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Safeguarding Children Policy (Child Protection Policy and Prevent duty)

I am the "named person for Child protection". I am attending Safeguarding Awareness training regularly (last one 2nd June 2017) and ensure that I regularly complete update training provided (last one 17th June 2017) to ensure that my knowledge of safeguarding policies and local procedures remains up to date to update my policies.

I am able to identify signs of possible abuse and neglect at the earliest opportunity and to respond in an appropriate and timely way.

If I have concerns about a child’s behaviour, which are not being resolved, I will ask for permission from the parents to talk it through with another childcare professional. I may contact either the NSPCC, health visitor or the local early years team for confidential advice.

Concerns that could identify a particular child are kept confidential and only shared with people who need to know this information.

What I do if I have concerns?

If I have a concern about the welfare of a child I listen and believe what the child says, I reassure the child/ren that the abuse is not their fault, and it is not their responsibility to stop it from happening.

I seek advice from Harrogate Early Intervention Manager Nicki Walton 01609 534235 or Jan Moriarty 01609 535491 (Local Children service - Children social Care)

For more info: the Childline number (0800 1111), and the NSPCC Child Protection Helpline (0808 800 5000).

From January 2016, if I have a concern about a child or young person, or wish to make a referral to the Children & Families Service, I contact the customer resolution centre during office hours or by emailing Children&families@northyorks.gov.uk or Children&families@northyorks.gcsx.gov.uk. Of course I would contact parents first, unless it would put the child in further danger.


For evenings, weekends and bank holidays, I contact the Emergency Duty Team on 01609 780780 or 01609 536993 to bypass the initial part of the call and speak to advisor that deal with social care enquiries,
If you have any questions about this please contact Vicky Metheringham, Head of Safeguarding and LAC at NYCC by e-mailing vicky.metheringham@northyorks.gov.uk or by telephoning 01609 534900.
To discuss potential Prevention referrals or other local provision, please contact your Area Prevention Manager Harrogate & Knaresborough Rachel Copping 01609 798560 or read
Safeguarding children in early years provision

 

The prevent duty

I have regard to the government's statutory guidance ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015 and to the Prevent duty guidance for England and Wales 2015’
If I have concerns about children's safety or welfare, I must notify agencies with statutory responsibilities without delay.
This means the local children's social care services and, in emergencies, the police.

Linked policies: Confidentiality and Allegation 

Last reviewed : June 2017

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Marie Parker,
30 Oct 2013, 14:31
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Marie Parker,
25 Jan 2016, 07:42
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