Children have a right to protection from being hurt, and from violence, abuse and neglect (United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, Article 19)
Most injuries to children are accidental and can be simply explained. Bruises, scrapes and cuts are part of the normal rough and tumble of a young child’s life.
There are, however, some children who suffer injuries that are not accidental. The nursery staff have a duty to report any serious concerns they may have about a child to MASH (multi agency safeguarding hub) or the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) if the allegation involves a member of staff.
All staff are aware of the sensitivity of this issue and of the confidentiality involved.
The nursery staff’s duty must be to support the family but above all, to ensure the protection of the child at all times.
All staff should be aware of the possible indications of abuse and neglect and the procedure for dealing with suspected cases.
We recognize that:
The welfare of the child is paramount.
All children, regardless of age, disability, gender, racial heritage, religious beliefs, sexual orientation or identity, have the right to equal protection from all types of harm or abuse.
Working in partnership with children, young people, their parents and carers and other agencies is essential in promoting young people’s welfare.
Purpose of the Policy
To provide protection for the children and young people and to provide staff and volunteers with guidance on procedures they should adopt in the event that they suspect a child or young person may be experiencing, or be at risk of harm.
This policy applies to all staff, including senior managers and directors, paid staff, volunteers, agency staff, students or anyone acting on behalf of the Kingfishers Day Nursery.
This policy follows the statutory government guidance:
Working Together to Safeguard Children: 2015, the London Child Protection Procedures: 2010 and What to do if you’re worried a child is being abused: 2006.