It is my responsibility as a registered childminder to ensure the safety and welfare of all children in my care by:
- Being alert to any issues for concern in the child’s life at home or elsewhere.
- Being the Designated Safeguarding Lead and taking responsibility for safeguarding children in my care.
- Making a referral to the relevant agencies if I have a safeguarding concern about a child.
- Attending Safeguarding Children training delivered by the LSCB, every 3 years.
- Having a regard to Government guidance Working Together to Safeguard Children (2018) and the Prevent Duty guidance for England & Wales (2015).
- Notifying Ofsted and the Early Years and Childcare Service of any serious accident, injury or death of a child while in my care.
- Notifying the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO), Ofsted and the Early Years and Childcare Service of any allegations against myself or a member of my family.
- Ensuring that any person having unsupervised contact with children is suitable to be in regular contact with children and an enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service check (DBS) has been completed. I ensure all assistants are aware they need to disclose personal circumstances that could disqualify individuals from working with children.
- Promoting British Values within my everyday practice.
I accessed initial Child Protection training as part of my course to become a registered childminder. I keep up to date with my knowledge of Child Protection issues by attending training delivered by the LSCB every 3 years. I most recently attended a training session on 8th, December 2021.
I am aware that children can have accidents in everyday life which results in a mark or an injury. I will record any accidents or incidents and parent’s will need to sign when they collect their child at the end of the session. There may be times when I will need to contact the parents during the day to inform them of an accident.
I have permission to seek emergency medical treatment and I will call an ambulance before informing the parents, if I believe the accident/incident is serious.
Sometimes a child will arrive with a mark or an injury which happened whilst the child was not in my care. I will record where the mark is on the body and the parent/child’s recollection of how it happened. The parents will need to sign this record.
There may be times when a parent has forgotten to inform me of an existing mark or injury. If I notice a mark during the day, I will ring the parent to discuss how this happened. I will record it and parents will be asked to sign the record when they collect their child at the end of the session.
Any records of children’s accidents/injuries will be stored in printed paper in a lever arch folder titled “Accidents and Injuries”.
They will be stored in chronological order for each individual child. This means I will easily be seen if there is a pattern emerging of injuries that happen when the child is not in my care.
If I have a concern about marks/injuries or comments a child makes I know I need to act in order to safeguard children in my care.
I am aware of the signs and symptoms of child abuse: physical, sexual, emotional, and those of neglect. The definitions of abuse are taken from Working Together to Safeguard Children (2018)
I understand that child abuse can be classified as physical, sexual, emotional or neglect, and can also be a combination of these, and am aware of the signs and symptoms that may indicate abuse is occurring.
If a child tells me that they or another child is being abused, I will:
- show that I have heard what they are saying, and that I take their allegations seriously;
- encourage the child to talk, without prompting them or askingthem with open ended questions. IE: Not Yes or No questions. I will not interrupt when a child is recalling significant events and will not make a child repeat their account;
- reassure the child that they can tell me anything that is worrying them, but that I cannot promise not to tell anybody because some things have to be passed on in order to keep them safe;
- explain what actions I must take, in a way that is appropriate to the age and understanding of the child;
- record what I have been told, as soon as I can, using exact words where possible;
- make a note of the date, time, place and people who were present during the disclosure.
Injury to a non-mobile infant
A non-mobile infant is a baby who is not yet pulling to stand, crawling, cruising around furniture, or toddling. Babies who are sitting up and rolling are classed as non-mobile.
Bruising in an infant who has no independent mobility is very uncommon. It may be an indicator of a serious medical condition or physical abuse.
If a non-mobile infant has an injury, however seemingly minor and however plausible the parent or carer’s explanation, I must contact the Children’s Advice and Duty Service (ChAD) without delay to request advice.
If an infant has bleeding from the nose, mouth, ear or any other serious injury I will call 999 for an ambulance and then inform ChAD at the earliest opportunity.
A child may disclose that something is happening to them when they are not in my care. It is not my role to ‘interview’ the child and ask leading questions. I will use open ended questions.
If I suspect a child may be being abused or is likely to be abused I will in the first instance contact the Children’s Advice and Duty Service (ChAD)
If the child lives in a neighbouring County, I will contact them using the numbers below
There will be times when I need to make a referral or seek advice and not speak to the parents first. These will be if I suspect physical abuse or sexual abuse and if by speaking to the parents I could put the child in immediate danger.
If I suspect a child is being emotionally abused or neglected, I will speak to the parents before making a referral or seeking advice.
It is not my responsibility to attempt to investigate the situation myself. However it is my responsibility to follow through in order to keep the child safe.
I will record any conversations with ChAD, Children’s Social Care and/or out of County offices and act on their advice.
I am familiar with the Pan Dorset Safeguarding Children Partnership website www.dorsetlscb.co.uk/
I will email the Early Years Advice Line if I have spoken to ChAD, Children’s Social Care or an out of County office.
When different professionals are involved with children and families it is important to make sure that these services work together to listen to the voice of the child and their family and get the right support in place through a ‘whole child’ and ‘whole family’ approach. With parent’s permission I will contact the Family Partnership Zone nearest to where the child lives.
I am aware of the PDSCP’s Escalation Policy and how to raise a concern if I disagree with decisions made by other professionals.
Should there be any allegations of serious harm or abuse about me, or about any person living, working or looking after children alongside me, I must inform the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) within a day, and also inform Ofsted as soon as practicable, but at the latest within fourteen days and the Early Years & Childcare Service.
I will also contact the LADO and the Early Years and Childcare Service if I witness inappropriate behaviour displayed by any other person caring for or working with children.
Online safety is also part of my safeguarding’s responsibilities. While your child is under my care I will be using my personal mobile. The use of it will be to store digital photographs and other electronic data. I will be following these guidelines whilst using my mobile.
I will obtain a general consent from parents, as part of the registration procedure, to take photographs for record keeping or display purposes.
I will be using my mobile to upload photographs on the chosen app to use for daily diaries, observations, or from time to time advertising purposes, (optional). The photographs will then be removed from the devices on a weekly basis.
We will not distribute or publish any images of your child without your consent.
We will always be able to justify to Ofsted the reason for taking the photographs.
We will always ensure children are appropriately dressed.
Useful Telephone Numbers:
Children Advice and Duty Service (CHAD): 01202 228866 (family and public)
Early Years Advice Line (Dorset): 01305 228425
Ofsted – Helpline: 0300 123 1231
Ofsted – Complaints: 0300 123 4666
NSPCC child protection helpline – 24-hour helpline for people worried about a child: 0808 800 5000
Local Early Years and childhood team: 01702 215007