Introduction to our setting’s safeguarding children policy statement

Our setting keeps the needs and best interests of children at the centre of everything we do. We aim to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children in our care by:

Providing a safe play environment that builds their confidence and self—esteem

  • Where children can talk and are listened to
  • Where children do not experience bullying, harassment or racism
  • Where children’s medical and health needs are met

Providing a positive and preventative environment that supports young children

  • To make good choices about healthy, safe lifestyles
  • To ask for help if their health or safety is threatened

Working in partnership with mothers, fathers and carers

  • We are committed to developing and maintaining an honest and open relationship with mothers, fathers and carers
  • We are committed to involving mothers,fathers and carers at all stages of a child’s care
  • Mothers, fathers and carers understand our setting’s safeguarding responsibilities and how we will implement them

Working in an inclusive way that helps every child

  • To feel accepted and included
  • To fulfil their potential

Working in an integrated way with other agencies that maximises opportunities for

  • Early identification of additional needs, early intervention and prevention
  • Speedy intervention based on multi-agency co-operation
  • Common methods of sharing information and assessing need e.g. use of the Common Assessment Framework, Information Sharing, Safetynet+ and the Lead Professional role

Having up-to-date safeguarding policies, procedures and guidance

  • Based on current national statutory guidance, Sheffield Safeguarding Children Board child protection procedures and Early Years Foundation Stage Welfare Requirements
  • Easily accessible to all staff and volunteers
  • Understood and used by all staff and volunteers

Having well trained staff and management who

  • Recognise their individual responsibilities to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children in their care
  • Receive training and supervision appropriate to their level of responsibility and are clear and confident about what is expected of them
  • Ask for and receive help and support to act on safeguarding concerns

The Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSLs) in this setting are:

Coordinator on duty, Tina Grimshaw or Ian Grayson

The Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads in this setting are:

Deputy Coordinator on duty, Anna Wilkins or Denise Bluff