it be adequate food, clothing, hygiene, or supervision.
Domestic abuse is the abuse of one partner within an intimate or family relationship. It is the repeated, random and habitual use of intimidation to control a partner. The abuse can be physical, emotional, psychological, financial or sexual
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