Safe Guarding Children

'Children learn best when they are healthy, safe & secure, when their individual needs are mwt, and when they have positive relationships with the adults caring for them. High quality settings are welcoming, safe & stimulating, and where children are able to enjoy the learning and grow in confidence' (EYFS, 2021)

We have a duty to be aware that abuse does occur in our society. Due to the many hours of care that we provide, our staff will often be the first to notice any problems, they may also be the first people in whom children confide about abuse.

The child protection statement lays out the procedures that we will follow if we have any reason to believe that a child in our care is subject to emotional, physical or sexual abuse or neglect.

Our first responsibility must be the welfare of the child and we have a duty to children, parents/carers and staff to act quickly and responsibly to any instance that comes to our attention. Under guidelines we must respond to any child protection concerns within 14 days.

We have a duty to report any suspicions of abuse or neglect to the Front Door For Families (FDFF) on 01273 290400 or Contact number for local police is 0845 60 70 999 and social services is 01273 296000.

Staff should respond appropriately to any;

  • Significant changes in children's behaviour
  • Deterioration in their general well-being
  • Unexplained bruising, marks or signs of possible abuse
  • Signs of neglect
  • Comments children make which give cause for concern
  • Any reasons to suspect neglect or abuse outside the setting
  • Inappropriate behaviour displayed by other members of staff, or any other person working with the children. Such as sexual comments, excessive 1-1 attention and the sharing of inappropriate or intrusive photos.
  • Report any concerns about any inappropriate or intrusive photos found.

Our named Safeguarding children Officer is Abbie Harman.

Our assistant safeguarding officers is Jo Spencer. They are both supported by Hannah Moss - Owner

They have attended the appropriate advance training. The Safeguarding lead updates training every 2 years.
Our guidance for this document is 'What to do if a Child is being abused a Practitioners Guide (March 2015)'. We have a copy of this document for staff & parents to familiarise themselves with. We also comply with the Pan Sussex CP & Safeguarding as per the Local Safeguarding Partners (LSP)

The safeguarding officer is responsible for liaising with local statutory children's services agencies, and linking up with the LSP. The lead practitioner will provide support, advice & guidance to other staff on an ongoing basis and in particular if any safeguarding issues arise.

Parents are always the first person we would talk to about any concerns unless we thought that doing so would put the child at a significant risk of harm.

  1. Physical abuse.
    If staff have definite knowledge or reasonable suspicion that a physical injury, including deliberate poisoning, has been inflicted or knowingly not prevented, then action will be taken. The procedure regarding physical injuries is:
    • Any mark/injury on arrival in the nursery will be recorded and signed by both parent and staff.
    • The incident will be discussed and any such discussion recorded. Parents will have access to all records.
    • If there appear to be any queries regarding the incident then FDFF will be notified.


2. Sexual abuse

If staff have witnessed occasions where a child has indicated sexual activity through words, play, drawing or has an excessive pre-occupation with sexual matters or an inappropriate knowledge of adult sexual behaviour then action will be taken. The procedure regarding sexual abuse is:

  • The observed instances will be reported to the nursery manager.
  • Concerns would be discussed with parents, if appropriate.
  • The matter will be referred to the Social Services.

3. Emotional abuse.
If staff have reason to believe that there is a severe, adverse affect on the behaviour and emotional development of a child caused by persistent or severe ill treatment or rejection then action will be taken. The procedure regarding emotional abuse is:

  • Any concerns will be discussed with parent and any such discussions recorded. Parents will have access to all records.
  • If there appear to be any queries regarding the circumstances, the matter will be referred to FDFF


4. Neglect.
If staff have reason to believe that there has been persistent or severe neglect of a child (for example, by exposure to any kind of danger, including cold and starvation) which results in serious impairment of the child's health or development then action will be taken. The procedure regarding neglect is:

  • Any concerns will be discussed with parent and any such discussions recorded. Parents will have access to all records.
  • If there appear to be any queries regarding the circumstances, the matter will be referred to FDFF

Prevent Duty

All early years organisations are required to comply with the Prevent Duty guidence, which came into force in july 2015. The Prevent duty requires providers to work with outside agencies & have due regard to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism. Providers also need to ensure they promote British values (see seperate Promoting British Values policy). Staff have recieved training & development on how to recognise the signs & syptoms and how to promote British values.

If staff have reason to believe that a child or family is in danger of being drawn into terrorism then action would be taken.

- Note factual signs & syptoms and discuss with a parent. Any such discusion would be recorded.

- If there are any queries regarding these discussions then the matter would be referred to FDFF

- Nahida Shaikh is the local Prevent Coordinator, partnership Community Safety Team. She can be contacted on 01273 290584 / 07717303292 / if you have any concerns about a child or family

- You can also contact the Dedicated Police Community Support Officer, Thomas Morvantoone, Partnership Community Safety Team can be contacted if staff wish to discuss concerns about a child or family on 101 extension 550543 /

- Staff may call FDFF for advice on how to deal with the situation.

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is an illegal practice in the UK and for all UK citizens. FGM is a form of child abuse and we will follow our normal safeguarding procedures. Where appropriate the matter will be discussed with parents. We will refer any concerns to the FDFF. The NSPCC helpline for FGM is 08000283550 / Senior staff have completed online training in FGM

It is a criminal offence to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol when in charge of a minor. If staff have any concerns around this then a referal will be made to the FDFF immeidately and the police will be notified.

- Practitioners at Footsteps Day Nursery use a chronologysheet to record any child protection concerns. This can include contact from parents, children or professionals. It could include details of any disclosures made. This is kept on the child's file and added to if necessary. The recording of information is always shared with parents. Parents can view their child's file at any time.

- We record all accidents in the setting. We also record home accidents.If a child has had more than 3 home accidents we review them and take approprite action if necessary. Parents would always be spoken to before any action was taken. Accident forms are reviewed every term with the risk assessments.

In any instance, should a member of staff have any concerns for the welfare of the child then they should inform their senior. Staff's responsibilities do not include investigating the suspected abuse. Staff will keep accurate records of any observations in connection with suspected abuse. We feel it is very important to always listen to children. Our staff receive training on the safeguarding of children from abuse. It is our policy to provide a secure and safe environment for all children.
Our aims are to:

  • Ensure that children are never placed at risk while in the charge of the nursery staff.
  • Ensure that all the staff are familiar with child protection issues and procedures.
  • Regularly review and update this policy.

If the Manager fails to respond to staff concerns & worries, then the staff member may go over her head & talk to Social Services.

If an allegation is made against a member of staff, the following procedure will be followed.

  • The Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) will be contacted
  • We follow advice & guidence from the LADO when dealing with any allegations against a member of staff. This may include suspending the staff member on full pay while an investigation is carried out.
  • OFSTED will then be notified.

If an allegation is made against a manager or owner then the staff should refer this directly to FDFF and OFSTED.

All our staff attend Safeguarding children training courses. This is updated every 3 years.All staff attend online Prevent training. We hold an annual Safeguarding staff meeting to review policy & update knowledge.
All our staff are DBS & reference checked.
Volunteers and unvetted staff do not work unsupervised.
We have procedures for recording the details of any visitors to the setting.
No unauthorised person has access to the setting.
We are signed up to receive safeguarding updates & alerts from the Local Safeguarding Partners (LSP) via email. We also attend 'learning from serious case reivews' workshops.

Policies that should be read in conjunction with this are

- Valuing Diversity & Promoting Equality, Health & Safety, Special Educational Needs & Disability (SEND), Hygiene, Staff Recruitment, Key Person, Promoting British values, Intimate care & Physical Contact, Illness & Emergency and Play & Learning, Prevent