Safeguarding Policy

Raising Explorers believes that children have the right to be completely secure from both the fear and reality of abuse, and we are committed to safeguarding all the children in our care from harm.

Raising Explorers will ‘Designate’ a Child Protection Officer (DP) who has suitable experience, training and expertise; they are responsible for liaising with Social Care, the Local Children’s Safeguarding Board and Ofsted in any child protection matter. Currently, the centre manager, Deputy and the Manager of Childcare Services are trained in the role of DP. Raising Explorer’s Child Protection Procedures comply with all relevant legislation and other guidance or advice from the Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB).

Recognising Child Abuse

Child abuse manifests itself in a variety of different ways, some overt and others much less so. A person may abuse or neglect a child by inflicting harm, or by failing to act to prevent harm. Children and young people may be abused in a family or in an institution or community setting; by those known to them or, more rarely by a stranger.

Physical Abuse

Hitting, shaking, throwing, burning, suffocating or any other physical harm are some examples of physical abuse. Deliberately causing a child’s ill health also constitutes physical abuse.

Sexual Abuse

Forcing or enticing a child to take part in sexual activities, whether or not the child is aware of what is happening. The activities may involve physical contact, including penetrative or non-penetrative acts. Showing children pornographic materials, sexual activities, or encouraging children to behave in sexually inappropriate ways also constitutes sexual abuse.

Emotional Abuse

Varying degrees of emotional abuse are present in virtually all child protection incidents, but can also constitute abuse in its own right. Emotional abuse involves persistent or severe emotional ill treatment or torture causing, or likely to cause, severe adverse effects on the emotional stability of a child. Such behaviour may involve conveying to a child that they are worthless, unloved, or inadequate, or making them feel unnecessarily frightened or vulnerable.

Neglect

Persistent failure to meet a child’s basic physical, emotional or psychological needs and may have a severe impact on their health, development or emotional stability. Neglect may involve failing to provide adequate food, shelter or clothing for a child, or failing to adequately protect them from physical harm/ill health. Neglect can also manifest itself in a failure to meet a child’s basic emotional needs.

What to do if a Child Discloses

Not all child protection information results in a referral, but small pieces of information may be significant on their own to create a wider picture.

All information should be recorded on a Log.

The DP should be informed and given the record. They will then decide if they need to contact Social Care or make a referral.

If staff feel that the incident has not been adequately followed up, they have a right to call Social Care themselves.

If the child protection concern is with regard to a staff member, the raising Explorers Whistle Blowing Procedure should be followed (see Child Protection Whistle Blowing Policy).

Third Party Information

Third party information is when anyone (other than those directly involved with Raising Explorers) passes on information or expresses their concerns. Information from a third party regarding suspicions of child abuse cannot be ignored. If the person imparting the information has concerns, they should be encouraged to contact Social Care. If they do not wish to do so, it should be explained to them that Raising Explorers is obligated to. The concerns should be logged and any action taken recorded fully.

Allegations against Staff Members or Volunteers

If an allegation of any form of child abuse is made against any adult the matter must be reported to the DP onsite in the first instance or the Manager of Childcare Services in the Childcare Office, if necessary. This information will then be passed onto the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) and Ofsted. LADO will advise if other external/internal agencies (e.g. police) should be informed, and we will act upon the advice given to ensure that any investigation is not jeopardised. Raising Explorers will display and follow the Allegation of abuse made against an adult in a childcare setting procedure. If an allegation is made against a staff member, it will be factually recorded on a Logging a Concern about a Child’s Safety and Welfare form stating the actions taken. It may be necessary for RAISING EXPLORERS to refer to its Staff disciplinary procedure regarding suspensions and exclusions following advice sought from the LADO. Raising Explorers also has the right to seek professional advice from Employment Law specialists.

Staff Support and Training

Raising Explorers is committed to ensuring that it meets its responsibilities in respect of child protection through the provision of support and training to staff. Therefore, Raising Explorers will ensure that:

Safe Caring

All Staff follow Raising Explorers Child Protection Procedures and have had access to appropriate training and guidance in the principles of safe caring. To this end:

This Policy was adopted by Raising Explorers on 1st April 2024

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