Safeguarding Policy

Bourton and Zeals Pre-School
The Safeguarding and Welfare Requirements.
A Safeguarding Children Policy is required by law for all pre-school and child care providers.

Section One – Purpose.
Bourton and Zeals Pre-school has a duty to be aware that abuse does occur in our society. This policy lays out the procedures that will be taken if we have reason to believe that a child in our care is subject to any form of abuse or neglect.
Our primary responsibility is the welfare and well being of all children in our care. As such we believe that we have a duty to the children, parent/carers, staff and committee members to act quickly and responsibly in any concern that may come to our attention. It is the duty of any staff member to report any suspected abuse to the Designated Safeguarding Leader (DSL).
All practitioners have the responsibility to refer a child to Children’s Social Care under section 11 of the Children Act 2004 if they believe or suspect that the child:
• Has suffered significant harm
• Is likely to suffer significant harm
• Has a disability, development and welfare needs which are likely only to be met through provision of the family support services
• Is a child in need whose development would be likely to be improved without provision of services
The parent/carer’s permission should be sought before discussing a referral about them with other agencies, unless asking may place a child at significant harm. If permission is not gained the decision will be recorded in the file along with;
• Date
• Signed by referrer
• Confirmed in the referral to social care
The DSL for Bourton and Zeals Pre-school is Mrs Emma Stone.
Mrs Trudy Witham will deputise should the DSL not be available.
Section Two – Concerns about a child/children.
If there is a concern about a child Bourton and Zeals Pre-school has a duty to contact Children’s Social Care (CSC) linked to the area where the child lives:
• Children’s Services Duty Service (CHADS) 01305 228558
• Wiltshire 01225 713000
• Somerset 0845 3459122
See appendix one for full addresses.
The DSL or deputy should speak to the CSC duty officer to share their concern over an incident or emerging pattern of concerns. The duty officer will discuss with their own manager and decide upon further action, if applicable. If the initial contact is taken by the CSC as a referral, the setting should send a written report within 48hrs.
Physical Abuse.
Action will be taken under this heading if staff have reason to believe that there has been a physical injury to a child, including deliberate poisoning, where there is a definite knowledge, or reasonable suspicion that the injury was inflicted or knowingly not prevented.
1. Any sign of a mark or injury to a child when they come into Bourton and Zeals Pre-school will be recorded, discussed with the parent/carer, and the parent asked to fill in a home accident sheet. Parent/carers will have been informed of this procedure when they join the setting.
2. If there is further concern the observed instances will be recorded (see appendix two) and any marks recorded on a body map (see appendix three).
3. If there appears to be any discrepancy or query regarding the injury or the injury is discovered after the parent/carer has left and the child discloses the name of the person causing the harm, this will be shared with the CSC who may notify the Police if there is any concern that the child is in danger of significant harm.
Sexual Abuse
Action will be taken under this heading if the staff team have witnessed occasions where a child has indicated sexual activity through words, play, drawing or had an excessive pre-occupation with sexual matters or had an inappropriate knowledge of adult sexual behaviour.
1. The observed instances will be recorded (see appendix two/three).
2. The matter will be referred to the CSC who will notify the Police if there is any concern that the child is in danger of significant harm.
Emotional Abuse.
Action will be taken under this heading if the staff team has reason to believe that there is a severe, adverse effect on the behaviour and emotional development of a child caused by persistent or severe maltreatment or rejection.
1. The observed instances will be recorded (see appendix two/three).
2. The matter will be referred to the CSC who will notify the Police if there is any concern that the child is in danger of significant harm.
Action will be taken under this heading if the staff team has reason to believe that there has been persistent or severe neglect of a child ( for example , by exposure to any kind of danger, including cold and starvation.)which results in serious impairment of the child’s health or development, including non-organic failure to thrive.
1. The observed instances will be recorded (see appendix two/three).
2. The matter will be referred to the CSC who will notify the Police if there is any concern that the child is in danger of significant harm.
3. Within 48hours conformation of referral will be sent to the relevant authority.
4. If no acknowledgement is given within three working days we will re-contact Social Care.
5. If we disagree with any decisions made then we will raise the matter under the escalation policy.
See appendix four for additional information on the definitions and typical indicators of abuse.
The Children Act of 1989 places a duty on the CSC to investigate such matters. Bourton and Zeals Pre-school will follow the procedures set out by Dorset Safeguarding Children’s Board (DSCB) and will take guidance of CSC on further action or procedures to be followed. All records will be kept confidential on a need to know bases.
Allegations of child abuse or neglect could lead to a criminal investigation so staff will not do anything to jeopardise this, for example, ask a child leading questions or attempt to investigate allegations themselves. If initial clarification is needed or requested by CSC, staff may use open ended questions T.E.D (see appendix five) but should be mindful that CSC and Police are responsible for child protection matters.

Section Three – allegations against a member of staff or volunteer.
Action will be taken under this heading if a concern is raised or allegation is made against a member of staff or volunteer which suggests that a child has been harmed or is vulnerable to abuse.
1. This should also be notified to the DSC/Employer who will contact CSC for advice and direction of procedure to follow.
2. Ofsted should then be notified of the allegation along with the LADO.
3. In all cases a record of the report, which is timed, dated and includes a clear name or signature must be made.
4. Suspension may be considered necessary if:
• There is cause to suspect a child is at risk of significant harm, or
• The allegation warrants investigation by the Police, or
• The allegation is so serious that it might be grounds for dismissal. (see appendix six)
The suspended person will be suspended on full pay during the period of investigation. If there is no proof of any misconduct and a suspended person is to return to work, appropriate support should be set up e.g. mentor/management of contact with child/children/parents/carers who have made the allegation. If the complaint is upheld the staff member would be dismissed on the grounds of gross misconduct following usual disciplinary procedures (see appendix six)
Full DSCB guidance and procedures on Managing Allegations is found in ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children and Young People 2013’
Section four – ensuring suitability of staff to work with children.
In accordance with the Childcare Act 2006 and EYFS Welfare Requirements 2012, all committee members and staff working at Bourton and Zeals Pre-school will be subject to Enhanced Criminal Record Bureau (DBS) Code of Practice check under our Safer Recruitment and Selection Policy and Procedures (see appendix seven) to be able to take up positions within the Pre-school team. All staff are contracted to attend training in Safeguarding Children and Young People and will be asked to familiarise themselves with this document. Staff job roles include responsibility to safeguard children and report to the DSL any concerns.
Staff must:
• Give comfort and support to the child as appropriate
• Not force the child to talk about the abuse or ask leading questions(see appendix five)
• Maintain confidentiality for the protection of the child and family
• Speak to the DSL or deputy as soon as possible to ensure that appropriate action can be taken
• Record, using clear language, what has been seen or heard
• Staff must ensure their conduct is at all times exemplary and does not put children in danger or bring the setting into disrepute
Volunteers and students who have not undergone these checks will be fully supervised and never left alone with children.
Visitor’s identification badges will be checked before entering the premises and they will be required to sign in.
The main door is locked when all the children are present.
Parents/carers sign the alternative collection book if they are not collecting their own child/children
Section five – working with parents and carers.
Parents /carers will be provided with a copy of this document when their child begins pre-school to explain in a clear way so as not to frighten, upset or accuse but to impress upon them the commitment to their child’s well-being.
Parents /carers will be reassured that allegations against staff, committee members, students or volunteers of abuse or neglect will be taken seriously and will be reported to CSC to investigate. The concern should be made to the settings DSL or if this person is the subject of the allegation to the Chairperson.
At all times the child’s well-being comes first. Bourton and Zeals Pre-school has the right to seek advice, regarding a concern they may have about a child, before discussing it with the child’s parent/carer. If the child is thought to be at risk of significant harm a referral may be made to CSC without having first discussed it with the parent/carer.
Section six – Follow on
If a concern or allegation is reported to the DSL a decision will be made regarding the next step which could be to discuss the concern with the parent/carer; take further advice; or to raise the concern with CSC. The duty officer will advise the setting on necessary procedures, depending on the severity of the concern. CSC may investigate if the concern has reached the threshold for this to be taken forward.
The CSC office may arrange a visit to the family/ setting to see the child and parents for themselves. If this leads them to suspect a child has been abused or neglected, advice and support will be offered to improve the care of the child.
Bourton and Zeals Pre-school will continue to provide the best care for the child and work to support parents/carers in a confidential, non-judgemental manner.
Section seven – Whistle Blowing
All staff, committee members and volunteers should be made aware of their duty to raise concerns, where they exist, about the management of safeguarding, which may include the actions of colleagues. Any such concerns should be raised with the DSL. If your concern is about that person then contact the committee chairperson or your Early Years Advisor or directly to the CSC.
Whistleblowing is protected by law if you report any of the following;
• A criminal offence
• Someone’s health and safety is in danger
It is important to remember that personal grievances are not covered by whistleblowing law. Home Office Whistleblowing hotline is open Monday – Friday 8am -8pm. Employees will be offered advice about the whistleblowing process and will be legally protected from any future workplace discrimination arising as a result of their concerns. What happens when you call?
• You will be asked the details of the case
• The possible protection available to you where relevant
Contact details:
Telephone number: 0800 028 0285
Post: National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC)
Weston House
42 Curtain Road
Section eight – Mobile phones/cameras
All staff, committee members and volunteers should be made aware of our Acceptable use of Mobile Phones/Camera Policy and procedures which will be taken if it is believed a person has failed to adhere to the policy.
Section nine – Electronic communications and Internet Usage (personal)
Guidelines have been set out by Bourton and Zeals Pre-school to help ensure the appropriate usage of electronic communications made by staff and committee members to safeguard confidentiality.
All people associated with the pre-school are advised through our Internet Usage –Personal Policy of our expectations of them whilst using internet sites, especial social networking sites.

People who are part of our setting and those who are there to help support us
The “Person Registered” – The Chairperson
The “Person in day to day charge” – Mrs Emma Stone
The “Designated Safeguarding Leader” for safeguarding children and young people – Mrs Emma Stone
The “Deputy Safeguarding Leader” – Mrs Trudy Witham
Dorset Children’s Services Duty Service – 01305 228558
Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) – Patrick Crawford 01305 221122
Ofsted – 0300 123 1231
Dorset Sure Start – 01305 228424
Nick Hornsby (Dorset Sure Start) –01305 228424
Louise Dodds Safeguarding Officer for Early Years 01305 221319
Contact details for Local Agencies
North Dorset Office, Bath Road, Sturminster Newton. DT10 1DR
Tel 01258 472652
Primary Care Trusts (Health) North Dorset Tel 01305 36130
Local Safeguarding Children (Board Room 273), Wiltshire County Council, Children and Education Department, County Hall, Bythesea Road, Trowbridge, Wilts. BA14 8JB. Tel 01225 71300.
New Enquiries – Children and Families Referral and Assessment team – 01380 733567.
Somerset County Council, County Hall, Taunton, Somerset. TA1 4DY. Tel 0845 3459122

Safeguarding Children information on Disclosures (T.E.D)
If a child makes a disclosure it is important that everything is recorded accurately and promptly. Allow the child to speak freely and at their own pace, do not ask leading questions.
The following T.E.D free narrative procedure is recommended;
• Tell me about it.
• Explore.
• Describe.
The information gained is highly confidential and should only be shared with the DSL, or deputy in her absence. The information will be shared with the relevant authorities who will decide how to proceed.
Parents do not necessarily need to be informed if you feel that a child may be in danger.
All referrals must be followed up within 48 hours in writing. If there are further concerns then the authority must be contacted again.
The welfare of the child is paramount and it is vital that agencies work together to share information.

Amendments to Safeguarding June 2015
1. Preventing Female Genital Mutilation
FGM is a collective term for all procedures which include the partial or total mutilation of the external female genital organs for cultural or non-therapeutic reasons. It is not an acceptable practice and is a form of child abuse under UK law.
FGM is not advocated by any religion or by any religious text. Although it is practised in Muslim, Christian and other religious groups, none of them support the practice.
As a Pre-School any disclosure must follow general safeguarding disclosure guidelines. If practitioners feel a girl may be a risk of FGM they should speak to the DSL or Deputy DSL.
Our aim is to act now; we get involved from the first signs of need. We aim to catch the problems early, stop them from getting worse, or prevent them from happening in the first instance. Transition from early years may include other settings, child minders, health visitors who all can pass on valuable information about the support children require to develop.
We will ensure social and emotional support is given through Parent Family Support Advisors. Family support can be harnessed either through completion of a CAF, TAC (Team Around the Child) or direct involvement from a family support worker. (Get Set)
The Prevent Duty – June 2015
As a pre-school we have our Statement of British Values based around ethos and values including respect and tolerance. Although we do not perceive that our pre-school has a high risk of radicalisation of our children we must be prepared and trained to support children, families and staff if required.
All staff will complete online training to enhance their knowledge and understanding of this duty. It is essential that practitioners are able to identify children who may be vulnerable to radicalisation and quickly follow procedures to support them. At Bourton and Zeals Pre-School we will ensure that;
 We have contact information to relevant local police, social care and LSCB.
 We teach the children to value views, understand similarities and differences learn right from wrong, to challenge negative attitudes/stereotypes and British Values.
 We are alert to harmful behaviours – discriminatory discussions/language, extremist language/discussions.
 All practitioners and relevant committee members are trained in safeguarding and The Prevent Duty. This is to be updated regularly.
 We refer concerns to the DSL in the first instance, following our normal procedures.
 We take action and challenge observed behaviour which causes us concern.
Safeguarding arrangements will also be supported by the work of the local Safeguarding Children Board and we will follow any advice they may give. This may be referred onto the Local Channel Panel who assigned Counter Terrorism Local Profiles (CTLP’s).
Channel is a programme which focuses on providing support at an early stage to people who are identified as being vulnerable to being drawn into terrorism. An individual’s engagement with the programme is entirely voluntary at all stages.
A key area from potential radicalisation is through the use of information technology. We have an e-safety policy in place and information given to parents to safeguard their children digitally.
Our objectives are to:
1. Respond to concerns
2. Prevent as far as possible the risks of radicalisation
3. Work with children and their families
Department for education 0207 3407264 – helpline to raise concerns
Multi-Faith Safeguarding Hub 0845 6085404
NSPCC National Training Centre
3 Gilmour Close
Beaumount Leys
Notifiable Incident 2015 update:
A notifiable incident is an incident involving the care of a child which meets any of the following criteria;
• A child has died (including suspected suicide) and abuse or neglect is known or suspected.
• A child has been seriously harmed and abuse or neglect is known or suspected.
• A looked after child has died (including cases where abuse or neglect is not known or suspected)
• A child in a regulated setting or service has died. (Including cases where abuse or neglect is not known or suspected)
All notifiable incidents will be reported to Ofsted, relevant LSCB or LSCB’s promptly within 5 working days of becoming aware that the incident has occurred.