Safeguarding

The safety and well being of the children in my care is important to me. It is my policy to parents to inform me in advance if anyone other than themself is to collect their child

No other person will be allowed to collect a child without this, even if they have done so before.

My first responsibility must be the welfare and well being of every child in my care. I firmly believe that I have a solemn duty to children and parents/carers to act promptly and responsibly in any instance of abuse that may come to my attention.

Under the legislation stated in the Children Act 1989, I am required by law to have in place, a working Child Protection Policy. As a childminder, I have a duty to be aware that abuse does occur in our community and in society in general. This statement sets out the procedures that will be taken if I have a reason to believe that a child in my care is subject to either physical, emotional, sexual abuse or neglect.

As a childminder, I have a duty to report any suspicions concerning abuse to the Local Authority. The Children Act 1989 (Section 47(1)) places a duty on the Local Authority to investigate such matters. As a childminder, I will follow the procedures set out in the Local Authority Child Protection Documents. This may involve consulting outside agencies as a legal responsibility before consulting the parent’s concerned.

It is my policy to provide a safe, secure environment for all children in my care. I aim to:

  • Ensure that no child is placed at risk whilst in my care
  • Ensure that confidentiality is maintained at all times
  • Ensure that I am familiar with the Local Child Protection Handbook
  • Regularly update and review this policy
  • Revise awareness to Child Protection issues and procedures

If at any time parents have any concerns about their child and the care I offer, they should feel free to talk to me in confidence. It is my aim to solve any issue before it becomes a problem.