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Safeguarding at Grace's

Children learn best when they are healthy, safe and secure, when their individual needs are met, and when they have positive relationships with the adults caring for them.

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How do we safeguard your child?

  • All of our team go through a rigorous two part interview process with a panel and if successful can only start once they have a clear enhanced DBS check and two satisfactory references.
  • Each of our nurseries had a Designated Lead Person for Safeguarding.  This  person is responsible for ensuring they keep their own training and knowledge up to date as well as our team.  All of our team attend a whole days Safeguarding training every other year, provided by a high quality external training provider.  
  • All team members are fully inducted and complete a safeguarding module during their probationary period.
  • We operate a 'no lone working' policy where there must always be a minimum of 2 adults present.
  • We have a Key person system, where every child is allocated a specific member of the team who will work closely with your family.
  • We will speak to you about any concerns we have regarding your child's welfare unless we feel they are at immediate risk, in which case we will make a referral to Children's Social Care.

For more detailed information or to read out safeguarding policy, please speak to one of the Management team.

Keeping children safe is everyone's responsibility!!

Useful contact numbers

NSPCC helpline for adults who are concerned about a child 0808 800 5000

Reporting child abuse in Bromley- 0208 461 7373 or email mash@bromley.gov.uk

Reporting child abuse in Lewisham- 0208 314 6660 or email mashagency@lewisham.gov.uk

FACTS!

  • Over 6,000 children were identified as needing protection from physical abuse last year.
  • A third of people who suspect child abuse do nothing.
  • Sharing your concerns with the local authority will not mean that child is taken into care, but could mean the authorities can spot a problem sooner and take action to help the family and child concerned.
  • In 2014-15 over three quarters of the children on child protection plans were as a result of neglect or emotional abuse.
  • When you report concerns to Children's social care you will be asked for your details but can discuss if you want these to be kept private.
  • Children can be abused regardless of their background, age, gender, race or sexuality.  Child abuse and neglect can occur anywhere. 

Radicalisation 

The Counter-Terrorism & Security Act 2015 contains a Duty to have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism.  This is known as the Prevent Duty which became law from July 2015. In order to protect children in our care we must be alert to any reason for concern in a child's life at home or elsewhere.  This includes awareness of the expression of extremist views.

We protect children by promoting British values, which are a set of 4 values which were introduced to keep children safe and promote their welfare, specifically to counter extremism.

British values

  1. Democracy
  2. The rule of law
  3. Individual liberty
  4. Mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs 

If we are concerned that a child is at risk of extremism and radicalisation we will make a referral through the Channel Panel which is a multi-agency process designed to safeguard vulnerable people from being drawn into violent extremist or terrorist behaviour.

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

FGM is the partial or total removal of external female genitalia for non-medical reasons.  It is also known as female circumcision or cutting.

Religious, social or cultural reasons are sometimes given for FGM, however, it is child abuse and a criminal offence.

If you are worried a child is at risk at, or had FGM, call the FGM helpline 0800 028 3550.  Please click here for further information about FGM.