Here at Etherley Lane Nursery School, we regard the safeguarding of children as our main priority. We believe that we all have the right to be happy, to be safe and to learn. We all have the responsibility to make this happen.
We will ensure that:
- the welfare of the child remains paramount
- all children whatever their age, culture, disability, gender, language, racial origin, religious beliefs and/or sexual identity have the right to be protected from harm
- all suspicions and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately
- all staff and volunteers working at our school have a responsibility to report concerns to the Designated Lead for Child Protection
We aim to have good working relationships with parents and carers and to work with them through transparency and honesty. However, we do not forget that their child’s needs and welfare are our paramount concern, thus obtaining consent to take matters further is not always appropriate.
Areas of Safeguarding
Our safeguarding policies cover all areas of school life and include:
- Staff and visitors, ensuring they are vetted, informed and trained
- children’s behaviour, promoting safer and happier behaviours and lifestyle
- parents and carers, promoting links and supporting families
- premises, keeping them safe, pleasant and fit for purpose
- curriculum, providing positive, life affirming learning experiences
- outside school, ensuring safer activities and environments outside school
Members of staff and governors responsible
We are all responsible for ensuring that each child remains safe, however Designated Leads are:
Designated Safeguarding Lead: Mrs Jo Madgwick
Deputy Safeguarding Leads: Mrs Susan Rogers and Miss Andrea Nunn
Designated Safeguarding Governor: Mr Keith Taylor
We follow strict procedures to ensure that everyone who works with our children is vetted, keeping our children as safe as possible. On-going checks and ‘whistle blowing’ are in line with the current policy.
- staff are trained in child protection issues and they are aware of the procedures to follow
- staff are encouraged to be vigilant in order to maintain the safety of our children
- all staff and governors are directed to the document Keeping Children Safe in Education 2020
Child Protection with Safeguarding Policy
All staff have an up-to-date understanding of safeguarding children issues and are able to implement the safeguarding children policy and procedure appropriately. Policies are in line with the current guidance and procedures.
Staff are able to respond appropriately to any:
- significant changes in children’s behaviour
- deterioration in their general well-being
- unexplained bruising, marks or signs of possible abuse
- signs of neglect
- comments children make which give cause for concern
All staff are aware of the need to maintain privacy and confidentiality.
We have an obligation to obtain necessary information from parents in advance of a child being admitted to school, including:
- emergency contact numbers
- the child’s special dietary requirements, preferences or food allergies the child may have
- the child’s special health requirements
- information about who has legal contact with the child; and who has parental responsibility for the child
PARENTS AND CARERS MUST TELL US OF ANY CHANGES TO THESE DETAILS
We take confidentiality very seriously. Any information which we hold is treated as confidential and shared on a ‘need to know’ basis.
Links with External Agencies
Because our first concern must be the well-being of your child, there may be occasions when we have to consult other agencies before we contact you. The procedures we have to follow have been laid down in accordance with the local authority child protection procedures.
We are fortunate to be supported by a range of eternal agencies which can be called upon to support the work we do in school. the include Health Visitors, Health Practitioners, Educational Psychology, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, Behaviour Support, Social Services, and Specialists in supporting Special Educational Needs.
Reporting Concerns or Complaints
Further to the above procedures , we have in place a school complaints policy. This enables children, staff and carers to report anything they feel is a concern.
Concerns should be raised in the following order.
- to a member of staff, then if there is no resolution;
- to the headteacher, then if there is no resolution;
- to the chair of governors, then if there is no resolution;
- to the Local Authority
All contact details are available from the school office.
Review of Policy and Practice
In order to ensure best practice is maintained our polices are reviewed annually to incorporate the latest statutory guidance.