Child Protection

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An Extra Layer of Safety For Your Children

Safeguarding Children Policy

Little Munchkins fully recognises the responsibility it has to have arrangements in place to safeguard and promote the welfare of children/ young people.
Through their day-to-day contact with children and direct work with families, staff/volunteers at the setting have a crucial role to lay in noticing indicators of possible abuse or neglect and referring them to the appropriate agency, normally the appropriate Child and Family Team (Social Care). This policy sets out how the setting discharges its statutory responsibilities relating to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children who attend the setting. There are four main elements to our Safeguarding Children policy:

PREVENTION through the teaching and care provided for children and the creation and maintenance of a protective ethos. We recognise that high self-esteem, confidence, supportive friends and good lines of communication with a trusted adult can help to protect children. We establish and maintain an ethos where children feel secure and encouraged to talk and are listened to; we ensure children know that there are adults in the setting whom they can approach if they are worried or in difficulty. We will include day-to-day activities, activities and opportunities meant to equip children with the skills they need to stay safe from abuse and information about who to turn to for help.

PROCEDURES for identifying and reporting cases, or suspected cases of abuse. Due to may hours of care we are providing, staff will often be the people to sense any outward signs or abuse. We will follow the procedures set out in the Early Years Foundation Stage and guidance produced by Local Safeguarding Children’s Board (LSCB). See the
guide for Child Care Providers recognising the Signs of abuse and what to do. It is important that staff/ volunteers avoid putting themselves in situations that may lead to allegations being made against them. Refer to Safeguarding and promoting children’s welfare.

SUPPORT CHILDREN who may have been abused. We recognise that children who are abused or witness violence may find it difficult to develop a sense of self-worth and to view the world as benevolent and meaningful. The setting may be the only stable, secure and predictable element in the lives of children at risk. We will undertake appropriate discussion with parents/ carers prior to involvement of another agency unless the circumstances preclude this. We will ensure that parents have an understanding of the responsibility placed on setting and staff/ volunteers for safeguarding children by setting out its obligations. The staff will seek, in general, to discuss any concerns with the parent, carer and where possible seek their consent to a referral to a third party such as social services. This will only be done where such discussion and agreement seeking will not place the child at increased risk of significant harm. If a child is considered at risk, our Safeguarding Children Policy will override information confidentiality.

PREVENTING UNSUITABLE PEOPLE WORKING WITH CHILDREN The setting has a duty to ensure that all staff and volunteers working with children are suitable to fulfil requirements for their role. The setting will follow safer requirement practices including verifying qualifications and ensuring appropriate DBS and reference checks are undertaken. The setting will not allow people whose suitability has not been checked, to have unsupervised contact with children.

Prevention of Radicalisation Policy

From 1st July 2015 all schools and Early Years providers must have regard to the statutory guidance. The Government Prevent Strategy has raised awareness of the specific need to safeguard children, young people and families from violent extremism. The Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015 places duty on professionals have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism. If a member of staff has concerns that child, parent or staff member maybe at risk of radicalisation or involvement in terrorism, they will speak with the Child Protection Designated Person.

Useful contacts

Early Years Safeguarding Advice Line

01223 729040

Cambridgeshire Direct Contact Centre (Social Care)

0345 045 5203

Local Authority Designated Officer (Gemma Hope)

01223 714760 or 07876 038762


01223 727967


0300123 1231

If you have any questions regarding the information described, please feel free to email us.