The nursery operates under a robust safeguarding children policy which is required under Early Years Foundation Stage Statutory Framework – Safeguarding and Promoting Children’s Welfare and is based on the guidance Working Together to Safeguard Children.

“Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is the responsibility of the local authority, working in partnership with other public organisations, the voluntary sector, children and young people, parents and carers, and the wider community. A key objective for local authorities is to ensure that children are protected from harm. Other functions of local authorities that make an important contribution to safeguarding are housing, sport, culture and leisure services, and youth services.”                                               

HM Government – Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015

 

Safeguarding is about more than child protection.  Child Protection is specifically about protecting children and young people from suspected abuse and neglect.  Safeguarding is a much wider concept, it includes everything an organisation can do to keep children and young people safe.  This includes minimising the risk of harm and accidents, and actively taking steps to deal with safety concerns and to enable all children to have the best outcomes. 

The designated safeguarding lead for the nursery is Natalie Allison.  The deputy in her absence is Sharon Hawksworth.