It is our legal duty to ensure that every child’s safety is our priority at all times. All children have the right to be protected regardless of age, race, culture, disability or background.
If we have any concerns for the welfare of a child, then we will follow a specific procedure to ensure that it is dealt with appropriately.
There are 4 types of abuse; neglect, sexual, physical and emotional abuse and everybody working within Dawny’s Day Care will have sound knowledge to be aware of any signs or symptoms of abuse (please refer to the Child Protection Policy). This may be some form of physical injury, something the child has said or a severe change in behaviour. Dawn Mitchell, the safeguarding officer (Designated Safeguarding Lead) has undergone the Module one and two of Surrey County Council’s safeguarding training, Dawn Mitchell will relay all information to staff to ensure all staffs’ knowledge of safeguarding is regularly updated. Kirsty Welbelove, Natalie O’Connell and Joanne Owen have also completed the Surrey County Council safeguarding training and will work alongside Dawn Mitchell in any safeguarding case.
There are many factors of concern when is comes to Safeguarding and these include:
- Parent/child misusing alcohol or drugs
- Domestic abuse
- Parents with learning difficulties/mental health problems who reject professional support
- Children with disabilities
- Teenage pregnancy and parenthood
- Highly mobile families and families without resource to public funds
- Self-harming behaviours and suicide ideation
- Child sexual exploitation and grooming (including online)
- Child trafficking
- Female genital mutilation (FGM)
- Breast ironing
- Honour based violence (HBV)
- Forced marriage
- Prevent – radicalisation and terrorism
- Faith abuse
If there are any indicators that we are made aware of then all information will be recorded and kept on file. This information will be kept confidential. All information will be reported to the manager and Designated Safeguarding Lead, Dawn Mitchell, who will deal with the case.
If you have any concerns about a member of staff or an adult that has direct contact with any child, Dawn Mitchell or Kirsty Welbelove must be made aware. All allegations will be taken seriously and fully investigated. The staff member/adult may be instantly suspended depending on the nature of the allegation. Dawn or Kirsty will contact the LADO (Local Authority Designated Officer) and inform them of any allegations or concerns immediately and Ofsted will be contacted in due course. If you feel you cannot approach the manager (Designated Safeguarding Lead or Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead) with any allegations made against a member of staff, we would advise you to contact the LADO or the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH), this is a point of contact for reporting concerns about the safety of a child, young person or an adult. MASH bring together Surrey County Council social care workers for both children and adults, early help services, health workers and police as well as a vast array of virtual partners across Surrey.
The Surrey MASH should be contacted if you would like to report a concern about the safety of a child, young person or an adult. Their details are as follow:
Telephone: 0300 470 9100
Secure email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Egress.
The MASH telephone number connects you to adult and child social care only. You can contact the police using the non-emergency number, 101, or in an emergency where the safety of the child young person or adult is at immediate risk, dial 999.
The out of hours emergency team are contactable on 01483517898
The LADO (Local Authority Designated Officer) should be contacted if you need to make an allegation or raise a concern in relation to an adult working in contact with a children and the details are as follows:
Telephone: 0300 123 1650
As stated in the Early Years Welfare Requirements ‘inappropriate behaviour displayed by other member’s of staff, or any other person working with the children. For example, inappropriate sexual comments; excessive one to one attention beyond the requirements of there usual role and responsibilities; or inappropriate sharing of images.’ Any member of staff whom is seen to be breaching this requirement will be suspended from Dawny’s Daycare following the Dawny’s Daycare disciplinary procedure.
Should an allegation arise Dawn Mitchell will approach the parents to discuss the situation sensitively to inform them what has been recorded. In some cases we will have to gain advice from the Multi-agency Safeguarding Hub and they will take the next steps when it comes to dealing with the situation. Any concerns will need to be reported to Ofsted so they are aware of the case.
Communication between one another is crucial so we will need to be advised of any accidents that have taken place at home as they will need to be recorded in our at home accident book and also recorded on the body map on the back of the accident form. It’s key to have good communications between practitioner and parent.
As stated in the Counter Terrorism and Security Act, ‘to have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism’, Early Years providers now have a duty to have control measures in place relating to this Act. Therefore, Carly or Kirsty will call 101 should we have any concerns about families leaving the country or long term/frequent absences (please see also our non-attendance policy).