Staff in Little Treasure Day Nursery will follow the Oxfordshire Safeguarding Children Board Procedures/Local Authority guidance in all cases of abuse, or suspected abuse (these can be found at www.OSCB.org.uk ).
We will therefore:
Understand that our responsibility to safeguard children requires that we all appropriately share any concerns that we may have about children.
Ensure that we refer a child if there are concerns about a child’s welfare, possible abuse or neglect to Social Care. A written referral using the Common Referral Form will be faxed/posted/e-mailed to Social Care as soon as possible within 24 hours.
Ensure that detailed and accurate written records of concerns about a child are kept even if there is no need to make an immediate referral.
Ensure that all such records are kept confidentially and securely.
Establish and maintain links with relevant agencies and co-operate as required with enquiries of a child protection nature.
Ensure that all nursery staff are aware of the CP policy and procedures, and understand their responsibilities in being alert to, and acting appropriately in cases of abuse, or suspected abuse, and know how to recognise and refer any concerns.
Keep themselves up to date with knowledge to enable them to fulfil their role, including attending relevant training, at least every two years, provided by the Oxfordshire Safeguarding Children Board.
Ensure that all staff and volunteers understand that there is a procedure to be followed in dealing with child protection allegations made against staff. This procedure must be followed on all occasions. All staff must be made aware of this process and how it differs from other concerns about children.
Ensure that all staff/volunteers are selected and recruited only after having gone through appropriate checks.