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)
To report concerns to Children’s Social Care you can do so:
- By phone – one phone number for all concerns and enquiries: 01904 551900
- By email – one email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Using a referral form available here: www.saferchildrenyork.org.uk/concerned-about-a-child-or-young-person.htm
- By letter – Children’s Social Care, City of York Council, West Office, York YO1 6GA
Outside office hours, at weekends and on public holidays contact:
- the Emergency Duty Team telephone: 01609 780780
City of York Safeguarding Children Board: www.saferchildrenyork.org.uk
City of York Council: www.yor-ok.gov.uk
The Childline number (0800 1111), and the NSPCC Child Protection Helpline (0808 800 5000).
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 email@example.com 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.
Last reviewed : June 2017