As a childminder, I am the lead safeguarding practitioner and my first responsibility and priority is towards the children in my care. Anyone having regular contact with children while under my care will undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS) with Ofsted. Which me and my husband have registered for the DBS update service.
If I have any cause for concerns I will report it to the relevant bodies, following the Birmingham Safeguarding Children’s Partnership (BSCP) procedures. The procedures can be found at http://www.lscpbirmingham.org.uk
I also make sure that no individual who is unsuitable to work with children has unsupervised access to a child in my care. I have read and understand the following government statutory guidance:
- Safeguarding and Welfare Requirements of EYFS.
- Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015
- What to do if you are Worried a Child is being Abused – Advice for Practitioners 2015.
- Inspecting Safeguarding in Early Years, Education and Skills settings.
- Information sharing: Advice for Practitioners Providing Safeguarding Services
- Keeping Children Safe in Education 2019
I record when visitors are in the premises who come into contact with the children, they will always be supervised, children will never be lift with anyone other than me or my husband in an absolute emergency.
All unknown visitors will be asked to show ID before being considered access. New parents will be allowed to view the setting while there are fewer or no children present
I am aware of the signs and symptoms of the different types of abuse. These can be:
I am aware that I must have due regard to the need to prevent people being drawn into terrorism. This is referred to in the Prevent Duty. I am also aware of the signs and indicators of extremism or radicalisation. If I had any concerns I would contact BSCP as above.
I am aware of the Department for Education telephone helpline (020 7340 7264) to enable staff and governors to raise concerns relating to extremism directly. Concerns can also be raised by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Female genital mutilation (FGM) is a collective term for procedures which include the removal of part / all external female genitalia for cultural or other non-therapeutic reasons. The practice is not required by any major religion and is medically unnecessary, painful and has serious health consequences at the time it is carried out and in later life. If I had any concerns this procedure was going to happen I would contact my LSCB as above.
I keep up to date with child protection issues and relevant legislation by taking regular training course and reading relevant publications. The date of my last training was February 2020.
I follow the procedures outlined in my confidentiality policy. I aim to share all information with parents but in some instances (where I am worried this may cause more harm to the child) I may have to refer concerns without discussing this with you.
Children will only be released from my care to the parent/carer or to someone named and authorised by them. A password agreed between us might be used to confirm identity if the person collecting the child is not previously known to me. Children will not be released into the care of anyone that I have reason to believe is under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Parents must notify me of any concerns they have about their child, and any accidents, incidents or injuries affecting the child, which I will record and ask parents to sign.
Unless I believe that it would put the child at risk of further harm, I will discuss concerns with a child’s parent if I notice:
- Significant changes in children’s behaviour.
- Deterioration in children’s general well-being.
- Unexplained bruising, marks or signs of possible abuse or neglect.
- Children’s or parents’ comments which give cause for concern, including expressing extremist views.
- Any reasons to suspect neglect or abuse outside the setting, for example in the child’s home.
- Inappropriate behaviour displayed by others such as sharing of images, inappropriate comments.
I recognise the additional barriers that exist when recognising the signs of abuse and neglect of children who have special educational needs and/or disabilities.
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, but I will not prompt them or ask them leading questions. I will not interrupt when a child is recalling significant events and will not make a child repeat their account.
- 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 using exact words where possible.
- Make a note of the date, time, place and people who were present at the discussion.
I will call the local social services’ duty desk for advice and an assessment of the situation.
I will follow this phone call up with a letter to the Duty team within 48 hours. I will record the concern and all contact with Children’s Services thereafter.
If an allegation is made against me, any member of my family, or any other adult or child in my home who have had contact with minded children I will:
- Follow the Local Safeguarding Children Board procedures.
- Report it to Ofsted as soon as possible and always within 14 day
- Report it to Local Authority designated officer
- Contact my insurance company
A registered childcare provider who, without reasonable excuse, fails to comply with this requirement, commits an offence. – EYFS Statutory Framework 2017
In all instances I will record:
- The child’s full name and address
- The date and time of the record
- Factual details of the concern, for example bruising, what the child said, who was present
- Details of any previous concerns
- Details of any explanations from the parents
- Any action taken such as speaking to parents.
It is not my responsibility to attempt to investigate the situation myself.
The use of mobile phones and cameras
I understand that mobile phones are an everyday part of life for parents and childminders and with that in mind have laid out my procedure for their use:
- I will ensure my mobile phone is fully charged and with me at all times in case of emergencies.
- I have the facility to take photographs and will seek your permission to take any photographs of your child to record activities and share their progress with you.
- Any photographs taken will be saved onto a memory stick after sending the through What-app to you or printed for use in displays. Memory sticks will be sent home when the child leave my care.
- I will not publish any photographs of your child on any social networking sites or share with any other person without your permission
I request that you do not use your mobile phone whilst dropping off and collecting your child/children
Any visitors to the setting will also be asked not to use their mobile phone and any children with mobile phones will keep them in their bags until collected by parents.
I request that children do not bring their own mobiles, games consoles ect into the setting I will provide appropriate activities for the children’s entertainment.
Local useful Contacts:
Children’s Advice & Support Service (CASS) 0121 303 1888
(out of hours 0121 675 4806)
Police – 999 or 112
LADO – Local Authority Designated Officers (Position of Trust – Child Safeguarding Concerns) 0121 675 1669
Ofsted – 0300 123 4666