As a registered childminder my policy has been developed in accordance with the principles established by the children’s act 1989 and 2004. My first responsibility and priority is towards the children in my care, and I understand that child abuse can be physical, sexual, emotional, neglect or a mixture of these. I must notify Ofsted of any allegations of abuse, which are alleged to have taken place while the child is in my care. This includes any person who is living on the premises. I must notify Ofsted of these allegations as soon as is reasonable. I will keep up to date with child protection issues and relevant legislation by taking regular training.
This will help my keep aware of the signs of abuse or neglect and what to do if I have concerns. Child protection concerns that could identify a particular child are kept confidential and only shared with persons who need to know this information. I aim to provide an environment in which children and young people feel valued and respected, and confident to approach my if they are in difficulties, believing they will be effectively listened to. Parents must notify me of any concerns they may have about their child and any accidents or incidents affecting the child, which I will then need to record. I will work together with parents to make sure of their child is consistent. Procedure:
If I have reason to believe that any child in my care needs protection in any way I will: * Refer a child, if there are concerns about a possible abuse I must inform Ofsted * Keep written records of concerns about a child, even if there is no need to make an immediate referral. I will ensure that all such records are kept confidential and securely, separate from the Childs records. * I will liaise with other agencies and professionals to get more advice. If I notice:
* Any significant changes in behaviour.
* Unexpected bruising or marks.
* Any comments, which will give me, cause for concern or deterioration in general well being which causes me concern Or if a child confines in me that they or another child is being abused, I will * Show that I have understood what they are saying and that I take their allegations seriously. * Encourage the child to talk, without asking leading questions or interrupting when a child is recalling a significant event. * Record the concerns and the Childs comments in writing, in their own words as far as possible. The record will contain: * The Childs name
* The Childs date of birth
* The date the record was made
* A note of the Childs non-verbal behaviour
* A body map, if appropriate, to record any visible injuries or marks * My name and signature
* Inform the child that I cannot promise not to share this information but that everything I do will be in the interest of their safety. * Seek advice from Ofsted and, if necessary log a referral. Confidentiality:
* I recognise that all matters relating to safeguarding are confidential. * I will disclose any information about a child on a need to know basis only. Referring to ‘what to do if you’re worried a child is being abused’. * I am aware that I have a professional responsibility to share information with other agencies in order to safeguard children. * I am aware that I cannot promise a child to keep secrets which might compromise their safety and wellbeing. Visitors to my home:
* I will record all visitors to my home during childminding hours with the time and nature of the visit. Children will not be unsupervised with the visitors to protect myself and others in my home from allegations being made against us. If an allegation is made against me, I will report it to Ofsted and social care following the safeguarding children’s board procedures in England. I will also contact NCMA’s safeguarding children’s services for advice and support.