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Safeguarding Children Policy

Safeguarding the children in my care is very important to me. If I have any cause for concern I will report it following the local Safeguarding Children Board Procedures. The relevant procedures that are held by me are available on request. I am aware that child abuse can be physical, emotional, sexual and neglectful. I must notify Ofsted of any allegations of abuse that are alleged to have taken place while a child is in my care.

I will keep up to date with any child protection issues by attending appropriate training and by reading the relevant publications.

If I am concerned about a child's welfare I will contact the local authority the NSPCC, NCMA or any other relevant support services for advice. Confidentiality will be assured at all times. Information regarding a particular child will only be shared with people who need to know this information.

Parents must notify me of any concerns that they have about their child. Accidents, incidents or injuries affecting the child must be shared with myself and I will keep a record of this.

Some of the causes of concern may be as follows: If I notice any of the above I will implement the local safeguarding children board procedures without delay to minimise any risk to the child. I will contact social services duty desk immediately if I believe a child to be at risk of harm. I will follow it up with a letter and will keep a factual record of concern and will ask parents for an explanation providing it would not put the child at risk. I am also required to inform Ofsted of any concerns that I have reported without delay.

If a child tells me that they or another child has been abused I will: If an allegation is made against me, I will report it to Ofsted and social services following safeguarding board procedures. I will also contact NCMA info line on 0800 169 4486 for advice and support.

In all instances I will record: It is not my responsibility to attempt to investigate the situation myself.