Safe guarding policy
Safeguarding is defined as protecting children from maltreatment, preventing impairment of health and/or development; ensuring children grow up in the provision of safe and effective care. Just for Fun is committed to building a “culture of safety” in which the children in our care are protected from abuse and harm. The Club will respond promptly and appropriately to all incidents or concerns of abuse that may occur. These policies and procedures comply with all relevant legislations and with guidance issued by the Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB).
Designated Senior Person for Child Protection is: Simone Pacelli
Deputy Senior Person for Child Protection is: Amy Halls
The broad areas for the Designated Safeguarding lead are;
- Managing referrals- referring all cases of suspected abuse to the local authority, children’s social care and police
- Raising Awareness
When to be concerned
All staff should be aware that the main categories of abuse are:
- Physical abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Sexual abuse
An individual may abuse or neglect a child directly, or by failing to protect a child from harm. The following are some signs often associated with particular types of child abuse and neglect. These types of abuse are more often found in combination than alone.
- Emotional abuse is persistent emotional maltreatment of a child so as to cause severe and persistent adverse effects on the child’s emotional development. It may involve making the child feel that they are worthless or unloved, or valued only insofar as to meet the needs of another person.
- Physical abuse can involve hitting, shaking, throwing, poisoning, burning, drowning, suffocating or otherwise causing physical harm to a child.
- Sexual abuse involves forcing or enticing a child to take part in sexual activities, whether or not the child is aware of what is happening. This can involve physical contact, including penetrative or non-penetrative acts, or non-contact activities such as showing children pornographic materials, sexual activities, or encouraging children to behave in sexually inappropriate ways.
- Neglect is the persistent failure to meet a child’s basic physical and emotional needs. Neglect can involve a failure to:
- provide adequate food, clothing and shelter
- protect a child from physical and emotional harm
- ensure adequate supervision
- allow access to medical treatment.
Dealing with a disclosure
If a child discloses that he or she has been abused in some way, that member of staff should;
- Listen to what is being said but do not question them
- Accept what is being said and allow them to talk freely
- Reassure the children, but not make promises which might not be possible to keep
- Not promise confidentiality- might be necessary to refer to Children’s Services
- Explain what has to be done next and who has to be told
- Make a written record as soon as possible
Communication with parents
Parents should be informed prior to referral, unless it is considered to do so might place the child at increased risk of significant harm. The parents should have an understanding of the responsibilities placed on the staff and club for safeguarding children.
All information about the suspected abuse or disclosure will be recorded as soon as possible after the event. The record should include:
- Record as soon as possible after conversation
- Date of the disclosure or of the incident causing concern
- Date and time at which the record was made
- Name and date of birth of the child involved
- A factual report of what happened. If recording a disclosure, it is essential to use the child’s own words.
- Name, signature and job title of the person making the record.
The record will be given to the Club’s Manager who will decide whether they need to contact Social Care or make a referral. If other staff feel that the incident has not been adequately followed up, they may call Social Care themselves.
Promoting awareness among staff
The Club will promote awareness of child abuse issues throughout its staff training. The Club will ensure that:
- Its designated CPO has relevant experience and receives appropriate training
- Safe recruitment practices are followed for all staff
- All staff have a copy of the Safeguarding Children policy, understand its contents and are vigilant to signs of abuse or neglect
- All staff are aware of their statutory requirements with regard to the disclosure or discovery of child abuse
- Staff are familiar with the ‘What To Do If You’re Worried A Child Is Being Abused’ flowchart and booklet
Female Genital mutilation policy
Female genital mutilation is illegal in England and Wales and it is an offecnce to take UK nationals abroad to aid, abet or carry out FGM. It is a form of child abuse and a violation of the human rights of girls and women. There are no medical reasons to carry out FGM.
Types of FGM are:
- Clitoridectomy- A partial or total removal of the clitoris
- Excision- this is partial or total removal of the clitoris and the labia minora.
- Infibulation- this is the narrowing of the vaginal opening.
- All other harmful procedures- This can include pricking piecing and incising the genital area.
Promoting British values
As of September 2014, the DfE requires all schools to promote the historical and current values that underpin the national identity known as being British. This reflects another areas of safeguarding children.
Just for fun will:
- Actively promote the fundamental British values: democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs
- Prevent the promotion of partisan political views in the teaching of any subject in the school
- Take such steps as are reasonably practicable to ensure that where political issues are brought to the attention of pupils they are offered a balanced presentation of opposing views.
Just for Fun Will actively promote principles that:
- Enable pupils to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence
- Enable pupils to distinguish right from wrong and to respect the civil and criminal law of England
- Encourage pupils to accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative and understand how they can contribute positively to the lives of those living and working in the locality in which the school is situated, and to society more widely
- Enable pupils to acquire a broad general knowledge of and respect for public institutions and services in England
- Further tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions by enabling pupils to acquire an appreciation of and respect for their own cultures
- Encourage respect for other people, paying particular regard to the protected characteristics set out in the Equality Act 2010
- Encourage respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic process, including respect for the basis on which the law is made and applied in England
Actively promoting British Values within Just For Fun
- Ensure all children at the club have a voice that is listened to.
- Using our resources to help children understand a range of faiths.
- Involving children in designing the clubs Golden Rules.
- Ensuing Children understand and accept responsibility for their behaviour
Child protection referral number: 0300 1234043
Social services: 0300 123 4040
Social services out of hours number: 0300 123 4040
LADO (Local Authority Designated Officer): 01992 555420
LSCB (Local Safeguarding Children Board): 01992 555077
Ofsted: 0300 123 1231
NSPCC: 0808 800 5000
- Staff working directly with children must not use mobile phones as it is inappropriate and distracts them paying full attention to the children in their care.
- Mobile phones and conversations within groups can be very disruptive and they divert the parent/carers attention away from the responsibility of looking after their children.
Cameras and camera phones
- One of the key ways that practitioners support children’s development and engage parents in children’s learning is through photographs that record their activities and achievements. Staff will always check with parents that they consent to the use of cameras for appropriate recording purposes in this way.
- The use of any sort of camera by parents/carers is prohibited in the Nursery