Child Protection Officers :
Sadler (North Area)
Webb (South Area)
Policy and the supporting procedures are to ensure the safeguarding
of children as well as offering guidance to staff on actions they
need to take with regards to child protection.
child protection policy recognises that all employees and volunteers
have a legal responsibility to ensure this policy is used in every
aspect of their work, to safe
guard the welfare of all children.
of a child/young person:
child is anyone who has not yet reached their eighteenth birthday or
in the case of a disabled young person or one with learning
difficulties twenty five.
therefore means children and young people throughout.
safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined as:
children from maltreatment
impairment of children’s health or development
children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the
provision of safe and effective care.
is a part of safeguarding and promoting welfare. This refers to the
activity that is undertaken to protect specific children who are
suffering or are at risk of suffering significant harm.
basis for protecting children and young people is contained in the
Children Act 1989 and Criminal Proceedings against adults who abuse
children. (A conviction in such proceedings is known as a Schedule 1
Children Act 1989 explicitly states that the welfare of the child is
the paramount consideration when there is any child protection
47(1) of the Children Act 1989 places a duty on a local authority to
investigate where they “have reasonable cause to suspect that a
child/young person who lives, or is found in their area is suffering
or is likely to suffer significant harm”. The authority shall make
or cause to be made, such enquiries, as they consider necessary to
enable them to decide whether they should take any action to
safeguard or promote the child’s welfare.
47(9) and (11) impose obligations upon Health, Education, Housing and
other local authorities; to assist the local authority making
is abuse and neglect?
from Every Child Matters, Working Together to Safeguard Children :
neglect are forms of maltreatment of a child. Somebody may abuse or
neglect a child by inflicting harm, or by failing to act to prevent
harm. Children may be abused in a family or in an institutional or
community setting, by those known to them or more rarely by a
stranger. They may be abused by an adult or adults, or another child
abuse: Physical abuse may involve hitting, shaking, throwing,
poisoning, burning or scalding, drowning, suffocating or otherwise
causing physical harm to a child. Physical harm may also be caused
when a parent or carer fabricates the symptoms of, or deliberately
induces, illness in a child.
Emotional abuse is the persistent emotional maltreatment of a
child such as to cause severe and persistent adverse effects on
the child’s emotional development. It may involve:
children that they are worthless or unloved, inadequate or valued
only in so far as they meet the needs of another person.
developmentally inappropriate expectations being imposed on
children. These may include interactions that are beyond the child’s
developmental capability as well as overprotection and limitation of
exploration and learning, or preventing the child participating in
normal social interaction.
The seeing or
hearing of the ill treatment of another. It may involve serious
terrorising or bullying, causing children to frequently feel
frightened or in danger, or the exploitation or corruption of
of emotional abuse is involved in all types of maltreatment of a
child, though it may occur alone.
Sexual abuse involves forcing or enticing a child or young person
to take part in:
activities including prostitution whether or not the child is aware
of what it happening. The activities may involve physical contact
including penetrative acts (e.g. rape, buggery or oral sex)
acts. The may include non-contact activities such as involving
children in looking at or in the production of sexual on-line
images, watching sexual activities or encouraging children to behave
in sexually inappropriate ways.
Neglect is the persistent failure to meet a child’s basic
physical and / or psychological needs, likely to result in the
serious impairment of the child’s health or development. Neglect
may occur during pregnancy as a result of maternal substance
abuse. Once a child is born neglect may involve a parent or carer
adequate food, clothing and shelter (including exclusion from home
Protect a child
from physical and emotional harm or danger
supervision (including the use of inadequate care givers)
to appropriate medical care or treatment.
It may also
include neglect of, or unresponsiveness to a child’s basic
of this Policy
support the child’s development in ways that will foster security,
confidence and independence.
provide procedures (See Appendix 1) and raise the awareness of all
staff of the need to safeguard children and of their responsibilities
in identifying and reporting possible cases of abuse.
provide a systematic means of monitoring children known or thought to
be at risk of harm.
emphasise the need for good levels of communication between members
develop a structured procedure within the setting which will be
followed by all members of the setting community in cases of
To develop and
promote effective working relationships with other agencies,
especially the Police and Local County Council Children’s
Services. To ensure that all adults within our settings who have
access to children have been checked as to their suitability.
procedures for safeguarding children will be in line with the Local
Safeguarding Children Board ( LSCB ) procedures.
will ensure that:
3.2.1 We have a
designated member of staff who has undertaken regular training.
members of staff working with children will be given the opportunity
of training in safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children to
develop their understanding of the signs and indicators of abuse.
This training will be regularly updated as appropriate to role.
training received all members of staff should know how to respond to
a child who discloses abuse.(See Appendix 3)
All parents /
carers are made aware of the responsibilities of staff members
with regard to child protection policies.
will be regularly reviewed and up-dated.
new members of staff will be given access
to a copy of our Child Protection Procedures as part of their
induction into their setting.
Designated Professionals for Child Protection
responsible for :
the LSCB and the setting procedures with regard to referring a
child if there are concerns about possible abuse.
written records of concerns about a child even if there is no need
to make an immediate referral.
all such records are kept confidentially and securely and are
separate from any other records for the child.
an indication of further record-keeping is marked on the child’s
recognise that a child who is abused or witnesses violence may find
it difficult to develop and maintain a sense of self worth. We
recognise that a child in these circumstances may feel helpless and
humiliated. We recognise that a child may feel self blame.
recognise that settings may provide the only stability in the lives
of children who have been abused or who are at risk of harm.
accept that research shows that the behaviour of a child in these
circumstances may range from that which is perceived to be ‘normal’
to aggressive or withdrawn.
settings will support all children by :
self-esteem and self-assertiveness whilst not condoning aggression or
a caring, safe and positive environment within settings.
and working together with all other support services and those
agencies involved in the safeguarding of children.
Local County Council, Children, Children’s Services as soon as
there is a significant concern.
recognise that all matters relating to child protection are
Professionals for Child Protection
disclose any information about a child to other members of staff on a
‘need to know’ basis only.
staff must be aware that they have a professional responsibility to
other agencies in order to safeguard children.
staff must be aware that they cannot promise a child to keep secrets.
recognise that staff working in a setting who have become involved
child who has
suffered harm, or appears to be likely to suffer harm may find the
situation stressful and upsetting.
will support such staff by providing an opportunity to talk through
with the Designated
Professional for Child Protection and
to seek further support as appropriate.
understand that a child may make an allegation against a member of
such an allegation is made, the member of staff receiving the
inform the Designated
Professional for Child Protection.
Professional for Child Protection will
Procedures for managing allegations against staff.
9.1 We recognise
that settings play a significant part in the prevention of harm to
providing children with good lines of communication, with trusted
supportive friends and an ethos of protection.
whole setting community will therefore :
and maintain an ethos where children feel secure and are
talk and are always listened to.
that all children know there is an adult in any setting whom they can
approach if they
are worried or in difficulty.
to all helpers, volunteers and employees
to Suspicions or Allegations
It is the responsibility of all staff working with children and young
people to act swiftly if they suspect abuse or an allegation has been
made that a child is suffering or likely to suffer abuse.
You must immediately share your concerns with a Designated
Professional for Child Protection who will discuss the concerns and
seek advice as necessary.
Under no circumstances should any member of staff attempt to deal
with a problem relating to child abuse on their own. These attempts
could be extremely damaging to the child and you are not authorised
or qualified to attempt this.
If you are not sure
Designated Professional for Child Protection.
If they are not
available, and you have concerns of significant risk contact the
relevant County Council Children’s Services.
Note: If in
doubt check it out.
Inform a Designated Professional for Child Protection. If they are
not available, contact Children, Schools and Families.
Record information as soon as possible.
The Designated Professional for Child Protection will make the
decision of informing social services. (do not advise the person
against whom the allegation is made).
Children’s Services will advise on notification of parents/carers
and any further action.
Investigation (led by Children’s Services)
misconduct investigation (If allegation against instructor/helper).
Do not share
information with anyone about the child protection investigation
unless they are known to you and need to know information.
outcome of investigation.
to the child/young person
Stay calm, so
as not to frighten the child/young person.
Create a safe
try and get a colleague to witness the situation.
to what is necessary to understand the circumstances.
questions. E.g. How, when, what, where.
Do not ask
probing questions or put words into the child/young person’s
mouth. e.g. did mummy do it?
the child/young person requires first aid or medical attention.
judgements and believe the child.
and process to the child/young person.
information to your Senior Instructor.
Make a full
record of what has been observed and said as soon as possible.
Disclosure of abuse
Stay calm and
Find a quiet
place to talk if possible.
you are being told.
child/young person but do not make promises to keep secrets.
Listen but do
not press for information.
Do not put
words into the child/young person’s mouth.
person has speech difficulties use other forms of communication.
If English is
not the child/young person’s first language, you might need to get
another member of staff to interpret. Under no circumstances use
another child/young person or a relative.
open-ended questions….What happened, Who etc.
child/young person is safe and comfortable.
child/young person that they are not to blame and they were right to
Do not leave
child/young person alone if possible.
child/young person what will happen next and the process of events.
Make a full
record of what has been said, heard or seen as soon as possible.
Designated Child Protection Officer.
Allegations against Employees
It is important
that employees and volunteers should feel able to report any
concerns which involve a colleague where the welfare and safety of
children is at risk. Staff should report their concerns to a Senior
Instructor or in his or her absence to the Designated Professional
for Child Protection, who will take steps as necessary to ensure the
safety of the children in question and any other children who may be
who report that a member of staff has abused them must be listened
to and heard.
Do not promise
There may be
circumstances where allegations are about poor practices rather than
abuse but senior instructors need to consult with personnel services
and social services if in doubt. This is because, it may be just one
of a series of other instances which together causes concern.
acknowledged that feelings by staff and helpers that a colleague
maybe or is abusing a child/young person may raise concerns amongst
other staff and may present the instructor/helper reporting the
incident with a dilemma, loyalty to colleague versus the child/young
person. The child/young person’s welfare is paramount and must be
your main consideration.
allegation or suspicion is against a Senior Instructor, the
instructor/helper must contact social services direct for advice.
parent/carers of the child/young person will be contacted as soon as
possible following advice from social services.
should be made to ensure total confidentiality is maintained for all
Instructors will ensure that staff reporting incidents are not
victimised by their colleagues and that no disciplinary action will
be taken against them as a direct or indirect result of any report,
made in good faith alleging that a colleague is or maybe abusing a