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Busy Brains Limited Safeguarding Children Policy is committed to building a ‘culture of safety’ in which the children in our care are protected from abuse, harm and radicalisation. Busy Brains will respond promptly and appropriately to all incidents or concerns regarding the safety of a child that may occur. The child protection procedures comply with all relevant legislation and with guidance issued by the Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB). Busy Brains designated Child Protection Officers (CPO) are Paula Treadaway and Dawn Wildman. The CPO coordinates child protection issues and liaises with external agencies (eg Social Care, the LSCB and Ofsted).
Child abuse and neglect
Child abuse abuse is any form of physical, emotional or sexual mistreatment or lack of care that leads to injury or harm. An individual may abuse or neglect a child directly, or by failing to protect them from harm. Some forms of child abuse and neglect are listed below.
Signs of child abuse and neglect
Signs of possible abuse and neglect may include:
If abuse is suspected or disclosed
When a child makes a disclosure to a member of staff, that member of staff will:
If a member of staff witnesses or suspects abuse, they will record the incident straightaway. If a third party expresses concern that a child is being abused, we will encourage them to contact Social Care directly. If they will not do so, we will explain that the Club is obliged to and the incident will be logged accordingly.
Extremism and radicalisation
All childcare settings have a legal duty to protect children from the risk of radicalisation and being drawn into extremism. There are many reasons why a child might be vulnerable to radicalisation, including:
Signs of radicalisation
Signs that a child might be at risk of radicalisation include:
If a member of staff suspects that a child is at risk of becoming radicalised, they will record any relevant information or observations on a Logging a concern form, and refer the matter to the CPO.
Logging an incident
All information about the suspected abuse or disclosure, or concern about radicalisation, will be recorded on the Logging a concern form as soon as possible after the event. The record should include:
The record will be given to Busy Brains CPO who will decide on the appropriate course of action. For concerns about child abuse, the CPO will contact Social Care. The CPO will follow up all referrals to Social Care in writing within 48 hours. If a member of staff thinks that the incident has not been dealt with properly, they may contact Social Care directly.
For minor concerns regarding radicalisation, the CPO will contact the Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) HSCB (Hertfordshire Safeguarding Children Board) www.hertfssafeguarding.org.uk.
For more serious concerns the CPO will contact the Police on the non-emergency number (101), or the anti- terrorist hotline on 0800 789 321.
For urgent concerns the CPO will contact the Police using 999.
Allegations against staff
If anyone makes an allegation of child abuse against a member of staff:
Promoting awareness among staff
Busy Brains promotes awareness of child abuse and the risk of radicalisation through its staff training. We ensures that:
Use of mobile phones and cameras
Photographs will only be taken of children with their parents’ permission. Only a Busy Brains camera will be used to take photographs of children at the sessions, except with the express permission of the manager. Neither staff nor children may use their mobile phones to take photographs at sessions.
Environmental Health – Carrie Sherriff
HSCB (Hertfordshire Safeguarding Children Board) www.hertfssafeguarding.org.uk
LADO (Local Authority Designated Officer): Tony Purvis on 01992 556979
Referral: 0300 123 4043
Targeted Advice Service (TAS): 01438 737511
Ofsted: 0300 123 1231
Police: 101 (non-emergency) or 999 (emergency)
Anti-terrorist hotline: 0800 789 321
NSPCC: 0808 800 500
Local Authority Prevent Co-ordinator:
Written in accordance with the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (2014): Safeguarding and Welfare requirements: Child Protection [3.4-3.8] and Suitable People [3.9-3.13].